East Coast Wine News, February 22


A vertical lineup of Unionville Vineyards Pheasant Hill Chardonnay


A round up of the news from February 9 - 22, 2021 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.


  • For Manhattan with a Twist Jacy Topps highlights the quality wines made in New Jersey. On a media trip through NJ's wine regions, she met some passionate winemakers, enjoyed delicious local, farm-to-table cuisine, and tasted some diverse and impressive wines. (disclosure: I was on the same trip)

  • Maryland's 2020 Governor's Cup Awards were recently announced, and Richard Leahy has the details on his website. Boordy Vineyards took home the state Governor’s Cup for its 2015 Landmark Reserve, a Bordeaux blend. Leahy has a list of the best in show awards and the wines that won double golds in this mid-Atlantic wine region.

  • In New York, a partnership between Welch’s Global Ingredients Group, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and Cornell University’s Department of Food Science has led to Welch's creating a de-characterized grape juice - one that can be used to add things like weight and texture to wines - from its concord grapes. The juice is available to NY winemakers, according to New York Grape & Wine Foundation.

  • On this week's Wine 101 podcast from VinePair, Keith Beavers delves into the history of winemaking in New York state and gets into its 9 AVAs.

  • The Yadkin Valley Wine Trailin North Carolina now has 20 member wineries. Four or five of them opened over the past year during the pandemic, reports WFMY News.

  • Unionville Vineyards has a new vineyard manager. Rachel White joined the Hunterdon County, New Jersey, winery and introduced herself on its website's blog. White holds a Master of Science with a focus in environmental horticulture and viticulture.

  • North Carolina's Duplin Winery is expanding into Panama City Beach, Florida. WWAY explains that Duplin is building building a 35,000-square-foot complex that will live entertainment and wine tastings of their wines made from Muscadine grapes.

  • Collin Dreizen reports for Wine Spectator that Tennessee lawmakers have introduced a law that would make it "prohibitively difficult for many small wineries to sell direct to the state's consumers."

  • The Wine Collective, an urban winery in Baltimore, Maryland, has produced what it believes to be the state's first vermouth. Called, Vermu it uses uses Maryland-grown grapes that were distilled in collaboration with the Baltimore Spirits Co and it's the first in a series, according to Amanda Yeager for Biz Journals.


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.

  • Last week's deep freeze in Texas affected the state's vineyards hard. Vineyard managers are still accessing the damage but it's estimated that as much as 60% of the Texas grape crop could be lost due to the unusual arctic blast that hit the usually temperate state, according to Ron Saikowski for Houston Chronicle.

  • KTVB highlighted Idaho's wine history last week for National Drink Wine Day, recognizing the German and French immigrants who paved the way before Prohibition and noting that it wasn't until 40 years after Prohibition ended that wine grapes were once again planted in the state.


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