Check out this week’s wine and spirits news from across North America — minus those states that get all the press already.

nyTimes Union – 6/21/2017 – Distilleries in New York can now sell local beer, wine, and cider by the glass in their tasting rooms.

njNewsWorks – 6/19/2017 – New Jersey Assembly Agriculture Committee introduces bills to provide financial aid and tax relief to states growing wine industry.

My San Antonio – 6/16/2017 – Coastal Texas wineries have signature grape, Blanc du Bois, that thrives in local climate.,

paPenn Record – 6/15/2017 – California winery sues Pennsylvania winery over trademark infringement for name “Blair Vineyards”.

nyBrewbound – 6/13/2016 – New York now taking commercial applications for custom consumer fermentation facilities.

nyWayne Post – 6/13/2017 – Finger Lakes local food and drink garners $1 million in state agricultural grants.

WIWiscNews – 6/7/2017 – Wisconsin wine and cheese team up to organize crossover tasting trail.

njPenn Live – 6/7/2017Cape May road trip delivers wine, feasts and fun on the New Jersey coast.

miThe Detroit News – 6/4/2017 – Michigan winemaker acquires winery where his career started.


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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