I continued my tour of New York's Finger Lakes vineyards and wineries by working down the western shore of Seneca Lake, the most prominent of the Finger Lakes. (Cliff Clavin trivia alert: Seneca Lake is the deepest in the region, at over 600 feet.
Leading with the weather is a cliché. But you all know about my travel jinx, so how else could I get waylaid on the way to the Finger Lakes? Since I wasn’t flying, the usual travel delay couldn’t get me.
I’m off on my usual Fall trip, though not to my usual Fall location, the Rhône. Instead, this time I’m off to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. (No, I wasn’t demoted …) It’s easy to overlook the wines in our backyard, but Finger Lakes wines have been quietly, steadily improving.
At the California Wine Experience last weekend, I had my fair share of west coast wines. But during a break in the action, I ducked into Marseille for a quick bite and found a wine on the wine list that I had to try: a Moroccan Syrah.
While he may not be a household name, Michel Friou might be the envy of his winemaking peers in Chile. Why? Well, first off, he’s the head winemaker at Viña Almaviva , the Rothschild-Concha y Toro joint venture.
Among the many people I caught up with during the New York Wine Experience these past few days was Brian Loring , who while pouring his tasty Clos Pepe vineyard Pinot, chastised me for not giving more updates on my barrel of Syrah.
Patrick d’Aulan is the tall, energetic, loquacious owner of Alta Vista , located in Argentina’s Mendoza region. I sat down with d’Aulan today to talk about his winery’s newest cuvée. D’Aulan was among the wave of outside investment that got into Argentina before the economic meltdown, setting up shop in the Uco Valley with partner Jean-Michel Arcaute, Michel Rolland and others in 1999.
I sat down the other day with Aurelio Montes, co-owner and head winemaker of Viña Montes , one of Chile’s top wineries. Now in its 20th harvest, Viña Montes has grown from its initial 10,000 cases to 800,000 cases annually, all while helping to push quality upward.
Thursday is date night, as some of you may remember. Nancy and I always go out, taking a break from the kids and other worldy concerns to enjoy a little wine and food … Tonight, however, date night will be spent in front of the TV, watching the vice-presidential debate.
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