Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dinner With Evan Dawson, Managing Editor of NYCR

Evan Dawson is a very accomplished man. Usually this disqualifies most people from being down to earth. But Evan is also incredibly grounded. A great guy!

Evan Dawson is the Managing Editor of the New York Cork Report. He covers the Finger Lakes region for the number one website on New York wine. Evan has an incredible palate, and has an extensive enough vocabulary to give voice to what he tastes.
Evan Dawson has written an upcoming book about the winemakers of the Finger Lakes. It is an excellent book. It will be published in May 2011. Evan first became interested in Finger Lakes wine on his first trip to the region with his wife-to-be Morgan, whom he met as a student at Ohio University. Morgan is a Penn Yan native; Evan was born in Cleveland but has family in Jamestown, Chautauqua and Buffalo, so the region has always felt like home.
In addition to serving as managing editor, Evan covers the Chautaqua-Lake Erie and Finger Lakes regions, including insights from and stories about the people behind the wines.
Evan is also a morning news anchor at WHAM-TV and CW-16 in Rochester, where he also serves as a political correspondent with a focus on state and federal issues.

On the eve of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, I caught up with Evan, and his stunning wife Morgan, and we had dinner at the Red Newt Cafe.

The wines we shared were incredible. I brought a 2001 Baron Pichon and Evan and Morgan brought a Condrieu Viongier. I apologize. I was so happy to see them both, and was so happy drinking the wine, that I failed to photograph either bottle. I apologize for not having more specifics.

The food was excellent. I'm a big fan of David Whiting's wines, the owner/winemaker at Red Newt. And his wife Debra is an incredible chef, who studs the menu at the Bistro with awesome food. And the wine list is incredible! The Red Cat Bistro is one of the best restaurants in the Finger Lakes. The meal was fantastic!

We had a wonderful meal, and chatted about a great many things regarding New York wine. Evan is a great new voice in the wine world. And his new book, which has yet to be titled, is an exceptional piece of journalism about how wine making has entered a new era in the Finger Lakes, which is why the Finger Lakes is currently the hottest region in New York state. I like a lot of the folks over at NYCR, especially Lenn Thompson, their Editor-in-Chief, who is a friend of mine. He's got some really talented, dedicated people over at NYCR.

Can't wait for the book to come out. But in the meantime, if you really want to know more about Finger Lakes wine, you should be reading Evan Dawson.