Sunday, November 30, 2008

Locaopour is East Coast Wineries Word of the Year for 2009

Locapour is a word describing someone who drinks wine from a local radius, whatever that self-imposed restriction is, in order to support local farming and economy. The word is based on the word locavore.

A locavore is someone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius such as 50, 100, or 150 miles. The locavore movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to produce their own food, with the argument that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locally grown food is an environmentally friendly means of obtaining food, since supermarkets that import their food use more fossil fuels and non-renewable resources.

"Locavore" was coined by Jessica Prentice from the San Francisco Bay Area on the occasion of World Environment Day 2005 to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested from within an area most commonly bound by a 100 mile radius. "Localvore" is sometimes also used.

The New Oxford American Dictionary chose locavore, a person who seeks out locally produced food, as its word of the year 2007.[6] The local foods movement is gaining momentum as people discover that the best-tasting and most sustainable choices are foods that are fresh, seasonal, and grown close to home. Some locavores draw inspiration from the The 100-Mile Diet or from advocates of local eating like Barbara Kingsolver whose book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle chronicles her family's attempts to eat locally. Others just follow their taste buds to farmers' markets, community supported agriculture programs, and community gardens.

"[The] Locapour trend seems to be accelerating despite the country’s economic woes and dismal outlook, according to a recent report from The Nielsen Company which tracks alcohol beverage sales nationally," saysJim Tresize of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. "There are several reasons for optimism: Despite the troubling economy, U.S. consumers are generally reluctant to cut back on beer, spirits, and especially wine, making it somewhat recession-resistant compared with other products. American wines have become more price-competitive because of recent changes in currency exchange rates, forcing importers to raise their prices. In tough economic times, Americans are psychologically more inclined to support local and U.S. products, and domestic wines are now growing more rapidly than imports. Wines from outside of California have also been gaining market share, reflecting the locapour trend. Unless the economy really tanks in the next few weeks, it is likely that consumers will consider wine an affordable indulgence for the holidays."

No matter the economic disaster ahead of us, and it seems we get bombarded with our own impending doom daily, locapour is my new word for the year 2009

POUR LOCAL!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Trenton Times Celebrates New Jersey Wineries

Happy trails again
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
BY SUSAN SPRAGUE YESKE
FOOD EDITOR
The Trenton Times

Wine lovers who are California dreaming can get a taste of the West Coast by visiting the region's newest vineyard, which at first blush appears to be a slice of the Napa Valley dropped down into New Jersey.



Upscale and beautiful, solar- powered Laurita Winery is located just outside of New Egypt, not far from Silver Decoy Winery in Rob binsville and Cream Ridge Winery in Cream Ridge. Laurita opened in September and officially becomes part of the Garden State Wine Growers Association's wine trail during this week's Holiday Wine Trail Weekend.

While most of us spent this week thinking about or planning Thanksgiving dinner, the folks at most of the state's wineries have been gearing up for the annual holiday wine trail. Each Thanksgiving weekend they throw open their doors and offer special tastings, tours and discounts to entice customers to buy local wines for the holiday season.

Laurita will be participating in its first Wine Trail Weekend and its name has been added to the latest version of the New Jersey Wine Country Passes available at wineries throughout the state. Visitors can see the new winery as well as hike the trails there and taste wines that have garnered a following from pre-opening appearances at state wine festivals.



Other local wineries that are participating include Silver Decoy, Cream Ridge, Hopewell Valley Vineyard in Hopewell Township, Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, Valenzano Vineyard in Shamong and Alba Vineyard in Finesville.

The new wine country passes feature an all-time high of 30 participating vineyards, said Mark Carduner, one of the partners at Silver Decoy. He said anyone looking to have their passes stamped could hit all three of the wineries at the edge of the Pine Barrens on one day. The wine growers' association lists 33 members; another 10 wineries are making wines al though they are not yet open to the public.

Read more at:
http://www.nj.com/living/times/index.ssf?
/base/living-1/1227675913263980.xml&coll=5

Glouster Daily Times Promotes ast Coast Wineries for the Holidays



Published: November 26, 2008 05:05 am
Look 'outside the box' for a Thanksgiving vintage
Taste of Our Cape
Cathy Huyghe
Glouster Daily Times

Wine at Thanksgiving usually means just-released Beaujolais Nouveau, or an earthy Pinot Noir, or a fuller-bodied white like Chardonnay, or an aromatic, food-friendly white like Gewúrztraminer or Riesling.

But this year, we're seeing the price of Beaujolais Nouveau skyrocketing and the demand tanking — so much so that several local wine shops I consulted won't even be carrying this most popular vin de primeur.

This year too, with a budget holiday season on the horizon and culturally-influenced dishes criss-crossing the dinner table more than ever before — Moroccan-spiced plantain chips, anyone, or jalapeño cranberry sauce? — Thanksgiving in America has never looked less Norman Rockwell-ish.

What a relief!

The expectations, such as they are, for what usually happens at Thanksgiving are in such flux this year that there has never been a better time — never a better holiday - to think outside the box when it comes to what to pour with dinner.

Take price point. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest (often the biggest) holidays of the year for retailers, but we're all feeling the pinch in our wallets. The good news is that there's no need to spend some exorbitant amount of money for a bottle or two of wine, especially with so many fair-priced wines available that are also suitable pairings for any dish that comes your way.

Which brings us to the question of where the wine comes from.

The practice has traditionally been for Thanksgiving wines to be American since Thanksgiving is such a thoroughly American holiday. Nothing wrong there. But what if you took it even a step further and sought a local American wine — that is, one from Massachusetts or Rhode Island? The bonus is that you're likely to find values in local wines since they don't incur the transportation costs of, say, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton for example, produces several non-grape fruit wines that are, in fact, more historically similar to what would have been drunk at the very first Thanksgiving.

Award-winning sparkling wines from Westport Rivers winery make an excellent beginning or accompaniment to any course of the meal.

And Sakonnet Vineyard Vidal Blanc, from Little Compton, R.I., features many of the characteristics you're after with a Thanksgiving wine: higher acidity (whose structure allows it to stand up against the various and contrasting flavors of the food at the table), lower alcohol, crispness and acidity.

Read the rest at:
http://www.gloucestertimes.com/pulife/local_story_330225149.html

Wine Spectator Weighs in on Massachusetts's Direct Shipping Laws



Wine Shipping Restrictions in Massachusetts Ruled Unconstitutional
Both in- and out-of-state wineries may now ship directly to Massachusetts residents; volume caps struck down
Robert Taylor
Wine Spectator
Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2008

After two years of legal wrangling, a federal judge struck down Massachusetts' direct shipping law this past week, ruling that the law's volume caps were discriminatory. The case could have a far-reaching impact on similar laws in other states.

After the Supreme Court's 2005 Granholm decision ruled that states cannot treat in- and out-of-state wineries differently when it comes to shipping rules, Massachusetts passed House Bill 4498. It was the first winery direct-shipping law to institute volume caps on wineries eligible to ship to residents, and it started a trend among state legislatures across the country. Direct-shipping laws with volume caps appear to treat in-state and out-of-state wineries equally, in compliance with Granholm, but typically prevent the vast majority of California, Oregon and Washington wineries from selling to residents by prohibiting shipping from wineries that produce more than a specified amount of wine each year. The legislature typically sets this volume cap slightly above the production level of the state's largest winery.

In her Nov. 19 Family Winemakers of California vs. Jenkins decision, United States District Court Judge Rya Zobel struck down the law, ruling that the volume caps were discriminatory. Zobel wrote in her decision, "The sequence of events leading up to the passage of [H.B. 4498] and the public comments of the bill's sponsor provide strong support for plaintiffs' assertion that [the bill] was designed to allow in-state wineries to continue direct shipping while forcing the majority of interstate wine to go through the three-tier system, thereby preserving the economic interests of both Massachusetts wholesalers and Massachusetts wineries."

read more at:
http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Features/0,1197,4738,00.html

New York Times Features Hopkins Vineyards

I've been going to Hopkins Vineyards since they first opened. They are certainly one of the most popular wineries in Conncticut and they are a great success stoy.
Congrats to all of those at Hopkins and for all the wineries in Connecticut.

The Winemakers | Pasture to Vines
No Longer a Farm, but Still Hard at Work
By DERRICK HENRY
Published: October 23, 2008
New York Times
WARREN, Conn.


Bill L. Hopkins of Hopkins Vineyards

ON a warm spring morning in 1979, the Hopkins family took delivery of thousands of young grapevines that would transform their 200-year-old farm here from making milk to making wine.

“I remembered it being a very difficult decision,” said Hilary H. Criollo, who was 13 at the time and helped her parents plant the first six acres of grapes. “I remember that the neighbors thought they were crazy.”

Her parents had considered the wine business for a few years because of two persistent challenges: a national energy crisis that made fuel for farm machinery expensive, and the worries of environmentalists that farm animal waste might pollute Lake Waramaug, a 680-acre tourist draw whose northern shore was below the farm.

When the state’s Farm Winery Act of 1978 passed, allowing winery owners to sell wine and conduct tastings rather than to make wine only for their own consumption, the Hopkinses saw a solution.

“We thought that we had the ideal slope and land for a vineyard,” said Bill L. Hopkins, 71, who with his wife, Judith W. Hopkins, 68, decided to use some acreage from pasture land. “No one else was doing it.”

Ms. Criollo, now 43 and president of Hopkins Vineyard, recalled sensing that her parents were preparing for a big change. Then came the day when they began to liquidate the 250 head of cattle and the dairy machinery to pay for vineyard equipment.

“The auction and seeing the selling of the machinery was kind of frightening,” Ms. Criollo said in an interview this month at the winery. “The other option was development. But we didn’t want to see a lot of condos here.”

Work on the vineyard began as soon as the plants were delivered, Ms. Criollo recalled. “Me and some of the neighborhood kids” did the planting, she said. It took a week to get all the plants into the soil of sandy loam and a touch of clay. The roots now go as deep as six feet.

Eventually, 11 types of grapes covered 30 acres of the 100-acre property. The winery, formerly a barn, produces 7,000 cases a year.

The property has been in the family since Elijah Hopkins founded the farm in 1787 after returning from fighting in the Revolutionary War, according to family records, which also trace the family line back to Stephen Hopkins, an Englishman who was a passenger on the Mayflower. In addition to dairy, the farm has produced tobacco, sheep, racehorses and grain.

The vineyard is just north of where Lake Waramaug makes an abrupt turn to the south toward Marks Hollow Point to drain into the East Aspetuck River.

Connecticut has at least 19 established vineyards, according to the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council, which runs the Connecticut Wine Trail. Other winery associations in the New York region have established trails to help guide tourists among vineyards in the Hudson Valley, through New Jersey and on Long Island.

Hopkins Vineyard is in the federally designated Western Connecticut Highlands American Viticultural Area. The area includes all of Litchfield and parts of Fairfield, New Haven and Hartford Counties. The region has cool temperatures and features rolling hills and small mountains. The glacial schist and granite soils are appropriate for cabernet franc, chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, seyval blanc and vidal blanc grapes, most of which are grown at Hopkins Vineyard.


Read the rest at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/nyregion/connecticut/26Rwinery.html

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Nice Visit With New Land Pinot Noir 1998 and My Sister



So it's Thanksgiving, which finds me and the wife and kids in New Jersey, ready to entertain the family for turkey day. However, it is bittersweet. This might in fact be our last Thanksgiving at the house, and the double wammy is that my youngest sister, now thirty, has her own family obligations, and will not be joinging us for Thanksgiving (she's going over her in-laws - an arrangement her and my mother have come to).

I am especially crushed by this since she was born when I was a freshman at Notre Dame High School during Mr. WIlliam "Bill" Romano's World Geography Class, back in 1978. I changed many diapers when she was small.

She has sat right next to me for everything Thanksgiving for more than a decade. It will be strange not to have her by my side.

Last night she and her beau Bill came by to have pizza and hang out. I was especially happy to see her since she will be absent tomorrow. I wanted to open a bottle or two for her visit. Some pizza and spinach with garlic. A simple meal. Fresh baked apple pie for desert.

So I tramped on down to the cellar to see what I could find. I search and searched, and then Dominique pulled out a dust covered bottle, and asked, "What is this?" There was some disdain in he voice. Indeed, it was a bottle of 1998 Pinot noir from New Land Vineyards, now known as Nagy's New Land Vineyards.

I wasn't sure if the wine would stand up to time, so we picked another bottle for back up, and we returned upstairs.

I opened the bottle and beautiful aromas of vanilla and cherry wafted through the kitchen air. I poured the fist glass. The nose was even better. And then I looked at the wine. It was still a bright red at the center, but it had browned at the edges. Dominique was not sure. I rolled it around the glass and took sip.

Heaven. Another year and it would have made the turn to sherry. e it had stood up to 10 years againg, and the flavours were still bright, the acid perfect, and the fruit still forward, but the ending dry and smooth. and incedible experience.

What a nice surprise to offer my sister.

She came and we all sat down and chatted. Life. Children. Dogs. A long way from Bill Romano's World Geography Class, and I was both proud and sad. And I love her.

We all liked the wine and life was, if only for a moment, slowed down to just idle chit-chat and laughter. And a glass of classic, perfect, aged Pinot Noir. As it should be.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

THE WINE CLASSROOM Great New Blog on Wines Around the Mason-Dixon Line

The Wine Classroom


I found a great new blog that caters to the Mason Dixon Line...that's Pennsylvania and Maryland (Delaware and W. Virginia too most forget)for all those of you who forgot your early American history classes. It's call The Wine Classroom.

This is the ultimate resource for those looking for winery information, reviews, and news about Pennsylvania and Maryland wineries.

It's written by Paul Vigna, who writes of himself, "A reporter/editor who has picked grapes during harvest at Basignani Winery and looked forward to the barrel tasting and library sale at Woodhall Wine Cellars, both in Maryland, and bopped around the Uncork York and Brandywine Valley Wine Trails in Pennsylvania. Using this forum as almost a wine beat, educating others as I learn about wine, winemaking and the business of growing and then harvesting the grape." And all his articles are attributed to "The Wine Novice" I like this guy already!

Interesting, no?

While he dishes mostly on regional, he goes outside as well. But his main focus is local wines. That's great news who all who follow that region, as the wine news from there is vastly under reported. There are some wonderful wineries on both sides of the line in that region, from Chaddsford and Crossings to Va La and then down on into Maryland like Basignani, Woodhall and Elk Run, and others.

He's also got some great Thanksgiving Day wine suggestions....better get 'em while they available. This is the time of year when wineries run out!

Go see it for yourself! http://pawinenovice.blogspot.com

Great going, Paul. And keep in touch!

p.s. e's hard to get a photo of....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

CASCADE MOUNTAIN WINERY COUEUR DE LION A WONDERFUL LIGHT RED



Friday night we had some company coming. Dominique made a fabulous cheese plate complete with two camemberts - Old Chatham Sheepherding Company and Real Amazing Food Company, and a Sprout Creek Eden, a semi-hard cheese which is wonderful. There were assorted rustic breads - walnut, raisin loaf and traditional sourdough. We decided on Cascade Mountain Winery Coueur De Lion

Cascade Mountain was founded in the spring of 1972 by the Wetmore family who pioneered the production of premium table wines on the eastern side of the Hudson River. Bill, along with his wife Margaret and their three children Charles, Michael and Joan, planted the vineyard in 1972, built the winery in 1977, and opened the restaurant in 1985.



Today, Cascade Mountain is a thriving business which features a full line of award-winning table wines and a highly rated restaurant. Customers come from all over the world to enjoy a few pleasant hours on top of the Berkshire foothills accompanied by some of the best food and wine to be found in the Hudson River Valley.



George Cafiero is the manager now at the winery. He's one of the hardest working guys in the Hudson Valley. He's a ubiqitous presence at farm markets an festivals from the Hudson Valley to the Finger Lakes.

This wine is a light-bodied, beautifully colored red. It's made in the Beaujolais style with soft, rounded berry flavors accented by peppery Cabernet Sauvignon to produce a velvet smooth finish. Great quality for the price. It's $14 per bottle. Great for Thanksgiving.

Congrats to Casecade Mountain Winery.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Saint Lawrence Red from Thousand Islands Winery



I hate sweet reds. Let me say that again so there's no mistaking it...I hate sweet reds.

However, this year, at the Desmond, I found something special - a sweet red I could drink. I thought it was actually drinkable. I thought it was really quite great.

The wine was Thousand Islands Winery Saint Lawrence Red. Saint Lawrence Red is a blend of carefully selected French Hybrid grapes. Great for burgers or chili, great for turkey for those who don't like dry reds, this was an excellent wine. Dark fruit. Solid alcohol. Very, very nice.



The Thousand Islands Winery is located in Jefferson County, New York. It is the most northern winery in New York State. The winery is located on a farm that was built in 1836. The farm was later owned and operated by Captain Massey and his wife Ida in the 1930's. Captain Massey was a famous Riverboat Captain. He owned a huge Great Lake Vessel that he eventually sold to the Department of Defence for the war effort during World War II.



Steve and Erika Conaway purchased the Farm in December 2002. Upon Steve's retirement from the military, they decided to create a winery in Alexandria Bay, NY.

Congrats to winery owner Steve Conaway and all the folks at Thousand Islands Winery.

Red Barn Winery Hearty Red



Another Desmond find!

Red Barn Winery opened May of 2004. It is located four miles North of the city of Syracuse in Liverpool, NY. Open Thursday thru Sunday 12 noon to 6 P.M.



Paul Martin is the sole owner and winemaker with decades of experience. Old world (European) winemaking experience and new winemaking techniques are incorporated to produce great wines. N.Y. State grapes and fruits are used exclusively. The 3000 sq. ft. winery is built around a “Turn of the Century” design. Tasting room # 1 is cozy, consisting of a fireplace, rocking chairs, couches and plank floors. Tasting room # 2is of the Western saloon style, high ceilings ( 25’), hand hewn beams, plank floors and antiques.

The Hearty Red is a very nie, solid, table red. Dry, with notes of cherry and vanilla. Nice!

Lafayette Reneau Riesling - Simply Awesome



At the recent Albany event at the Desmond, I had a chance to meet Chris Reno of Chateau Lafayette Reneau. I chatted with him for a while, and tasted some of the exciting new varietals. Always a personal favorite, I wanted to try their riesling.

The riesling did not disappoint. It had a wonderful nose and an excellent balance between fruit and acid. Still one of my favorite rieslings.



They also had an exquisite dry rieslign as well. Absolutely fabulous!

Buy many bottles in time for the holidays.

WINES & SPIRITS MAGAZINE PICKS FOXRUN AMONG TOP 100 WINERIES IN NOV 2008 ISSUE



Wine & Spirits Magazine recently announced its Top 100 wineries in the world, and that included the first New York state winery to ever make this prestigious list — a list that has an amazing 22-year history.

Fox Run Vineyards on Seneca Lake will be featured with the others on the list in the November issue of Wine & Spirits.



Congratulations to Scott Osborn at the entrie crew over at Fox Run on this monumental achievment!

Pride of New York Harvest Fest 2008 @ Desmond





The Pride of New York Harvest Festival at the Desomond Hotel in Albany, New York was a wonderufl success. Many celebs of the New York wine world were seen walking the floor, including Hunt Country's Art Hunt, Fox Run's Scott Osborn, Matt Spacarelli of Benmarl, Chris Reno of Lafayette Reaneau, and many other winery owners and winemakers, as well as scurrying sales staffs.

Its been a good year for many wineries, and this event was a great mixture of New York gourmet foods and New York wine.


Scott Osborn


Art Hunt


Matt Spacarelli


Chris Reno

Lots of good reviews to follow!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Art Hunt and Hunt Country Wines



I am sure you are tired of me cooing over Hunt Country Vineyards. Since the mid-1980s, when I first discovered them at Union Square Park, in New York City, I have been fascinated by them. But my admiration for them comes from my respect for their improved quality over the years, and their incredible growth, both of which are a great example of what one can accomplish in east coast wine.

At the Goold's Apple Fest I had the opportunity to chat with Art, but a few days later my lap top crashed, and my photos and videos were seemingly lost. Now recovered, I have the photos, but not the video. And I can file my report.



I tasted several of their red wines, and was very, very impressed.

Meritage 2006 - A blend of Cab Sav, Cab Frabc, and Merlot. Aged 14 months in French oak, flavors. Very nice!

Merlot 2006 - Beautiful hints of vanilla has strong cherry and pepper. Very, very nice!

Alchemy - A combination of Franc, Cab Sav, and Noiret. Big black cherry flavors. Some hint of spice. Not too much oak. Very nice. A great food wine.



Here's a picture of Art and Donna Pinell, also of Hunt Country.

These are wonderful reds. Art and Hunt Country are hoping to lay to rest the myth that the Finger Lakes should stick to Reisling....and these reds definitively prove fine red wines can be made in the Finger Lakes region too!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Morris Zwick's Terrapin Station Winery is First Small Winery Wine-in-a-Box in East



Morris Zwick began his winemaking career small, learning the trade as a home winemaker, building his craft slowly through a mix of reading and interaction with other winemakers. With a background in chemical engineering, he improved his craft over twelve years before deciding to open his own winery, Terrapin Station, which is named after Maryland’s state reptile.

Before deciding to open a commercial winery, however, he began as a grape grower, planting his seven acres of vines in 2003. Today he grows several varieties, such as Traminette, Cayuga, Cabernet Franc and Vidal. He enjoys experimenting with new types of grapes such as St. Vincent, of which he is currently the only Maryland grape grower.

The most noticeable thing that sets his winery apart from other state wineries is the containers in which he sells his wine. He decided to try something new to the state of Maryland and began selling the state’s first quality boxed wine.

“They started out as a preventative measure against corked wine, but as I experimented with the design I realized all the advantages of boxed wines,” says Zwick. “They are much lighter than traditional wine bottles, are easy to pour for a single serving and are much easier to recycle.” In addition to all of these benefits, Terrapin Station Winery donates $1 from each purchase to help the diamondback terrapin, an endangered animal native to the Chesapeake Bay.

His greatest challenge has been overcoming the stereotype that boxed wines are poor quality, but says companies like Black Box Wines and Banrock Station have begun to push the idea of quality boxed wine.

“I think what Morris is doing is innovative and fun and he is really helping to pioneer the way for new winemaking techniques in Maryland’s growing wine industry.” says Mark Emon from St. Michaels Winery.

Go to their website and see it all for yourself:
http://www.terrapinstationwinery.com

Maryland Wine Association Celebrates 25 Years



Maryland's wine and commercial grape industry members gathered on November 3, 2008 to celebrate the Maryland Wineries Association's 25th Anniversary, and to honor special guests.

Nearly 100 winery proprietors, commercial grape growers and guests enjoyed dinner, tasting each others' wines and talking about the progress the industry has made over the last 25 years.



Many of the founding members of the Wineries Association were on-hand to discuss the challenges they faced during the formative years of the industry. The industry's newcomers were treated to tastings from library wines from wineries present and past—including early bottlings of Catoctin Winery and Byrd Vineyards.

MWA Executive Director Kevin Atticks presented "Friend of the Industry" awards to four individuals and "The Gnarled Vine Award" to a couple who has had a major impact in the Maryland wine/grape industry.

MWA "Friend of the Industry" recipients
Steve McHenry, Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO): For developing vineyard installation and winery/vineyard equipment loans; for funding important industry projects.

Jack Steinmetz, Kent County Economic Development: For encouraging the growth of the industry in Kent Co.
For developing loan fund for county growers; for spearheading and organizing the development of a Vineyard Management Company study and workshops.



Hudson Cattell and Linda Jones McKee: For their service to the industry in the creation of Wine East Magazine and for their abundant enthusiasm for East Coast wine, and their faith in our ability to compete in the global wine market.

"The Gnarled Vine Award" Presented to Jack & Emily Johnston, Copernica Vineyard
This Gnarled Vine award honors a couple… a couple who has been at a driving force in developing our industry over the last 25 years. Although they are self-proclaimed “behind the scenes” people, these two very individual people have been vital to the growth of the Maryland Wine Industry.

Together they grow about six acres of the state’s most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. As eternal leaders in the Maryland Grape Growers Association, he manages and she edits the MGGA’s Grapevine quarterly newsletter.


They have been cornerstones of the wine appreciation movement, founding the Carroll County Chapter of the American Wine Society in 1980. They have managed the wine education program at the Maryland Wine Festival since its very beginning in 1984. The recipients of the Gnarled Vine award are Emily and Jack Johnston of Copernica Vineyard.

Woodhall Wine Cellars proprietor Al Copp raised a toast to MWA and to the wine and grape industry offering support for the industry's accomplishments and looking forward to many more years of prosperous growth.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A FEW WINE SPECTATOR HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FINGER LAKES



Shaw Vineyard and Tierce came up big with Mr. Molesworth in the October 31, 2008 issue of Wine Spectator, as did Lucas and Hunt Country. Congratulations to all...including Mr. Molesworth!



Shaw Vineyard Riesling Finger Lakes 2006 Score: 88 | $17
Tangy and fresh, with slate, green apple and fig notes that stay nervy through the nicely concentrated finish. Drink now. 250 cases made. —J.M.

Shaw Vineyard Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2006 Score: 88 | $19
Good focus and drive, with a bracing edge to the lime, watermelon and green apple notes. Nice slatelike tang on the finish. Drink now. 200 cases made. —J.M.



Tierce Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2006 88 $30
Shows some mature hints--fennel and anise--along with good underlying snap and additional apple and floral notes. Good length. Opens nicely in the glass. A joint effort from the winemakers at Anthony Road, Fox Run and Red Newt. Drink now through 2009. 200 cases made. –JM Country:
New York Region: Finger Lakes
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008

Lucas Riesling Finger Lakes Semi-Dry 2007 85 $13
Medium-weight and off-dry in feel, but with good cut to the McIntosh and anise notes. Round, plump finish. Drink now. 730 cases made. –JM Country:
New York Region: Finger Lakes
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008

Hunt Country Pinot Gris Finger Lakes 2007 84 $16
Fresh, with lemon zest and white peach notes on a bright, easy frame. Drink now. 862 cases made. –JM Country:
New York Region: Finger Lakes
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008

Lucas
Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2007 84 $13
Crisp, with good lime and green apple notes. Lean, but fresh and focused. Drink now. 410 cases made. –JM
New York Region: Finger Lakes
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Wine Spectator's James Molesworth Goes to the Finger Lakes



FINGER LAKES WINES got some nice blog publicity this week from Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth, who last week made that region the focus of his annual fall trip, rather than the Rhone . Despite some nasty weather on the way (it was very cold in New York City too, by the way), he tasted wines at Ravines Wine Cellars on Keuka Lake, but focused primarily on Seneca Lake with visits to Anthony Road , Fox Run, Shaw, and Standing Stone, with others still to be covered.



Accompanying tasting notes for Rieslings were respectable (86 to 88), with Red Tail Ridge and Shaw getting the top scores.

To read more go to Mr.Molesworth's own blog
http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Free/Blogs/
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