East Coast Wine News, August 17


The summer of 2020 seems to be time for those outside the wine industry to discover piquette.

A round up of the news from August 11 - 17, 2020 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • Wine's next big thing is not wine, according to Kathleen Willcox at Wine Searcher. Rather, the cheap, cheerful, eco-friendly and low-ABV wine alternative Piquette is what many younger wine drinkers are reaching for. New York's Wild Arc Farm is one of the wineries featured in this piece.

  • Jaime Brown highlights 19 natural, organic and biodynamic rosés from around the globe for Food & Wine, and four of them are from the East Coast. Long Island's Palmer Vineyards Rosé of Merlot, Vermont's ZAFA Winery “Lust for Life” Pét-Nat Rosé, Long Island's Channing Daughters Winery Rosato di Cabernet and, and Vermont's La Garagista Winery Lupo Bocca Rosé each get a thumbs up for natural summer sipping.

  • East Coast wineries are moving toward reservations because of COVID-19 restrictions, Lenn Thompson reports for Wine Industry Advisor. New Jersey’s Unionville Vineyards and Virginia's Rosemont are two of the wineries that chimed in about what that means for their business and for their customers.

  • Lake Erie Wine Region spans both Pennsylvania and New York, and the we wineries in the region have mostly re-opened, following safety guidelines for COVID-19, according to Izzy Graziano of Clarance Bee.

  • Meg Maker interviewed Vermont's La Garagista winemaker Deirdre Heekin for The Terroir Review. Are her bottlings wine or cider? They're both, she says.

  • So far, the summer has been great for growing grapes in The Finger Lakes, reports Chris Scholomiti for Auburn Pub.

  • On Long Island, the boutique vineyard The Diliberto Winery has been put up for sale for $1.995 million, according to Mark Harrington at Newsday.

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.

  • For Dallas Morning News, Tina Danze interviewed winemaker Michael McClendon about his custom crush winery, Sage's Vintage in Nacogdoche, TX. The goal of the winery is to help Texas wineries produce good quality wines.

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