East Coast Wine News, August 24

Old Westminster's winemaker Drew Baker was named one of Wine Enthusiasts's 40 Under 40 Tastemakers

A round up of the news from August 18 - 24, 2020 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • Wine Enthusiast released its annual 40 under 40 Tastemakers list, and two East Coast winemakers made the list: Drew Baker, Farmer/Cofounder, Old Westminster Winery, Westminster, MD; Kelly Koch, Head Winemaker, Macari Vineyards, Mattituck, NY and Co-Owner/Cidermaker, Woodside Orchards, Aquebogue, NY.

  • John Skrip Jr., who founded and co-owned Pennsylvania’s Clover Hill Winery, died last week, reports Paul Vigna on Penn Live. Skrip was a pioneer in growing wine grapes in the state.

  • Hope Merletti, former co-owner and co-publisher of Vineyard and Winery Management passed away last week. Merletti was also co-founder of the Eastern Wine Competition which later became the International Eastern Wine Competition, according to Linda Jones McKee of Wine Business.

  • Silver Thread Vineyard in the Finger Lakes and its sustainability initiatives are featured in an entry on Jancis Robinson's 2020 Writing Competition. Jerry Smith writes about owners' Shannon and Paul Brock have been to run the vineyard and winery sustainably since they purchased it in 2011.

  • Broken Creek Vineyard & Winery in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is up for sale, Jennifer Toland reports on Telegram. The listing price for the property, which includes the vineyard, winery and the Preusses’ 2,500-square-foot home, is $3.35 million.

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.

  • Nils Bernstein reveals everything you want to know about Mexican wine for Wine Enthusiast including the history of winemaking in the country and overviews of the major regions.

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