Posts Written OnOctober 08, 2012

Barn at the Oles Farm. Photo by Christa Glennie Seychew.

I became acquainted with the Oles family when I was in third grade, when their youngest daughter, Pam, was my classmate. We bonded over a love of digging in the dirt during recess, and subsequently I made many childhood memories at their beautiful farm in Corfu, New York. I ate their fresh strawberries every year on my birthday in June; I drizzled their maple syrup on my pancakes. As I grew up I watched the Oles Farm develop a strong reputation in Western New York; as I became more involved in Buffalo’s food scene, I began to see their products on the menus of some of the best restaurants in the city. I saw their farm become a place of education for chefs, student groups, and anyone interested in sustainable farming. I saw their Promised Land CSA become one of the largest and most successful in the area. I had…

sheldrake-2011-gewurztraminer

It can be difficult to escape riesling  maelstrom in the Finger Lakes. Riesling flies at you from every direction. It’s wonderful, but can be overwhelming too.  And, sometimes other varieties are unfairly under-promoted. That’s the second edge of the double-edged sword of ‘signature varieties.’ Chief among these sometimes-ignored grapes is gewurztraminer, which thrives in the region. Sheldrake Point Vineyards makes some terrific rieslings, but deserves perhaps more attention for consistent excellence with gewurztraminer. It seems that, no matter the growing conditions, winemaker Dave Breeden crafts deliciousness, even if the style changes year to year. Sheldrake Point Vineyards 2011 Gewurztraminer ($18) is a bit leaner than other vintages, but still stood out on a recent visit with its aromas of mixed flowers, candied ginger, lychee and under-ripe pineapple. Medium bodied, the fresh, dry (.5% RS) palate shows good balance and just enough intensity. Spring flowers and pineapple dominate the flavor profile, which also…