New York #Tastemaker: Ian Barry | Barry Family Cellars

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“Tastemaker” is a term typically used to describe a person — either a sommelier or writer in the wine world — who decides what is good, cool or otherwise interesting. With our new #NYTastemaker profiles, I’ve decided to usurp the term to mean someone who actually makes the wines, ciders, spirits, etc. that we love. A “tastemaker” should make something, after all. I first met Ian Barry, winemaker and general manager of Barry Family Cellars several years ago when he was working at a far-larger winery on Cayuga Lake. He was making at least two dozen different wines every year…

Weekly New York Wine News — May 2, 2016

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Bud break at Sparkling Pointe  NEWS Finger Lakes Times – 4/26/2016 Local wine production plays a part in growing career opportunities in agriculture. Chronicle-Express – 4/27/2016 Major rodeo in Alberta, Canada selects a Fox Run Vineyards unoaked chardonnay as it’s official white wine. Opelika-Auburn News – 4/28/2016 Word is spreading wide about New York wine, as evidenced by this discovery in a local Alabama publication. Urban Phoenix – 4/28/2o16 Visiting photographer assembles a compelling pictorial profile of Geneva, New York’s unique cultural and community assets. Burlington Free Press – 4/29/2016 Savvy beer connoisseurs in Vermont are looking across the lake…

Uncork the Forks: Local Wines Should Be on Local Menus

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(Photo Credit: David Benthal for northforker) Local wine people — both inside and out of the industry proper — have long lamented how few local restaurants support and offer local wine. Short of visiting every restaurant and asking to see their wine lists, it is hard to know precisely who is listing local wine and how much of it. Visiting restaurant websites — many of which aren’t updated very often, rendering them largely useless — does offer some insight, though. The results are still ugly, though there are some exceptions — restaurants doing good things with local wine. Some restaurants,…

New York #Tastemaker: Anthony Nappa | Raphael & Anthony Nappa Wines

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“Tastemaker” is a term typically used to describe a person — either a sommelier or writer in the wine world — who decides what is good, cool or otherwise interesting. With our new #NYTastemaker profiles, I’ve decided to usurp the term to mean someone who actually makes the wines, ciders, spirits, etc. that we love. A “tastemaker” should make something, after all. As a wine lover and a wine writer, I know that I can trust Anthony Nappa, winemaker at Raphael, owner of Anthony Nappa Wines and co-owner of The Winemaker Studio with his chef-wife Sarah. It’s not just that his wines almost always…

Weekly New York Wine News — April 26, 2016

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Cabernet franc vines budding out at Shinn Estate Vineyard NEWS ShipCompliant – 4/19/2016 Big wine industry player ShipCompliant provides its own synopsis of recently recommended changes for New York’s alcohol laws. Chicago Now – 4/19/2016 Chi Town Somm takes a closer look at New York wine, beginning with Long Island, in this first of a three-part series. East End Beacon – 4/19/2016 The Long Island Wine Council had updated it’s website and is taking a new approach to marketing the region. North Fork Patch – 4/20/2016 The LIWC may be bringing new leadership and ideas, but could mean different things…

Jones von Drehle Vineyards 2014 Rosa Dia

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The plans for my 2015 Rosé report are coming along nicely, with wines from wineries all across the east coast (defined for the tasting wineries not in California, Oregon or Washington). This year’s tasting will have wines not only from various New York regions, but also Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan and North Carolina. The response has been humbling. Truly. My tasting report will focus on 2015 wines, but some wineries have sent me 2014 rosé as well, including  Jones von Drehle Vineyards 2014 Rosa Dia ($18). Jones von Drehle is a relatively new producer in the Yadkin Valley AVA in North…

Keuka Lake Vineyards NV KLV Red

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Need another reminder that generalizations can be dangerous in the wine world? Look no further than Keuka Lake Vineyards NV KLV Red ($16). Many will look at a wine like this one — without a vintage year on the label — and look elsewhere for something to drink. I get it, often non-vintage wines end up being whatever is left over and the wines aren’t very good. But you know what they say happens when you assume. This is a blend that is mostly cabernet franc, with Leon Millot, pinot noir and a “splash” of Delaware rounding out the blend. It’s…

Macari Vineyards 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc

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“Reserve” is a term without an official meaning in the American wine industry. It can be used by anyone on any wine. Some wineries only have a “Reserve” line — which means it’s more about marketing than anything else. They’d never admit it, but I’m convinced that some producers even put “Reserve” on a bottle just so they can charge more for it. For a while, here on Long Island, “Reserve” has meant bigger, riper and oakier. Sometimes wineries boast about long a “Reserve” wine is aged in oak barrels on the back label — as if that’s a sign…

New York #Tastemaker: Nancy Irelan | Red Tail Ridge Winery

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“Tastemaker” is a term typically used to describe a person — either a sommelier or writer in the wine world — who decides what is good, cool or otherwise interesting. With our new #NYTastemaker profiles, I’ve decided to usurp the term to mean someone who actually makes the wines, ciders, spirits, etc. that we love. A “tastemaker” should make something, after all. One of the true highlights of my trip to the Finger Lakes last month was meeting Nancy Irelan, co-owner of and winemaker for Red Tail Ridge Winery on the western side of Seneca Lake. Nancy (and correctly so) suggested that if we planned…

Weekly New York Wine News — April 18, 2016

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Spring at Macari Vineyards NEWS Hudson Valley news Network – 4/13/2016 Recommendations on modernizing New York alcoholic beverage laws come down from the working group created in late 2015. New York Upstate – 4/15/2016 Shmaltz’s Brewing celebrates 20 years of “Beer with Shtick” in the Capital District. Examiner – 4/17/2016 William Dowd digs into the Wine and Grape Foundation archives to surface this list of states that receive shipments of New York wines, and the wineries who do the shipping. New York Times – 4/17/2016 Cold-climate wine making continues to gain ground in upstate New York, while Victory View and…