Chaddsford Rosé: “Regional Wine” at its best!

Here€™s
an impressive statistic for you: The number of wineries in the United
States has more than doubled this decade,from 2,188 in 2000 to 4,712
last year, according to Wine America, a D.C.-based trade association. At
the same time, California€™s share of that number has dropped from 53
percent (1,156 wineries) to 33 percent (1,553 wineries. While California
still produces close to 90 percent of all wine made in the United
States, this is explosive growth, and a lot of it is happening in states
that until recently have not really been associated with quality wine
production. Sure, Oregon and Washington account for some of that growth,
but New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Colorado also lead the growth
spurt in the new millennium.

 

And here€™s more good news: Quality is improving, too!

 

That€™s
why I€™m part of a group of wine writers eager to feature the growth
of €œregional wine€ in the United States. The week of October 6,
writers across the country €“ in newspapers, Internet publications and
blogs €“ will highlight wines from their localities or areas where they
have traveled. Look for their writings to be collected on a Web site
which I will feature here.

One such wine I recently enjoyed was the Chaddsford 2007 Rosé, a
delightfully fruity, dry rosé made exclusively from Chambourcin.
Winemaker Eric Miller calls 2007 €œthe vintage of a life time€ for
his patch of southeastern Pennsylvania, and he€™s bled off some nice
juice from his always-reliable Chambourcin to make this fun late-summer
quaffer. According to the Chaddsford Web site, they only made 147 cases
of it, and they don€™t list a price, so it may be sold out already.
(The winery sent me a sample.)

Chaddsford isn€™t exactly €œlocal€ for me here in the D.C.
area, but it€™s close enough. This is exactly the type of wine that
consumers, writers, and retailers should be seeking out. Is it profound?
No. But it€™s good. It€™s fun. And it€™s €œfrom around here.€

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