East Coast Wine News, March 7

A sampling of bottles from the 2019 Virginia Governor's Cup Case.

Before I get into the news, I want to let you know about the Eastern Winery Exposition happening in Lancaster next week. It's a trade show - not something that wine drinkers would attend (it's not a festival). However, I'll be there with a press pass looking to find out what's new and exciting happening on the East Coast in the industry. Please keep an eye on my Instagram account. I'll be posting from the expo on Tuesday evening and Wednesday day.

Now, on to the news.

  • Virginia announced the winners of the Governor's Cup competition at the end of February. 868 Estate Vineyards for its 2017 Vidal Blanc Passito took the top honor, reports Jill Barth on Forbes. The dessert wine is joined by 11 other high scoring wines that will be highlighted as part of the Virginia's Governor's Case throughout the year.

  • The Executive Director of Garden State Wine Growers Association Tom Cosentino was interviewed about New Jersey's booming wine industry for New Jersey News Network.

  • Melissa Kay over at The Travel encourages wine drinkers to forget Napa and give Long Island wine country a try. She highlights the region's tasting rooms and places to stay.

  • The American Cider Association announced its 2020 Award Recipients and several awards went to east coast cideries and industry members, reports The New School. Apple Advocate of the Year went to John Bunker of Maine.

  • It's time for us all to start paying attention to the spotted lanternfly. Shannon Powers reports on Morning Ag that twelve counties were added to Pennsylvania's spotted lanternfly quarantine list.

  • March is Maryland Wine Month. Take a look at the Maryland Wine website for details.

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