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Heron Hill Winery 2008 Pinot Blanc

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I have to admit that most of my experience with pinot blanc is with New York renditions -- especially from Long Island where a few wineries produce it. I've had a handful from other regions too -- Alsace of course...

New York Cork Report 1540 days ago

How Dry is Too Dry for Your Riesling?

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor On a recent visit to Rooster Hill Vineyards, owner Amy Hoffman said something that got my attention. The new Rooster Hill Dry Riesling has .8% residual sugar, or 8 grams of RS. Their dry...

New York Cork Report 1541 days ago

David Flaherty Joins New York Cork Report as New York City Correspondent

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Over the years, we've had several people cover New York City for us, but I think (hope) we've finally found a long-term solution -- David Flaherty, who you may already know as the man behind...

New York Cork Report 1541 days ago

Red Tail Ridge Winery 2008 Dry Riesling

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Red Tail Ridge Winery, perched atop a hill overlooking Seneca Lake, has garnered a lot of attention for its sustainable practices since opening the tasting room in 2007, and deservedly so. (Read our coverage of...

New York Cork Report 1541 days ago

What We Drank (August 3, 2010)

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Short list of beverages/contributions this week -- and not a single wine in the lot. But, this is what our editors and contributors are drinking: Tom Mansell: Bandwagon Brew Pub Pirate Eye-PA Bandwagon Brew Pub in Ithaca has only been...

New York Cork Report 1542 days ago

Vineyard Visuals: Verasion in Pinot Noir at Hobbit Hollow Vineyard

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Photo courtesy of Tom Higgins, Heart & Hands Wine Company

New York Cork Report 1542 days ago

The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- August 2, 2010

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Here are seven wines that have crossed the NYCR tasting table in recent weeks but will not be reviewed as part of a stand-alone post. As always, these are notes almost verbatim from my tasting...

New York Cork Report 1543 days ago

Follow-up: Why Rooster Hill Vineyards Uses Synthetic Cork

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Most wineries around the world use natural cork as the closure for their best vines. Last week I discovered that Rooster Hill Vineyards, a strong producer based on Keuka Lake, chooses to use synthetic...

New York Cork Report 1543 days ago

NOFO Rock & Folk Festival a Success

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The scene at Peconic Bay Winery during yesterday's NOFO Rock & Fok Fest. By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Despite a bevy of questions and challenges from a handful of locals, including Town of Southold Supervisor Scott Russell, this weekend's NOFO...

New York Cork Report 1543 days ago

Butternuts Brewing Company Pork Slap Farmhouse Ale

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor From a can -- love it! Environmentally friendly and less expensive. Pork Slap pours a clear amber and a puffy three-finger head into a wheat glass, leaving solid lacing. The nose is clean crystal malt,...

New York Cork Report 1545 days ago

Jamesport Vineyards 2007 "MTK" Syrah

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I'm on the record as someone who is less than enthusiastic about New York syrah. Only a handful of wineries are even doing varietal syrah -- so it's not a big or important segment right...

New York Cork Report 1546 days ago

NOFO Rock and Folk Fest: The Show, And Others, Must Go On

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By Executive Editor, Lenn Thompson There might be a war brewing -- or perhaps fermenting -- in Long Island wine country. It pits local wineries against local government -- specifically Town of Riverhead and Town of Southold. The issue is...

New York Cork Report 1546 days ago

The New York Cork Club's July 2010 Selections

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor This month's New York Cork Club selections are Sheldrake Point Vineyards 2008 Gewurztraminer and Herman J. Wiemer 2008 Dry Riesling, who great summer sippers that will pair with the hot temperatures we've been "enjoying" of...

New York Cork Report 1547 days ago

Confidently Crowing at Rooster Hill

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes and Managing Editor Photo: Owner Amy Hoffman, left, works the tasting room on a busy summer day There are not many 90-point gewurztraminers that have come out of the Finger Lakes, and there has never...

New York Cork Report 1548 days ago

Why is City Winery Serving California Wines at their "100-Mile" Farm to Table Dinner?

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Yesterday, I received a press release about an upcoming "Farm to Table" dinner at City Winery, one of a handful of New York City-based urban wineries. It goes without saying that I'm an advocate of...

New York Cork Report 1548 days ago

What We Drank (July, 28 2010)

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This is what our editors and contributors have been drinking. Only one local this time, but that's part of the fun of WWD -- the diversity: Lenn Thompson: The Alchemist Pub and Brewery "Holy Cow" IPA I spent this past...

New York Cork Report 1548 days ago

Travel Log: Ithaca, NY and Cayuga Lake

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We started our three-day Cayuga jaunt with a stop at Long Point Winery, home to a surprising number of California reds but some tasty local whites too. By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The Finger Lakes region is one the most...

New York Cork Report 1549 days ago

The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- July 26, 2010

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Here are seven wines that have crossed the NYCR tasting table in recent weeks but will not be reviewed as part of a stand-alone post. As always, these are notes almost verbatim from my tasting...

New York Cork Report 1550 days ago

Beauty Among the Vineyards

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Photo by Morgan Dawson Photography When's the last time you found yourself in a Finger Lakes vineyard? My wife and I spent a glorious summer's day searching for potential book cover art, and we...

New York Cork Report 1550 days ago

A Different Side of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival: The VIP Experience

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By Tom Mansell, Science Editor Photos courtesy of Brian Reider Last year, I went to my first Finger Lakes Wine Festival with high expectations. It was going to be an opportunity for me to taste wines from Finger Lakes wineries...

New York Cork Report 1554 days ago

Severe Thunderstorms Bring Tornados and Hail to Long Island Wine Country

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Most of eastern Long Island was under a severe thunderstorm warning yesterday evening. The storms, which came in waves, brought high winds, heavy rains, hail and even tornados apparently. I know that we were under...

New York Cork Report 1554 days ago

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival Deserves Our Attention

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Wine tasting at the Schulze Vineyards & Winery table. By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Region Editor The annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors to the region, pumping money into the local economy while helping to promote...

New York Cork Report 1555 days ago

Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2008 Gewurztraminer

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor A lot of people, including my wife, don't really care for most gewurztraminer, finding it too floral or perfume-like. I can understand their trepidation -- to a point. Some gewurztraminer does indeed smell and taste...

New York Cork Report 1555 days ago

September 12: NYCR Wine Tasting @ Roanoke Vineyards to Benefit Angelman Syndrome Research

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I had never heard of Angelman Syndrome until my wife Nena came home one day and told me that our friend's son had just been diagnosed with the neuro-genetic disorder. It's often misdiagnosed as cerebral...

New York Cork Report 1556 days ago

What We Drank (July 20, 2010)

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We only have three contirbutions this week, but -- as always -- some interesting libations have filled the glasses of the New York Cork Report editors and contributors. Evan Dawson: Multi-year semi-dry riesling flight at Red Newt Bistro Red Newt...

New York Cork Report 1556 days ago

Two Cheeses From Sprout Creek Farms

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By Aaron Estes, Cheese Editor As I mentioned in my last post about a positive addition to the Rhinebeck beer and cheese scene, I used the opportunity to try a couple of New York cheeses that I was unfamiliar with....

New York Cork Report 1556 days ago

I'm Just Here for the Beer: Escaping Wine at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

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Rooster Fish Brewing's tent at the 2010 Finger Lakes Wine Festival By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Amidst the sea of wine drinkers that accosted me and my fellow vendors (I was pouring for Freedom Run Winery) at the Finger Lakes...

New York Cork Report 1557 days ago

Hosmer Winery 2008 Dry Riesling

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The tasting room isn't fancy and sure, I wish more of their wines were closed with natural cork (to see how they cellar) but for my money, Hosmer Winery offers some of the best value...

New York Cork Report 1557 days ago

NYCR Adds Matt Arlauckas as Finger Lakes Food Columnist

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Wine is food -- or so the saying goes -- and that means that wine coverage should be at least a little a bit about food too I think. We've already added a Long Island...

New York Cork Report 1557 days ago

Peconic Bay Winery 10-Vintage Riesling Vertical: Quality New York Riesling Outside of the Finger Lakes

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor "I'm not ready to give up riesling to our friends up north." That's how Jim Silver, general manager at Peconic Bay Winery, kicked off a recent vertical tasting of ten Peconic Bay Rieslings for a...

New York Cork Report 1560 days ago

Ravines Wine Cellars 2008 Dry Riesling

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Morten Hallgren, winemaker at Ravines Wine Cellars, makes dry wines and dry riesling... and that's it. That's unique in a region where just about every winery has at least two rieslings -- "Dry" and "Semi-Dry"...

New York Cork Report 1561 days ago

Mystery Solved! Belhurst's Owner Clarifies Recent Experience

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Many of you tried to help me make sense of a recent wine experience - click here to read the post if you missed it. Well, wonder no more. The owner and general manager,...

New York Cork Report 1561 days ago

Jamesport Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor There is more chardonnay planted on Long Island than any other white grape, but those aren't the wines that excite me most -- not by a long shot. If I had the money to buy...

New York Cork Report 1562 days ago

Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market: Great Beers. Good Start for Cheese.

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By Aaron Estes, Cheese Editor Having lived in the Hudson Valley, I can attest that it is somewhat difficult to find shops that offer a quality cheese selection. The places that do have carry cheese beyond your normal supermarket variety...

New York Cork Report 1562 days ago

What Niagara Brings to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

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Yours truly with the staff of Schulze Vineyards & Winery at last year's Finger Lakes Wine Festival By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Region Editor Niagara region wineries don?t often get the chance to pour for large audiences and even if they...

New York Cork Report 1563 days ago

What We Drank (July 13, 2010)

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It's been a few weeks since our editors and contributors submitted anything for WWD, but we're back this week with a vengeance. This is what we've been drinking: Tom Mansell: Movia 2006 "Lunar" Ribolla Gialla "Wine is sunlight held together...

New York Cork Report 1563 days ago

New Auxiliary Tasting Room Rises Over the Ashes at Dr. Frank's

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by Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Top photograph provided by Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars Fifteen months after an electrical fire destroyed a 2,000-square foot auxiliary tasting room, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars will host a triumphant re-opening. The...

New York Cork Report 1563 days ago

Summer Ales and the Drinkin' is Easy: Separating the "Drinkable" from the Boring

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor It's with mixed feelings and no small measure of trepidation that I approach a beer labeled with the word "summer." Sure, they're a great way to draw macro beer drinkers into the craft world --...

New York Cork Report 1566 days ago

Early Bud Break, Hot Early Season: Why It Matters

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Photo courtesy of Sheldrake Point Vineyard If you're a wine lover but not a wine grower, let's start by accepting a few things: You and I don't know what the heck evapotranspiration is. We can't...

New York Cork Report 1568 days ago

Robert Foley Joins Macari Vineyards as Head Winemaker; Kelly Urbanik Joins as His Assistant

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Photo from Food & Wine I'm out of town and don't have all the details just yet, but, the winemaking carousel continues to turn on the North Fork, but with a big-name, non-local twist. Robert...

New York Cork Report 1569 days ago

Vineyard Visuals: Fruit Wine Harvest in the Hudson Valley

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Black currants being harvested at Good Farm. Photo courtesty of Carlo DeVito, Hudson-Chatham Winery It's easy to forget that fruit winemakers don't have the same schedule that grape winemakers do... but Carlo reminds us with this picture and a note...

New York Cork Report 1571 days ago

Hermann J. Wiemer 2008 HJW Vineyard Riesling Dry

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor As I mentioned last week in my review of this wine's sister wine -- the Hermann J. Wiemer 2008 Magdalena Riesling -- the best way to taste the Wiemer single-vineyard rieslings is to do so...

New York Cork Report 1571 days ago

"Enjoy* Our Award-Winning Wine List!" *-until 10pm only. Then, not so much.

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor We recently had a seriously disappointing wine experience at a celebrated Finger Lakes location: Belhurst Castle on Seneca Lake. Really, I should say that it was disappointing and bizarre, because I'm not sure I...

New York Cork Report 1572 days ago

New York Cork Report Tasting Table: July 2, 2010

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Here are seven wines that have crossed the NYCR tasting table in recent weeks but will not be reviewed as part of a stand-alone post. As always, these are notes almost verbatim from my tasting...

New York Cork Report 1574 days ago

Flying Bison Gets New Wings: A Beloved Brewery Reopens in Buffalo

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor At long last, after months of worry and deliberation without a pint of local beer to diffuse the tension, a beloved brewery was returned to its fans this week when Buffalo?s Flying Bison Brewing Company...

New York Cork Report 1574 days ago

Bill Wagner, Founder of Wagner Vineyards, Passes Away

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Finger Lakes wine industry pioneer Bill Wagner has passed away at the age of 83. His family, which owns the business, has not released a cause of death. Wagner was part of a small...

New York Cork Report 1575 days ago

Beer Review: OT 20 IPA

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor While discovering several great beer spots on a trip to Rochester last week, I was given a sample bottle of this house IPA (they had run out of the draught version) at The Old Toad...

New York Cork Report 1575 days ago

New Company Aims to Put Finger Lakes Wine in NYC Restaurants

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor "The butcher and the baker were the first chefs, if you ask me." So states chef Marc Meyer of Cookshop in New York City. Then, on the restaurant's website, he explains that his passion...

New York Cork Report 1576 days ago

Hermann J. Wiemer 2009 Magdalena Riesling Dry

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Maybe it's because I work in marketing and understand why a winery would want to create of differentiation and exclusivity -- and often charge more for it -- but I often find myself taking a...

New York Cork Report 1577 days ago

Wine Bloggers Conference 2011 Coming East: Charlottesville, Virginia

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The wine bloggers are coming east -- and it's about time. The Wine Bloggers Conference 2010 in Walla Walla, Washington concluded on Sunday with organizers announcing that next year's conference will take place in Charlottesville,...

New York Cork Report 1577 days ago
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