Thursday, November 05, 2020


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Join host Carlo DeVito while he drives around Lake Ontario on his way to the Niagara Escarpment, to visit Jim and Kathy Baker at Chateau Niagara. Great white blends like Du Monde and Riesling Rosine, and reds like Saperavi and Bull's Blood! Great stuff! Great region! Good folks!

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Owners Jim & Kathy Baker,
and grandson Elliott

Fionn, winery dog. We just call him Finn. 

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Glam! Galen Glenn Gruerner Veltliner 2019 (PA)

When I am with any of my other wine writer friends, a sure fire way to impress is to pull out a bottle of Galen Glen. Located in Andreas, Pennsylvania, Sarah Rhodes-Troxell, winemaker, and husband Galen Troxel, produce some stellar wines. None is more stunning or prize-worthy than their Gruner Veltliner.
Galen and Sarah established the winery in 1995 when they purchased the Troxell family double century farm from Galen’s father. Galen, a mechanical engineer and 6th generation farmer, and Sarah, a chemist, traded in corporate careers to grow grapes and launch the winery. The 7th generation to farm their land, daughter Erin, has returned to Galen Glen as head of the winegrowing team. Scientifically and culturally relevant, with a tenacious sustainable focus, Erin is a momentous commitment to the future and has already begun to leave her mark.

So it was, when fellow wine scribe Robin Swan Shreeves produced a bottle one night after a busy day of wine tasting. She had procured an open bottle form the Pennsylvania wine competition, from which she had just returned. Several of us, late at night, eagerly held out our glasses. 

The Galen Glen Gruner Veltliner 2019 was amazing. According to Jancis Robinson, "GrĂ¼ner Veltliner means literally 'green grape from the village of Veltlin in the Tirol." This was a big, perfume-y citrus bomb with lime, lemon and grapefruit. Hints of nectarine. The grapefruit just explodes. Also love the shock of white pepper. at the end. Absolutely stellar.

One of the best wineries on the eastcoast! Love that they are from Pennsylvania. 

Super, super wine. 
Congrats all!

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Wow! Wayvine Dry Riesling 2019 (PA)

The Wilson family began in 2010 with 3,000 vines planted on the family farm in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. They now have 14,000 vines made up of 18 unique varieties over thirteen acres. They produced their first batch of wine in 2011, and opened their tasting room to the public in 2013. They grow Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carmine among others. Originally they were named Wilson Vineyards, but later changed the name to Wayvine  Winery & Vineyard.

The two Wilson brothers form a formidable enological duo. Zachary Wilson is the self-described Chief Grape Wrangler, and the founder of  Wilson Vineyard and WAYVINE winery & vineyard. Zach jumped into the industry at age 19 while attending Pennsylvania. James Wilson, also a Grape Wrangler, the younger brother of Zach, graduated from the Pennsylvania State University as an All American athlete in swimming and with a degree in Agriculture. This is a family affair, however Mom Nancy Wilson is head of sales. And dad Dave Wilson is the Vineyard Manager.

I got the opportunity to taste this wine thanks to Robin Swan Shreeves, who had just come back from judging a Pennsylvania wine competition. She brought an open bottle to share with some wine writer friends, I being among the happy crew. Thanks, Robin!

This Wayvine Dry Riesling 2019 had a nose of Granny Smith apple and tropical fruit notes. Very floral, with hints of honeysuckle and a slight, slight whiff of petrol. On the palate, a big mouthful of fresh cut green Granny Smith apples, with notes of melon, pineapple. and other lush fruits. And then a nice shock of acidity at the back end. The fruit lingered on and on. A really impressive wine.