The Cork Report Headlines – April 28, 2017

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Check out all of the most-important North American wine news from the past two weeks (we missed a week — sorry!):

vac-ville – 4/26/2017 – Well known Virginia winemaker breaks out with his own label and limits sales to digital DTC.

miRecord-Eagle – 4/26/2017 – Michigan peninsulas combine efforts in regional wine marketing collaboration.

nyDemocrat & Chronicle – 4/20/2017Garage wine makers of the Finger Lakes, gain the attention of regional press.

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Dallas News – 4/20/2017 – Bill in Texas legislature aims to require Texas wine be 100% in-state fruit by this harvest.

vaWashington Post – 4/17/2017 – Winery planned for National Historic Register building in Virginia meets outspoken minority opposition by neighbor.

txLubbock Avalanche-Journal – 4/17/2017Texas may be laying claim to the fifth largest state wine production in the U.S.

mdCapital Gazette – 4/15/2017 – Maryland couple combine passions for fine wine production and environmental protection.

idForbes – 4/15/2017 – NYC Corkbuzz diners introduced to bottles from burgeoning region by The Idaho Wines Commission.

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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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