Bill Dowd, our gracious emcee for the event, is the publisher and editor of the “Dowd’s Guides” portfolio of online sites covering food, drink and destinations. Bill is the New York State wine columnist for Examiner.com, writes a column called “Dowd On Drinks” for the Times Union, and is a competition judge in the fields of food, wine and spirits. His book, Barrels & Drams: The History of Whisk(e)y, will be published this fall (Sterling Publishing, NY). He points out that his “…family lineage connects him to the great whiskey-making sites of the world – Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Pennsylvania (where some relatives were known for the quality of their moonshine).” In fact, he is a descendant of Rhodri Molwynog, King of Gwynned, Wales (born in A.D. 690) who was known for having alcoholic drinks available for his fighting men. The colorful and always interesting Mr. Dowd is sure to enchant us with tales of the grape and take us on a magical journey!