Check out this week’s curated list of North American wine news and notes. There is a lot that happens across the myriad regions — but we pare it down to the best and most interesting.

ny vt Cornell Chronicle – 4/6/2017 – Grape School day delivers a full agenda to growers and winemakers from eastern New York and Vermont.

ncElkin Tribune – 4/5/2017Wine Quality Alliance labeling program in North Carolina alters perceptions for both consumers and producers.

nhUnion Leader – 4/2/2017 – While awaiting expansion plans, New Hampshire winery labels its first wine made from ‘estate’ grown grapes. – 3/31/2017 – Finger Lakes producers are pushing the pink wine with annual campaign touting region’s dry rosé.

nyGrape Collective – 3/31/2017 – Kareem Massoud talks history, soil and style on the east end of Long Island.

vaHuffington Post – 3/30/2017Immigrant labor crucial to Virginia viticulture and agriculture and farmers question a sustainable future.


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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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