East Coast Wine News, April 9

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

  • I may be a little biased but I think Wine Enthusiast's "How New Jersey is Producing Some of the Best Wines in the East" is the most important East Coast wine news in some time. Seriously, it's about time that New Jersey is getting some national recognition. The Cork Report's Lenn Thompson interviews a few key players and declares "New Jersey’s top estates are producing some of the best bottles in the east, on par with anything found in New York or Virginia."

  • Wine Spectator takes a look at state wine legislation issues in a roundup that goes issue by issue, state by state. The piece covers the entire country, and explains what's going on with proposed wine laws in the state houses of almost every East Coast state.

  • We all may be super annoyed with this crazy cold East Coast spring, but what do the vines think of it? Auburnpub.com looks at how the Finger Lakes is adjusting to unpredictable spring temperatures.

  • In Maryland, Black Ankle Vineyards is growing, according to Baltimore Business Journal. The Mount Airy winery has purchased two new properties to plant vines, and it's planning a second tasting room, too.

  • The Wellsville Daily says that after the the sixth annual Discover Dry Rosé Grand Tasting, it's clear that rosés are "rightfully taking their place as one of the signature styles" of Finger Lakes wine.

  • Carlo DeVito of East Coast Wineries writes of his visit to Vox Veneti in Christiana, Pennsylvania, a winery that bottled its first vintage in 2012. He tasted several of their wines. His verdict? "This small, high quality boutique winery is impressive right out of the gate."

  • It's Virginia Vineyard Month, according to the Augusta Free Press, and Virginian's are encouraged to visit some of the state's 280 wineries.

  • In Vermont, wine lovers can take the scenic route to get to Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits. Wine Enthusiast says they can canoe or kayak to the winery where they'll sample 20 wines, ciders and spirits before being shuttled back to their car.

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