East Coast Wine News, January 11

Pinnacle Ridge's 2017 Chambourcin and Chambourcin Reserve


A round up of the news from January 5 - January 11, 2021 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • Pennsylvania's Pinnacle Ridge Winery has sold it brand to Allegro Winery in York County, PA. Allegro's Carl Helrich will take over production of the wines and keep the brand going. The Pinnacle Ridge property in Berks County—which includes the winery and vineyards—is being old separately, according to Paul Vigna on PennLive.

  • Virginia wine writer Frank Morgan posted his Virginia wine prognostications for 2021 on his website Drink What You Like. There's lots to sift through here (and I think he has some excellent educated predictions that could easily transfer to other Mid-Atlantic wine states).

  • Herbicide drift is threatening vineyards across the US, writes Michelle Williams for Wine Business. The specific chemicals in question - Plant Growth Regulator (PGR) herbicides - mimic "a plant’s natural hormones, resulting in abnormal growth and, eventually, death." Williams gives more scientific information about the problem and interviews several wineries that have been affected by "off-target drift," including Stony Run Winery in Pennsylvania where effects of the herbicide drift include leaf damage that takes several weeks to recover to "complete destruction of primary buds for next year's crop."

  • 2020's ice harvest in New York's Finger Lakes came mid-December. Julie Sherwood interviewed Casa Larga Winemaker Matt Cassavaugh for Daily Messenger about harvesting Vidal Blanc at night when the temperature dropped to 14 degrees .

  • On New York's North Fork of Long Island, Montauk Daisy Wines debuted last month, according to Mark Harrington for Newsday. The brand is owned by Juan E. Micieli-Martinez, former winemaker at Martha Clara Vineyards, and his wife Bridget Quinn Micieli-Martinez,

  • I missed this when it was published last month on Edible Jersey, but Hank Zona wrote about New Jersey's Beneduce Vineyards Acqua Pazza, Italian for “crazy water.” The wine is a piquette that gets a little fizz from a second fermentation started with wildflower honey from neighboring Zach and Zoe Sweet Bee Farm.

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