Sunday, April 10, 2011

Vine Talk Series Hits the Airwaves - Finger Lakes Rieslings Episode #2

Vine Talk Series Debuts
by Jim Trezise
New York Wine Press
April 9, 2011

The long-awaited Vine Talk series on public television has officially begun at many PBS stations across the country from Atlanta and Austin to Boston, Charlottesville, Dallas, Daytona Beach, Denver, Miami, Reno, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Bernardino, Seattle, and Washington, DC--to name just a few markets where it is being shown. The New York PBS stations currently or soon showing the series are in the Albany, Long Island, New York City, Syracuse, and Waternown markets, with others to follow later in the year.
The second show in the series features Finger Lakes Rieslings tasted and discussed by a panel of celebrities in conjunction with Food & Wine Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle and Sommelier Stephanie Caraway. Sixteen award-winning Rieslings were originally submitted to a pre-screening tasting panel, which selected six to be tasted as part of the show; from those, both the celebrity panel and studio audience would select their favorites.
While I cannot reveal those favorites today, I can tell you the six finalists were Thirsty Own Wine Company 2009 Dry Riesling; Keuka Lake Vineyards 2009 Dry Riesling Falling Man Vineyard; Red Newt Cellars 2009 "Circle" Label Riesling; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling; Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars 2008 Late Harvest Riesling Bunch Select; and Anthony Road Martini Reinhardt Selection 2008 Riesling Trockenbeeren. Stay tuned next week for the favorites.