Posts Tagged“riesling”

Heart & Hands Wine Company 2013 Patrician Verona Vineyard Riesling

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When Tom and Susan Higgins set out to create Heart & Hands Wine Company, pinot noir was to be the focus — and it is. Tom is making some of the best pinot on the East Coast. At the same time, the riesling program has grown beyond what the couple expected (I tasted more than a half dozen bottlings on a recent visit) and offers outstanding quality as well. The fruit used to make Heart & Hands Wine Company 2013 Patrician Verona Vineyard Riesling ($28) was grown on the west side of Cayuga Lake on a site that consistently produces ripe, fruit-forward rieslings. That’s…

Thoughts on the Finger Lakes’ Sh!##iest Vintage Ever

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“No reserve wines in 2009 due to shittiest vintage ever.” It was one of the greatest tweets I’ve ever read, because it came from a winery employee. The tweet is long since deleted, but that is close to a word-for-word recollection. How could I forget it? I admired it instantly. Wine and food writers are often sifting through spin, and this was unvarnished. That was the summer that wasn’t, as my wife calls it. Almost never sniffed 90 degrees, and spent most of July in the low-to-mid 70s. Ripening was slow, and when frost came in October, it was, for…

Weekly New York Wine News — July 13, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Shinn Estate Vineyards New York weekly wine news with mentions of local products from across the globe and our own backyards. NEWS Otago Daily Times – 7/7/2015 Half way around the world and in the southern hemisphere, upstate NY wine country is a recommended destination. Vietnam Briefing – 7/7/2015 We knew that Finger Lakes Riesling goes well with south-east Asian cuisine, but the pending Pacific Free Trade agreement would significantly reduce NY wine tariffs in Vietnam. Finger Lakes Times – 7/8/2015 Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes’ third annual AVA Riesling Challenge winners announced. Examiner – 7/12/2015 The New York Grape…

Weekly New York Wine News — July 6, 2015

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A big win for the NY wine environment and continuing concern for international trade. A nod to Dr. Frank, a farewell to a NY dedicated establishment, and a quick sip of old style cider. NEWS Genesee County Express – 6/30/2015 Some thoughts on an un-COOL labeling law that may cost NY and US wine producers dearly in the Canadian market. Wine Spectator – 6/30/2015 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officially bans Fracking and Finger Lakes winemakers breathe a sigh of relief. Daily Pilot – 7/2/2015 Annual Independence Day domestic wine party picks the best representative from each state, and special…

Weekly New York Wine News — June 29, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Macari Vineyards New York wines get some play in high profile outlets recently, while a new establishment, new festival and new packaging take things beyond novelty. NEWS New York Times – 6/18/2015 Herman J. Wiemer dry Riesling 2014 makes Eric Asimov’s list of 20 great summer wines for $20. Wines and Vines – 6/23/2015 Sunlight into Wine takes on new meaning as New York wineries go green with solar power projects. Decanter – 6/24/2015 Howard Goldberg points out directions to Finger Lakes vacation destinations. Syracuse.com – 6/26/2015 Coyote Moon Vineyards in the Thousand Islands region is New York’s first…

Barry Family Cellars 2014 “Pastiche” White Blend

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When veteran Finger Lakes winemaker Ian Barry started Barry Family Cellars with his family back in 2011, he planned to focus on a core portfolio of riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet franc, while also affording himself the ability tinker and experiment here and there with other grapes and techniques along the way. If any of the wines that resulted from those trials stood out, maybe he’d add to that core group of wines. If my last name were Barry, I’d be pushing for Barry Family Cellars 2014 Pastiche ($22) to join the permanent lineup. It’s one of the best non-riesling Finger Lakes white wines…

Weekly New York Wine News — June 8, 2015

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Photo via Fox Run Vineyards This week’s New York wine news features MLB “in your reserve” list, praise for the Finger Lakes and Long Island scenes, and cold-climate viticulture gaining ground. NEWS Syracuse.com – 6/2/2015 Anthony Road Riesling is on the wine roster for the New York Yankees. Dan’s Papers – 6/3/2015 Q&A with Anthony Nappa about living food & wine on the east end of Long Island. Cleveland.com – 6/3/2015 Seneca Lake gets some love from Ohio visitors after a wine and cheese weekend well spent. Saratogian – 6/8/2015 This AP article about cold climate grapes and Ledge Rock Vineyards in the Adirondacks,…

Weekly New York Wine News — May 11, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Wagner Vineyards via Facebook Wine, beer and ciders of New York in the news this week. A big riesling release party coming up, and remember…May is Finger Lakes Wine month. NEWS RedFin Blog – 4/15/2015 Affordable living near top notch wine country? If there is such a thing, Long Island makes this list… WineBusiness – 5/6/2015 Hazlitt 1852 Red cat and White Cat wines earn a couple of new lives as pre-packaged sangria. Bloomberg Business – 5/7/2015 Cider sophistication increasing and dry New York made versions garner some attention. CBS New York – 5/8/2015 Craft beer is booming on the east…

Boundary Breaks Vineyard 2013 No. 239 Dry Riesling

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It’s not always easy to know who made any individual wine at Boundary Breaks. They work with a few Finger Lakes winemakers and there isn’t any indication on the bottle or on their website which wines were made where, but Boundary Breaks Vineyard 2013 No. 239 Dry Riesling ($20) was made by Peter Bell at Fox Run Vineyards. Flinty and citrus blossom notes bring a bit of complexity to a nose that is driven by sweet lemons and just-ripe peaches. Citrusy and quite fruity and forward, the palate is juicy, with a bit of perceived sweetness even though it’s labeled…

Keuka Spring Vineyards 2013 “Humphrey’s Vineyard” Riesling

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Keuka Spring Vineyards 2013 “Humphrey’s Vineyard” Riesling ($22) offers a nice balance between fruity and floral character. The nose opens with Mandarin oranges and Meyer lemons with notes of peach, honey and fennel frond. Juicy and dry, the palate welcomes Golden Delicious apple flavors to the party along with more-pronounced, zesty citrus notes. Finishing with notes of apple skin and citrus blossom, this is a pretty classic Finger Lakes dry riesling, minus the minerally slate notes you might find from other vineyard sources. Producer: Keuka Spring Vineyards AVA: Finger Lakes Designation: Humphrey’s Vineyard Variety: Riesling Alcohol: 12% Production: 360 cases Price: $22 (sample)…