Bordeaux – Virginia Bordeaux style blends are sophisticatedly smooth and are gaining massive followings in Europe.
Riesling – The Finger Lakes in upstate New York has been planted a quarter to this varietal and their wines have been gaining considerable respect from national wine publications. Come discover a varietal that most serious wine-drinkers consider their secret, favorite varietal.
Cabernet Franc – It’s one of the oldest varietals in the world, but sommeliers are saying, Cab Franc may be the new ‘trending’ red. East coast terroir, both north and south, has lent itself to producing a wide range of intricate wines from this up-and-coming varietal.
Finger Lakes – Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer are very happy here alongside a serious up-and-coming Chardonnay-based sparkling scene.
Virginia – The Rhone’s Viognier is making quite a home here along with its friend Roussanne. And don’t forget about the unctuous Petit Manseng. With red Bordeaux varietals, you naturally get Sauvignon Blanc, and there are a few producers knocking it out of the park.
Hudson Valley & Long Island – Orange wine, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay… That’s right, you heard it here: Long Island does whites just as good (if not better than) reds.