East Coast Wine News, February 8


2013 Karamoor Estate Cabernet Franc


A round up of the news from January 19 - January 25, 2021 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • Nicholas Karabots, owner and co-founder with his wife Athena of Karamoor Estate Vineyard & Winery in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania has died. For Penn Live, Paul Vigna reports that the winery didn't release additional details about the 86-year-old's death, but he recalls what he's learned about Karabots over the years who in his words owned "one of the state’s top producers but one of the better ones to be operating on the East Coast."

  • In New York, Long Island's East End has a new label, Montauk Daisy. Owners Juan and Bridget Micieli-Martinez brought their first two wines to market at the end of 2020, a 2019 rosé and a 2019 Chardonnay, writes David Taylor for Dan's Papers.

  • The Wine in VA blog has a Q&A with Chelsey Blevins, head winemaker at 53rd winery in Virginia. Editor Luisa Contaifer spoke with Blevins about training under Horton Vineyard's Mike Heny, why 53rd grows the varieties of grapes it does, and her biggest challenges in the winery.

  • For ANY winery that wants to officially participate in the Spring 2021 #openlocalwine event on Saturday, April 10 and offer a special wine deal with either a discount or free shipping, registration is open. Although this is not strictly an East Coast event, many East Coast wineries and wine lovers participate.

  • Ray Fister reports for the Life Between the Vines Podcast that the latest episode features winemaker Kelby James Russell of Red Newt Cellars in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

  • For North Carolina's News & Record, Ed Williams reports that a spin-off of JOLO Winery & Vineyards in Pilot Mountain recently purchased Hutton Vineyards and its 45 acres. Added to JOLO's existing 27 acres, it will put JOLO among the largest estate vinifera producers in N.C.

  • Mindy Kindsey reports in Virginia Living that DuCard Vineyards in Madison County, Virginia is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The sustainable winery will celebrate with a release of Decade One, a Virginia White Wine.

  • Jancis Robinson will be the keynote speaker at B.E.V. NY, an annual 3-day conference, with two hours each day dedicated to Business, Enology, and Viticulture topics. Robinson's keynote will be on March 5th, 9:00AM to 10:00AM and will focus on market challenges & opportunities facing New York as it forges a path to becoming globally recognized as a premier wine region.

  • For North Forker, Lenn Thompson three myths about Long Island wine. One of those myths about the New York region is that it's all about Merlot.

  • Massachusetts has lost a winery to the pandemic. DeMarsico's Wine Cellar in North Adams. The winery that began in the DeMarsico's home basement in 2010 said on its Facebook page it couldn't afford to stay open and that "COVID has caused such a great loss to our business," according to the staff of the Berkshire Eagle.

  • Although this is spirits and not wine related, Owen Bellwood reports for Spirits Business that New York distillers added $4.4 billion to the economy between 2019 and June 2020. $3.2 billion of that impacted the state directly. I'm including this in the wine roundup because it shows how vital the alcoholic beverage industry can be to a state's economics.

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.

  • Denise Mickelsen and Patricia Kawothumrong introduce readers to Kaibab Sauvage and Patric Matysiewski, the artisans leading the new age of Colorado wine for 5280.

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