Posts Tagged“finger lakes”

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NEWS Observer Review – 2/3/2015 -A group of more than 100 area businesses has written a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in opposition of Crestwood’s proposed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage project in salt caverns along Seneca Lake. Examiner.com – 2/5/2015 The Shawangunk Wine Trail announced the new “Hudson Valley Wine Tasting Passport” that covers each of the Trail’s 14 members wineries. The Telegram – 2/6/2015 Winemakers experimenting with native grapes yield interesting results. “I recently tasted the Cuvée d’Amour 2011 from the Dr. Konstantin Frank winery in the Finger Lakes region of New York, which is made from their own vineyards of amurensis…My friends were quite impressed by the contents of their glasses, not knowing what had been served.” Auburn Citizen – 2/6/2015 Cold Snap Threatens Finger Lakes Vinifera Buds “When we experience minus-10 temperatures, about 50 percent of the grapevine buds die. The Cornell Finger Lakes Grape Program publishes…

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NEWS Steuben Courier Advocate – 1/20/2015 New York Wine organizations receive grants totaling nearly $1 Million in to help promote the region, build infrastructure, and support the Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 to be held in Corning, NY. Wine Business – 1/20/2015 Stephanie Jarvis Named Marketing Manager for Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Cornell Daily Sun – 1/21/2015 The Scientist: Prof. Bruce Reisch Develops New Grape Varieties – cold climate grape breeding continues to bring new options to northern vineyards. Finger Lakes Wine Alliance – 1/21/2015 The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Board of Directors are proud to announce the hiring of Julie Caplan as the new Program Director for the organization Trib Media – 1/24/2015 Road Trip! : New York’s Finger Lakes region – Pittsburgh area vacationers look to a fine wine destination just a few hours drive away. The Week – 1/24/2015 The state of wine drinking in America today – A mention…

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It’s easy to get caught up in all of the delicious white wines — not just riesling, mind you — coming out of the Finger Lakes and assume that the red wines just aren’t very good. Several folks charged with selling Finger Lakes wines of all styles lament this fact quite openly when you speak with them or interact with them on the interwebs. It’s a common misconception, but like many is based at least in part on facts. You can throw “cool-climate” around all you want — and many do — but if you’re working with the wrong varieties on the wrong sites and then make things worse in the cellar, you’re going to end up with mediocre (at best) wines no matter where you are in the world. It’s true that compared to the region’s rieslings, most Finger Lakes reds come up short. Couple that with America’s (and many…

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Yesterday afternoon, our very own Evan Dawson was in London to accept the award for “International Wine Book of the Year” at the Louis Roederer Wine Writing Awards 2012. No one around here is surprised at the success Evan’s beautifully written book has enjoyed, but it’s amazing to see the book reach so many people around the globe — all about our little wine region in upstate New York. Congratulations, my friend. We’re proud of all that you’ve accomplished. We’re honored to have you as a driving force behind this website. So, when is the next book coming out?    

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I was first introduced to the Rkatsiteli grape when I tried the 2006 vintage bottling from Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars. I was quickly hooked by the aromatic white that can be described as riesling-meets-gewruztraminer-meets-sauvignon blanc in its aromas and flavors with a beam of beautiful natural acidity. Since then, Dr. Frank’s Rkatsiteli has been a bit up and down for me — always drinkable, but sometimes without the verve and length of that first taste. Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2009 Rkatsiteli ($15) is lemony on the nose with notes of citrus blossom, sweet herb, lemon verbena and golden raspberry. Soft and juicy, the just off-dry (.45% RS) palate is driven by lemon-lime flavors with a sweet grassy note and hints of sweet pea. The finish is long with juicy, citrusy acidity. Though perhaps a bit one-dimensional, the balance is good. Producer:…

Hermann J. Wiemer winemaker Fred Merwarth discussing his winemaking philosophy By Remy Charest, The Wine Case This may not come as that much of a surprise to those familiar with the Finger Lakes, but the region does make really great riesling. For participants in the second edition of Tastecamp EAST, however, this three-day, three-lake stint in the region was a great opportunity to confirm that the region indeed lives up to its reputation in that respect: just like merlot in Long Island – Tastecamp’s first destination, last year – the Finger Lakes' flagship grape consistently delivers. Throughout the weekend, we had the opportunity to taste a great range of rieslings, made in a great variety of styles, and from vintages ranging from 2001 to 2009. I don’t believe I tasted one I didn’t at least reasonably like, and many were delicious and worth cellaring. Rieslings from Red Newt, Ravines, Damiani,…

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief During a tasting of Finger Lakes riesling last weekend, I thought a non-Finger Lakes ringer had worked its way into the lineup. Even though I pull the wines from the cellar myself (and knew I grabbed only Finger Lakes juice) this wine seemed almost an outlier, tasting a bit more Washington (state) to me than Finger Lakes. Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2008 Riesling ($15) obviously is a Finger Lakes riesling, but it is decidedly different than the other wines I tasted during this session. The nose is ripe, almost overripe with gobs of juicy, sweet peach backed by fig preserves and a little pineapple. "Big" for a riesling, it fills the mouth with more ripe flavors — peach, pineapple, pear and golden — with a subtle honey and fennel frond notes. Though fairly sweet (3.6% RS), that sugar is balanced nicely by the kind of acidity that…

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief As an admitted wine and beer geek, I really (really) love stumbling upon new libations in unexpected places. I love it even more if it's a style or beverage that is new to me. I picked up a bottle of this Eve's Cidery Essence ($22) at the Ithaca Farmer's Market last summer — after I spent way too much time deciding which of the amazing, mostly ethnic, food stalls to buy lunch from. Essence is an "ice cider" that is made by allowing late harvest juice to freeze partially. As the juice freezes the water is separated out and the remaining juice is concentrated with high brix and intense flavors — just like ice wine. I don't know that much about them, but ice ciders are apparently very popular in Canada, but the U.S. TTB doesn’t have an ice cider category yet, so this cider can't…

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief Hermann J. Wiemer is what I call an "any vintage" winery. What I mean is that, regardless of the conditions throughout the growing season, this is a winery that can be counted on for good wines. They truly do the best with what Mother Nature gives, even if she doesn't give much. Making good wines even in lesser years is a testament to co-owner and winemaker Fred Merwarth's talents and attention to detail.  So what happens in good years, like 2008 for Finger Lakes rieslings? Wines like this one happen. This Hermann J. Wiemer 2008 Dry Riesling ($17.50) is Wiemer's 'regular' dry bottling, but it's anything but ordinary. The nose erupts with classic Finger Lakes character — bright lime, Kaffir lime leaf, lemon zest and grapefruit aromas with an undercurrent of wet slate minerality.  In a mouth-watering, Kabinett style, the palate is dry (.8% RS) with…

This month's selections: Red Newt Cellars 2007 Sawmill Creek Cabernet Franc and Lucas Vineyards 2008 Dry Riesling  By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief Today I'm happy to announce our New York Cork Club selections for March: Red Newt Cellars 2007 Sawmill Creek Cabernet Franc and Lucas Vineyards 2008 Dry Riesling. If you read this site, you've probably already seen the reviews (here and here) so I won't go into the notes again, but I will say that I'm proud to have each in the club. Not familiar with the New York Cork Club? You can read about it, but the quick and dirty of it is that we've partnered with BacchusWineOnline.com to build a wine club that features only wines made in New York — making more accessible to people around the country. Over the years, we've chosen wines from each of the state's four major wine regions and continue to seek…