Posts Written OnAugust 14, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 New York Wine & Food Classic Winners

We just received this email from the New York Wine and Grape Foundation announcing the winners from the 2012 New York Wine & Food Festival, including Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars winning “Winery of the Year” and the Governor’s Cup for its 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling. Congratulations to all of the winners, which include many of the best wineries and wines made in New York State. [quote] Watkins Glen, New York, AUGUST 14 – Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2011 Semi Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes Region won the coveted “Governor’s Cup” trophy at the 2012 New York…

What We Drank: August 14, 2012

  Evan Dawson: Huber Winery Sweet Marcella (Indiana) This wine was introduced to me as “the Red Cat of Indiana”. I wasn’t aware that Indiana made much wine, but of course, we know that just about every state is making wine these days. This particular wine is 100% Concord, $9 a bottle, nearly 7% sugar. A glance at the Huber website indicates that it’s certainly not Red Cat in terms of production; Huber makes just over 7,000 cases, perhaps a tenth or less of what Red Cat checks in at annually. Here’s the key question: Is it any good? Not…

Harvest Update: Cascade and Centennial Hops at McCollum Orchards

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McCollum Orchards, Niagara’s new hops farm and orchard in Lockport, New York, kicked off its first commercial harvest this week with Centennial hops. Bree Bacon Woodbridge, co-owner of the farm with her husband Rich, reports that the crop “looks pretty good, all things considered. We picked several cones that are the size of my thumb.” Woodbridge says the very hot, dry 2012 season brought “more pest pressure than last year. We were back on our heels and then were able to put in irrigation, with inline fertilizer, which helped regulate a lot. We have done a lot of hand-picking of…