East Coast Wine News, January 25


Screenshot of my IG post from the last #openlocalwine night on May 22, 2020


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.


  • First up, some time-sensitive info. Today, at 7pm ET, on Marika Vida's TheMomSomm Instagram page, Vida will do a Live interview Sarah Walsh, co-owner of Virginia's Walsh Family Vineyards. In addition to her winery work, Walsh works as a sales consultant and educator for Winebow, a wine importer and distributor. She holds a Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a accreditation held by only 9,000 people worldwide.

  • LaBelle Winery in Massachusetts is growing with the purchase of the former Brookstone events space in Derry, reports Julie Huss in The Eagle-Tribune. They'll be adding three acres of vines as well as creating a community space with golf, miniature golf, and turning the property into an "artisan village" with holiday strolls, art events, and winter fun including skating or just walking the property.

  • The Virgina Public Media/PBS show "Un-Wine'd" returned for it's third season last week, reports Richard Leahy on his website. The show focuses on Virginia Food and Wine. Leahy was a guest on the season's first episode, and he spoke about Thomas Jefferson and his contribution to the state's wine industry. (Episode's of "Un-Wine'd" can be streamed here.)

  • For Newsday, Mark Harrington reports that some of Long Island's oldest vines are up for sale. More than 60 acres of the former Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery in Cutchogue, New York are available for $3.69 million, including "11 acres of vines that are among the first planted on Long Island, dating to the wine-pioneering Hargrave family in 1973."

  • Spectrum Local News has a feature on North Carolina's growing wine industry. Mary Helen Jones reports on the recently opened Serre Vineyard and how other wineries in the state have embraced the new winery and its owners.

  • The Robb Report wants readers to rethink Virginia's Vintners. Sara L. Schneider writes that "old-school wineries pushing the boundaries, taking risks" and recommends 7 bottles.

  • Two upcoming "open bottle" dates were announced this week. On Drink What You Like, Frank Morgan announced that the 2nd Annual "Open That Bottle of Virginia Day" will be Saturday, March 27. And, on Instagram, Cadus North America's Gina Shay announced April 10 as "Open Local Wine Night" - that she co-hosts with The Cork Report's Lenn Thompson.


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.

  • Wine Enthusiast is giving Florida wine some love. Carrie Honaker writes that producers are embracing native fruity, friendly Muscadine and other fruits to craft local wines.



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