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  Hello, newest New York Cork Report correspondent, Peter Conway, here. I’ve learned, as no doubt you have, here at New York Cork Report we are all about New York wine, and the beer and spirits, and of course we’re all about — the New York lifestyle. So, we were delighted to say yes when offered the opportunity to partner with Random House to participate in and sponsor a fabulous New York event occurring this July called “Off the Page” at Basilica in Hudson, NY. Let me tell you a bit about it. “Off The Page” billed as a Saturday…

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Cabernet franc in Shinn Estate Vineyard Plenty of positive opinions about New York wines coming from the ‘powerful’, the trendsetters, the neighbors, and those that are new to the beverage scene. NEWS Grape Collective – Archive 4/1/2015 Almost three years on from super storm Sandy’s unwelcome visit, the Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn is still rising. Gotham – 4/30/2015 “Power Women of New York” share their favorite wine selections…and Wölffer Estate is the #drinklocal  go-to for this crowd. Cornell Daily Sun – 4/30/2015 A “Toast to the Finger Lakes” a young consumer’s view of the libations that the FLX region offers. Auburn…

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There is a lot of very good sauvignon blanc made on Long Island now, which is great given the seafood-focused local cuisine. “What grows together, goes together” and all that — and even though I don’t eat much of the bounty from local waters, I do drink a fair amount of local sauvignon in the warmer months. I don’t think of it as the white grape of the future here anymore. It’s the white grape of the present now. But that doesn’t mean new and interesting things aren’t being done with it. 60% of the fruit that went into Macari Vineyards…

Matthew Spaccarelli General Manager and Winemaker Benmarl Winery

Matthew Spaccarelli of Benmarl Winery Matthew Spaccarelli speaks with the cautious optimism of a man who feels confident about what’s ahead on the sea of life. Knowing the risks and prepared to seize the opportunities. It has been ten years since he and his father, Victor, took ownership of Benmarl and five since he fully assumed the helm and for that matter engine room, as general manager and winemaker, of this storied Hudson Valley winery. Matt wonders about the claim that Benmarl is the America’s oldest winery, it may or may not be true, nevertheless he is very happy to be working lands…

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Winter survival report, SLA angers some NY clients, Empire Wine draws ire of national wine wholesalers and the wine trail action is warming up… NEWS Albany Times Union – 4/21/2015 Bizarre twists of NY State liquor law result in New York Times Wine Club no longer shipping to its New York State customers. The Leader – 4/22/2015 Thoughts on the recent opening of the Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture and Wine Production Center in Geneva. Warwick Advertiser – 4/22/2015 Shawangunk Wine Trail launches new website at GunksWine.com and adds more events to the annual schedule. WHEC Rochester – 4/24/2015 Following up on the long…

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This IIPA looked like it was going to pack a punch as soon as it was poured. The cloudy copper color and vigorous head pushed up a beautiful nose on this one.  Aromas of citrus and orange-blossom meld with sweet caramel, malt and biscuit underneath. Above everything the smell reminded me of a brew-house. The palate came through strong and intense, as is intended when making a beer of this style. Fruity as hell – blood orange, lemon and grapefruit were all but enveloped in the malt profile. Some of that biscuit quality is also present on the palate and…

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The first New York Cork Club shipment will go out the first week of May — so if you want my first picks, you need to join as soon as possible! (If you missed our announcement about the rebirth of New York Cork Club, check it out here.) Join and you’ll get: Southold Farm + Cellar 2014 Weather to Fly — a fresh, lightly yeasty, un-filtered sparkling wine made from chardonnay using methode ancestral. Yes, that makes this a “pet nat,” which are quite trendy right now — but this is also a delicious, delicious wine. Dr. Konstantin Frank 2014…

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There is a phenomena that is unique to the world of fine wine that gives some winemakers sleepless nights, sends collectors on quests that are akin to searches for the Holy Grail itself, and provides ample employment opportunities for wine writers and critics alike: Vintage Variation. For brewers and distillers, achieving consistency in their product is a common and overarching goal. But for producers of fine wines — particularly in cool climates — embracing inconsistency is more the norm. Most espouse the philosophy of “letting the grapes dictate the wine” by emphasizing the attractive characteristics that are presented by a…

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The scene at a recent barrel tasting at Macari Vineyards Drink Local-focused wine shop gets the props, fair weather event schedule is warming up, and some nice mentions for New York wineries in various pubs. NEWS Grape Collective – 4/14/2015 Praise for the vision, innovation and collaboration that helped lift Finger Lakes wines to world class stature. New York Times – 4/15/2015 Wölffer Estate Vineyard on Long Island is among hotel and winery destinations that offer packages in which visitors get to blend their own wine when they tour the winery. Napa Valley Register – 4/16/2015 Dan Berger gives Knapp a thumbs-up for their…