Bourbon, Derby, and Wine!

Truth be told, wine is not one of the first things that come to mind when someone mentions Kentucky. Renowned for Bourbon and horses, grapes and wine were an important part of the state’s history from the start. America’s commercial wine industry was born in Kentucky in 1798 when the Marquis de Lafayette’s winemaker, Jean-JacquesRead more

Free The Grapes Year End Summary

Before I jump back into reviews, I thought I would provide the year end summary received from Free The Grapes. Although a bit delayed, I feel it’s important to share the great progress the organization continues to make in expanding consumer choice. Tennessee created a direct shipping permit. Kansas passed a direct shipping statute. MaineRead more

The Keystone State

Surrounded by a few of my favorite states (yes I admit, I love New York wine), the Keystone state is quickly making some noise of its own. Home to more than 100 wineries throughout the state, Pennsylvania’s wine industry is growing in both production and reputation. A moderate climate combined with rolling terrain provide idealRead more

Caution, High Altitude Ahead

With elevations ranging from 4000 to 7000 feet above sea level, Colorado’s vineyards are among the highest in the world. The continental climate (warm days + cool nights + low humidity) creates ideal conditions for the cultivation of grapes required to produce premium wines. Home to 2 designated American Viticultural Areas, Grand Valley and WestRead more

Maryland’s Growing Wine Industry

Growing at a staggering 25 percent a year, Maryland’s wine industry is no longer the best kept secret on the East Coast. With 38 licensed wineries on the map, encompassing 5 trails, 4 distinct growing regions, and 3 AVAs, Maryland offers visitors a wine for every palate and makes for the perfect weekend getaway. IRead more

2009 Regional Wine Week

Today marks day 1 of Regional Wine Week, an annual event started by Dave McIntyre and Jeff Siegel over at DrinkLocalWine.com in 2008. Wine writers and bloggers across the US will be sharing their stories about “wine from around here” -– wherever “here” might be. During the week, DrinkLocalWines.com will act as a portal toRead more

The 2009 Maryland Governor’s Cup

The new kid on the block, Black Ankle Vineyards, has won their second Governor’s Cup in as many years. The soon-to-be-released 2007 Crumbling Rock follows its predecessor, the 2006 Crumbling Rock, in winning Maryland’s top prize. The Crumbling Rock is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Situated on theRead more