East Coast Wine News, August 31

A round up of the news from August 25-31, 2020 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • Tickets are on sale for the 2021 Finger Lakes Wine Festival. In an optimistic move, the 25th annual festival has been planned for July 9-11, 2021, according to Olivia Jaquith of WENY. Over 90 wineries will attend the event.

  • For SevenFifty Daily, Dorothy J. Gaiter highlighted 10 rising Black Drinks Innovators, and Krista Scruggs, Winemaker at Zafa Wines in Burlington, Vermont is one of them. Scruggs produces biodynamically grown sparkling wines made with cold-hardy hybrid grapes such as Frontenac Blanc, Louise Swenson, and La Crescent.

  • Wineries like O-Neh-Da Vineyard in the Finger Lakes have been hit hard by the pandemic because they produce sacramental wine, and there's been no market for it. Catholic News Source reports that the future of sacramental wine future looks unpredictable since no one knows if people will be willing to share a communal cup.

  • Virginia's Bath County is getting its first winery. Natural Wine producer Rock Roadhouse Winery in Hot Springs will have its grand opening September 3-7th, Richard Leahy writes on his website.

  • Time Out highlights Southern Wineries worth visiting. Among the East Coast wineries featured are Banner Elk Winery in North Carolina and Victoria Valley Vineyard in South Carolina that Alex Temblador recommends.

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.

North Dakota may have the right conditions for ice wine, believes Marvin Baker. He presents his case on the Cavalier County Republican and concludes that the northeast part of the state may want to look into this style of wine.

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