The Cork Report Headlines – September 22, 2017 Wine News from Across North America

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Check out this week’s most interesting North American wine news, curated by the editors of The Cork Report:

Door County Pulse – 9/22/2017 – Where previous applicants failed a well known Wisconsin winery takes ambitious project to Town Board.

Great Northwest Wine – 9/20/2017 – Idaho Riesling shows its brilliance with top award at Gem State wine competition.

C-Ville – 9/20/2017 – Bumper Pinot Gris harvest in Virginia leads to successful skin-contact fermentation experiment.

Star Tribune – 9/20/2017 – Wines from less traditional areas like Minnesota face special challenges reaching “localvore” restaurant lists.

Wines & Vines – 9/20/2017 – New York wineries referendum on market order to self-fund research fails to meet passage criteria.

Forbes – 9/18/2017 – Texas wine harvest was generally unscathed by Hurricane Harvey.

WTOP – 9/14/2017 – More women are reaching the top wire of the Virginia wine industry.

The Daily Meal – 9/14/2017 – Finger Lakes Wine Alliance takes Riesling on the road for a series of events around New York State.

Chicago Tribune – 9/13/2017 – Windy City told to take notice of three New York regions that deserve their attention.

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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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