You know the basketball expression "triple threat"? When you're in position to shoot, dribble or pass, and thus have the defender at a disadvantage? Fred Merwarth, owner and winemaker at Hermann J. Wiemer in New York's Finger Lakes, has become a vinous triple threat.
Tall, lanky and very serious, he's not only running 81 acres of vineyards, and making upwards of 15,000 cases of wine annually, but he's also running a large commercial vine nursery. Since California's Tablas Creek and Kendall-Jackson ended their nursery programs, that leaves Merwarth as the only one in the U.S. doing all three, according to him. And he's enjoying a bit of a boom time.