Saturday, July 31, 2010
Availability: Seasonal, May 1st - August 31st
Malts: Canadian 2-Row, Carapilis, Wheat Malt
Hops: Bittering (Saaz), Flavor (Saaz, Cascade), Aroma (Saaz, Cascade)
Original Gravity: 1.048
Finishing Gravity: 1.010
Anyway, we all had a great night. Super conversation, and lots of fun to drink and taste. After a while, we finished our drinks and desserts, and walked back out. Madeline and Vernon were gone. I was disappointed, but then again, but I was content having had my Hooker's Watermelon Ale. It was a good night.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Virginia took top honors at this year's Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, with Best of Show awarded to Rosemont of Virginia winery for its 2007 Meritage.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — After years of record growth, the Pennsylvania wine industry is taking aim at another milestone, this time with a little help from the Guinness Book of World Records. On August 14, 2010, the state’s wineries will attempt to break the record for the world’s largest wine tasting in an event being hailed as “The Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast.”
Echoing the Pennsylvania wine industry’s recent fast track to success, the Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) has enlisted the help of a man who knows a thing or two about speed and wine – auto racing legend, Mario Andretti. Andretti, a native and resident of Nazareth, Pa.
and the owner of a California winery, will serve as the event’s toastmaster. The toast will be delivered simultaneously via video to all participating wineries.
The toast Andretti will deliver will be chosen in a contest held on the PWA website,
pennsylvaniawine.com. Now through June 21, wine lovers are being asked to submit their best 100-word ode to Pennsylvania wines. Five finalists will be chosen, and an online vote will determine the winner. The author of the winning toast will receive “The Ultimate Pennsylvania Wine Getaway,” which includes a two-night stay at a bed & breakfast in the Pennsylvania wine region of their choice, a behind-the-scenes tour of a winery and a private dinner with a winemaker.
· On August 14, Pennsylvania wineries will attempt to set a world
record for the largest wine tasting in an event called “The Great
Pennsylvania Wine Toast.”
· Race car legend Mario Andretti will serve as the event’s toastmaster.
Proceeds will go toward his charity www.fundforkids.org.
· A contest is being held to select the toast that will be recited by Andretti during the event. \
· Toasts can be submitted at pennsylvaniawine.com now through June 21.
“A lot of hard work has gone into growing the Pennsylvania wine industry over the past several
years, and this is our chance to recognize that effort and have a little fun at the same time,” said PWA President Sam Landis. Since 2005, the number of wineries in Pennsylvania has grown from 80 to more than 130, while traffic has increased from half a million winery visitors per year to more than one million in 2009.
All charitable proceeds from the Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast will benefit The Fund to
Benefit Children & Youth (www.fundforkids.org), whose mission is to provide abused, neglected and at-risk children with the items and services they cannot receive from traditional sources.
In addition to gatherings at Pennsylvania wineries, the record-setting attempt will be joined by
attendees of the 18th annual Food & Wine Festival at Seven Springs, also held on August 14. The
current record for the world’s largest wine tasting at multiple venues is 17,540 people, set at more than 400 pubs across the United Kingdom on May 21, 2008. For details about the Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast or to find a winery near you, visit the PWA website at pennsylvaniawine.com.
Jennifer Eckinger (PWA)
David Shoffner 717-234-8886 email@example.com
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I have met Richard Eldridge many times. He and his wife Valerie were some of the people that formed a new breed of winemakers that helped breathe new life into the Valley winemaking scene not long after the farm winery act was passed. These are people who helped usher in the first wave of farm wineries. And they've been making local, artisanal wines for a long time.
The Eldridges continue to be excited with the quality of the wines they can produce in the area.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Grand View Winery is a family owned farm winery producing exceptional grape wines and wines from fruits that grow easily and naturally in East Calais, Vermont. In addition to using fruits from their own orchards and groves, they support other Vermont farms and orchards by purchasing their fruits. They use organically grown produce whenever possible. Over the thirteen years that they have been producing wine, their wines have won regional, national and international awards. While focusing on fruits that grow easily in Vermont, they produce wines that are not overly sweet. Limiting the sweetness brings out more of the natural flavors of the fruit. All wines are allowed to age at least twelve months before bottling. Grape wines are often aged two years. They are very fruit forward, and use no oak barrels nor oak chips to mask the true flavors.
Montmorency Cherry was a big, fruit-forward off-dry red. Perfect balance between zesty, tart fruit and fresh subtle sweetness. Slight whiffs of nutmeg or cinnamon-like spice came through as promised. Now, I am not usually an off-dry red person. But the meal that night was barbecued chicken, with fresh home bread, and just made coleslaw.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
June 2, 2010,
The acquisition also adds the first American whiskey to the William Grant & Sons
portfolio, which already boasts category-leading brands such as the world’s most
awarded single malt Scotch whisky Glenfiddich as well as The Balvenie Single Malt
Scotch Whisky, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, Sailor Jerry Rum, Frangelico Hazelnut
Liqueur, Stolichnaya vodka, and more.
within the industry and the bartending community, as well as among discerning
consumers. In this short time, the micro distillery located in Gardiner, New York quickly
earned international acclaim not only for the quality of its products and innovative
packaging and marketing, but also for its pioneering spirit – it is the first whiskey
distilled in New York since Prohibition, and is the first ever New York State-produced
portfolio.” said Simon Hunt, Managing Director – North America, William
Grant & Sons. “When our founder William Grant first built his distillery by hand in
1886, he had one dream: to create the best dram in the Valley. That dram became
Glenfiddich and that valley was the Valley of the Deer in Speyside. More than a century
later, history is repeating itself in Gardiner as the Hudson Whiskey range becomes a part
of the William Grant & Sons family. This time, the dram is Hudson Whiskey and the
valley is the Hudson valley. We are delighted to see that the spirit endures into the 21st
that shares our philosophy.” said Ralph Erenzo, distiller and partner at Tuthilltown
Spirits. “This new relationship will enable us to maintain the high quality of our products
and allow us to continue to meet the increasing level of demand, without sacrificing any
of the principles that make us what we are. We’re delighted to be taking place among
such distinguished spirits as Hendrick’s Gin, The Balvenie and Glenfiddich.”
site of the TUTHILLTOWN GRISTMILL, a National Historic Site in 2003 and placed
their first products on Hudson Valley bars and in retail outlets in Spring 2006. The
distillery’s products are distributed currently in seventeen States, seven EU countries and
Australia. TUTHILLTOWN SPIRITS DISTILLERY was named ARTISAN
DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR 2010 by the American Distilling Institute at its annual
conference in Kentucky in May; taking also Silver medals for its HUDSON
MANHATTAN RYE and HUDSON FOUR GRAIN BOURBON, and Gold medal for
the design of the MANHATTAN RYE package. The distillery makes use of locally
grown grains and apples to produce whiskeys and vodka.
the NY Legislature, permitting farm based distilleries equal opportunity with wineries
and breweries to allow tours, tastings and direct sale of products at the distillery, a first
for NY State distillers. The distillery is open for tours on weekends.
Contact: Ralph Erenzo, Tuthilltown
Big E Northeast Wine Competition
Les Trois Emme Winery entered three wines and received three medals!! Forty-nine wineries entered their best.
2008 Old Vine Zinfandel
2007 Cayuga White
2007 Nick Jackson Blush
Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards' Muscato was voted the Best Wine in Massachusetts at the June 12, 2010 judging of the Northeast Wine Competition in West Springfield, MA.
The Best State Wine award is given to one wine with the highest ranking from each of the seven competing states. Twelve judges presided over the competition, which included 310 entries from New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. All medal winners will be showcased and on display at The Big E Fair in Springfield from Sept. 17 - Oct. 3, 2010.
Results of 2010 Wine Competition: 12 medals plus Best of State!
BEST OF STATE
'08 Sparkling Muscato
'08 Sparkling Muscato
'08 Shiraz Special Reserve
'08 Old Vine Zinfandel - new
'08 Dry Riesling
'08 Johnny Mash
'08 French Cidre Special Reserve
'08 Johanissberg Riesling
'08 Sparkling Blanc de Blancs
'08 Chardonnay Special Reserve
'08 Merlot Special Reserve'08 Bee My Honey Mead
Thursday, July 08, 2010
The buildings are gorgeous. Jonathan Edwards is seemingly a small jumble of old back country Connecticut farm buildings beautifully huddled together, and connected by money and ambition. On the outside it's a very pretty New England farm bounded by well kept beds of flowers. Inside, a contemporary setting that represents a sizable financial commitment to wine excellence.
We came on a hot Friday afternoon. There was a tour en route, and we watched and listened from the gallery as one of the staff walked a sizable group through the winery. We happened to catch them in the barrel room, which is spectacular.
Once at the tasting room we were treated very courteously by the staff as we happily elbowed our way into the crowded bar.
Jonathan Edwards makes wines form California grapes and estate grapes. I enjoyed their numerous California offerings, especially their Syrah, which was a rich, deep, dark, dry red wine with lots of blackberry, raspberry, and a touch of prune, with strong hints of mocha and coffee. Exquisite. So was the Zinfandel. One of the most wonderful Zinfandels I have had. Really big and flavorful. Obviously, though, I was more concerned with the estate grown wines.
The first of the estate grown wines was the Gewurztraminer. It was fragrant and light. With big floral overtones, and hints of honeysuckle, the light, dry white sparkled in my glass as I held it up to the sun like a diamond. It was a very nice citrus bomb, with touches of lemon and grapefruit. Clean, light, and refreshing. A polished white wine.
The second wine we tried was the estate Chardonnay. This was a beautiful white wine, with green apple, and a whiff of honeymellon. It had lots of flavor and body, it was clean, lemony, and delicious with a lingering finish of vanilla.
Last was the Cabernet Franc. This was cherry and raspberry in a medium bodied dry red. Lots of flavor. Hints of vanilla and mocha. Very smooth, elegant red. It was very drinkable now, but I thought would be even better after a few years in the cellar.
Jonathan Edwards continues to be one of the standard bearers of Connecticut, and indeed, New England. A wonderful winery, whose progress we are very much looking forward to. Great job, Jonathan Edwards!