About The Cork Report

The Cork Report examines North American wine country with an open mind and intrepid palate.

We investigate and celebrate the special people and places that make for delicious and distinctive wines that are unlike any other in the world.

Launched in September 2016, The Cork Report is a natural evolution from founder Lenn Thompson’s previous online publication, the New York Cork Report. For more than a decade, the NYCR was focused almost exclusively on New York’s adult beverage industry. Now, we cover all of North America, save California, Oregon, and Washington – not because there aren’t incredible wines from those places, but because their coverage is ubiquitous.

We are champions but we are also honest and sometimes critical. Simply being “local” isn’t good enough. We are obsessed with the idea that if the right grapes grown in the right place by the right people and are then handled the right way in the cellar the resulting wines can be great, regardless of region.

We’ve tasted it time and time again.

While Lenn’s is the primary voice of the site, he’s invited a small band of similarly minded writers and photographers to join the chorus, both as regular contributors and as occasional ones. They add texture and nuance to the site and its coverage.

Editors & Contributors

Lenn Thompson | Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Todd Trzaskos | Co-Founder & Managing Editor

Carlo DeVito | Editor-At-Large

Gina Shay | Regional Editor, Michigan

Paul Brady | Regional Editor, NorthEast

Carrie Dykes | Regional Editor, Virginia

Mikhail Lipyanskiy | Photographer & Contributor

Valerie Kathawala | Contributor

Annemarie Morse | CONTRIBUTOR

Aaron Menenberg | CONTRIBUTOR

Adrien Prieto | CONTRIBUTOR

Samples Policy

The Cork Report accepts samples of wine and wine-related products. Reviews may appear as standalone reviews, in feature articles, and elsewhere on the site or in other writing.

If you submit wines, spirits, or ciders for review, our commitment to you is to objectively taste them over the course of two or more days and often with and without food, to more closely mimic the way our readers would drink them.

If you are interested in submitting samples for our review, please contact me.



The Cork Report accepts direct advertising. If you’re interested in reaching our wine-obsessed readership, email me at [email protected].


We want The Cork Report to be a place where wine lovers the world over can share opinions about our favorite beverages, the wine industry, and other related issues. Comments and debate are encouraged and welcome, but we reserve the right to delete any comments that include:

  • Spam or inappropriate commercial promotion
  • Obscene or sexually explicit language
  • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
  • Plagiarized material or material that violates intellectual property rights
  • Private and/or personal information published without consent
  • Comments that are off-topic or that link to material that is off-topic
  • Comments that violate any law

Hopefully, if everyone complies with these guidelines I’ll be able to keep comments running the way they are today, un-moderated.

Also please keep in mind that we are not responsible for comments that we did not author.

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