East Coast Wine News, May 20


A trip to Rioja kept me away from the news for a while. Here I am at Hacienda El Ternero, enjoying a glass of rosé in the vineyards we reached by segway - the funnest way to travel through the vineyards I've experienced yet.

A trip to Rioja, a pitching frenzy to editors, and work on a non-wine piece about music festivals in South Jersey kept me busy for the past month, and the wine news took a back seat. But, it's back this week with a short list of links to recent news about what's happening in wine on the East Coast.

  • Dark hore grapes and red wines impressed the judges at the 2019 PA Sommelier Judgment held last month at Talula's Garden in Philadelphia. (Disclosure: I was part of this event.) Pennsylvania Wines reports that in addition to expected grapes such as cabernet franc and riesling showing well at the judgment, saperavi, teroldego and carmine grapes were in some of the top bottles of the day.

  • Bethesda magazine calls the region around Bethesda, MD a Vineyard Haven. Jeff Heineman has the details on 8 wineries within an hours drive of the city that are worth the visit.

  • Claudia Gryvatz Coquin discusses the next chapter for the North Fork's wineries in The New York Times (possible paywall). With Bedell Cellars up for sale after owner Michael Lynne passed away in March, a transition from family-owned wineries to local or national investor-owned wineries is happening in the region.

  • There's a new wine trail in Pennsylvania, the Lackawanna County Wine Trail. Carbondale News reports that the region in the Northeast portion of the state has nine wineries plus a mead & cider on the trail.

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