Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fall Harvest Party at Ravines

One of the joys of belonging to a wine club is having the opportunity to celebrate the harvest at member-only events. Our first of this season was held yesterday at Ravines Wine Cellars in their Geneva facility. Adding to the … Continue reading

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Prayers Answered

Today was a joyous day on two counts. First, our remaining five rows of Chardonnay found a home after being reposted on the Cornell grape market site. The neighbors and I spent the morning filling up all of the available … Continue reading

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A Picking Party

The land in front of my house was carved out of a vineyard, and my friend who sold me the land still farms the remaining grapes. No money changes hands, but the advantage to me is that I get to … Continue reading

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Tasting Grapes

Before leaving for California, I asked owner/winemaker Nancy Irelan at Red Tail Ridge if I could visit upon my return and taste grapes with her. She thought everything would be gone, but invited me to check back. A week later, … Continue reading

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Veering Left — A California Sortie

In conjunction with a family wedding, we had the opportunity to visit California last week, flying into Los Angeles and driving up through the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Paso Robles, and a few other regions. Years ago, visits … Continue reading

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Harvest is Here

Actually, it has been for about two weeks. Unlike the equinox, it is neither a single event, nor a point in time. Rather, it is more like leaves falling. Somewhere, a leaf is first, another is last, and while time … Continue reading

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Meh!

We finally had an opportunity yesterday to stop by Shalestone on east Seneca Lake. It has been a favorite since our first days of touring here, and the picture eloquently states what is unique about it. “Red is all we … Continue reading

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