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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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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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Merlot Strikes Back

As some have already guessed, the subject here is a reference to the movie Sideways, in which the Miles character disses Merlot in favor of Pinot Noir and, as a result, the movie producers unwittingly cost Merlot producers millions of … Continue reading

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Branching Out At Bud Break

After tying yesterday, we attended a growers meeting at Fox Run Vineyards on the west side of Seneca Lake (separate post to follow on this), and today we went to a vineyard tour and tasting at Standing Stone Vineyards on … Continue reading

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We’re Number One!

Our earlier Mission to Canada came to fruition this weekend when we hosted the Keuka Lake Chapter of the American Wine Society for an event billed as a “Canada-New York Throwdown.” The idea was to pair four Ontario wines with … 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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