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August, 2007


Jennifer Stanton of Wines by JenniferGreetings, everyone!

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of visiting the Finger Lakes region in New York, so I thought we'd spend a few minutes this month discussing this wonderful wine region.

New York is the third-largest wine producing region in America, with over 240 wineries producing award-winning wines. There are five major wine regions in the state - each with unique microclimates - covering nine officially recognized appellations. Of these five regions, the Finger Lakes is the largest.

New York is considered a cool climate wine area, with abundant bodies of water cooling in the summer, warming in the winter, and sheltering the vines from the temperature extremes.

Riesling is the "signature" grape of the Finger Lakes, and I tasted several beautiful wines that more than hold their own against some of the famed German Rieslings. Chardonnay also performs well in this region, and they are very much to my liking personally because they are more similar to a French Chablis (crisp, light, and acidic) than to a California Chard (big, round, and oaky).

As for the reds, Pinot Noir fares well, but because of lower yields and the finicky nature of the grape, it's a real gamble for the growers to rely on it. As a result, Cabernet Franc is becoming the most promising of the red viniferas for New York. I sampled several excellent examples that are a bit lighter in style due to the cooler climate, akin to some of the Cab Francs you might see coming from France's Loire Valley.

Native American grapes such as the Cornell-developed Cayuga and Traminette are important varietals in New York because of their high production, reliability, and easy growing. With its semi-dry Riesling characteristics, Cayuga is an excellent sipping wine, while the Traminette is spicy and perfumey, just like its dominant parent, Gewurtztraminer, which is also grown here.

Finally, if you're a sparkling fan, I can personally attest that the Finger Lakes region is producing some of the best I've had recently.

Of the many wonderful wineries we visited, I can heartily recommend three that should be at the top of your list if you're ever in the area:

  • Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars - Dr. Frank really put the Finger Lakes "on the map" and a visit here explains why. Definitely try the Fleur de Pinot (available at WBJ)!

  • Heron Hill Winery - This winery features a gorgeous facility with breathtaking views that are almost better than the wines.

  • Bully Hill Vineyards - With a 30-minute cellar tour, tasty wines, and one of the best vineyard restaurants I've ever visited, you'll be glad you stopped here.

If a trip to New York wine country is in your future, stop by the shoppe and I'll be happy to give you more details.


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Featured Artist

Pinot's "Fun Wine Factoids"

Wine Trivia Contest

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Pinot's "Fun Wine Factoids"

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  • New York is the third largest state in total grape acreage, with 31,000 acres of vineyards.

  • The Finger Lakes wine region is centered around four main lakes, but much of the new growth is coming from areas around four smaller lakes - two found in the east and two in the west. Each of these eight lakes feature Native American names.

  • New York's five officially recognized grape growing regions are Lake Erie, Niagara Escarpment, Finger Lakes, Hudson River, and Long Island.

  • The Finger Lakes growing season is 190 - 205 days.

  • European varieties such as Riesling and Cabernet Franc are known as "vitis vinifera" and prosper in New York's cooler climate.

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Proud Grandpa Paul Drown & FamilyLong-time Wine Club member (and sometime WBJ guest wine maker) Paul Drown recently became a proud grandfather.

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Dear Jennifer,

Thank you for hosting our wine tasting benefit for KMCRI. Your staff and your hospitality were wonderful. Not only did this event generate funds for our cancer research programs, but it helped raise awareness of cancer research at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

We look forward to working again with you.


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Recommended Resources


"K.I.S.S. Guide to Wine"

Robert Joseph & Margaret Rand


K.I.S.S. Guide to WineThis guide will prove informative to both beginners and wine enthusiasts alike.

Generously illustrated, the K.I.S.S. Guide provides a comprehensive look at the world of wine, with topics including:

              • Wine Culture and Rituals
              • History of Wine
              • Wine and Health
              • Tasting Basics
              • Buying Tips
              • Storing and Serving Wine
              • Winemaking Process
              • Wine Regions and Terroir
If you're looking to jump start your wine knowledge in a fun and enjoyable way, this book definitely fits the bill!

The Last Sip


"God in His goodness sent the grapes, to cheer both great and small; little fools will drink too much, and great fools not at all."

- Anonymous


That's all, folks - see you next month!

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