East Coast Wine News, Jan 31, 2020


Good Friday evening. I'm in my office, glass of Virginia wine in hand, music blaring (my top songs from 2018 on Spotify (clearly I was working through some anger, if the top songs are any indication!), and dreaming of Paris, where I'll be in 9 days for Wine Paris. January has both flown by and lasted forever, as most periods of time do these days, and I'm ready to turn the page on the calendar.

But, before I do that, let's take a look at some of the news from the past couple of weeks coming from the East Coast wine regions.

  • Wine Enthusiast thinks the Long Island wine scene has few rules and incredible potential. Hannah Selinger explains the region has three AVAs (Long Island, North Fork of Long Island and The Hamptons, Long Island) and only a few specific rules that govern wine production in these appellations, which affords winemakers relative autonomy. She also goes into the grapes and soils of the region.

  • Mazza Vineyards 2018 Vidal ice wine won the Pa. Wine Society’s competition a week ago. Paul Vigna writes in PennLive that the surprise win is the second time in as many years that a white wine has taken the top spot at the yearly competition.

  • Mike Madaio predicts the next big grapes for Pennsylvania wines on Keystone Edge. Grinner veltliner, lemberger, and albariño get called out as the varietals to watch in PA. (Madaio also recently published Lost Mount Penn: Wineries, Railroads and Resorts of Reading, a book that delves into the forgotten wine house culture of Berks County in the 1800s.)

  • On his East Coast Wineries blog, Carlo DeVito talks about a recent visit to Milea Estate Vineyard's new tasting room in Staatsburg and the wines he tasted during his visit.

  • 2019 was a wonderful vintage for Virginia, Kevin Ambrose reports in The Washington Post (paywall). He interviewed the winemaking teams at the Winery at Bull Run and the Williamsburg Winery to discuss the relationship between weather and wine.

  • A recent study gave dire predictions for what climate change will do to wine producing regions. Frank Kumer takes a look at what these predictions - should they be accurate - will do specifically to Pennsylvania and New Jersey wineries in The Philadelphia Inquirer. (paywall)

  • Meaghan Frank is the fourth generation of her family to manage Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in the Finger Lakes. Amy Ellsworth interviews her for NY Drinks NY about her experience in the wine industry and what she thinks makes the NY wine industry unique.

Finally, I want to point you to a piece I wrote just published on the travel site Dorsia. Philly-based somm and author Marnie Old gave me some tips on How to Order Wine from a Restaurant Like You Know What You're Talking About.

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