For our final North American wine news round-up of 2017, we have stories from Ohio, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Check out what you need to know about east coast wine this week.

Star Beacon – 12/14/2017 – Arctic chill has arrived and so has the ice wine harvest in Ohio’s Grand River Valley.

Robert Parker – 12/13/2017 – Traditional wine media can’t ignore the wave of new American cider and touts three east coast producers.

NY.gov – 12/12/2017 – New York Governor reports that craft beverage producer population has surged in wake of regulation change.

Wines and Vines – 12/8/2017 – Study underway to assess the feasibility of growing grapes organically in Pennsylvania.

Wine Spectator – 12/7/2017 – A dozen wines that top this ratings list of Virginia labels.

Hour Detroit – 12/5/2017 – Michigan’s 130 wineries bring nearly $5 Billion in economic benefit to the state.

The Detroit News – 12/1/2017 – Michigan reporting that the 2017 crop is bumper both in quantity and quality.

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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