East Coast Wine News, July 20
Franklin Hill Vineyards in PA's Lehigh Valley saw a flood of business when Coronavirus hit
A round up of the news from June 14 - 20, 2020 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.
When Coronavirus hit, Franklin Hill Vineyard in the Lehigh Valley, PA became a "mini Amazon," according to owner Elaine Pivinski. With PA state stores closed, orders for delivery and curbside pick-up flooded in. Franklin Hill was able to keep their full staff on because they needed everyone to pack and ship wines, according to Julia Shanahan for The Morning Call.
New Jersey's newest tasting room had its grand opening last weekened. David Mullen over at New Jersey Uncorked has the details about Millville's Terra Nonna's tasting room and some thoughts on their wines.
New York's Hudson Valley now ha a City Winery. While the chain of wineries doesn't often use local grapes to produce wines, they do sometimes serve locally made wines. What makes this particular location newsworthy at the moment, according to Bill Pearis for Brooklyn Vegan, is that it has scheduled some socially-distant outdoor concerts with some recognizable names such as Joan Osborne and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes.
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.
Six of the 20 contenders for USA Today's Best Wine Region nominees are non-west coast regions. Readers can vote for their favorite of the 20 regions up until August 12. The non-West Coast regions include Verde Valley, AZ, Finger Lakes, NY, Lake Michigan Shore, MI, Monticello, VA, Old Michigan Peninsula, MI, and Texas Hill Country, TX.