The Cork Report Headlines – March 20, 2017 North American Wine News You Should Know

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Photo courtesy of Lieb Cellars

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Check out this week’s North American wine news worth knowing:

MTThe Daily Interlake – 3/19/2017 – Cold-climate wine potential showing in Montana as young vineyards move from trial to commercial.

nyWine Enthusiast – 3/15/2017 – Appreciation for the diversity of New York State’s cool climate red wines as well as some shout-outs for stand-outs.

ILWSPD Local 6 – 3/14/2017Cold snap chills optimism about spring bud break in southern Illinois vineyards.

nyCornell Chronicle – 3/14/2017 – Professor Justine Vanden Heuvel lauded for her research and outreach work in support of wine growing, wine making and wine culture.

INJournal Review – 3/13/2017 – Indiana wine writer says that there are good wines being made in the state, but that the articles about them need improvement.

miThe Detroit News – 3/12/2017 – Michigan business receives grant to expand locally grown and grafted vines.

njNorth Jersey – 3/8/2017 – Economics professor gives high marks to New Jersey wines for statistical significance and quality that should attract more demand.

paGo Erie – 3/6/2017 – Unusual warm spells this winter raise concern among grape growers on Pennsylvania’s Erie coast.

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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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