This week’s North American wine news roundup reaches deep into the southern United States, as far west as Arizona and of course has some New York news as well.

nyAMNY – 2/23/2017 – New York Drinks New York event scheduled in NYC for March 7th.

usaWines & Vines – 2/23/2017 – Annual cold-climate wine conference filled to capacity, as was the consumer wine tasting finale.

ALTimes Daily – 2/22/2017 – Wine can be grown and made in Alabama, but you still can’t do it in a “dry” county.

AZWestern Farm Press – 2/21/2017 – Grape Grower Symposium gathers to discuss the challenges that face Arizona‘s developing wine industry.

mdWestminster Winery – 2/22/2017 – Proposed legislation and Maryland wineries collide over language that could undermine producers.

vaWine Business – 2/22/2017 – Virginia wine looks to the old world for guidance in moving from local to international recognition.

ohWBIW – 2/20/2017 – Columbus Ohio’s March 4th, D-Vine Wine and Beer Fest adds local distilleries to the vendor list.

nyI’ll Drink to That – 2/19/2017 – Levi Dalton interviews Fred Merwarth from Hermann J. Wiemer winery, vineyard and nursery.


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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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