This weekend will be a celebration of all things Missouri Wine. The Drink Local Wine conference is pulling up to St. Louis this Saturday to talk regional wine. The Drink Local Wine website has made it their goal to spotlight wine made in the 47 states that aren’t California, Washington, and Oregon. It’s the brainchild of Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre and wine blogger Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon.
As a localvore, I am thrilled to have the chance to attend as part of the local media. I am really looking forward to learning more about Missouri wine. And to hear what some of the national media heavy hitters of wine like Lisa Hall of Wine Business Monthly, Doug Frost, the godfather of regional wine writing, and Eric V. Orange, the founder and CEO of Local Wine Events think of our state’s wines. And Todd Kliman, the author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine, the definitive book about Missouri’s signature grape norton will there too!
But I have to say, since I am an admitted Twitter addict, the thing I am looking forward to most is the Twitter Taste Off. On Saturday afternoon, two dozen Missouri wineries will pour two wines each for the Twitter Taste off. Participants will blog or Tweet about what they’ve tasted and then the people’s choice award will be given to the participants favorite. Olivia Wilder, host of Olivia Wilder Times, will do her radio show live from the event, interviewing the winemakers and wine personalities in attendance.
Ticket packages start at $35. You can check out the schedule of events here. In addition to the Twitter Taste Off, there are talks scheduled for Saturday morning, a buffet reception scheduled for Saturday night, and winery tours scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Go to the Drink Local Wine website to order tickets. Hope to see you there.