Should fans of US wine pay less attention to the west coast and a little more to the east?by Barry Smith / March 21, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
The wine world is always on the lookout for something new. A new region, grape variety, or method of making. What’s more, wine lovers are faithless. No sooner have they fallen in love with Assyrtiko or Albariño than they begin to migrate to Aligoté or Arneis. So where should we look for the next big thing?
In North America, the wines from California have a well-established track record, but wines from Washington State and Oregon are beginning to make their mark; in particular, the Pinot Noirs from Willamette (rhymes with dammit).
Similarly, the wines from Ontario look set to challenge British Columbia’s long-held reputation as Canada’s best winemaking region.
So should wine enthusiasts in the US be looking east to the wines from New York State? That’s not entirely clear. Many New Yorkers talk enthusiastically about local Rieslings and several of the city’s wine bars and restaurants now feature New York wines on their lists. So are East Coast wines the coming thing? I tasted several on a recent trip to the Big Apple.