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A round up of the news from the past week (or in this case - two weeks) on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.
Terroirist's Isaac Baker gives some attention to the Monticello AVA in Virginia. The region centered around Charlottesville is home to about 33 wineries, and some of the wines from four of them - Stinson, Afton Mountain, Pollak, and King Family - are reviewed.
Northforker is spending July and August looking at the next generation of winemakers and wine families in its region. Cailin Riley profiles Zander Hargrave and Giovanni Borghese who come from influential winemaking families on the North Fork in New York.
Millbrook Vineyard & Winery in New York's Hudson Valley is in the local wine spotlight on Chronogram. The nearly four-decade old winery produces wines such as Chardonnay, Tocai Friulano, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc and was voted reader's choice by the publication.
Paul Vigna reveals who makes the most wine and cider in Pennsylvania for PennLive. At the top is Arrowhead Wine Cellars in Erie County where 137,000 gallons of wine were produced in 2018.
Baltimore's Union Collective has a new Urban Winery. The Wine Collective is home to several local winemakers, including Maryland's first winery owned by African-American women, and is open from noon to 8 p.m, Tuesdays through Saturday's offering pours and food service, according to Amanda Yeager for Baltimore Business Journal.
Boston Magazine's Sofia Rivera highlights five Massachusetts wineries where locals can savor socially distanced wine tastings, curbside pickup, or private picnics at vineyards around the state, from Cape Cod to Western Mass.
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.
Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia and Baker-Bird Winery in Kentucky are two of nine places that Wine Enthusiast says are preserving the history of American Wine. Jill Barth gives a quick intro to each of the winery's historical pasts, including Baker-Bird that is the only winery to have survived a Civil War battle.
Canada's Okanagan Valley makes sparkling wines that you need to try, according to Camille Berry at Food & Wine. She recommends seven of them made from grapes such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and even Gamay - many of them spending extended time on the lees with good aging potential.