East Coast Wine News, October 19

Hermannn J. Wiemer's Blanc de Blancs

is one of the top 10 wines from New York

according to Decanter

A round up of the news from October 13-19 on the East Coast wine industry because the news is out there, and it needs to be highlighted.

  • Charles Curtis, MW reviews New York State's top 10 wines for Decanter, saying that 25 years ago, some producers tried to imitate Napa, but today, NY's wines are "limpid and pure – and sommeliers are delighted." (paywall)

  • New Jersey wineries are coping during a difficult harvest season says Carol Comegno for Courier Post after a tough year of "risks, restrictions and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic." The vintage won't be the standout that 2019 was, but it won't be as terrible as 2018, either.

  • New attention is being given to what are called heritage grapes from conventional growers and winemakers in New York's Hudson Valley, reports Deanna N Fox for Times Union. Those grapes include Delaware, and Eumlean and Iona.

  • Don Cazantre reports that the Finger Lakes wine grape harvest was "good across the board," on New York Upsate. A warmer and drier than average growing season produced a "relatively problem-free harvest."

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.

  • The dynamic Texas wine industry is being led by innovation, reports Michelle Williams for Forbes. The states wineries are "experimenting and pushing the envelope to create some really wonderful, high-quality wines that you can't get everywhere."

Image: Hermann J. Wiemer/Facebook

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