East Coast Wine News, June 22, 2020


Tolino Vineyards in Lehigh Valley uses the hybrid grape Chambourcin to make their Mama's Rosé

A round up of the news from the past week on the East Coast Wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • On Wine Enthusiast, Shelby Vittek reports that winemakers turning to hybrid grapes to meet demand for rosé. Grapes like Chambourcin, Marquette and Frontenac Gris make refreshing pink wines. And, no surprise, four of the five bottles recommended in the article are from the East Coast (VT, NJ, and VA - and the fifth is from MI).

  • Maryland's Washington County wineries have reopened to visitors following the COVID-19 shutdown reports Alicia Notarianni for Herald Mail Media. Sales at wineries are by the bottle only. There are no traditional tastings yet.

  • Finger Lakes Times has the info on Heron Hill Winery's new winemaker Jordan Harris. Harris began his winemaking career in Canada, then spent some time in Loudon County, VA and was highlighted in Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 40 Under 40 Tastemakers Issue, and has now made his way up to Heron HIll on the western shore of Keuka Lake.

  • Joey Wölffer of Long Island's Wölffer Estate Vineyard is celebrating10 years in business. Natasha Wolff interviewed Wölffer for DUJOUR about her winery's vineyards, varietals, favorite local haunts and more.

  • In Connecticut, local wineries are pushing to sell their wines in grocery stores. At the moment, no wine is allowed to be sold in grocery stores, and there's talk, including interest by Governor Lamont, about changing that, reports Jodi Latina reports for WTNH.

  • Meagan Drillinger recommends 15 summer wines for Business Insider and among the wines from regions all over the world is Vermont's 2019 La Garagista Farm and Winery Ci Confonde Rosé.

  • Over at The Buyer, Richard Siddle shares wine book author Jamie Goode's Top 10 Things to Know About New York Wines. Most of the info is about the Finger Lakes, but Long Island is also mentioned.

  • And in more Finger Lakes news, Chris Scholomiti reports for Auburn Pub that the cold spring delayed the region's grapevine development, but the recent warmer weather including a heat wave with multiple days above 90 degrees have helped the vines catch up and their just about where they should be now for this time of year.

North American news that's not East Coast, but not West Coast either

Not because West Coast wine news isn't important, but it already gets plenty of attention

  • Canada has a new approved sub-geographical indication (sub_GI). The Mediterranean-climate region of Cowichan Valley in Vancouver Island, British Columbia is now an official wine region, reports Wine, Wit and Wisdom. The region's leading grapes are Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.

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