East Coast Wine News, January 4


William Heritage sparkling cider - a co-ferment of cider and wine - is one of the domestic bubblies recommended by Food 52


A round up of the news from December 29, 2020 - January 4, 2021 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • New York is held up as an example of one wine region that's taking sustainability seriously. For Wine Searcher, Kathleen Willcox takes a look at how three different regions across the globe are embracing the necessary steps needed to make wine production more friendly to the earth. And, spoiler alert, wine lovers are willing to pay more for a bottle that has legitimate sustainability cred.

  • Esquire is talking about sustainability in wine, too. Christine Flammia discusses what biodynamic wine is. She features Long Island New York's Farrm Wine, an organic and biodynamic producer and interviews the wineries co-owner Rex Farr

  • In other New York news, the state can now sell canned wine in additional sizes. In fact, all states now can. Emily Putman reports for WHEC that The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB ) lifted the "Standards of Fill" restrictions. Wine can now be sold in 12 ounce and 8.4 ounce individual cans of wine.

  • New Jersey bubbles from Tomasello Winery and Hawk Haven made from locally grown grapes got the thumbs up from the Wall Street Journal's Charles Passy.

  • The holidays may be over, but since sparkling wine is no longer reserved for special occasions, Food 52 piece on American sparkling wine has plenty of East Coast options. Valerie Stivers and Hank Zona highlight several New York domestic sparkling wine producers and their wines such as Lieb Cellars sparkling rosé, Channing Daughters Pet-nat, and Wild Arc Farms Piquette. Bubbles, including those in cider form, from New Jersey, Vermont, Maryland, and Rhode Island make the cut, too.

  • Grace Hebron has suggestions for supporting Maryland wineries for Baltimore Magazine. Continued consumer support will play a critical role in determining whether some wineries survive the pandemic.

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