Saturday, September 20, 2008



Recently, Time magazine’s Joel Stien, and Gary Vaynerchuk, author of 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight and Bring Thunder to Your World (also an unrepentant Jet fan and video blogger) rated 50 wines from 50 States. The top finishers from the east coast with "excellent" ratings are shown here.

AUGUST 28, 2008
Fifty States of Wine
By Joel Stein Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008
I'm not sure why my instinct, upon learning that all 50 states make wine, was to try one from each. If I found out that every state has a water park, I wouldn't try to go to each one. That's because water parks can't get you drunk.

But besides some patriotic call of duty, I think I wanted to try a wine from each state to see if, as I increasingly suspected, good wine can be made anywhere. Great wine keeps coming from surprising new places--New Zealand, Lebanon, Slovenia--so why not Nebraska? In 1976, as recounted in the new indie flick Bottle Shock, experts at a blind tasting in Paris were astonished to find they preferred California wines to Bordeaux. Would my experiment rearrange the wine world and create legions of devotees of Montanan merlot? And if so, would John Cusack play me in the movie?

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Here are excerpts from the reviews of the wines that were rated EXCELLENT

Delaware - Nassau Valley Vineyards Pinot Grigio
A little simple, light and thin, but that's not a crime for a pinot grigio. It's not too sweet, and I liked it better than that Santa Margherita stuff from Italy you see in every store.—by Joel Stein

Joel Stein

New Hampshire - Jewelle Towne Vineyards Valvin Muscat
It's sweet but balanced, with some nice mineral on the finish, like a good riesling….This is one of the very few wines we drank the whole bottle of. —by Joel Stein

Gary Vaynerchuk

North Carolina - Westbend Vineyards Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
This chardonnay has a lot of oak, but it's the pleasantly creamy kind — not the woodsy, oaky stuff that turns wine into syrup. Maybe this is what happens when things are barrel-fermented. This isn't at all sweet — they got the balance just right…..This wine also makes an argument all by itself for terroir, or at least weather, since it doesn't really taste like a French or California chardonnay.—by Joel Stein

New York - Goose Watch Viongier…it's really good. New York is a step behind California, Washington and Oregon, but it's clearly a step ahead of other states….this one is crisp and peachy with a balanced sweetness and a long finish. It's also a great summer-food wine.—by Joel Stein

Pennsylvania - Big Creek Vineyard Marechal Foch
This is a strange wine with a dark red color, strange fuzzy texture and funky taste in the front. It's also from a place called Kresgeville. But underneath there's some decent fruit, mostly red berries. Marechal Foch is a weird grape. —by Joel Stein

You can also watch these Huckleberries on the web as in true Vaynerchuk the video taped themselves drinking….there’s a few yucks…and even one Jets reference.