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The Wine Seller at the Harmony House Marketplace in Cohoes, Albany County, that sells only New York wines.

Chenin Blanc

The problem, however, certainly is not limited to the Capital Region. New York City has been a particular example of non-NY interest. Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation , on Friday related an anecdote that gave him a perfect jumping-off spot for one of his patented "Mom always liked you best" tirades.

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" 'Why don't New York liquor stores carry New York wines?' That question," said Trezise, "came this week from a state government employee who works in New York City, is tasked with helping the New York wine industry because Governor Andrew Cuomo recognizes it as a strategic industry for the state, and enjoys wine himself. He came for a meeting in the Finger Lakes, which he had never seen before -- he's from the South Bronx -- and soon will be bringing his girlfriend back to show her the incredible beauty which he discovered. He was late for our meeting because he stopped to take pictures, but I digress." Trezise's laundry list of reasons New York wines are under-appreciated in their own state includes some obvious and some not-so-obvious items. Here are the major ones he cites: "New York City is the most competitive wine market in the world, and the port of entry for most wines from the world entering the United States. New York wines get absolutely no break and, in fact, are subject to 'reverse discrimination' -- if it's local, it can't be good. There is virtually no regional loyalty in NYC, though that is starting to change, especially in Brooklyn.

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Andy Perdue / Great Northwest Wine The western Wahluke Slope is one of the warmest areas of Washington state, and many vineyards are planted here to take advantage of that. In the distance is Sentinel Gap, through which the Columbia River flows.

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"> Andy Perdue / Great Northwest Wine The western Wahluke Slope is one of the warmest areas of Washington state, and many vineyards are planted here to take advantage of that. In the distance is Sentinel Gap, through which the Columbia River flows.

Chenin Blanc

Andy Perdue / Great Northwest Wine The view facing south from atop StoneTree Vineyard provides a sense of the wide-open space of the Wahluke Slope.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



LOWVILLE — Tug Hill Vineyards has announced the release of its first sparkling wine made with Marquette grapes grown in the north country.

Rosé

The winery off Route 12 in West Lowville has introduced its new sparkling wine called “Cuvée Rosé,” made from locally grown grapes using a traditional method that has been used for centuries in the Champagne region of France, according to a press release issued by the winery.

Sauvignon Blanc

Marquette grapes used to make the wine were sourced from growers Darrell M. and Carrie L. Sweredoski, who own a vineyard off Route 12 in Watertown. The couple exclusively grows Marquette grapes.

Chenin Blanc



Availability information is based on distributor records. Wines might not be in stock at every listed store and might be sold at additional stores. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

Cabernet Shiraz

Linden wines are distributed by Country Vintner and can be found at retail in the District at Weygandt Wines, in Maryland at Bin 201 Wine Sellars in Annapolis, and in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington and Locke Modern Country Store in Millwood. Prices listed are at the winery.

Rosé

Law’s premier red blend, made of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc grown at his home vineyard, seems to be getting better every vintage. The 2009 is luscious, multi-layered and complex. The 2010, from another strong vintage, will be released soon from the winery and in distribution in the fall. “My best red wines now come from younger vines, because they were planted the right way,” Law says. Alcohol by volume: 14.6 percent.

Sauvignon Blanc



He knelt and clipped away some extraneous growth around the foot of the vine. Then he gazed fondly at the gnarled wood and uttered the type of statement that has made him the oracle of Virginia’s wine industry: “They don’t look real pretty, but they’ve got good wisdom, if you will.” A cold wind blew down the slope that late February day as Law took a break from his winter pruning. The vines had not yet begun the growth that would be their 30th season — and an anniversary for one of the state’s most influential winegrowers. During that generation, thanks in no small part to Law, Virginia has gone from having a handful of wineries to boasting nearly 300, while its reputation has grown from that of a mere curiosity to one drawing national and even international attention for top quality .

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Only a few rows remain of these oldest vines, the first that Law, 59, planted half a lifetime ago in April 1985 on what he calls Hardscrabble, on the grounds of his Linden Vineyards, southeast of Front Royal. Law has made it his life’s calling to nurture those vines and their wisdom. The earth speaks through the vine, and Law’s goal is to interpret that message in wine.  Each vineyard speaks in a different dialect. Law planted eight acres that first year, with chardonnay, vidal, seyval blanc, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Only the chardonnay and vidal remain. Today, Hardscrabble has 20 acres planted to vines, with the red-grape varieties higher up the hill, on steeper slopes with well-drained soils, and whites on land with more clay.

Cabernet Shiraz

Law is a soft-spoken man who doesn’t waste words. His ruddy farmer’s face is perpetually crinkled with a smile, and he keeps his light-red hair in a short ponytail. If time travel were possible, an evening listening to Jim Law discuss viticulture with Thomas Jefferson would be a Virginia oenophile’s dream.

Rosé



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