East Coast Weekly Wine News 1/22-1/28/2018

Sharrott Winery in New Jersey is one of the state's winery's expanding because the state's wine production is up 73 percent. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

There are plenty of wine news and article round ups, but I have yet to find one dedicated to East Coast wines. Let's change that starting now.

New Jersey's wine production is up 73 percent since 2011, several wineries have expanded, and jobs in the state's wine industry are rising. This, and much more, comes from an economic impact study, reports NJ.com. (I have my hands on that study and will be writing about what it means for my state very soon.)

East Coast wine experts unite on The Cork Report, according to Penn Live. The blog's editor Lenn Thompson has added Carlo Devito (of the East Coast Wineries blog) to his team. The Cork Report's coverage includes much of the East Coast.

Two East Coast wines, both from Long Island, made Eric Asimov's 20 Wines Under $20: Reds for Winter Moods and Foods list on his New York Times column (pay wall). Wölffer Estate Long Island Cabernet Franc 2013 and Channing Daughters Long Island Rosso Fresco 2015 are both in what he calls the "$15-to-$20 sweet spot where price intersects with quality and distinctiveness to yield great value."

New Jersey now has a vineyard owner on the State Board of Agriculture. My Central Jersey reports that Al Natali of Natali Vineyards in Cape May was sworn in last December. New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher believes, "Natali will be a great addition to the State Board of Agriculture, demonstrating the diversity of New Jersey’s agriculture industry."

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