East Coast Wine News, December 21

A round up of the news from December 8 - December 21, 2020 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits in Vermont is dropping the wine at the end of the year, according to WCAX. instead, it will be focusing on its liquors - producing its maple, apple, and maple bourbon crème.

  • The mid-Atlantic wine region is becoming a sweet spot for Albariño. For Penn Live, Paul Vigna highlights wineries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland that are not only making wine from the grapes, but making wines that win awards from it - including Stony Run Winery in the Lehigh Valley won best white wine with its 2018 Albariño in the recent 2020 Sommelier Judgement.

  • Vigna also writes for Penn Live about Pennsylvania's Says Binah Winery, and the challenges its overcome since opening last June. The kosher winery in the Lehigh Valley has no tasting room, and winemaker Kevin Danna trained under Brad Knapp at Lehigh Valley's Pinnacle Ridge.

  • NJ Monthly's Shelby Vitteck recommends New Jersey sparkling wines for the holidays.

  • And, the North Forker's Lenn Thompson recommends New York's Long Island bubblies to drink through New Year's.

  • On Wine Trails and Wanderlust, Matt Fitzsimmons talks about the consumer trends that have affected Virginia's wine industry over the past year, and lists the 8 wineries that have closed, the 21 wineries that have opened, and 10 wineries that are soon to open.

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