East Coast Wine News, March 8

Food & Wine calls the kayaking expedition to Virignia's Chatham Vineyards one of

the world's most extreme wine tastings.

A round up of the news from March 2 - March 8, 2021 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has a new urban winery, and this one uses locally sourced grapes. Founded by Nicholas Ducos and Francesca Galarus, Mural City Cellars in the Kensington neighborhood is based on the concept of vins de table or affordable, locally sourced table wine. In Eater, Caroline Coral says the winery's most appealing offerings are the Community Supported Winery (CSW) wines that come in under $20.

  • The world's most extreme wine tastings - according to Kristy Alpert of Food & Wine, include kayaking to Virginia's Chatam Vineyards, a constant uphill bike climb to Michigan's 45 North Vineyards, and hiking with llamas for two miles to Divine Llama Vineyards in North Carolina. (I've done the kayak trip to Chatham Vineyards, and it's a lot of fun. I wrote about the kayaking and the winery in one of my Road Trip Worthy pieces.)

  • For the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, Whitney Beaman takes a look at the potential and practicality of regenerative winegrowing in New York Vineyards.

  • On his website, Richard Leahy has a list with links to all the medalists from the 2021 Virginia Wine Governor's Cup. This was the first year that cider had its own category in the competition, and the medaling ciders are listed, too. Although the medals have been announced, the winners in each category from the competition have not been. They'll be announced Tuesday, March 9 on Facebook at 7pm EST. Details about how to watch live are here.

  • Wine Business reminds us it's time to start looking for the Spotted Lanternfly again. Linda Jones McKee reports that there are established populations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Connecticut, New York, and Ohio and sightings of the invasive species that decimates vines in several other states. There are several research trials on management techniques in the works.

  • In the North Forker, Lenn Thompson lists his 12 essential wines from New York's Long Island.

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