Posts Written OnApril 29, 2013

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Some think that pinot noir is the future red wine star of the Finger Lakes — and that may be true. But for right now, I’ve been most impressed by the latest crop of Blaufrankisch-based wines I’ve tasted from the region, this Atwater Estate Vineyards 2010 “Moffett Block Blaufrankisch ($38) included. The Moffett Block is ten rows (.7 acre) of blaufrankisch that was planted in 2006, and honors Bill Moffett who first planted wine grapes on the farm in the 1970s. The nose oozes with black and blue fruit — plums, blackberries, black cherries and blueberries — along with subtle notes of dark roast coffee and earthy, woodsy spice. Medium bodied with dark fruit flavors that are ripe and concentrated, the palate requires a little time in the glass (or a decanter or in your cellar) to unfurl — but once it does, there is more of that earthy spice…

Member of the trade taste New York wines in the United Kingdom.

If you didn’t read my introduction to the New York Cork Report it might be worth reading before continuing with this article. For those that don’t have the time — hello, my name is Will, and I sell New York wine in the UK. Right, let’s get started…. It’s been nearly ten months since our latest shipment of wine from Long Island and the Finger Lakes docked in Thamesport. On the back of the London International Wine Fair plus some great press in Harper’s, the Drinks Business and Meininger’s Wine Business International, New York wine definitely has not gone unnoticed. Key young sommeliers and writers have helped spearhead the spread of our wine both in the on-trade and consumer sectors. In the fall, once the trade had woken up from its deep summer slumber, things increased exponentially.  The wine and restaurant trade is a sociable, close-knit circle and as more sommeliers spread…