East Coast Wine News, March 22
New Jersey's Beneduce Vineyards produces a piquette
they call Acqua Pazza (Italian for Crazy Water)
A round up of the news from March 16 - March 22, 2021 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.
For Jancis Robinson, Arnica Rowan chronicles the growing trend of piquette. Wine makers and wine drinkers have turned their noses up to this "people's drink" for a very long time, but the beverage made from the waste after pressing the juice from wine grapes has a growing fan base. There are several Mid-Atlantic wineries making piquette, and producers from Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina get a shout out in the article.
I have a piece on Carpe Travel that focuses on a Weekend in the Poconos Wine Country. It's a jumping off point for those who want to discover what this Pennsylvania region has to offer.
Pindar Vineyards in Long Island won this year's New York Governor's Cup for its 2019 Dr. Dan’s Signature Collection, Gewurztraminer. Paumanok Vineyards from Long Island was presented with the ‘Winery of the Year’ award. New York Wine and Grape Foundation has the full list of winning wines from the 2021 New York Wine Classic.
Annemarie Morse writes about how the pandemic has impacted the Finger Lakes wine region in New York for the Cork Report. She takes a look at several individual wineries as well as the region as a whole, and also notes that an increase in vine plantings during the pandemic is an indication of hope in the region's future.
On Penn Live where Paul Vigna writes about Pennsylvania wine, he reports that Adams County Winery, the 5th oldest and operating winery in the state, broke ground in January on an expansion project that will increase the amount of space it will be able to use to make and store wine.
Penn State News reports that a four-year, $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support summer research opportunities for college students who want to work in Pennsylvania’s grape and wine industry. The program will be based at Penn State's Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center.
G.T. Cranston recalls some Rhode Island wine history for The Independent. Cranston's subject matter is Drusalina Romano and the great Romano Vineyard that existed over 100 years ago.
On Wednesday, March 24th at 4pm over Zoom, Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science at the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), to give a climate change presentation to the East Coast wine and grape community. Details can be found on the New York Wine and Grape Foundation website.