Think of wine and you picture the rolling vineyards of California’s Napa Valley or the many wine regions of France. But there’s a thriving wine region much closer to home: the Finger Lakes.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) During a special tasting at Brooklyn Winery, budding sommeliers received an overview of winemaking in the upstate region, from how it barely survived the bleak years of prohibition to its current “third renaissance.” In the last two years, over 40 new wineries have popped up in the Finger Lakes.
Cabernet Shiraz India “New York State quality is there, we just need to educate people,” said Brooklyn Winery co-founder Brian Leventhal, whose North Brooklyn-based winery uses New York State sourced grapes for its own labels. “It’s only going to get better.” Greg Taylor has roots in the area dating back to the 19th century, when his great, great-grandfather bought a vineyard that would someday become one of the largest in the country. Taylor’s family now owns Bully Hill Vineyards near Keuka Lake, the largest family-owned winery in the area.
The new winery is located in Bangor. It already has made a splash, winning a Governor's Cup at the Farm Show for its Cabernet Franc.
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Sauvignon Blanc These six wines show the quality and subtle differences of Marlborough and Nelson, on the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island.
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One of the hottest categories in Northwest wine is red blends. And red blends made in the style of France’s Rhone Valley are among the most fascinating.
Rosé Referred to as “GSM” blends, the wines are most often made with the red Rhone grapes grenache, syrah and mourvdre, though they also can include cinsault, counoise, carignan and petite sirah.
Sauvignon Blanc In the Spring issue of Wine Press Northwest magazine, we take a look at a variety of red Rhone varieties, particularly GSM-style blends. These are among the best examples we tasted during a blind judging for the publication. These wines are made in small amounts, so check with your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.
The stories of the men who left their homes in Mexico, came to the United States and found work in the vineyards in the Napa Valley are similar.
Cabernet Shiraz Some were part of the “Bracero” program, most came alone, leaving their families in Mexico; all had dreams of a better life. Those dreams included starting their own vineyard management businesses, owning land and planting vines. All of them worked hard, many staying with the same employer for decades.
Rosé The catalysts for the first Mexican-American Vintners tasting event are TBA (Total Brand Awareness) Napa, owned by Napan Thomas Bracamontes and St. Helena’s 750 Wines. It will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 9, at 750 Wines at 1224 Adams St., which is owned by David and Monica Stevens.
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