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Tuesday, May 16 • 11:35am - 12:55pm
Defining Local on the East Coast FULL

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50 states now produce wine. Virginia and New York are leading the pack on the East Coast. Taste along with our expert panel and explore how these states are defining local east of the Mississippi.

Moderators
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Erin Scala, DWS

Wine Director, Fleurie Restaurant
After working for many years in New York City as a sommelier at several Michelin star restaurants, notably PUBLIC and The Musket Room, Erin returned to her home state of Virginia. She writes a wine blog, produces a weekly wine podcast, and writes about wine for several... Read More →
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Noah Singerman

Sommelier, Husk Charleston
Noah has been working in wine and spirits for over 15 years. Born and raised in Sonoma County, the landscape of the region not only shaped and inspired his early palate, but also instilled a passion for wine that has led him into a career as a Sommelier and Beverage Director.He b... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert Newton

Chef & Owner, Black Walnut, Nightingale 9, Wilma Jean and Smith Canteen
Robert Newton is the chef and owner of Black Walnut at the new Hilton Brooklyn. He is also the chef and owner of Nightingale Nine, Wilma Jean and Smith Canteen all located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Newton and his restaurants have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and Garden... Read More →
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Lenn Thompson

Founder & Editor, The Cork Report
Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a 15 years ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing, and community management professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. The site became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news. In late 2016, Lenn retired that site launched TheCorkReport.us to cover wines from across North America -- including New York, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont and Pennsylvania. | Formerly the editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette, Lenn has contributed to various local and regional websites and magazines. He is currently the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times on Long Island and regularly contributes to Beverage Media. Lenn is also the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion event for writers and bloggers. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic... Read More →
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Andrew Woolridge

Head Sommelier, DBGB
Raised in Colorado and educated in Texas, Andrew Wooldridge initially studied entrepreneurship and international business before pursuing a culinary education at the Cordon Bleu in Paris. Upon his return to the United States, he began working as a chef at a winery. For a time, Wooldridge shifted to the world of advertising and even earned a Masters in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Throughout that time, his exposure to wine was simmering under the surface, so he headed west to pursue wine classes at the Culinary Institute of... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:35am - 12:55pm
Pavilion III