In 1986, Chris took a position as a research and extension associate for the wine industry in Ohio, where he worked until Lakewood Vineyards opened. He returned to Watkins Glen, and started making wine for the family business. He was named winemaker of the Year: Vineyards & Winery Management Magazine, 1997.
Chris has made some lovely wines over the years. His port and other dessert wines have traditionally been among my favorites. But this new sparkling was a revelation!
This wine is 100% estate Cayuga. The nose was bright with honeydew, melons, green apple, and other tropical notes. The wine was a pop of the same, with a hint of sweetness and a lovely effervescence. And there was a big pop of zippy acidity at the end which helped keep the wine balanced and refreshing. A lovely, lovely prosecco styled wine. A lovely, lovely surprise!
Great job Chris and congrats to the Stamp family and those at Lakewood!