Now that we’ve expanded our coverage beyond New York, there is an insane amount of news to sift through and cover each week. As such, we’ve moved our news roundups to Wednesdays and will likely fine tune how we present them over time.

In the meantime, enjoy some of the most interesting things happening in regional wine today.

usaForbes – 9/19/2016:  Major outlet gets wind of the new Cork Report and tries to scoop the story, that domestic wine is happening in places outside of California. 😉

txHoustonia – 9/19/2016: Jeremy Parzen reports on changes in grape vine selection as Texas copes with a changing climate.

miWWMT – 9/16/2016: State grant of $1M plants seed money so Michigan students can grow careers in local wine production.

nySpotlight News9/14/2016: New legislation makes it easier for Empire State beverage producers to sell other local product categories in their tasting rooms.

nyMarket Wired – 9/12/2016: Beverage innovation in the Finger Lakes, as cider and wine producers cross the streams to make a product that will be called “Make America Grape Again”.

vaAshburn Patch9/12/2016: Virginia sets a new record with steady increase in wine and cider sales, while accruing positive economic impacts and increased media attention.

mdCarrol County Times 9/10/2016: This year’s Maryland Wine Festival carves out a special space for the state’s growing cider sector.

minyNapa Valley Register9/6/2016: Dan Berger looks back on 2016 wine competitions to see that New York and Michigan stood out due to impressive quality increases.


About Author

Todd is a north country native, and lifelong inhabitant of the northeast. Growing up in the Mohawk river and Lake Champlain Valleys, then attending Binghamton University, youthful adventures to ‘the city’ were more likely to target Montreal, than Manhattan. He made a lateral move to Vermont in 1991 for graduate school, and while he still lives in the Green Mountains, he is frequently found within the Blue Line of the Adirondack Park, or floating on the big lake in between. As a third-generation Polish-Italian American, with family lore of Prohibition era winemaking on both sides, the probability of predisposed wine interest was high. A 1976 family trip through the Finger Lakes left a young Todd wondering why there weren’t vineyards back home on Lake Champlain, and in the Hudson Valley. He trained his palate on the rise of the microbrew wave, and by rummaging wine racks in old country stores, searching out forgotten bottles. Numerous relationships with folks in the wine and restaurant trades, provide an ongoing education about food and wine culture in the north country, which he shares through the Vermont Wine Media project. For ten years, Todd has kept his ear to the ground for any signs of wine growing in the far north. He is a volunteer and test winemaker at the Cornell Baker Farm, a cold-hardy hybrid trial vineyard, in Willsboro, NY, where his extended family resides. He home vinifies grapes harvested from the trial, as well as fruit acquired anywhere from Vermont to Chile. Author of 'Wines of Vermont: A History of Pioneer Fermentation', he lives and gardens with his wife, canine, feline, and donkey friends, at an old farmstead in Stockbridge, VT.

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