Editor's Letter | September 2016 / by Brian Yost

In our September edition, we are taking a close look at the Eastern United States in an effort to bring into focus the quality revolution that has taken place over the last ten years. New York is the third largest US producer of fine wine and its Finger Lakes region has long been known to most oenophiles. Virginia ranks fifth in production and has gained serious “street cred” as the quality of its wine has dramatically improved over the last decade. If quality wine is possible in Virginia and New York, why not the rest of the Eastern Seaboard? This month, we will begin to answer that question as we examine a geographic area extending from Georgia to New England.

I kicked of this edition with a short contribution detailing my impression of some wineries of note in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Sarita Cheaves writes about her discovery of a pair of world-class wineries near Mount Airy, Maryland. The Maryland article is complemented by an interview with Lauren Y. Zimmerman, who is one of that state’s hot new winemakers. Hope S. Philbrick is back with a close look at wineries in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley and she submitted a second piece detailing elements of the vibrant wine scene in Atlanta, Georgia.

We think you will enjoy this edition and we are excited to help introduce you to some of America’s lesser-known eastern wine regions. Please let us know your thoughts and send any recommendations for areas of the world you want to see us cover.

We are also returning to Virginia again in September. Christine Davis offers a glimpse of Early Mountain Vineyards and a program that showcases food and wine from around the state. In addition, we have included a review of Beyond Jefferson’s Vines—The Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia, by Richard G. Leahy, which is the single best guide for understanding and exploring Virginia wine country.

Of course, Kristy Wenz submitted another installment of her World Platter series and, in keeping with the theme, provides context and a recipe for a North Carolina Sonker. Michael Green sent in another set of Winetoons that focus on “the arts.” Finally, our “Be a #winetourist” page includes photographs from several members of our extended community.

We think you will enjoy this edition and we are excited to help introduce you to some of America’s lesser-known eastern wine regions. Please let us know your thoughts and send any recommendations for areas of the world you want to see us cover.

Cheers!