Press Credentials for Wine Tastings

Do you think a blogger like me would qualify for press credentials at a wine tasting event? I would love to attend the DC International Wine and Food Festival, but am unsure if I would be considered “press.”

You can find the press policy here.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Lots of Gruner Veltliner

Prior to Thanksgiving I believe that I had consumed a total of 2 bottles of Gruner Veltliner. Matt’s Aunt and Uncle offered to bring the wine for Thanksgiving and arrived bearing many, many bottle of Gruner Veltliner from 3 different producers! They brought so much that Matt and I were drinking it for weeks after.

This bottle, the 2006 Leth Gruner Veltliner Langenreserve from Austria ( it also said: Wagram Steingrund on the bottle, but I confess I don’t know what that means) was my favorite of the three. It clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume and had a screw cap.

On the nose I found citrus, lemon, a tropical aroma, spicy white pepper, fresh cut grass, and oddly enough, green beans. The nose was quite strong and distinct. In the mouth flavors of oranges and white pepper dominated, with a bit of something fruity and tropical. The finish on this one was very smooth and we enjoyed it all by its lonesome, though it would be a great wine for appetizers!