East Coast Wine News, August 10

William Heritage's Stayman Piquette made from grape skins rehydrated with apple juice

A round up of the news from August 4 - 10, 2020 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • New Jersey's William Heritage Piquette is highlighted in New Jersey Monthly. Shelby Vitteck uses the wine that's made from grape skins rehydrated with apple juice as an introduction to this low ABV style of wine.

  • Tropical Storm Isaias damaged Good Luck Cellars winery in Kilmarnock, Virginia. A suspected tornado tore down the winery's chimney and the main building suffered millions of dollars in extensive water damage, according to WTVR.

  • Spotted lanternfly sightings in Pennsylvania increased by nearly 500 percent through the end of July, and vineyards are an important battleground in figuring out ‘predictability’ of this invasive species. For PennLive, Paul Vigna spoke to several PA and NJ winery owners and others who are working to keep these vine-destroying pests at bay.

  • New York took two of the “best of category” prizes and New Jersey took one at this year's Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. NJ's Plagido’s Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, NY's Idol Ridge Winery Riesling 2018 and NY's Sparkling Pointe Sparkling Pointe Brut Seduction 2008 were judged best in their respective categories, according to Don Cazentre of New York Upstate.

  • A letter to the editor at Go Erie from Bob Heibel urges community colleges to create viticulture/fermentation academic programs at the community college level in Pennsylvania.

  • A wine from the 1000 Islands wine region in upstate New York garnered national recognition. Business Insider rated Wellesley Island White from Thousands Islands Winery in Alexandria Bay as a top white wine to try for the summer, and local news station WWNYTV is excited about that. (If you're unfamiliar with the 1000 Islands wine region, check out my Courier Post wine column from two years ago When traveling, go outside your wine comfort zone. I visited three wineries in the region, including Thousand Islands Winery, and wrote about the cold-hearty grapes the region grows.)

  • Fast Company's Amy Farley interviewed Vermont-based vintner Krista Scruggs who is shaking up winemaking by doing things a little differently, like blending apples with grapes to create what’s known as “vinous ciders.”

  • Like many East Coast wineries, Running Brook Vineyard in Dartmouth, Massachusetts is scrambling to keep up with the governor's rules during the pandemic. Dartmouth Week's Kate Robinson says that while the winery has plenty of outdoor seating, a new rule that requires the winery to serve food with the wine - something Running Brook is not set up to do - means no one can enjoy that outdoor seating.

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