Monthly Archives: February 2014


Pruning is one of the least appreciated chores in vineyard management, because those who visit wine country during the growing season never see it. At the same time, it is arguably the most important contribution to vine health. Everything else … Continue reading

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Vineyard Concerns Mounting

The Corning Leader’s top headline yesterday was “Grape growers need emergency aid,” here quoting New York Senator Chuck Schumer during his visit to the area. In his conversations with local growers and experts at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, phrases like … Continue reading

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A Photoreconaissance

The day starts off in single digits under beautiful sunshine, and with a spell in the 40s coming up, it seemed like a good idea to take a flight over the Finger Lakes during what may be the zenith of … Continue reading

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Drinking Out of a Black Glass

While visiting the Niagara Peninsula (see previous post “Industrial Espionage”), Peggy and I attend a “Black Glass Dinner” at the Trius Winery at Hillebrand. This is a dinner paired with wines served in black glasses so that, aside from not … Continue reading

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Industrial Espionage, Eh?

My friend Peggy and I have our documents ready as we approach the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge border crossing to see what our Canadian competition is up to and dig up some dirt. Our nerves are steadied by our having carefully prepared … Continue reading

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Vineyard Update

The front page story in the January 29 Corning Leader carries the headline “Deep freeze threatens vines.” As more data comes in, we seem to be settling in to a combination of not-as-good-as-we-had-hoped, but not-as-bad-as-it-could-have-been. Summing up January visually, this … Continue reading

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We Visit the Lab

Owners Len and Judy Wiltberger and winemaker August Demeil kindly invited me to visit the Keuka Spring Vineyards to see how their 2013 chemistry experiments were going. August joined the team in 2012 by way of another gig in Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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