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From the Archives: TasteCamp 2009 — An Interview with Remy Charest

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Editor’s Note: Every Thursday — call it Throwback Thursday if you’d like — I’ll pull a story from the more than a decade of NYCR stories and republish it. This week’s post is an interview I did with Remy Charest right after the first-ever TasteCamp — which was held right here on Long Island in almost seven years ago. Remy hasn’t missed a TasteCamp since and has become a vital cog in putting the event on as a permanent member of the planning committee. We announced this year’s TasteCamp earlier this week. I keep forgetting to mention that TasteCamp EAST 2009 was actually…

Announcing TasteCamp 2016: Vermont

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The organizers of TasteCamp are proud to announce that the event will make it’s return this spring in Vermont on June 3-5, 2016. After visiting Long Island and the Finger Lakes, the Niagara Region, Virginia, Quebec and most recently the Hudson Valley, this weekend of regional discovery will focus on Vermont in search of great wine, but also of cider, beer and various food specialties. More than 35 bloggers and writers are expected for TasteCamp 2016: Vermont, which will provide participants with the usual mix of great meetings with producers, grand tastings, vineyard (and orchard) visits and, of course, one of the great traditions…

TasteCamp 2014: Hudson Valley Kicks of Drink Local Wine Week 2014

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Tomorrow morning, I head up to the Hudson River Region of New York’s wine country to take care of some final preparations for this year’s TasetCamp event, presented by Drink Local Wine (DLW). This weekend, nearly two dozen writers will join me as we immerse ourselves in the Hudson Valley’s wine, spirits, cider and beer communities through a series of tastings, visits and discussions. I look forward to tasting some of my favorite local libations again, but also to making new discoveries. That’s the fun part. But TasteCamp is really just the beginning — the beginning of “Drink Local Wine Week…

TasteCamp 2014 Invites Writers to Explore Hudson River Valley Wine Country

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Today, I’m thrilled to announce that our TasteCamp will take place October 10-12, 2014 and that we’re bringing it back to New York — in the Hudson River Region. Somewhat sandwiched between New York’s two most prominent fine wine regions, the Hudson River Region doesn’t get the attention that it deserves. Historically, the region has been known for the types of sweet, hybrid grape-based wines that appeal to tourists rather than fine wine lovers, but over the past decade that’s changed significantly. Hybrids are still quite common, but through improved viticultural and cellar practices, quality has never been better. And,…

TasteCamp 2013 Heading to Québec

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TasteCamp 2013 heading to Québec Fifth edition of event will take place May 17-19, widen scope to cider, beer and food The organizers of TasteCamp are proud to announce that the fifth edition of the event will take place in Québec, Canada, on May 17-19, 2013. After visiting Long Island and the Finger Lakes, the Niagara Region and Virginia, this weekend of regional discovery will visit the regions around Montreal in search of great wine, but also of cider, beer and various food specialties. Over 35 bloggers and writers are expected for TasteCamp Québec, which will provide participants with the…

TasteCamp 2012 in Northern Virginia is Just Around the Corner

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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 United States and Canada to Loudoun County and Northern Virginia, May 4-6, 2012. The program for the weekend has steadily taking shape over the past 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…

Announcing TasteCamp 2012 Northern Virginia (May 4-6)

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The organizers of TasteCamp are proud to announce that after exploring the regions of Long Island, the Finger Lakes and Niagara (U.S. and Canada), the event will hold its fourth edition in Northern Virginia wine country on May 4-6, 2012. Several important partners and sponsors have confirmed their participation and are working together to create an exceptional opportunity to discover the very best that Virginia wine has to offer. The 2012 program will feature the combination of vineyard visits, grand tastings, conversations with winemakers and camaraderie that has made the event so successful over the…

“The Hardest Things to Do Are the Ones That Matter Most”: Winemaking Lessons from TasteCamp

By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Like every TasteCamp attendee, I’m a wine lover, but I’m also a beginning home winemaker with a personal interest in discovering what it takes to make world-class wine in my home region of Niagara. This means that in addition to tasting as much wine as I can, I take every opportunity to pick the brains of the winemakers — and occasionally harass them with samples of my own wine after battering them with questions. I figure, when else will I get the chance to speak one-on-one with brilliant and talented people who have built their…

TasteCamp 2011: We’re Going to Niagara Wine Country — Both Sides of the Border

  By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor It is with great excitement that we announce that TasteCamp EAST is becoming TasteCamp NORTH in 2011. We're heading to Niagara wine country, both the Canadian and U.S. sides, May 13-15, 2011. We are still finalizing many of the details, but here's what we know so far, from the press release we issued a few minutes ago: TasteCamp 2011 will be an exploration of Canada's most established and prominent wine region, and one of America’s newest and most dynamic, including everything from the famous wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake to the terroir-driven wines on the Niagara…