Monthly Archives: January 2014

Roosters in the Barrel

Another opportunity to check up on the nascent 2013 vintage arrived with a barrel tasting and tapas party (“Barrels and Beginnings”) at Rooster Hill Vineyards. This was Rooster’s first barrel tasting in at least a very long time, and it … Continue reading

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On the Hunt for Ice

While almost all of the 2013 vintage completed fermentation months ago, last week at Hunt Country Vineyards winemaker John Hunt and his assistant Brian Barry inoculated a batch of Vidal Blanc hand-picked while still frozen in mid December. Co-founder Joyce … Continue reading

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The Dr. Frank Story

There is a highly truncated version of the Dr. Konstantin Frank story that I have been guilty of repeating and is egregiously wrong. It goes like this: Dr. Frank arrived in upstate New York and, observing that conditions were similar … Continue reading

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Good News From Damiani Wine Cellars

After the extreme weather conditions last week, it was great to hear the results of some sampling and inspection from the Damiani vineyards on Seneca Lake. Phil Davis is a well known grower closely associated with Damiani, and his vineyard … Continue reading

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Ripple

On most months, local American Wine Society (AWS) chapters hold meetings/tastings at restaurants, wineries, homes, or other venues. This past Sunday, the Keuka Lake chapter was invited over one of the member’s homes for some “interesting” wines. Dean and Linda … Continue reading

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She Sounds Lonely (Not!)

Early this morning Tambi Schweizer, retail manager at Heron Hill posted an image of a newly released 2011 Blaufränkisch on her Facebook page and asked: “Oh, Delicious! Who is stopping by today so I can open a new bottle?” Of adjectives … Continue reading

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After the Big Blow

After peaking out at 45 degrees, temperatures dipped below zero again yesterday. While they only got to minus 3 (well above forecast), winds were in the 20 gusting to 30-40+ range. Like humans, grapes feel wind chill. Fortunately, as noted … Continue reading

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