East coast wine news, January 10, 2020

Switching the news from Monday to Friday for the simple reason that Mondays are always so jam packed with work after the weekend that I have a hard time getting this done.

Let's get right to what's happening in the world of wine on the East Coast.

The Monticello Wine Trail is in Virginia, where great wine is being made

  • Over at Drink What you Like, Frank Morgan talks about the opportunities and headwinds facing the Virginia wine industry in 2020. He also has a list of tastemakers and grapes to watch and predicts this will be the year for Virginia sparkling wine. A great overview of what's happening in VA right now.

  • The Finger Lakes finished the last decade with a flourish, according to Jason Wilson on Vinous. He point to its emergence as America's premier cool-climate wine region, improvements in winemaking and its much improved reds while conceding the region has an identity crisis to overcome. -- Vinous

  • Stargazer's Vineyard in Coatesville, PA, has changed hands. Paul Vigna has the details on Penn Live of how Michael Vorauer, the winemaker at Stargazer's, and his partner Jason Kirkpatrick bought the Chester County winery from the previous owner.

  • New Jersey's Unionville Vineyards has earned the Garden State its first 90-point red in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. My Central Jersey's Nicholas Polanin reports the winery's 2015 ‘Pheasant Hill Vineyard’ Pinot Noir received the ground-breaking score and was described as “beautifully constructed, elegant, velvety and perfectly balanced. The good acidity always matches the depth and the fruit. This is very much a step up from what you’d expect in New Jersey Pinot Noir- probably several steps up. It is a beauty.”

  • Winemakers in New England are fine with not being like those in California. Boston, Magazine's Rowan Jacobsen tells the stories of New England wineries using hybrid grapes and producing natural wines in the region that has the potential to become an important wine region with the power to threaten the established order.

  • New Jersey is getting a new cidery and meadery. Armageddon Brewing in Somerdale (very close to me!) will open on January 31. Tammy Paolino has the details in the Courier Post about the soon-to-open business that's a long time in coming.

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