East Coast Wine News, June 29


A teenager from PA has created a trap for the Spotted Lanternfly, a pest that threatens grapevines.

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.

  • Fourteen-year-old Rachel Bergey from Harleysville, PA, won a national competition for designing a Spotted Lanternfly trap, reports Bob Keeler for Souderton Indpendent. Her trap, made out of a plastic water bottle, netting and foil, captured 103 more of the grapevine destroying insects than the tape that has previously been used, while also cutting down on killing beneficial insects.

  • Over at Drink What You Like, guest poster Patrick Getlein gives an analysis of Virginia Wine Trends as Seen Through the State Fair and Governor’s Cup Wine Competitions, 2007-2019. One takeaway - the grape that has contributed to the most wins over the years is Cabernet Franc.

  • Virginia is in its first week of a 5-week virtual wine festival. According to Chelsea Donovan from WTKR, the festival's goal is to support Virginia wineries and restaurants that have been paralyzed recently by the coronavirus.

  • North Carolina’s biggest producer of wines made from Italian grapes, Raffaldini Vineyards, and neighbor JOLO Winery & Vineyards have released their fourth collaborative vintage of a red blend called RARA Sisboombah. Paul Vigna has the details on PennLive.

  • The owners of Buttonwood Grove Winery on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes have purchased nearby Toro Run Winery so they can expand their production. Dave and Melissa Pittard will continue to use the Toro Run label for wines produced at that site, according to Don Cazentre over at NYup.

  • On Wednesday, July 15, Sustainable Saratoga will host a virtual tasting with the award-winning wines of the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in the Finger Lakes. Saratoga Today reports that Barbara Frank, Consulting Winemaker and Regional Sales Manager of the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, will lead a virtual tasting experience.

  • North Fork's Macari Vineyards is in the spotlight over at NorthForker. Felicia Lalomia has the info about the winery's origin, history, wines and more.

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

  • Urban winery Detroit Vineyards is the first winery to open up in the Michigan city in 60 years. Liana Aghajanian writes on Wine Enthusiast that the winery is aiming to be part of the community. It has leased the land for its vineyard from local nonprofit U-Snap-Bac and grapes bought from the nonprofit will help funnel funds back into it.

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