Bud break at Jamesport Vineyards (Credit: Jamesport Vineyards Instagram)

The Cork Report Headlines

Spotted Lanternfly Watch

Phys.org – 4/8/2019 – Pennsylvania State University study illuminates travel habits of emerging pest.

WXYZ – 4/18/2019Michigan spreads the warning about spread of Spotted Lanternfly to growing region.

Cornell Chronicle – 4/29/2019 – Insect threat lacks natural predators, but may be susceptible to native controls.

WILX10 – 5/2/2019 – As Michigan wine industry continues to mature, mobile bottling lines begin to roll in.

Chronogram – 5/1/2019 – The Hudson Valley continues to break out as wine making tradition merges with innovation in upstate New York.

Moscow Villager – 4/27/2019 – Lackawanna County welcomes Pennsylvania’s newest wine trail.

13KRCG – 4/26/2019Missouri winery faces double whammy when unapproved glass bottle style, confiscated by authorities, subsequently explodes in regulators office.

Sioux City Journal – 4/20/2019 – American Palate series releases a new history of Iowa wine.

Forbes – 4/17/2019 – Three days in Virginia convince travel writer that the state is for wine lovers.

Herald Palladium – 4/17/2019 – Lake Michigan College construction on wine industry training facility well underway with plans for fall opening.

IdeaStream – 4/15/2019 – Kent State Ashtabula offers Ohio’s only degree in wine making.

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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