Sorry for the absence. Italy called and asked me to judge a couple hundred wines. In a castle. Who can say no to that?
Wondering where I've been? I've been traipsing through vineyards throughout the world for the past month or so in Rioja, Spain, the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and Puglia, Italy. But, I'm home, almost past the jet lag, and I have every intention of staying put in the U.S. for the summer so I can write. And that includes concentrating on Wine and Wonder.
I would have had my Monday news feature up yesterday on Monday, but I had jury duty. So Monday's news is on Tuesday this week. Here's what's been going on in the world of wine on the East Coast recently.
Forbes' Cathy Huyghe discusses Pennsylvania wine and wine tourism after a visit to the Wine & Jazz Festival at Longwood Gardens last month where she tried several PA wines and spoke with several of the winery's representatives at the festival about their grapes.
Olga Massiv tackles natural wine in The Washington Post (possible paywall) and lets everyone know that this upcoming weekend, there will be over 100 of them at the Summer Solstice Festival at Old Westminster Winery's Burnt Hill Farm Vineyard in Maryland. (I'd be there if I could, ad I'm sorry to miss it.)
The Loudon County Times highlights local winery Walsh Family Wine in Virginia. Trevor Baratko tells the story of Nate and Sarah Walsh and the winery they bought an existing winery, made it their own, and produce 100 percent Loudon County wine.
Yahoo Finance rounds up 13 Top Charlottesville Wineries to Visit, and I'm bookmarking this one because I'll be in that region of Virginia later this summer.
Climate change has already arrived in the Finger Lakes, according to Glenn Coin in New York Upstate. The regions experiencing warmer winters and springs, more severe rainfall, pests that thrive in the warm, humid conditions, and longer frost-free seasons. Only one of those things is a positive.
Not East Coast (but not West Coast, either)
Michigan's wine scene potential gets touted by Maggie Hennessy in Wine Enthusiast. She give a quick overview of the state's five AVAs and some wineries worth knowing.