The motivation for launching Vermont’s wine industry was rather unique. The first winery opened in 1997, with a mission of “keeping land open and working.” Owners of Snow Farm Winery wanted to offer an economic alternative to farmers: to curb residential and commercial development in Vermont’s rural lands. Since then the number of farm wineries has grown to almost half a dozen. With such a young industry and even younger vines, Vermont growers and wine producers are just starting to learn exactly how good Vermont-grown wine can be. Currently, French hybrid varieties dominate, with Leon Millot, Baco Noir, Seyval Blanc, Vidal and Cayuga being popular choices. Cold-hardy clones of vinifera varieties like Riesling and Zweigelt are also in the ground, with results pending. In this northern climate growers keep a keen eye on the latest canopy management and organic farming techniques in order to increase sun exposure and to minimize mildew diseases without intensive spraying programs.
The multiple appellations of Washington will be tasted in a unique banquet dinner at this years Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Nuances of that regional diversity have been paired with the meal being prepared by Chef Dan Carr.
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Marquette exhibits relative high levels of acid for a Red, but can easily be managed by solid winemaking