Here's what's been going on since last I posted. A few months ago, I took a gig with Inside.com writing both a wine newsletter and a beer newsletter for the site. (Feel free to click through the links and subscribe to either newsletter, but don't forget to come back here after you do.)
While I've been finding my groove with those newsletters, I've also been hustling with the wine features. My Chambourcin: The Grape That's Put Lehigh Valley and Its Winemakers on the Map is the cover story for the most recent issue of Edible Philly, and I was able to feature a few East Coast wineries in my Spirited magazine piece about mobile bottling/canning units. Earlier this month, I educated my newspaper column readers on grüner veltliner grown in New Jersey.
While #NJwine will always be my first love, I'm now concentrating on all East Coast wines and the stories of those who produce them. I'm not completely forgoing other regions - both U.S. and around the world - but as the wines on this coast increase in quality and the number of wineries continues to grow, there's a need for journalists who take a special interest in them. I'm happy to be one of those journalists.
So expect the East Coast Wine News roundup to be a regular feature again here on W&W. And expect regular blog posts here also, at least three a week. Look for more photos, more new wines (and spirits, beer & cider from time to time), new regions, and new travels. I'm putting the wonder back into my wine journey, and I'm taking you with me.
On to the news....
Southeastern Pennsylvania is discovering which grapes varieties work well in the region, and Linda Jones McKee reports on those on Wine Business. She takes a look at Galen Glen's grüner veltliner, Vox Vineti's Bordeaux blend grapes, Galer Estate's cabernet franc and grüner, plus other varieties from those vineyards and several other vineyards.
Over at Virginia Wine, Aileen Sevier, DipWSET, is talking about that state's emerging varieties - petit manseng and tannat.
A fourth generation has taken over at the iconic Dr. Konstantin Frank winery in the Finger Lakes. On Ithaca.com, Dave Sit has the story of Meaghan Frank, the great-granddaughter of Konstantin, who has had taken over the day-to-day operations at the wine cellars in Hammondsport, along with a brief history of the winery.
Part of the the Poolesville Golf Course in Montgomery County, MD, is now a vineyard. Rina Torchinsky explains on The Diamondback that because of a partnership between the University of Maryland Extension and the Montgomery County Revenue Authority, students in the UMD's agriculture program can use the vineyard as part of their wine industry studies.
A study done by Penn State published on Science Daily found that Mid-Atlantic region wineries might draw more people to tasting rooms if they offered wine growlers, catering to those concerned about sustainability.