Wednesday, April 08, 2020

In Love With Crow Vineyards Sparkling Vidal Blanc (MD)

Recently I was at the Eastern Winery Exposition 2020. At the Grand Tasting on Tuesday night of the three day exposition, I was offered a tasting of the Crow Vineyard Sparkling Vidal 2017. I eagerly accepted. 

Roy & Judy Crow are the owners of Crow Vineyards in Maryland. Lovely folks. I first wrote about them in 2013 but actually met them in 2017 at a tasting organized by Paul Vigna. It was there that I first tried their Sparkling Vidal (2014 vintage). As well as their Barbera Rose. 

Crow Vineyard Sparkling Vidal 2017 is a special wine. This is an estate wine. 1.7 tons of  grapes were hand harvested on September 12, 2016.  This wine was made in using the traditional méthode champenoise. And it was bottled  in March 2018.

Now, the neat trick is that its made using Vidal Blanc, not your traditional choice for a quality sparkling wine. It almost makes me like it just for that. Vidal blanc (or simply Vidal) is a white grape variety produced from the Vitis vinifera variety Ugni blanc (also known as Trebbiano Toscano) and  Rayon d'Or (Seibel 4986). It is a very winter-hardy variety that manages to produce high sugar levels in cold climates with moderate to high acidity. There are many lovely wines made up and down the east coast with Vidal. Its tough as nails, fairly disease resistant, and makes wonderful aromatic wines. But being used in this sparkler brought out possibilities I was heretofore not aware of. Even a month later, I am still geeking out on this wine.

The wine was made by Michael Zollo. He was hired in May of 2017. According to the winer, "Michael Zollo grew up in wine. His father and grandfather made wine in their basement sharing the art with young Michael. After seven years as a home winemaker in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, he had the opportunity to go to California to pursue his hobby and passion professionally. His wine making skills were furthered with under the tutelage of Jacques Mercier at Solune Winegrowers."

“I am enthusiastic to be named Winemaker at Crow Vineyard and look forward to establishing the Chesapeake Bay Area as the next great wine region," wrote Zollo. Zollo worked with Crow’s wine consultant John Levenberg. 

A lovely yeasty/bready note pops like a puff of exotic flour. This is quickly followed by green apple and pears, backed up with nectarine and honeysuckle.More tropical notes follow. Lovey lemon zest acidity keeps the wine honest and refreshing. A wonderfully aromatic sparkling with a fantastic flavor and great acidity. An incredible quality sparkling wine. Serve it to family, friends, and especially wine geeks, even aficionados. You will get nothing but compliments.

Loved this wine!

Stunner: Glen Manor Petite Manseng 2017 (VA)

I was at a gathering of NYC wine writers to taste Virginia wines. Among the wines was Glen Manor Petite Manseng 2017. It goes without saying that Jeff White is among my favorite winemakers on the East Coast. He has a tremendously delicate hand. He makes classic wines that I think are incredible. I have written almost solely about his reds in the past, about which I gushed. I am here to tell you that my opinion of his skills have not changed.

Petite Manseng his his smallest planting - he only grows about 1.5 acres of the stuff, approximately 2050 vines. They were planted in 2008. The vines have been cane pruned and trained to the Double Guyot system.

The Glen Manor Petite Manseng 2017 was one of the most memorable wines of the afternoon. Jeff's Petit Manseng is an off-dry white that started off with candied fruit notes of dried citrus, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. While being slightly sweet, it is balanced with a lovely acidity that leaves a fresh and tingling feeling on the palate. Light, ethereal, and refreshing, the wine was spectacular.

Great job Jeff!

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Good Stuff! Deerfoot Six Point 2016 (PA)

I was recently at Eastern Winery Exposition 2020 in Lancaster, PA. While there I had the opportunity to taste Deerfoot Winery from Pennsylvania. Deerfoot Farm has been the family business of Dan Brown's family for more than 70 years. The farm was given the name is 1947, when the family started out raising pigs and chickens. Since then, their family has had a dairy and raised produce. This is damn good sized working farm. Then son Dan Brown (and wife Jaime) got into the wine business. The winery is meant to be a quality boutique wine producer, making 300-500 cases per year. They also make a small quantity of quality mead.

Dan Brown pere is the farmer. Dan Brown fils is the winemaker. Dan fils wife is Jaime "the Boss."

Deerfoot Six Point 2016 is a big red reserve made from 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Chambourcin. This is their signature dry red blend.  The recipe is different from the 2015 vintage as they have swapped in Chambourcin and deselected Petit Verdot.  The blend still includes Cabernet Franc as the largest component but now with 40% Chambourcin. The wine is aged in oak. 

I was skeptical, since I'd never heard of them before. When someone poured it for me, I didn't even ask to take a photo of the label. Who had the guts to be making a Cab Franc/Chambourcin in Pennsylvania? I looked for the spit bucket before I took my first swallow. Someone said something, something about something completely different, I answered the question, and started sipping the wine, immersed in conversion, before I finally shook my head, and thought to myself, "Wait a minute, what the hell am I drinking? This stuff is good!" 

Deerfoot Six Point 2016 is a terrific effort. A really good wine from a very small, little known producer. But if you are lucky enough to come upon it, you are in for a treat! And if you got there, make sure to tell them I sent you!

Great stuff!

Boxwood Estate 10th Anniversary Vintages Impress (VA)

Boxwood is easily one of the most impressive wineries on the east coast. It's as beautiful as a country club, right up there with Augusta National or even Woodford Reserve down in Kentucky (which looks like Augusta National).  And it has a talent line-up equivilent of the New York Yankees. 

Boxwood Estate Winery in the Middleburg Virginia AVA, is the fulfillment of a long-held dream by proprietor John Kent Cooke, former owner and president of the NFL Washington Redskins. An admirer and collector of French wines, particularly great Bordeaux, Cooke and his team at Boxwood are committed to making premium red & white wines in the Bordeaux tradition, but with their own, distinct Virginia expression. The Boxwood sustainable vineyards occupy 26.5 acres, and are planted with traditional Bordeaux varietals, predominately Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc & Sauvignon Blanc, all ENTAV certified.

The famed Lucie Morton has been the viticulture consultant for Boxwood Winery since its inception.  Lucie is an internationally recognized viticulturist, ampelographer, and author of “Winemaking in Eastern America”.  She is a graduate of Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Montpelier.

Stèphane Derenoncourt is the winery's Wine Consultant. Stèphane is a winemaker and consultant to over 90 estates worldwide, including Boxwood Winery in Middleburg, Virginia since its inception in 2006. Stèphane consults for many internationally acclaimed wineries including; Chateau Beausejour, Smith Haut Lafitte, LaGaffeliere, and produces his own wine Domaine de l’A in Cotes de Castillon in France.

Stephen Rigby is the winemaker. Stephen’s experience covers 40 years of East Coast winemaking, including vineyard management and winery design, as well as consistently creating award winning wines. His 20 years in Virginia include valuable time working at VA Tech Enology Research lab. In 2019, Stephen is pleased to return to Virginia after making wine in North Carolina and Pennsylvania since 2000. 

Joyce Rigby is vineyard manager.  Joyce Rigby joined the Boxwood team in 2019 with 30 years experience in East Coast viticulture. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Boxwood’s vineyard. She has managed vineyards in Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania and has consulted in several Eastern States, giving her a broad perspective on growing wine grapes in the East.

Rachel Martin is Boxwood's National Representative. She was on hand to present the wines. She has represented Boxwood since its inception. she helped to establish the winery. During her tenure as Executive Vice President, Rachel spearheaded the effort to establish the Middleburg Virginia AVA. In 2016 Rachel and her husband Kurt Deutsch established Oceano Wines in San Luis Obispo in California. They reside in New York City with their son, Eli. She is a ubiquitous presence in the wine industry nationally, and is charming as she is knowledgeable. She did an exceptional job presenting the wines and the estate.

Boxwood Estate Trellis 2015 is a medium bodied red wine made from 38% Merlot/ 36% Cab Franc/ 15%Cab Sauv and 11% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, 33% of the wine was aged in new, 33% in one year old barrels, and 33% in two year old oak barrels. Big, big notes from red raspberry and bright cherry nose. Lots of raspberry and cherry and vanilla on the pallet as well. There is also an earthiness to the wine, with an undertone of mineral. A nice, long, silky finish. This was an exceptional, exceptional wine. The Subsequent 2016 vintage of Trellis received a score of 90 points, James Suckling, 2016 vintage. 

Boxwood Estate Reserve 2015 is a powerful red blend, which represents the best lots of wine from the vintage from the estate. It is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. This is a big complex wine with depth, layers, balance, and finish. This is made to be as comparable to Bordeaux as one could attempt (at least in concept). And the 2015 vintage does not disappoint. It was a fantastic wine.

Great to see Rachel (who impressed the crowd), and a tremendous treat to taste Boxwood's 10th Anniversary wines with her. Boxwood Estate continues to impress after a decade. What else did I think I would be writing right now? Of course.  Pshaw. Fantastic!!!

Veritas Petite Verdot Monticello 2016 (VA)

I tasted this wine at a luncheon held by the Wine Media Guild of New York. I have known about Veritas for some time. I has been among by favorite quality producers on the east coast.

Veritas is a family-owned and run farm winery nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Andrew, Patricia, Emily, George, and Chloe Hodson share the common goal of making wines of the highest quality from the rich Virginia terroir. Veritas Winery was started by Andrew and Patricia Hodson in 1999. The winery has more than 50 acres in the Monticello wine region. 

Emily Pelton daughter of Andrew and Patricia, is the lead wine maker at Veritas. Emily moved to Virginia in 1999 with the intention of taking a year off of school to help her parents and sister Chloe transition as they moved from Florida to Virginia. She went to Virginia Tech to get her Masters degree in oenology (fermentation science). According to the website, "Now fifteen vintages in, Emily has become head winemaker and proud mother of two beautiful girls, Lydia and Charlotte, who have grown up on the farm and watched the winery and the vineyard grow." She is an exceptional winemaker, one of the best on the east coast.

The Veritas Petite Verdot Monticello 2016 was spectacular. The wine was a deep purple dry red. The nose was dark red fruit - dark cherries, dark raspberries, dark blueberries - with notes of violets and lavender. There was cedar and spices and a hint of graphite. This was a terrific wine. Big fruit up front. A lovely lovely smooth middle, and a wonderful finish. The fruit lingered, and lingered. A truly lovely wine. Fantastic! Truly an impressive wine, no matter what region, anywhere. 

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Stone House Urban Winery Delivers Wine By Dog (MD)

Soda, the wino dog.
Soda Pup, the wino dog, helps make curbside no-contact 
wine deliveries for Stone House Urban Winery in Maryland

Delivery dog offers curbside wine pickup during the coronavirus lockdown
By Christopher CameronApril 1, 2020 | 10:22am | Updated

Maryland is getting the real-life equivalent of the brandy barrel-bearing St. Bernard of Alpine rescue lore — although instead of life-giving spirits, it’s carrying spirit-giving wine.

It’s the social-distancing solution of Stone House Urban Winery in Hagerstown, which has introduced a delivery dog to its intrepid staff.

His name is Soda Pup, a 75-pound brindle boxer with all the breeding necessary for curbside service, plus horse saddle bags and a vest with two pouches.

Soda the wino dog helps make curbside no-contact wine deliveries for Stone House Urban Winery in Maryland.Stone House Urban Winery He doesn’t work the streets alone, either. The winery puts someone on “dog patrol,” letting pup-happy customers know not to give Soda snacks other than ice cubes.

“We’ve had people call in just specifically to have Soda Pup bring wine out to them,” Lori Yata, Soda Pup’s owner and co-owner of the winery, tells WJLA-TV.

But she wasn’t sure it would work at first.

“I thought, ‘God, please don’t let a goose or something walk by or those wine bottles are gone,’ ” she tells the Herald-Mail.

But winos beware: The 11-year-old pooch only carries two bottles of wine at a time, which, on the bright side, means you’ll see plenty of him.

“We are going to look for the positive side of this, closing the store allows us to do things we normally cannot keep up with, we are making tons of wine,” Yata says

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Friday, April 03, 2020

Quality Stuff: Bellview Chambourcin 2012 (NJ)

The Quarella family has been farming this farm for a century. June 7th, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of Bellview Farms. Winery opened its doors in 2000. Jim and Nancy Quarella, the founders of Bellview Winery, have been crafting fine estate wines exclusively from the grapes that are cultivated from their vineyards. Currently, Bellview has 40 acres of vineyards made up of 21 varieties of wine grapes and produces more than 8,000 cases of wine per year. Jim’s youngest son, Scott Quarella, will be the fifth generation of the Quarella family to tend to their estate.  Located in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA, Bellview grows  Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Blaufrankish, Chambourcin, Traminette, Cayuga, and Vidal Blanc. 

Last fall I opened up a Bellview Chambourcin 2012. I had been cellaring it since 2013. The wine opened with dark stewed fruits. Raspberry and black cherry notes were wonderful. Hints of spices like thyme and black pepper. It's a medium bodied dry wine, but has a big mouth feel, with fruit that lingers a long time. 

This wine begs for meat. Chicken, turkey, roast pork, even veal. Or a big styled pasta dish with a Bolognese sauce or other meat sauce. A big, lovely wine, with plenty of backbone and is good enough to lay down for a good 7-9 years! 

Quality stuff. Terrific wine.

Amoritas Vineyard Hail Mary Riesling 2016 (MI)

Amoritas Vineyards was founded by Michael, Emily, and Matthew Doodell during the harvest of 2015. The Goodell’s planted six white wine varietals on 14 acres of the homestead they purchased on the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. Their mission was to create delicious food-friendly wines from high-quality Vinifera vines.

Last fall I gave a shout out to these fine folks, but I thought they deserved better than that. Because the wine was indeed wonderful. The Amoritas Vineyard Hail Mary Riesling 2016 started off with a flower attack, filled with green apple, tropical fruits, and honeysuckle, with hints of lovely petroleum notes. There was a nice sweetness, and great zippy finish. Very very impressive.

Great job. Lovely wine!

Delicious - Auburn Vineyard & Winery Rustica 2012 (NJ)

Auburn Road Vineyards is a winery in Pilesgrove Township in Salem County, New Jersey. The vineyard was first planted in 2004, and opened to the public in 2007. Auburn Road has 19 acres of grapes under cultivation, and produces 4,200 cases of wine per year. The winery is named for road near where it is located. Auburn Road Vineyards is in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA, and produces wine from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cayuga White, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Merlot, Niagara, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, and Vidal blanc grapes. Auburn Road also makes fruit wines from apples and peaches.

I pulled this wine from my cellar last fall after we had pressed six barrels at out own winery. I drank the bottle with friend, winemaker, and grape historian Stephen Casscles. The medium bodied- red was a blend of New Jersey grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It's a fruit forward wine, with lots of bright cherry notes up front. A lovely drinking wine. A great match with food. Lovely middle palate. And the fruit lingers a nice long time. A lovely wine. Especially considering I bought it in 2013 and we drank it six years later. Very well done.

Two thumbs up from Steve and me!

Incredible - Drinking 9 Year Old Bedell Taste Rose 2010 (NY)

Last November I was searching through my cellar for a bottle to share with some friends. I pulled out this bottle of Bedell Taste 2010 and said, "Oooops!" Bedell is a quality producer. And Taste is a fun wine. But it's a fresh tasting rose, not meant for long term storage. That's not a dig at Bedell or at rose. I just don't cellar my roses that long. Many are not built for laying down.And I don;t know too many who would lay one down that long. 

Bedell wines are made by Richard Olsen-Harbich. The wine was made from a blend of estate grapes including 62% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, and 4% Petite Verdot. Taste Rose is known for its fresh, fresh flavors. I was worried that the wine might have lost is luster. 

There was nothing to worry about. The wine was filled with fresh strawberries and bright cherry. Lovely, tropical notes, and it still had a very, very youthful acidity that kept the fruit lively and absolutely fresh!

A huge compliment to Richard Olsen Harbich and his staff from those years! Great wine. Super impressive that it tasted so good after laying down for so many years!

Great job! Congrats!

Hudson Valley and Berkshire Distilleries and Artisans Help Out on COVID19 Pandemic (NY, MA)

Distilleries and other small artisan producers are doing what they can to help out in the fight against COVID19 pandemic. As was well publicized by the media, antibacteria hand soap, bathroom tissue, and paper towels, as well as medical masks were in short supply. Local producers have come to the rescue.

Hudson Valley distilleries such as Harvest Spirits, Cooper's Daughter, and Hudson Valley Distillers, and Massachusetts' Berkshire distilling have all raced to the rescue. making hand sanitizer a portion of which have been donated to local first aid responders, including law enforcement, EMT units, and fire companies. And some has been made available for sale to the general public. These are sanitizers made by local folks, using local products, and will ultimately help save lives.

More importantly, this small group of seemingly interstate rivals banded together to work with the NYSLA and the TTB and the FDA to get the product out in record time. The distillers worked with each other and with other distillers and local beverage producers to get the product out as quickly as possible to meet emergency and public demand. 

Derek Grout, owner of Harvest Spirits was so busy making the sanitizer that he slept in his offics for 12 days straight. "Busy making hand sanitizer for those in need. We never imagined when we opened our doors oh so long ago that we would be making this stuff 12 years later." They are selling it at the distillery and the Golden Harvest farm stand shop. "We do curb side delivery if you call ahead of time."

With the help of generous donations, Cooper's Daughter Spirits was able to donate 1,500 bottles of hand sanitize to 56 different essential services/businesses last week alone. "During such a dark and unusual time, being able to help people has given us hope and a sense of purpose. It has been especially meaningful knowing that we are helping people who do so much for others on a daily basis," said owner Sophie Newsome.  

Harvest Spirits owners Jen and Chris Moyer donated a portion of their sanitizers to local officials and have some for sale at their Hudson Valley Distillers!

Over in the Berkshires, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, one of the biggest distilleries in Massachusetts, is turning out hand sanitizer as well!

Equally interesting was the effort of two local textile artisans on getting masks out. Christin Ripley (of Christin Ripley Designs) and Lelah Khorramian (of Laloon Studios) sewed together to make vetted M4P masks for Columbia Memorial Hospital and Harlem Memorial Hospital.

Thank you to all of these producers and the many more who are coming to the public's aid.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Autumn Lake Estate Barrel Reserve Albarino 2018

While at Eastern Winery Exposition 2020 in Lancaster, PA, I got a chance to taste the new Albarino from Autumn Lake Winery. 

Located in Gloucester county, Williamstown, Autumn Lake Winery was established in 2012 with the ambition of being an all estate winery. Their goal was always to be a quality producer. Grown above the lakes where little else can flourish, all of their vines enjoy a view of the water. It provides cold weather moderation and warm weather breezes, perfect for slow and steady ripening. Mark Hernandez is the owner/winemaker.

The Autumn Lake Albarino 2018 was grown in the Outer Coastal Plain. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged in French oak barrels for 6 months This incredibly lovely white wine exploded with notes of honeydew and orange peel and other exotic fruits. Green apple and lemon hit the palate followed by a zippy finish green apple and lemon. Bright, refreshing, and delicious. A very very exceptional version of the varietal wine. Very impressive.

Mark and company - Congrats on a fantastic wine!

Ethereal: Fox Run Chardonnay Kaiser Vineyard 2018 (NY)

Peter Bell has outdone himself. For those of you who don't know, Peter Bell is the winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards. He's are erudite as Gore Vidal, and has a sense of humor like Buck Henry. Oh, and he plays banjo like Steve Martin. He happens to also be a terrific winemaker and mentor to it seems like almost anyone making wine in the northeast. Ever self-effacing, Bell gives a nod to Fox Run Assistant Winemaker Lindsey VanKeuren.

I tasted this wine at the Eastern Winery Exposition 2020 in Lancaster, PA. 

First, let me geek out, and say how happy I they made this a vineyard designate wine. Truly the sign of confidence (in the vineyard and the winemaker), pride, and quality. This used to be called the Chardonnay Reserve. Nice, but a tad plainsong. However, nothing plainsong about Fox Run Chardonnay Reserve 2017 (it got a 90 from Wine & Spirit magazine). I prefer single vineyard designate because it is a stronger statement. 

The Doyle Family Vineyard, sourced for previous vintages, is located on the east side of Seneca Lake and is one of the oldest plantings of the grape in New York State. The wine has traditionally had a touch of some other grape, Traminette in the past.

Fox Run Chardonnay Kaiser Vineyard 2018 is ethereal. It starts of with notes of tropical fruits and a big whollop of pear and bright green apple. Notes of lemon and vanilla and honeysuckle pervade. And the wine finishes with hints of mineral and a long, long bright citrus finish. Elegant. Bright. Complex. A whirlwind of smells and tastes, but all harmonic. Almost like Haydn's Water Music. A brilliant, brilliant wine. Exceptional!

Congrats to winemaker Peter Bell and owner Scott Osborn!

Fossenvue Queen's Castle Assemblage 2018 (NY)

I was introduced to Fossenvue by Phil Plummer, who has been with the company almost twenty years, starting out as a cellar rat, and working his way up to making the wines for Montezuma, Idol Ridge, and now Fossenvue. I met him at Eastern Wineries Exposition 2020.

Phil Plummer |

The Martin family has been in the wine business since 1999. Today, they own three wineries, two distilleries and a satellite tasting room. They started on Cayuga Lake with Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery and then opened a tasting room in Old Forge, NY. Recently they expanded to Seneca Lake with their neighbor, Idol Ridge Winery & Alder Creek Distillery. Even more recently,  they established Fossenvue Winery, previously known as Kings Garden Vineyards.

According to their website, "Fossenvue Winery’s name is based on the women’s suffrage campsite in Lodi, NY but bases its brand and wines off the Martin family’s roots. The Martin’s began their journey as beekeepers when they decided to dabble into wine-making with traditional mead. Throughout the years they have created a variety of honey wines as well as fruit wines, traditional grape wines and more. Our winery not only ties us back to the Martin’s history but also a piece of history from Lodi. Fossenvue, also known as “Queens Castle”, is a camp located in Lodi that was originally created by women for recreation, meetings and games. Within this camp hung the message, 'kindle friendship'".

Fossenvue Queen's Castle Assemblage 2018 is a blend of Saperavi, Cabernet Franc, and Lemberger. It has a lovely ripe cherry attach of fresh cherry and dark cherry with a hint of dark sour cherry to boot. Hints of raspberry, spice, licorice, bramble, cedar and a lovely vanilla finish. It has hints of violets and blueberry. Lots of layer, beautiful balance, and wonderfully complex. It is a medium-to-big bodied wine, like a fine Rhone or light Neuf de Pape. It almost had an Italian feel to it. A wonderful, wonderful wine. Very expressive. Finely made and extremely well finished. A fabulous red wine from the Finger Lakes.

Congrats to Phil and the Martin family.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Eastern Winery Exposition 2020 - A Who's Who of East Coast Winemaking

David Falcheck of the American Wine Society and 
Richard Leahy of the Eastern Winery Exposition.

Despite the impending Coronavirus doom that was first spreading on the west coast, it seemed like the Eastcoast Winery Exposition 2020 was the last gasp before many went home to face quarentines in their home regions. Despite that, the EWE 2020 was a major success. The classes were widely attended, and there were few if any cancellations by attendees or vendors. To all reports, the conference was a success.

One this for sure, there was a who's who of eastern winery personalities here in Lancaster for this important three day event.

Seferino Cotzojay winemaker of White Horse Vineyards

Steve Casscles, grape historian, 
and winemaker at Hudson-Chatham Winery

Damien Blanchon, winemaker Afton Mountain Vineyards

 Phil Plummer, winemaker at Montezuma Winery and Dave Falcheck, AWS

Steve Defrancesco, winemaker Glenora Wine Cellars

Carlo DeVito, Eastcoast Wineries and Hudson-Chatham Winery
and Steve Defrancesco of Glenora Winery
Chris Pearmund, winemaker at Pearmud Cellars

Tiffany Farrell, winemaker at Haak Vineyards

Conor Quilty winemaker at Unionville Vineyards

John Cifelli general manager at Unionville Vineyards 

Marty Cook of Marty on Wine

Gary Pavalis, Rutgers University

Mark Carduner of Working Dog Vineyards

Erik Heritage, vineyard management and 
Bill Heritage, owner Heritage Vineyards

Suzy Hayes and Doug Miles of Miles Wine Cellars

Phil from Montezuma and the winemaking and marketing staff 
of Hermit Woods Winery Ken Hardcastle, Chuck Lawrence, and Bob Manley

Danny Klein, American Wine Society

Robin Swan Shreeves, the Courier-Post and Wine and Wonder

Samuel Centeno, Brotherhood Winery

Doug Fabiloi of Fabioli Vineyards and
Mike Fiore of Fiore Vineyards and Distilling 

Todd Wueker of Hawk Haven Vineyards

Robin Swan Shreeves, Terri Newman-Hyde 
and Kathy Lang Wiedemann 

Nancy Parker and Bill Parker of Greenvale Vineyards

Tara Good of WineAmerica
and Dave Falcheck of AWS

Steve Defrancesco

Tim Benedict of  Hazlitt Wine Cellars

Kathy Lang Wiedemann of Vinuous Musings

Chuck Difasi, Jenni Ann Mignarri 
and Bob Mignarri of Eastern Wineries Exposition

Vineyard expert Lucy Morton, 
Bob Deford and wife Julie of Boordy Vineyards

Phineas Deford of Boordy

Julie and Bob Deford and Nancy Parker

Joe Fiola, University of Western Maryland

Joe Fiola, Michael Kaiser of WineAmerica, and 
Christine Wells Vrooman of Ankida Ridge Vineyards

Lucie Morton and Michael Kaiser

Richard Leahy, Marcia Gulino, and Chuck Difasi

Steve Shaw, of Shaw Vineyards

Steve Casscles

Tony and Mike Fiore
Fiore Winery and Distillery