Saturday, April 08, 2017

25 Great Wines You Never Heard Of: East Coast Wine Stakes a Serious Claim

Yesterday, Mid-Atlantic wine writer Paul Vigna, with the help of Gary Pavlis (Rutgers) and Joe Fiola (Western Maryland University) hosted a tasting of 25 wines from New York to Virginia. Assembled in the lush Lancaster,  PA winery of Waltz Vineyards, hosted by Jan and Kim Waltz, winemakers from some of the best producers in the region, gathered to share and showcase their wines in a way few have ever seen. It was a veritable who's who of East Coast wines. It was an historic event!

Lisa Hinton, Old Westminster

Bob Deford, Boordy

                                                   Joe Fiola, Western Maryland University

Galen and Sarah Troxel of Galen Glen Vineyards

Roy Crow, Crow Vineyards

Stephen Bernard, Keswick Vineyards

David Falcheck, American Wine Society

Sean Cominos, Heritage Vineyards

Kareem Massoud, Paumanoak Vineyards

Kim Waltz of Waltz Vineyards and Ed Boyce of Black Ankle Vineyards

Media attendees included Dave McIntyre f the Washington Post, David Falchek of the American Wine Society and a journalist; Linda Jones McKee of Wines & Vines magazine, Paul Vigna of the Patriot-News (also the organizer), and others. 

Gary Pavlis, Rutgers

One wine after another was tried. We started off with sparkling, then we tasted white, reds, and finished with a Pet Nat. Each winemaker had a few minutes to explain his or her wine. The questions were more geeky than the wine making explanations.

And the wines? Worth of any region in the world!

The Unionville Vineyard staff

Paul Vigna

Bill Heritage, Heritage Vineyards

Kim Waltz

Sean Caminos

Kathy and Galen

Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

Gino Razzi, Penns Woods Vineyards

Carl Helrich, Allegro Vineyards

Jan Waltz

Jose Real, Boordy Vineyards

Catrina North, Crow Vineyards

Ed Boyce

Jan Waltz

Lisa Hinton

center, Linda Jones McKee, Wines and Vines magazine

A Partial List of Wines tasted:

2010 Cadenza and 2013 Reserve Chardonnay

Galen Glen
2014 Gruner Veltliner Reserve, Stone Cellar RS = 0
2015 Riesling, Stone Cellar GJT Vineyard RS = 0.4%

Penns Woods
2015 Viognier Reserve and 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve

2013 Reserve Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Cab Franc and 2014 Cab Sauvignon

King Family
2014 Meritage and 2015 Chardonnay

2013 Sparkling Brut and 2013 Norman's Vineyard Cab Franc

2013 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Syrah and 2015 Home Vineyard Chardonnay.

2010 Tuthills Lane Vineyard Merlot and 30th Anniversary blend (2010)

Chardonnay Reserve 2015 and Landmark Reserve 2012 (red blend)
Old Westminster
20113 Cabernet Franc
Pet Nat

2014 Sparkling Vidal and 2015 Barbera Rosé.

Black Ankle
2015 Syrah (barrel samples) and 2014 Slate (red blend, barrel samples)