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Weekly New York Wine News — November 23, 2015


Photo courtesy of Nancy Irelan, Red Tail Ridge NEWS Finger Lakes Wine – 11/15/2015 Meet the new Finger Lakes winemaker Nova Cadamatre, who comes from a big wine business to her own small winery. Leisure Group Travel – 11/18/2015 Canandaigua gets recognition as a well rounded tourist destination with wine and food at its hub. Henrietta Post – 11/20/2015 Finger Lakes Community College wine program is up and running in style, and will soon be producing commercial products made by students. Buffalo News – 11/20/2015 Five upstate NY wines to pair with the feasts…all under $20. WCAX – 11/20/2015 The…

Corks of the Forks: The Last Thanksgiving Wine Story You’ll Ever Need to Read


When considering your Thanksgiving wine choices, here’s the only advice you need: Drink good wine. Don’t complicate it any more than that. OK. You probably want to know why it’s that simple, and I’m happy to explain it. I’ve written Thanksgiving-related stories for at least a decade, just like every other wine writer — from local guys like me to national columnists in the big, glossy magazines. Some feel compelled to do so, but often we’re told to write these stories because they’re apparently popular, though I don’t actually understand why. None of my friends or family members stress about…

Uncork the Forks: Lieb Cellars and its Brand Makeover

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOThe team at Lieb Cellars: (back row from left) controller Dayna Corlito, tasting room associate Julia King, tasting room manager Alicia Ekeler-Valle, CFO Dave Sanatore and marketing and wine club manager Dana Kowalsick. Brand ambassador Madison Fender (front row from left), general manager Ami Opisso and operations manager Melissa Cannady.

Creating and building a successful brand is difficult in any industry. Building and nurturing a successful wine brand in a region without an established regional identity or reputation is even harder. When Ami Opisso, general manager at Lieb Cellars in Mattituck, and the new ownership team took over what was then known as Lieb Family Cellars in 2013, they had an even more challenging situation. They had to revitalize a somewhat established brand and decide where they would take it, and the company, in the future.  They’ve pulled it off — perhaps better than any rebrand I can remember on…

Weekly New York Wine News — November 17, 2015


(Photo via Kelby Russell/Red Newt Cellars) NEWS WXXI – 11/10/2015 Evan Dawson hosts a panel on his show “Connections” to discuss the significant investments that Finger Lakes wineries are making in renewable energy and how that bodes for the region’s future. FlipSidePA – 11/10/2015 Just south of the New York border they look to the Finger Lakes for white wine to pair with the turkey with Dr. Frank’s Riesling and Gewurtz this year’s selection. New York Times – 11/12/2015 Thanksgiving wine recommendations are abound in the run up to the holiday, and even the tasting panel at the Times gets…

Macari Vineyards 2015 “Early Wine” Chardonnay


Le nouveau est arrivé is the official slogan for when Beaujolais Nouveau arrives every fall — the third Thursday in November. As much as I love Cru Beaujolais, I don’t rush out for the Nouveau anymore. It’s become more of a marketing spectacle than anything about the wine. I’d like to suggest a new, locally focused edition — “The Early has arrived!” I look forward to this wine’s release every year. I’ve been harassing  asking the folks at Macari Vineyards about Macari Vineyards 2015 “Early Wine” Chardonnay ($18) for several weeks now — wanting to know when it would be available. Then…

From the Archives: Some Finger Lakes Wineries Favor Synthetic Corks for Their Best Wines. Should They?


Editor’s Note: Every Thursday — call it Throwback Thursday if you’d like — we’ll pull a story from the more than a decade of NYCR stories and republish it. This week, I pulled a story that managing editor Evan Dawson and science editor Tom Mansell teamed up for about synthetic closures in the Finger Lakes.    Serious wine consumers are not, generally speaking, fans of synthetic cork. Most recoil at the sight of a plastic cork being pulled from a bottle they had otherwise been excited to open. Is this bias unfair? Maybe. Companies are working to improve the quality of synthetic…

Shinn Estate Vineyards 2014 “Mojo” Cabernet Franc


I don’t want to jinx it, but it seems like Long Island winemakers have largely moved beyond the days of treating cabernet franc like cabernet sauvignon. Most winemakers really scaled back the amount of new oak they are using and are allowing cabernet franc be cabernet franc. They aren’t trying to beat all of the “green” out of the variety as often and as a result very few wood-and-chocolate-and-vanilla-dominated cabernet francs have crossed my tasting table over the past year. A handful of wineries put out unoaked versions now, and Shinn Estate Vineyards — long growers and makers of some of the best local…

Weekly New York Wine News — November 10, 2015


Fall in the vineyard (photo via Shinn Estate Vineyards) NEWS Facebook – 11/4/2005 Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen, have broken ground for a sizable increase in winery and tank space. – 11/7/2015 A wine summit of a different sort, Frontenac Point hosted a gathering of Finger Lakes food and wine pioneers to discuss the past and future of the region. Auburn Citizen – 11/9/2015 Six Mile Creek Vineyard in Ithaca is under new ownership with plans to add sparkling wine and rum to the program. News Editor notes that this happens to be the first establishment in the region…

Get the Best New York Wine Delivered to Your Door — The New York Cork Club


If you read this blog, you’re obviously interested in New York wine. But, depending on where you live, you may not have ready access to very much of it. If that’s you, we’ve got the solution. We’ve partnered with The Cellar d’Or — a great wine and cider shop in Ithaca, NY — for the New York Cork Club. Every month, I pick two great New York wines and they are delivered to your door. The wine itself never exceeds $50 for those two bottles (shipping costs vary) and by joining, you’ll get everything from classic wines from the top wineries in…

Bad Seed Cider: Great Friends, Great Family Means Great Hard Cider

Arthur and Devin in the house

Albert Wilklow and Devin Britton, founders of Bad Seed Cider Company, love their work. They also love family and friends, and seeing familiar faces at the NY Greenmarkets where they sell their well-crafted hard ciders and in the newly opened Bad Seed Tap Room. This take on life drives their passion for creating excellent dry hard cider and enjoyable experiences for their many fans.