Saturday, February 12, 2011

Philadelphia Inquirer Highlights Expanding East Coast Wine Scene

American wine scene expanding to the East Coast
January 20, 2011By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Philadelphia Inquirer

CLOVERDALE, Calif. - The hottest emerging wine region in the country was getting a lot of buzz at the largest American wine competition here last month: Paso Robles.

The massive wine region between San Francisco and Los Angeles, known for its lusty Rhône-style reds and zinfandel, recently took half the top awards at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition: a Thacher 2008 Triumvirate zin and a 2008 Lock Vineyard cabernet from Ecluse shared best red. A 2009 late harvest sauvignon blanc from Alapay took best sweet.
There were also kudos for bottles from up-and-coming regions such as Washington and New Mexico.

Under the radar, perhaps, but of equal interest to me, one of the competition's few East Coast judges, were surprising successes from the cranberry bogs of South Jersey, the slate-rich slopes of the Pennsylvania Alleghenies, and the searing-hot jalapeño pots of North Wales.

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