What do you mean, two weeks?
Wow. Time sure flies by when you’re organizing a visit to a wine region. But the important thing is that the agenda for TasteCamp is essentially complete, except for a couple of knick-knacks and details, and that we’re very happy with the experience that participants are being offered for the fourth edition of this gathering of wine writers and bloggers from all over the US and Canada. I’m very excited to get a more in-depth look at what Virginia has to offer – and to meet the great bunch of people that take part in the event.
For more details, here is today’s press release, fresh off the virtual presses.
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TasteCamp 2012 in Virginia is just around the corner
Visits at Fabbioli and Linden added • Spots still open for grand tastings
The organizers of TasteCamp are gearing up for an exciting weekend of wine discovery that will bring some 40 bloggers and writers from all over the US and Canada to Loudoun County and Northern Virginia, May 4-6, 2012. The program for the weekend has been steadily taking shape in the last few weeks, with some great additions to the three-day experience now confirmed.
A Great Finish at Linden
The weekend’s final vineyard visit, on Sunday morning, will almost be worth the trip in itself: Linden Vineyards. As Jancis Robinson put it in a recent article in the Financial Times: “A key figure in raising standards in Virginia grape growing… and winemaking has been Jim Law of Linden Vineyars, whose wines have been exceptional almost from when he started in the 1980s.” It’s an honor that Jim Law agreed to host the TasteCamp group and provide a true idea of what Virginia is capable of.
Vineyard walks at Fabbioli and Tranquility
Vineyard walks – a great opportunity to understand where the wines of a region are coming from – have always been an essential part of TasteCamp. This year’s program features two walks that will showcase some of the most interesting grape growing spots in Northern Virginia.
On Saturday morning, TasteCamp participants will get to know another solid example of Northern Virginia wine, Fabbioli Cellars. Winemaker Doug Fabbioli will be showing the group around his vineyards and winery, where he produces Bordeaux varieties, but also sangiovese and tannat, as well as a selection of fruit wines.
On Saturday afternoon, the group will visit Tranquility Vineyard, a 7-acre property in Purcellville that provides fruit for several local producers. Ben Renshaw, winemaker/owner of 8 Chains North winery, will lead the group on a vineyard walk and tasting.
Grand tastings at Boxwood and Tarara
TasteCamp will also offer a wider-ranging look at the diversity of Virginia wines, thanks to two grand tastings presented at Boxwood Winery (Friday) and Tarara Winery (Saturday). Some of the best producers in Virginia have confirmed their presence, including Blenheim, Barboursville, Hume, Ankida, Veritas and Corcoran. There are still spots open for the grand tastings: wineries interested in participating should contact Frank Morgan or Lenn Thompson at the coordinates below.
A laid-back Southern-style BYO
The always-fun BYO dinner, a Saturday night tradition at TasteCamp, will benefit from a laid-back, relaxed, Southern-style setting and menu. Organized in collaboration with Visit Loudoun, the dinner will take place at a great location, North Gate Vineyard, with catering by Smokin Willy, a well-known Virginia BBQ provider. All at a very nice price, too!
Essential Virginia partners
TasteCamp is also proud to count on several other great partners, starting with three host wineries : Breaux Vineyards, Boxwood Winery and Tarara Winery. Two key regional organizations are also on board : The Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office (Virginia Wine) and the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association (Visit Loudoun) who are offering logistical, financial and/or transportation support. TasteCampers will be staying at the National Conference Center, in Leesburg, Virginia, a conveniently-located facility that is offering a special rate for event participants.
The concept for TasteCamp, created in 2009 by Lenn Thompson, executive editor of the New York Cork Report, is a simple one: getting enthusiastic journalists and bloggers together in a region that is new to them, to taste as much wine as possible and speak to as many winemakers as possible over the course of a weekend.
Most smaller, lesser-known wine regions in the world would love to get their wines in front of new audiences, but it can be a challenge. With TasteCamp, the new audience comes to them.
This is not a junket — attendees pay their own travel expenses, including their hotel rooms and meals. Through generous sponsors, some meals may be deeply discounted.
Follow the Latest updates on TasteCamp 2012:
• On Twitter: #TasteCamp
To participate as an attendee, contact Lenn Thompson at lenn (at) newyorkcorkreport.com
To participate as a sponsor, contact Frank Morgan at frank.j.morgan (at) gmail.com.
For more information, contact co-organizers Remy Charest (remycharest (at) mac.com) and John Witherspoon (vcuspoon1 (at) comcast.net)
Media and interview requests:
Lenn Thompson at lenn (at) newyorkcorkreport.com or
Frank Morgan at frank.j.morgan (at) gmail.com.