This time next week I’ll join 300+ wine lovers for the fourth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia. This three-day event will gather wine bloggers and wine industry leaders to learn and discuss wine in the new media world. There’s a keynote speech from Jancis Robinson (co-author of of one of my favorite wine resources, The World Atlas of Wine), virginia wine reception at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, tour of local vineyards and live blogging on reds, whites and rosés.

To celebrate and get everyone in the Virginia wine mood, yesterday the Virginia Wine Board hosted the first ever Virginia Viognier Virtual Tasting on Twitter and Facebook showcasing Viriginia’s official grape, Viognier. The tasting included Horton Vineyards NV Sparkling Viognier (comes from the oldest Viognier vines on the East Coast), Blenheim Vineyards 2010 Viognier, King Family Vineyards 2010 Viognier, Barboursville Vineyards & Winery 2009 Viognier Reserve, Cooper Vineyards 2010 Viognier and Delaplane Cellars 2010 Maggie’s Vineyard Viognier.

The Virtual Tasting was just the beginning of what promises to be a fun and educational three days next week in Charlottesville! Very proud of my home state and all the great wine progress being made.

Join me next weekend on my blog and twitter (@GrapeOccasions) as I share tastings and experiences from Charlottesville.

Cheers to Virginia Wine!