Posts Written OnAugust 05, 2013

Lieb Cellars 2009 Blanc de Blancs


  There are times when I want sparkling wine to be yeasty, funky and autolytic. Other times, I want bubbly that is pure, clean and driven by citrus and mineral flavors — and that is when I’d reach for Lieb Cellars 2009 Blanc de Blancs ($35). Fresh and bright, the nose offers aromas just-ripe pear, lemon zest, lemon meringue pie and citrus blossom with only the most subtle yeasty qualities. Dry and piercingly crisp and refreshing, the palate combines fruit flavors like pear, green apple and golden raspberry with a distinct marine minerality. Gentle mid-palate richness is balanced by frothy,…

Monello Winery: Working to Prove That Good Things Come in Small Packages


Grace Mirchandani was kidding, obviously. Or at least being flippant. Or maybe she was serious, while cautiously presenting her comment in the veil of humor. It was an average day in 2010 on Seneca Lake, and she was out for a drive with her family, including her husband, Rohit. That’s when she saw it, and that’s when she said it. They had come across a property that was for sale. It was a house that included a large garage, a nearby barn, and an expansive lot with a lake view. “I could put a winery there,” she said. Much to…

Prichard Joins NYCR as Finger Lakes Correspondent


Today the New York Cork Report welcomes Lindsay Prichard to the staff as a Finger Lakes Correspondent. You may remember the guest post that Lindsay wrote for us not long ago. Lindsay is a transplanted “Buckeye” who grew up in the farmlands of northwestern Ohio before moving to Upstate New York after college. Although wineries can be found in many parts of Ohio today, in the 1970s and 1980s there were few opportunities to experience anything other than lower-quality wines that came from California or were imported from Europe. Gallo, Blue Nun and Mateus were popular names among the wines…