Monthly Archives: March 2014


Yes, this is an odd title for a post which, in this case, refers to the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (see previous article here). However, while the event was about many things, not the least of which was … Continue reading

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Industrial Strength

Our most recent American Wine Society chapter meeting was hosted by a friend who works at a place I did not even know existed: the Canadaigua Winery. Owned by Constellation Brands, it is the last survivor of what used to … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Microclimate (Not a Weather Report)

While the term “Microclimate” has meteorologically-based significance to wine people, our use in this post refers to an amazing wine bar that went live in Geneva, NY in May 2012 thanks to the vision of Stephanie Mira de Orduna and … Continue reading

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Hanging With Winesensical Women

Thanks to Peggy who is a member, I get to enjoy occasional events sponsored by the Rochester chapter of Women for WineSense. It is a small organization with seven chapters across the country, but given Rochester’s proximity to the Finger … Continue reading

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Daming With Faint Praise (A Rant)

In researching an earlier post on rosé wines, I came across two articles at (Think pink: Finger Lakes wineries hope Dry Rosé is the next big thing and Finger Lakes wines win long-awaited recognition, praise from Wine Spectator) containing … Continue reading

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Discovering Dry Rosé

The 20 point American Wine Society score sheet contains 3 points for appearance, based on clarity and color. For most commercial wine, it is a silly construction. Only rarely will a commercial wine be cloudy (fail!), and when you think … Continue reading

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Migrant Workers in the Wine Industry

We touched upon this in an earlier post on pruning, promising more later, which turns out to be now. For those not living in farm country, migrant workers are abstractions. Here, they are life and blood. Yes, once upon a … Continue reading

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