21 Brix winemaker named among Top 100 influential in U.S.

PORTLAND – Wine enthusiasts are applauding Kris Kane for his efforts and dedication to the wine industry. Kane, co-owner and winemaker at 21 Brix Winery was recently named among the top 100 most influential winemakers in the United States according to

With over 7,000 bonded wineries in the United States and almost as many winemakers, Kane has caught the attention of many wine writers and judges in the past few years. Kane has been working with the traditional varieties, including vinifera varieties such as Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as native varieties of grapes, which include Concord, Niagara and Fredonia grapes, which are used in the Ella (the Elephant) series of wines.

According to, “Kris Kane of 21 Brix is working with dozens of varieties including, Cayuga, Blaufrankish and virtually unknown Noiret and his wines are available nationally through Olde Chautauqua Farms. Kris makes stylish, dry, Vinifera wines in the Lake Erie region where winemakers have historically left aggressive residual sugar in the wines for their regional consumers, which also made them unappealing to the wine trade and general public. That tide had turned. If and when Lake Erie is on the map, it will be because of him.”

As one of two New York winemakers included on this national list, Kane is honored to be included on this prestigious list.

“Having been surrounded by grapes my entire life, I have been intrigued with the assortment of varieties that we can grow along the Lake Erie shoreline. Since people have such a wide variety of wine preferences, I am always working with new varieties and blends of wines that I can bring to the tasting sheet here at 21 Brix Winery,” he said.

Stop by the tasting room at 21 Brix Winery, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to sample some of these lesser known wine varieties. 21 Brix Winery is located on Route 20 in Portland, between Brocton and Westfield. Look for the pink elephant!