East Coast Wine News, November 16


Some of the Pennsylvania wines from the 2020 PA Sommelier Judgment



Reedy for that month's worth of East Coast wine news I promised you on Friday?


A round up of the news from October 20 - November 16 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.


  • The Washington Post's wine columnist Dave McIntyre says that good wine is now being made in most parts of the country, and recommends wines from New York and Pennsylvania, including the Galen Glen Gruner Veltliner pictured above, along with wines made from other non-west Coast states.

  • The Galen Glen Gruner is in the news twice this week. It was one of the top 10 wines in the 2020 PA Sommelier Judgment. On October 26, 23 wine experts (full disclosure, I was one of those experts) gathered outdoors for a blind judgment of Pennsylvania wines. The top 3 wines from the judgment were: Best Red - Penns Woods Winery 2016 Merlot Reserve; Best White - Stony Run Winery 2018 Albarino; Best in State - Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery 2019 Fossil Vineyard Riesling.

  • Virginia's governor's office announced that Madison County's Revalation Vineyards will invest more than $2.3 million to build a new wine production facility, tasting room, and event space.

  • Michelle Williams reports that experimentation is propelling the Virginia wine industry over at Forbes. There are more than 28 different grape varieties growing in the state's ten wine regions and winegrowers "challenge the region's viticultural limits in constant search of a better glass of wine."

  • The Southeastern New England American Viticultural Area (AVA) includes three southern New England states: Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. It's maritime climates and diverse styles that define the region's wines, according to Hannah Selinger for Wine Enthusiast, and she highlights several producers in the three states.

  • VinePair's Keith Beaver's recommends 5 of the best Virginia wines you can drink right now, and elsewhere on VinePair, Gerry Selian explains why the state's wines are trending right now.

  • Maryland has introduced the Maryland Wine Explorer Club that will deliver hand-picked Maryland wines from the state's more than 100 wineries shipped to club members four times a year, according to Cumberland Times News.

  • Wine clubs are helping wineries, including those on the East Coast, writes Shelby Vittek for Wine Enthusiast. New Jersey's Beneduce Vineyards is among the wineries highlighted in this piece.

  • The invasive spotted lanternfly is now threatening Virginia vineyards, according to Antoinette DelBel of WTKR.

  • Shana Clarke gives some love to fruit wines on VinePair. The winemakers from Maine's Bluet, a blueberry sparkling wine, New Hampshire’s Hermit Woods, and Vermont’s Fable Farm Fermentory talk about why and how they make quality wines from fruit that is not grapes.

  • For the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, Sam Fuller reports that 2020's harvest quality looks good but low yields for New York's producers is creating a hardship.

  • Pennsylvania's Pinnacle Ridge Winery is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Paul Vigna interviews owner and winemaker Brad Knapp about the winery and the changes in PA wine he's seen over the years for PennLive.


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.


  • Arnulf “Arnie” Esterer, winemaker and owner of Markko Vineyard in Conneaut, Ohio, died at home on October 28, 2020. According to Linda Jones McKee of Wine Business, Esterer was a pioneer of vinifera in Ohio.

  • Jessica Dupuy reveals five things you didn't know about Texas wine on Texas Monthly.

  • The TTB is asking for comments on two new AVAs proposals, and one of them is the 10-acre Ulupalakua AVA in Hawaii.



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