Last year, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov took notice of Vermont’s wine scene, because of a special book, and the beverages related to it. This summer he made the trip to investigate the unlikely vines growing in the Green Mountains. We are so glad to have had the chance to taste of the local fare with him during his visit, and to share what this special place has to offer.
The International Cold Climate Wine Competition has been running in Minnesota for seven years now, and in each year, a Vermont wine has taken an award for Best in Show. This year the Green Mountains doubled-up as Lincoln Peak Vineyard was awarded Best-in-Show Red for it’s 2013 Marquette, while Shelburne Vineyard grabbed Best-in-Show for the new rosé category with it’s Whimsey Meadow. This competition focuses on 65 or so wineries and covers nearly 400 wines being made on the frontier of viticulture, and Vermont is leading the way.
Kudos to wine pal and Vermont neighbor Deirdre Heekin, whose recent book “An Unlikely Vineyard” has captured the imagination of Eric Asimov, and her wines have captivated his taste buds. We foresee a new kind of appreciation for the unique and wonderful wines that can be made in cold climates. Cheers!
la garagista wines from the Vermont countryside continue to make marks on the maps of wine aficionados in the big city. Tasting Table columnist Lauren Gitlin takes notice of interesting wines and books bubbling up on Deirdre Heekin’s hilltop in the Vermont Piedmont.