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I believe by now most everyone in the wine blogosphere knows that Charlottesville, VA will serve as host of the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference.  The Virginia Wine Board, Virginia Tourism, and Charlottesville Conv. & Visitors Bureau all did an amazing job of bringing WBC to Virginia! .  In speaking with several winemakers, it’s clear the Virginia wine industry is excited about hosting the conference and sharing Virginia wine with the WBC organization.

Given the strong commitment of Virginia’s Governor and First Lady – Bob and Maureen McDonnell – to promoting and building the Virginia wine industry, coupled with the enthusiasm of Virginia wineries for this event – ‘WBC11 Virginia’ will be a huge success!  (as evidenced by the Associated Press article on WBC11).

Although WBC11 is a year away, it’s not too early to start preparing and learning about Virginia wine.  For those WBC11 attendees interested in experiencing Virginia wine prior to WBC, I am organizing several live Twitter Virginia wine tastings – please email me if you’re interested in participating in one of the upcoming events.

Virginia wineries on Twitter: Of the 150+ wineries in Virginia, noted below are several of the most active Virginia winery ‘Tweeters’ – anyone interested in learning more about Virginia wine should be following.  This is an abridged list of Virginia wineries using Twitter.  Please contact me via Twitter if I have left someone off this list: @DrinkWhatULike.

  • @BreauxVineyards – Breaux Vineyards (www.BreauxVineyards.com) – Operated by Jennifer Breaux-Blosser, one of the savviest social media practitioners in the Virginia wine industry.
  • @CorcoranWine – Corcoran Vineyards (www.corcoranvineyards.com ) – Operated by two of the nicest people in the Virginia wine industry, Jim and Lori Corcoran.
  • @Gadino_Cellars – Derek Pross at Gadino Cellars is one of the most active Twitters in Virginia.  (www.GadinoCellars.com )
  • @WineDirtGroove – Jake Busching, winemaker at Pollak Vineyards (www.pollakvineyards.com) – Well known as one of the friendliest tasting room staff’s in Virginia.  Pollak produces some of my favorite Virginia reds.
  • @KeswickVineyard – Keswick Vineyards (www.keswickvineyards.com ) – The Keswick Consensus red was the winner of our recent Virginia-vs.-Colorado wine taste off in Denver.
  • @Th_jefferson – Jefferson Vineyards (www.jeffersonvineyards.com)
  • @PCWinery – Philip Carter Winery (www.pcwinery.com)
  • @VeritasWinery – Veritas Winery (www.veritaswines.com)
  • @LovingstonWine – Lovingston Winery (www.lovingstonwinery.com)
  • @AnnefieldWine – Annefield Vineyards (www.annefieldvineyards.com)
  • @TararaWinery – Tarara Winery (www.tarara.com) Winemaker Jordan Harris is one of the most active winemakers using social media in Virginia.
  • @MfVvinotweets – Jacqueline at Mountfair Vineyards (www.mountfair.com)
  • @VaWine and @RingwoodBoyd – Not a winery, but a must follow – Annette Boyd of the Virginia Wine Board.  (www.VirginiaWine.org)
  • #vawine – Virginia wine Twitter hash tag – follow to keep up with Virginia wine conversations.

Virginia wine bloggers you should be following: Virginia is home to a large group of passionate bloggers dedicated to the Virginia wine industry and sharing the story of our wineries.  Although I may have a slight bias, I feel the blogging community here provides the most comprehensive ‘home-state’ coverage of any other state’s bloggers.  (This list is by no means inclusive of all Virginia bloggers and print journalists – I’m sure I’ve missed quite a few that I should have included.  If I missed someone, please accept my apologies.  You’re welcome to leave a surly note in the Comments section).

  • @VaWineTime Virginia Wine Time (www.virginiawinetime.com) – My favorite Virginia wine blog.  A must read.  This is the most comprehensive source for Virginia wine and winery information.  Run by Paul Armstrong & Warren Richard – these guys have published Virginia Wine Time since November 2005 and have visited over 100 Virginia wineries!
  • @SwirlSipSnark – Swirl, Sip, Snark (www.swirlsipsnark.com) – Written by a husband and wife duo – a cool blog with a strong focus on sharing the ‘best and worst of Virginia wine.’
  • @VCUSpoon– Anything Wine (anythingwine.wordpress.com) – Written by John Witherspoon, owner of Wine Cellar shop in Richmond, VA and a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). One of my favorite wine friends to hit the Virginia wine trail with.
  • @Alleigh – A Glass After Work (www.AGlassAfterWork.com) – Written by Alleigh, this blog includes a broad range of wine coverage with great photography.
  • @DMWine – Dave McIntrye (www.dmwineline.typepad.com) Wine Columnist for The Washington Post .
  • @CellarBlog – Allan Liska (www.CellarBlog.org) Allan covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on the wines and happenings of the Loudoun County area.
  • @SuzieLin – Running Wine Girl (runningwinegirl.wordpress.com) – Written by Suzie Lin.

Not in Virginia, but cover Virginia wines:

  • @TheOther46 The Other 46 ( www.theother46.com ) – Authored by former Virginian Brian Kirby, The Other 46 is based in Florida, provides great insights in to the Virginia wine industry and other wine regions often ignored by mainstream wine media. This is perhaps the most comprehensive source for regional wines.
  • @Raelinn_Wine Wine Ophelia (wine-ophelia.blogspot.com) – Written by Raelinn Schmidt, another former Virginian now living south of the border in North Carolina.
  • @TLColson Tammy Colson (southernwinetrails.blogspot.com) – Written by Tammy Colson, another North Carolinian that spends a lot of time here in Virginia.

If you’re planning to attend WBC11, I hope you find the aforementioned resources valuable in learning more about the Virginia wine industry and the great people who make it possible.  My next post will include thoughts from some of our winemakers.

On Deck…

Coming Wednesday: Dispatches from Paris – thoughts and experiences on recent trip to Paris

Coming Friday: Chatham Vineyards – a hidden gem on Virginia’s Eastern Shore