East Coast Wine News, November 30


William Heritage's Brut is one of the New Jersey wines that made Pairs with Wine podcast host John Taylor realize that the state can produce some really good wines.


A round up of the news from November 17 - November 30 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.


  • Virginia's Williamsburg Winery is for sale. According to the announcement on the winery's website, the owners - who are in their 70s - want to retire.

  • At Bellview Winery in New Jersey, 2020 brought the first commercial harvest of a new hybrid grape, San Marco. For Wine Business, David Furer spoke to winery owner Jim Quarella who says they're planning to finish the 2020 harvest of the grape created by Italy’s Foundation Edmund Mach as a "variety bottling after first doing a test blending to see how it combines other varieties.”

  • Pet Nat has moved into the cider realm, and Shelby Vittek highlights several of them on Wine Enthusiast, including bottlings from Eden Ciders in Vermont and South Hill in New York.

  • There's a lot of buzz about better boxed wines lately. On Food 52, Valerie Stivers and Hank Zona recommend several including two from East Coast wineries: a Cab Franc from Michael Shaps Wineworks in Virginia (I want!) and New York's Lieb Cellars' Cab Franc, under their Bridge Lane label.

  • On the Pairs with Wine Podcast, John Taylor interviewed journalist Kathleen Willcox about New Jersey wines. (The California-based podcast host was impressed with the wines he tasted along with her.)

  • On PennLive, Chuck and Daneen Zaleski, owners of Fero Vineyards in Pennsylvania, told Paul Vigna that the 2020 harvest provided 44 tons of the ‘cleanest, ripest fruit we have seen.’

  • On Seven Days, Kim MacQueen interview Master Sommelier David Keck who has a new project: Stella XIV Wines, a winery in Vermont that makes wine from frontenac noir, frontenac blanc and marquette grown on some of the oldest vines in the state.

  • North Carolina has a new winery, and its tasting room has just opened. For the Tribune, Kitsy Burns Harrison has the details about Yadkin Valley's Golden Roads Vineyards, that's been three years in the making.

  • In Virginia, the 2020 Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail Competition Cup was awarded to Randy and Karen Phillips, founders of Cave Ridge Vineyards, for their 2017 Petit Verdot, reports Frank Morgan on Drink What You Like. In total, seven wines from local wineries earned gold medals in the competition.

  • For Edible Philly, I give sweet wine drinkers a little respect while taking a look at the importance of well-made sweeter wines made from locally-grown grapes in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


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.


  • This really great food for thought article on Punch Drink by Sarah Sligh discusses why elevating "Old World" wine over "New World" wine is both elitist and racist and also a myth that the wines considered "Old World" are the oldest. (And, it mentions New York sparkling catawba.)

  • For VinePair, Ari Bendersky takes a look at the locally grown vinifera that Michigan winemakers are turning into fine wine.

  • VinePair also gave some attention to wine from Idaho. Sophia Bennett takes a look at this region that deserves your attention.

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