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Oct. 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Wine vs. Natural Gas in Finger Lakes

Posted: October 31, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Sept. 30, 2014 Issue  :  People

Riesling Reimagined

Fred Merwarth of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard leads the Finger Lakes' quality revolution

Posted: September 30, 2014  By Esther Mobley

News & Features  :  Winemaker Talk

Winemaker Talk: Fred Merwarth of Hermann J. Wiemer

By pushing the limits of Riesling, Fred Merwarth leads the Finger Lakes' quality revolution

Posted: September 5, 2014  By Esther Mobley

News & Features  :  News

Wine and Gas Clash in New York's Finger Lakes

A proposed gas storage facility on Seneca Lake has inflamed winemakers, but are fears overblown?

Posted: August 19, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Letters

Feedback

Posted: April 30, 2014  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Fly Your Freak Flag

Pushing the boundaries in pursuit of betterment at Red Hook Winery and Channing Daughters in New York

Posted: April 2, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

The world of winemakers has no shortage of madmen, fire-eaters, swashbucklers, prophets-a confederacy of crazy from the contrarians in California planting obscure Italian varieties to the biodynamic scofflaws of France who tussle with the governmental agency that regulates wines. Of course, that's why we love them: With great risks can come great wines. Without maverick spirits guiding them, we wouldn't have some of the world's iconic wines, like Penfolds Grange or Dagueneau Silex.

Both the Finger Lakes and Long Island are young regions, for vinifera anyway, and in nascent fine wine regions, to get to the next level, you have to go outside your own and your peers' vision of what those wines can be. To do that, you have to be defiant, ballsy, risky, crazy. I want to focus here on two wineries I recently visited where the driving philosophy is to get weird in the service of better wine.

News & Features  :  News

Winter Inflicts Damage on Cool-Climate Wine Regions

Growers in New York state, Ontario and the Midwest assess damage to vine buds

Posted: March 24, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Finger Lakes: Riesling Succeeds in 2012

Posted: February 28, 2014  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

19 Ripe Rieslings

New reviews of crisp whites from the 2012 vintage in New York’s Finger Lakes region

Posted: January 31, 2014  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Paul Hobbs and Johannes Selbach Announce Winery Project in New York's Finger Lakes

Star California and German winemakers will plant vineyards and produce Riesling

Posted: January 22, 2014  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Piercing 2012 Whites

New reviews of distinctive Rieslings from New York’s Finger Lakes

Posted: October 11, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 Impressive and Diverse Wines

New reviews from Colorado and the Finger Lakes region of New York

Posted: May 17, 2013  By James Molesworth

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Finger Lakes Forges Ahead

Riesling makes its mark in this New York wine region

Posted: February 28, 2013  By James Molesworth

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

Finger Lakes Alphabetical Listing

Posted: February 28, 2013  

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Racy Riesling Anchors a Family Day at Sea

Ravines Finger Lakes Riesling Dry 2008

Posted: November 6, 2012  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

25 Remarkable White Wines

The 2011 Riesling vintage challenged vintners in New York’s Finger Lakes

Posted: October 26, 2012  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Where to Dine in the Finger Lakes

Reviews of some choice eateries for hungry wine country vacationers

Posted: October 12, 2012  By James Molesworth

In addition to a burgeoning number of quality-oriented wineries, the Finger Lakes is also home to a bustling food scene, much of it of the farm-to-table variety. Prices are often low (compared to what urbanites are used to), the settings are always casual and a few places are attached to or next door to wineries, making weekends of wine tasting and eating ideal. Here are a few options for good eats. You can also refer to my Nov. 2008 blog post for more recommendations on Finger Lakes dining.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Finger Lakes, Day 2: Silver Lining

The next stop on my Finger Lakes tour was at Silver Thread Vineyard

Posted: October 9, 2012  By James Molesworth

After my visit to Ravines and a quick lunch, I headed up to Silver Thread Vineyard, which is under new ownership since being purchased by the husband-and-wife team of Paul and Shannon Brock. Paul, 36, is the former winemaker at Lamoreaux Landing and he also currently teaches viticulture and winemaking at Finger Lakes Community College. He accentuates the professorial background with his tussle of wiry black hair and thin-rimmed glasses. Shannon, 35, was wine educator at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canadaigua, so she also knows what it's like to stand at the head of a class and educate others about wine, and she commands attention with her bright, vivacious personality.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Finger Lakes, Day 2: A Promising Seneca Newcomer

Morten and Lisa Hallgren have moved Ravines winery to Seneca Lake after purchasing White Springs Farm

Posted: October 8, 2012  By James Molesworth

After leaving Fred Merwarth at Wiemer to deal with his remaining 70 tons of Riesling fruit, I headed farther up the western side of Seneca Lake to check on the new digs for Ravines Wine Cellars. Owned by Morten and Lisa Hallgren, the winery was started over on Keuka Lake in the 2002 vintage, and it's grown steadily since then, from a few thousand cases to now 14,000 cases annually, with a projected 20,000 cases within the next five years.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Finger Lakes, Day 2: Seneca's Riesling Benchmark

Tasting Hermann J. Wiemer's soon-to-be-released 2011 Rieslings with Fred Merwarth

Posted: October 5, 2012  By James Molesworth

On my second day in the Finger Lakes I made my usual lap around Seneca Lake, the region's most prominent lake and home to the largest collection of wineries.

While I always try to mix in some new faces on each trip, I need to stop in at benchmark estates on a regular basis. Since assuming control in 2007, Fred Merwarth has made sure that the Hermann J. Wiemer estate hasn't skipped a beat. With 75 acres under vine and three-quarters of its 15,000-case annual production represented by Riesling, this is the flagship winery for the region's best grape.

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