The August 2015 wines for the New York Cork Club will ship once the weather cools a bit (the July wines will ship soon too I hope). In the meantime, I wanted to tell you a bit about them.

(If you missed our announcement about the rebirth of New York Cork Club, check it out here.)

For August, we’ll return to the “one red and one white” club shipment — with one classic grape from a well-known winery and one lesser-known grape from an under-appreciated winery included:

Keuka Lake Vineyards 2014 Gently Dry Vignoles — Some look down on vignoles because it’s a hybrid grape rather than a classic vinifera variety like chardonnay or riesling. Don’t make that mistake. Keuka Lake Vineyards is doing some really interesting, delicious things with a grape some in the Finger Lakes call “honorary vinifera.” Just barely off-dry, this wine crackles with acidity with citrus and peach flavors. If you’re new to vignoles, this is a great place to start your journey with it.

Heart & Hands Wine Company 2012 Pinot Noir — Unless you’ve been living under a rock or are new to New York wine, you know the things that Tom and Susan Higgins are doing at Heart & Hands. Though they’ve earned quite a reputation for their riesling program, pinot noir is still at the core of what they are doing and this well-priced 2012 is a great entry point into what their doing. Made with fruit from a few of the vineyards they work with, you’ll find dark and red berry flavors, earthy forest floor notes and a long, elegant finish. If you like this one, you should check out their single vineyard wines sometime too.

I’m really excited about this shipment and I know you’ll love the wines — but only if you get them. Sign up today…

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