East Coast Wine News, September 14


One of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard's Rieslings has been named one of the top wines from New York by Wine Enthusiast. (The one chosen is different from the one in this photo.)

A round up of the news from September 1 - 14, 2020 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

I'm sitting outside today. It's a beautiful, breezy day here in South Jersey. What a difference two weeks can make in the weather. And, I have two weeks worth of news for you today because I took last Monday's holiday off. I'm including a couple of festivals in today's news. I wouldn't normally include them in this weekly round up, but I think that festivals resuming during this pandemic is news-worthy.

  • A judge ruled that Minnesota winemakers don't have to use at least 51 percent of grapes grown in state. Adam Belz reports for the Star Tribune that this ruling may affect states with similar laws such as New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

  • New Jersey's Gary Pavilis is the subject of Shelby Vitteck's latest for New Jersey Monthly. He's the "man who helped put New Jersey wineries on the map."

  • Deirdre Heekin of La Garagista in Bethel, Vermont is featured in Modern Farmer. Julia Clancey reports that Heekin's hybrid-relying wines are some of the most coveted in America.

  • Virginia's Hunt's Vineyard has rebranded as 5 Vines Winery, according to Jenny Haugh for The Altavista Journal.

  • Wine Enthusiast puts a spotlight on New York's top 12 wines. Alexander Peartree spends a little time talking about the state's major wine regions before featuring specific bottles from the Finger Lakes, Long Island, Hudson Valley and Niagara.

  • Sip Into Autumn will be New Jersey's first wine festival since the pandemic. Kathy Bullock reports for the Patch that this socially distanced festival featuring five wineries will take place Sept. 26 & 27 at the Gloucester County Fairgrounds

  • In Virginia, Mount Vernon's Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour will take place Oct. 9 through 11 with safety measures in place. Sixteen local wineries will participate in the festival, according to Emily Leayman of the Patch.

  • New York City is getting its first New York winery tasting room. Food & Beverage reports that North Fork's Hound's Tree Estate is opening a tasting room for its wines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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.

  • Most of us our aware of the fires in California, Oregon and Washington that are devastating lives and property, including many vineyards and wineries. However, Colorado is battling its own fires, and they're affecting both the wine and cannabis industries. Nickolaus Hines reports for Wine Enthusiast about the fire's tolls on those industries.

  • Gabrielle Farms reports on Eater that Texas wineries have formed a PAC to lobby the government to enact laws allowing tasting rooms to reopen.

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