East Coast Wine News Briefs for 1/15/2013

VA has record year for sales in 2012. MD’s wine shipping law deemed a success. PA wines partner with PLCB for distribution in state stores. Long Island named a top wine destination.

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Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

Montrachet

I had the opportunity to visit Château de Chassagne-Montrachet in Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune to taste through the 2010 vintage in March 2012.

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Burgundy Chablis

Chablis

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern-most and largest wine region, producing flinty, mineral Chardonnays.

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Côte de Nuits

Côte de Nuits

Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits makes up the northern part of its Côte d’Or, with vines between Dijon and Beaune. I had the opportunity to visit several regions including Clos de Vougeot, Nuits-Saint-Georges & Gevrey-Chambertin.

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Va La Vineyards in Avondale, PA

Winemaker Q&A: Anthony Vietri on Evaluating Wines With Aging Potential

I interviewed Anthony Vietri of Va La Vineyards on the complicated topic of how wines age, including what bottle shock and the dumb phase are, how winemakers use microbes, and the issues surrounding corks vs. screw caps.

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Va La Vineyards in Avondale, PA

Winemaker Q&A: Anthony Vietri on Evaluating Young Wines

I interviewed Anthony Vietri of Va La Vineyards on why barrel samples of young wines are so difficult to evaluate – and what all those weird flavors mean.

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