East Coast Wine News, March 15

A round up of the news from March 9 - March 15, 2021 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • There's a new East Coast Wine chat on Clubhouse hosted by Virginia's Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like and me, Sunday night's at 7pm ET. After an intro chat a week ago, last night we dove into hybrid grapes. We're joined each week by other industry professionals to help facilitate the conversation on each week's topic. If you're on Clubhouse, please follow both Frank (@winescribbler) and me (@rshreeves) on the app and join us Sunday nights.

  • Speaking of Frank Morgan, he has detailed info on the Barboursville Paxxito and Lostboy Comeback Kid wins at the Virginia Governor's Cup on his website. He also has details on the new Virginia Governor’s Cup Gold Medal Trail interactive mobile passport to explore the 47 wineries, cideries and meaderies that won gold medals in this year’s competition.

  • In his Washington Post column, Dave McIntyre takes a look at the top honors at both the Virginia and Maryland wine competitions. Noting that the top winners were both old-guard vineyards in the state, Bourboursville in Virginia and Boordy in Maryland, he noted "the old guard is not conceding any ground in leading the local wine quality revolution." (possible paywall)

  • For Wine Business, Linda Jones McKee has the results of customer satisfaction due to changes in tasting rooms during Covid-19. The results are from two tasting rooms in New York's Finger Lakes region, one large and one small.

  • Living on Earth did a segment on regenerative agriculture and reporter Rachel McDevitt visited Allegro Winery in southern York County, Pennsylvania, about their practices.

  • New York's nomadic Agness Wine Cellars finally has a permanent home. Don Cazentre reports on New York Upstate that owner Randy Agness has found a home for his operations on Route 14 just north of Geneva where he'll not only have a winery, but also a brewery, tasting room, and event space.

  • Diane Bair and Pamela Wright created a DIY cider tour of Vermont for Boston Globe, highlighting 7 wineries in the state Food & Wine magazine recently said was creating some of the best ciders out there.

  • For last week's International Women's Day, The Zoe Report's Laura Lajinnis highlighted some female-owned wines including those from Maria Rivero González, CEO of the certified sustainable winery RGNY in New York's North Fork on Long Island; Cori Lee Seaberg, the co-founder, and president of Out East wines in The Hamptons; and Krista Scruggs and her fun and funky wines and cider-wine blends in Vermont under her label, Zafa wines.

  • Keelan Higgins describes for Bon Appetit how during the pandemic she made 12 bottles of natural wine in her tiny apartment in New Jersey using a bushel of Marquette grapes bought from a Massachusetts vineyard.

  • Don't forget there are two Open Local Wine nights coming up, and many East Coast wineries are offering special deals, many with free shipping included. On March 27, the #OpenVAwine night encourages the popping of corks on Virginia wines. See Drink What You Like for a list of Virginia's wineries' special offers. And, #OpenLocalWine night that encourages wine lovers to open a bottle that's local to wherever they live is on April 10, and The Cork Report has a list of the various wineries offering deals for the event. Both lists are full of some seriously good wines and seriously good deals so check them out.

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