Schedule of Events

The conference will be held at the Tremont Suites Hotel and Grand Historic Plaza.

Conference Registration 8:00 am: Join us in the Roman Strada room to check in. Light refreshments and a continental breakfast will be served.


Session I 9:00 am – 9:45 am: Creating Maryland’s Wine Identity (Tremont Hotel)

The history of Maryland wine from the 1940s to the present, which grapes grow well here and where, and what styles of wine are prospering.

Moderator: Richard Leahy, author, Beyond Jefferson’s Vines.

Panelists: Marguerite Thomas, author, Touring East Coast Wine Country; Robert Deford, owner, Boordy Vineyards; Dr. Joe Fiola, Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland.


Session II 10:00 am – 10:45 am: Drinking Local (Tremont Hotel)

Does locavore mean locapour? Do Marylanders appreciate their home-grown wine, and if not, how to get the message out.

Moderator: Dave McIntyre, Washington Post wine columnist, Drink Local Wine co-founder.

Panelists: Jerry Pellegrino, chef, Waterfront Kitchen; Jade Ostner, Director of Events, Maryland Wineries Association; Al Spoler, co-host, Cellar Notes/Radio Kitchen, WYPR Radio.


Session III 11:00 – 11:45 am: Maryland’s New Guard (Tremont Hotel)

Who is setting the quality standard for Maryland wine today? What new grapes, trends or wine regions will we be following in the years to come?

Moderator: Kevin Atticks, executive director, Maryland Wineries Association.

Panelists: Ed Boyce, founder, Black Ankle Vineyards; Tom Shelton, owner and winemaker, Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery; Dave Collins, co-owner, Big Cork Vineyards.


Lunch 12:00 – 1:15 pm: Join fellow attendees and Maryland winemakers at an elegant lunch using fresh, local Maryland ingredients paired with select Maryland wines in a guided tasting. There are three options for lunch:

Albright Farms Chicken
Marinated 1/4 Chicken Pan seared and served with a pan sauce
Marinated, Seasoned, and grilled served in its natural jus.
Roasted poblano chili stuffed with jerk tofu & macedoine avocadoes atop red and yellow quinoa rained with roasted corn, red pepper and mango confetti.


Session IV 1:30 – 2:15 pm: Tasting Maryland’s Future (Tremont Hotel)

Maryland has many distinct environments ranging from west to east, with each set of site conditions providing opportunities and challenges to quality grape and wine production.  Therefore Dr. Fiola’s viticulture and enology R&E program concentrates testing the varieties imported from the fine winegrowing areas of the word that have climates similar to the diverse regional climates of Maryland.

The varieties are planted at the 4 regional research vineyards – the western mountains, CMREC on the Southern shore, and 2 site on the Eastern Shore. This provides the best varietal/ environment pairing opportunities that need to be tested and exploited for each unique region. Small batch winemaking studies of the varieties are conducted and evaluated (university and industry), which ultimately results in regional winegrape variety recommendations.

Dr. Fiola will pour three pairs of wines; two whites, two reds, and two dessert wines, that are made from grapes (or new processing styles) he has been conducting research trials with that he believes will perform well in Maryland.

Moderator: Joseph A. Fiola, Ph.D, Specialist in Viticulture and Small Fruit, University of Maryland Extension



Grand Tasting of Maryland Wines and Twitter Taste-off  3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (The Warehouse at Camden Yards)

The Twitter Taste-Off is the grand finale of the DLW Conference. Held at The Warehouse at Camden Yards, the TTO will feature 20 Maryland wineries.

Many area restaurants will be offering discounts and specials for conference members. A list of participating restaurants can be found on the Specials and Discounts page.