During the last couple of weeks, the wine news has been dominated by the devastating wildfires which have raged through the heart of California wine country, and our hearts go out to all of those who have suffered and are recovering.  While this space is reserved for the “other 47” wine states, the folks in California are on our mind and their wines have been in our glasses, which we raise to a brighter future.

Metro – 10/19/2017 – A Bad Seed grows in Brooklyn as cider maker opens new tasting room in Crown Point.

CPA Journal – 10/19/2017 – New York State provides significant tax incentives to a thriving local craft beverage industry.

York Dispatch – 10/12/2017 – Happy harvest time in Pennsylvania‘s expanding York County vineyards.

Buffalo News – 10/11/2017 – New York representative presses for more favorable wine and dairy trade relations with Canada, despite federal threats to NAFTA.

Suffolk Times – 10/9/2017 – Southold Town on Long Island’s North Fork tasks working group to deal with  complex and contentious wine industry growth.

Star Beacon – 10/8/2017Ohio wine industry looks to California for inspiration as it eyes its own growth in the future.

Massachusetts Newswire – 10/7/2017 – Arizona Wine organization plans inaugural festival to celebrate and share their growing community.

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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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