FrankIf you’ve only tasted tasted a couple Finger Lakes wines in your life, chances are that at least one was made by Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Cellars. And if it was their dry riesling, you know how well they do it.

Dr. Konstatin Frank was a pioneer, planting vinifera grapes in a region that was deemed too cold and unsuitable by many. The wineries rieslings are now legendary and considered among the best, if not the best, made in the United States.

His son, winemaker Willibald Konstantin “Willy” Frank died Tuesday of a stroke. He was 80.

Well liked and well known throughout the region, he will be missed.
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