Saturday, May 14, 2011

East Coast Wines Crash Party

While the Bartlett Estates Wild Blueberry Dry Oak 1994 was the find of the party, many other wines were found among the bottles opened at the Kevin Zraly Guinness World Record simultaneously uncorking 252 bottles. The wines veried, from the sublime to the ridiculous, but the list was easilly weighted to the better side.

The most notable east coast wine to show up was large bottle Chaddsford Merican 2005! One of my favorite wines! And of course, luckilly enough, it came with Eric and Lee Miller. Eric Miller is among the best winemakers of the East Coast, and he and Lee have built one of the region's most successful wineries. It was thrilling to meet him in person. And his wife Lee was charming.

What few people know is that back in the day, Miller and Zraly knew each other because they were both bartenders at the Depuy Canal House in the Hudosn Valley. In fact, the first vineyard Zraly ever saw was Miller's father's estate, Benmarl at Slate Hill, run by the pioneering New York winemaker Mark Miller. Some friendships last a lifetime.

Eric's new book, The Winemaker's Apprentice, was reviewed here earlier. I can;t say enough good things about it. It's an instant classic that needs to be on every winemaker's shelf.

Other wineries that made it inside the door included a Sand Castle Winery Chardonnay from Pennsylvania, A Merliance Merlot from Long Island, a Crossings Vineyard Vidal Blanc, a Barboursville Barbera, and a Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir Old Vines!

Another sign east coast wines are becoming more and more popular.