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Snapshots From Harvest in the Finger Lakes, NY

In Vineyards and Cellars Craig Cavallo 3 comments

"I need to hear everyone singing," Peter Weiss said. "Because if I don't I'm going to think you're eating the grapes." I was on the west side of Keuka Lake hand-harvesting riesling at Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery. Weiss, who is from Germany's famous Mosel region, is the winemaker responsible for riesling there. More

We Should All Be Drinking More Cabernet Franc

Maggie Hoffman 9 comments

For me, this grape is just the ticket for autumn: herbal, earthy, spicy but never heavy. If you're drinking domestically this Thanksgiving, look to these 6 delicious examples from New York, Washington State, and California. More

Snapshots from the 2011 Harvest in the Finger Lakes, NY

In Vineyards and Cellars Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

The grape harvest has begun in the Finger Lakes! Thanks to Upstate Wine Company, which distributes many Finger Lakes wines to restaurants and wine shops in the NYC area, I had the chance to visit a handful of vineyards this week (and taste more than a handful of wines.) Highlights of the trip included sampling grapes on the vine, learning about harvest-time decision making from local winemakers, and discovering quite a few excellent bottles from this often underestimated region. More

Riesling Report: Sheldrake Point 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling

Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

This Finger Lakes riesling may smell like a fragrant peach tart, but it tastes tart, with bright white grapefruit-like acidity that lingers. This is a crisp wine for a sunny day out on the water—the minerality reads as slightly salty, making this perfect for drinking with seafood salads or grilled calamari. More

Riesling Report: Anthony Road Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling 2009

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This mouthfilling wine from New York's Finger Lakes reminded us of sweet mandarin oranges and creamy peach yogurt—it's super smooth on the palate, almost glycerine. This plump and fruity wine had nice hints of fresh basil, and a delicate pillow of lemon-chiffon acidity, but it could have used a bit more zing and minerality. More

Riesling Report: Hermann J. Wiemer Late Harvest Riesling 2009

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This Finger Lakes Sp├Ątlese-style riesling is so lively, so full of tangy, twangy acidity that your tongue curls a bit your your mouth. It's tasty stuff. Up front, this wine tastes like powdered sugar sprinkled on top of lemon bars, but it has a bright splash of acidity that draws you through each sip. More

Serious Reads: Summer in a Glass by Evan Dawson

Book Reviews Anne Zimmerman 1 comment

In Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes, Evan Dawson tells the stories of the winery owners, winemakers, and grape growers who helped launch the Finger Lakes wine industry in upstate New York. More

Serious Grape: A Look at This Year's Growing Season

Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

Back in April, Michael Honig reminded us that at the heart, winemakers are farmers. "We don't grow bottles," he said, "we grow grapes." So today I wanted to take a look at how those grapes have been growing around the country. The weather has been somewhat erratic, hotter than usual in New York's wine regions, and cooler in California (with a few scorching days), but winemakers are hopeful about what they're seeing. Will 2010 be a great vintage or a catastrophic one? More

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