Check out this week’s North American wine news worth knowing — curated by news editor Todd Trzaskos.

Democrat & Chronicle – 8/13/2017 – New York’s big annual wine festival and its re-branding deemed a success.

Industry Today – 2017 Volume 20 Issue 3 – Michigan’s mixture of vineyard agriculture and wine tourism is thriving and on the rise.

Press Herald – 8/6/2017 – Rural winery in Maine takes its small venue events up a few notches by booking top name musicians.

Wines & Vines – 8/3/2017 – Good growing season and and early harvest mark the 2017 vintage in Texas.

Baltimore Sun – 8/1/2017Maryland wine nurtures growing respect from locals and visitors alike.

South Bend Tribune – 8/3/2017 – Lake Michigan College opens tasting room as student training space and regional product showcase.


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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