Before we get to the regular news roundup, the NYCR team would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Pisacano family on the passing of Gasper “Gabby” Pisacano (pictured above). Anyone who has ever visited Roanoke Vineyards knew Gabby and loved him. He will be sorely missed by not only his family and the Roanoke Vineyards family, but also the Long Island wine community. Rest in peace, Gabby.

Bloomberg – 12/9/2015
Channing Daughter’s Rosato Pet Nat makes the grade in this selection of best wines for 2015.

Paste Magazine – 12/15/2015
The Finger Lakes of New York top this list of worthy american wine areas to visit, outside of California.

Ithaca Journal – 12/15/2015
It’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but ice wine producers are still optimistic that Jack Frost will arrive in time for a harvest.

North Forker – 12/15/2015
Long Island wine industry stalwart is new General Magager at Clovis Point Winery.

Good Fruit – 12/17/2015
A double harvest from this venerable resource for fruit growers:

A detailed overview of Cornell University’s grape breeding program, and the fruits of it’s long labor.

The Aromella grape (named by a NYCR reader) was officially released two years ago and Goose Watch Winery has released the first varietal wine from it.

Finger Lakes Times – 12/20/2015
And we have a winner…Geneva wine lover takes the prize and $1000 of Finger Lakes wine for her cellar.