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Drink Local Wine's Virginia Conference

DrinkLocalWine.com will hold its second annual conference April 24-26, 2010, in Loudoun County, Va. The event, presented by the Virginia Wine Board, will focus on the diversity and quality of the 157 wineries in The Old Dominion.

"The Virginia Wine Board is pleased to sponsor the second annual Drink Local Wine Conference," says Rock Stephens, the wine board chairman. "In 1979, Virginia had only six wineries and today we have well over 150. From the Shenandoah to Jefferson’s Monticello to George Washington’s birthplace to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, we are proud of the diversity and quality of wines produced in Virginia and look forward to providing attendees the opportunity to experience, as well as, sample some of our outstanding vintages."

The conference, which is open to the public, will feature some of foremost wines in Virginia and Maryland, the top winemakers and growers, and the region's leading sommeliers. In addition, some of the best wine bloggers and writers in the country will attend.

DLW2010 will include three panel discussions focusing on issues unique to Virginia and regional wine – its grapes and terroir, how the state's winemakers have used social media to advance their cause, and why local wine should be part of the local food movement. There will also be a Twitter Taste-off, where participants will be able to blog or Twitter about the wines they're tasting. Admission is $65, which includes the three panels, lunch, and the Twitter Taste-off.

Here is the schedule for April 25:

Conference registration, 8:30 a.m.

Thomas Jefferson was right: The grapes that work best for Virginia: 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Moderator: Richard Leahy, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. Panelists: Matthew Meyert, Williamsburg Winery; Jennifer McCloud, Chrysalis Vineyards; and Matthieu Finot, King Family Vineyards.

Social media: How regional wineries can get the word out: 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Moderator: Michael Wangbicker DWS, CWE. Panelists: Lenn Thompson, New York Cork Report; Jennifer Breaux Blosser, Breaux Vineyards; Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon.

Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

If local food, why not local wine? 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Moderator: Dave McIntyre, Washington Post. Panelists: Mary Watson-DeLauder, Lansdowne Resort; Andrew Stover, Chef Wino; Todd Kliman, Washingtonian magazine.

Twitter Taste-off, 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. (Participants must be 21 or older.) Moderator: Kenton Fabrick, Twitter guru extraordinaire

For ticket information, visit DLW's website.

Hope to see you there!