East Coast Wine News, June 15, 2020

Chambourcin, a hybrid grape, in a Lehigh Valley, PA vineyard.

The news over the past several months from the majority of east coast wineries has been light. COVID-19 caused wineries to be closed to the public save for curbside pickup. Many of the wineries chose to hold virtual tastings to connect with their customers. But now, as wineries begin to open up with guests sitting socially distanced outdoors, there will be more news, more events.

  • Hybrid grapes and the east coast regions that grow them got some love from Shelby Vittek over at Wine Enthusiast. Producers are refining the "wines produced with them, and wine lovers have slowly warmed up to their potential."

  • New York wineries opened up over the weekend, and those in the East End of Long Island saw positive sales. News 12 reports that many of the wineries set up one-way entrances and exists, hand sanitizing stations and spaced out their tables for safety, and they reported no problems with crowds.

  • Today, New Jersey wineries opened back up to the public. The Garden State Wine Growers Association has information about each winery, its operating hours, special entertainment and more.

  • Stay Home & Wine Down" is the new retail and virtual wine experience from the The Maryland Wineries Association, reports Wine Industry Network. The association will host virtual educational and tasting seminars that feature wine insiders, winemakers, and industry influencers centered around wine packs that can be purchased ahead of time.

  • Cold spring weather hit vineyards throughout Central Virginia hard. The Record Editor's Terry Beigie lost some of this year's vintage to frost.

  • Vermont's Zafa Wines was highlighted in Wine Enthusiast's Guide to Black-Owned Wineries. Vigneronne Krista Scruggs produces bottles from biodynamic hybrid varieties.

Not East Coast but not West Coast either

  • L'uva Bella Winery has been acquired by Marisa Sergi, 26, and Evan Schumann, 25, purchasing it from Sergi’s father, Frank. Phoebe French reports in Drinks Business that Marisa Sergi is a third generation winemaker and already produces under the RedHead Wine label.

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