Maryland is hosting the fifth annual Drink Local Wine conference, the main annual event of Drink Local Wine, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of American wine.

The Drink Local Wine Confererce is Saturday at the Tremont Suites Hotel & Grand Historic Venue. Conference activities include seminars, tastings and guest speakers like Jerry Pellegrino, executive chef at Waterfront Kitchen, and Al Spoler, host of WYPR’s Cellar Notes.

The conference’s grand fiinale is the Grand Tasting & Twitter Taste-Off at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The brainchild of Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre and wine blogger Jeff Siegel (the Wine Curmudgeon), Drink Local Wine’s goal is to spotlight wine made "in the 47 states and Canada that aren't California, Washington or Oregon."

Saturday’s conference and Grand Tasting are open to the public. The cost is $125 for the conference and tasting, or $40 for the tasting alone.

For more information call 410-252-9463 or go to www.marylandwine.org.