Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bottling

It is 85 degrees with a 67 degree dew point at this writing, and I expected to be spending the afternoon sweating on the bottling line at Rooster Hill Vineyards today, where I have volunteered occasionally for the exercise and … Continue reading

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Views, Vineyards, and Verticals

Saturday was a picture perfect day for a wine club event at Lamoreaux Landing on Seneca Lake. Seneca is the deepest of the Finger Lakes and is about 40 miles long, but Keuka Lake snobs such as myself have somewhat … Continue reading

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The Vineyard At Solstice

This was the week of summer solstice, when we enjoy the longest day of the year. Below is a picture of the Keuka Lake bluff facing towards the west. At summer solstice, the sun sets as far north that it … Continue reading

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Best White Wine on Earth: A Book Review

Those of us who attended the recent Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes in Geneva last weekend were also fortunate to receive a copy of the just published “The Riesling Story: Best White Wine on Earth” by Stuart Pigott. Stuart … Continue reading

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Riesling As New York’s Local Wine: Are We Selling Ourselves Short?

This past weekend was the second annual (and hoping to be continued) Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes held in Geneva. The symposium was created in large part by Bob Madill, who founded Sheldrake Point Vineyards and is now consulting … Continue reading

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Renewal

Recently, we reported on vineyard health along Seneca Lake’s so-called “banana belt,” where grapes escaped the worst of the 2014 winter. On the north end of the west side, things are not as good. This picture seems to be of … Continue reading

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Is Wine Judging Nonsense?

This week finds us 60 miles to the east of home base at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse for the New York amateur and commercial wine competitions. The competition is one of the smaller ones – 360 commercial … Continue reading

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