East Coast wine news, March 25

News about the flourishing East Coast wine industry from the past two weeks or so.

  • It's smack dab in the middle of Philly Wine Week that began last Thursday and runs through the 29th. Events celebrate wines from around the world, and there are several that feature local wines Pennsylvania and New Jersey wines.

  • On the Rockin Red Blog, Michelle Williams explores New York's wine regions, describing the five major regions and giving tasting notes on six wines from those regions.

  • Paul Vigna that the threat to Maryland's wineries that make wine off-site is over for now. On Penn Live, he says part of the issue at hand has to do with using at least 51 percent at the state's 83 wineries.

  • Getting regional restaurants to carry regional wines is an issue up and down the East Coast. In another Penn Live piece, Vigna discusses how Pennsylvania wineries would like to see their wines on more restaurant wine lists throughout the region.

  • At the Eastern Winery Exposition in Lancaster County, PA, one of the main topics was growing and making better cabernet franc according to Wines & Vines.

  • Modern winemaking in Virginia began 42 years ago and Atlas Obscura has the story. The tale of how two Italians achieved a 200-year-old dream of Virginian wine takes readers back to 1976 when two friends were lectured by scientists and professors about how it couldn't be done.

  • During the last week of March, there's a celebration of Vermont Wines, according to The Cork Report, with several events that "provide great opportunities to visit some of Vermont’s fine dining establishments and to mingle with the makers to see just how well things pair with this new kind of wine."

  • Master of Wine Nova Cadamatre has moved to the Finger Lakes from Napa, and Food & Wine has the details on why the Cadamatre - who worked her first harvest in Pennsylvania - finds the East Coast region of the Finger Lakes attractive. (As an aside - I interviewed Cadamatre about the science behind wine glass shapes for Mother Nature Network a couple of years ago.)

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