Wow. This past Saturday was the first-ever “Open That Bottle of Local Wine Night” and I think I can speak for my Cork Report colleague Gina Shay when I say that it exceeded every expectation.

Just on Instagram, there were more than 2,100 posts over the course of 24 hours or so (with even more on Facebook and Twitter).

I just want to thank each and every one of you who took part. It was so much fun to scroll through my various social channels Saturday night, seeing what everyone was drinking. I tried to comment on, like and share as many posts as I could.

The local wine community isn’t about just New York or Virginia or Michigan. It’s all of us. Together. Saturday night proved that.

If you’re interested in seeing some of the posts you can see them here:

Thank you again – and I think we’re going to make this an annual event. Maybe two times a year. Stay tuned for more.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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