Eastern Wine Headlines (June 13, 2022)
Here are some of the stories about East Coast wine regions that I’ve been reading lately…
Keystone Edge: The Lake Erie wine industry gets fruitful and multiplies
Okay, so this is actually a podcast episode, but it’s so rare that I hear a Pennsylvania winemaker on one, that I have to call it out. Mario Mazza is making some important moves at his family’s Erie County winery, with far better things to come, I think.
Greenwich Time: Three classic wines for your class act of a dad
Talk about a shotgun approach to picking wines for a story like this. The Lenz Estate Selection Merlot is one of the most consistently excellent merlots in America. The other two wines are… not. (I’m being nice here). It’s always great to see East Coast wines get mentioned, but the rest of the lineup is suspect to say the least.
Wine Business: Pennsylvania Winery Galen Glen Earns Multi-State Distribution Deal with Skurnik Wines
This one is pretty straight-forward: one of my favorite wineries anywhere finally had distribution in New York State, which can only mean one thing — members of my wine club are going to have some of the best North American gruner veltliner in their hands soon.
I’m not a big fruit wine guy. I’ll always taste them, but very few get beyond “it’s fine” with me. The best examples I’ve had have been cherry wines made in Michigan — so this sparkling blend of cherry and white wine grape is certainly intriguing. If they called it a co-ferment and closed it with a crown cap, the somms would be all over this.
Punch: The Wines of Right Now
The title graphic for this story reminds me a lot a friend’s winery’s logo, but her wines aren’t mentioned in the actual story — but Vermont’s La Monañuela is, which is fun to see. I don’t like the “Welcome to America’s next great wine region” subhead though. Vermont has a long way to go to get there. Not enough wineries and not enough pushing the quality envelope. Still — if you’re interested in new and interesting wines, this is a fun story.
Vinography: Unboxed: Week of 6/5/22
The original wine blogger, my friend Alder Yarrow, is still at it all these years later. He doesn’t get his hands on many Eastern wines, so when he does and he mentions them, I feel compelled to include it here. This time out, he writes quick tasting notes for a couple of Michigan wines.
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