Got your résumé in order? One of the Finger Lakes’ most prominent wineries is looking for a new winemaker. After handling the last two vintages, winemaker Paul Brock is leaving Lamoreaux Landing for a teaching position at Finger Lakes Community College.
“He was originally looking for a job in academia when we hired him, so it’s not a total surprise,” Lamoreaux Landing owner Mark Wagner said. “We’re sorry to see him go and wish him the best.”
Brock joined the winery in 2008, replacing winemaker Staci Nugent, who now works at Keuka Lake Vineyards. Wagner said he’s accepting applications for Brock’s replacement through the end of the month and noted that the response has been a surprise so far.
“I am actually astonished at the applications we’ve gotten so far,” Wagner said. “Both in terms of numbers and where they’re coming from, from all over the world, really.”
Brock will stay on through the end of August, though Wagner plans to move quickly to fill the position. That way there is time for the new hire to learn the ropes from Brock himself before heading into the 2010 harvest.
"We also have a cellar team that knows what they're doing, including one person who's been here for five years, so it should be a smooth transition," Wagner said.
Located on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, Lamoreaux Landing is one of upstate New York’s most well-known wineries. Its lineup of single-vineyard Rieslings, which debuted in the 2008 vintage, have earned very good ratings. They are part of a growing trend of single-vineyard bottlings from the Finger Lakes, a region that continues to shift from hybrid and native grape varieties to higher-quality, lower-yielding vinifera varieties. The winery currently owns 105 acres of vines, including 70 acres of vinifera, with 24.5 acres of that being Riesling, the region’s lead grape. Annual production currently stands at 12,000 cases, though the winery plans to grow to 20,000 cases.
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