Tag Archives: New York

Fizz Fit For The Queen: Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve English Sparkling Wine NV Review

Per chance, one of my buyers planned Christmas in the crucible of my wine career: Saratoga Springs, New York.  Years ago, I left academia and started fresh there at Putnam Wine, run by British expat William. He crushed and carried me through wine’s complications, trends, and the WSET Advanced. So I sent my buyer with a few bottles from home in Oregon. He returned with, of course, English Sparkling wine.    
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Wine Review: Ravines, Methode Classique Brut, Finger Lakes Sparkling Wine, New York 2006

One should drink bubbly regardless of occasion. But it is my birthday. So I root around in the cellar for a fizzy friend. Bottles of Dom Perginon and Krug tempt me. Yet thirty five does not feel that special (expensive). I turn to something interesting instead:

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Thirsty Thursday: Ravines, Dry Riesling Argetsinger Vineyard, Finger Lakes, New York 2011

A few Thirsty Thursdays ago I did something I promised myself never to do: join a wine club.  New York’s steely wines rarely make it to the West Coast.  So frustrated and fueled on nostalgia, I got my first shipment … Continue reading

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New York Nostalgia: Thirsty Thursday and Ravines Red 2013

Welcome to Wayward Wine’s Thirsty Thursday installment.

We missed Upstate New York. Not for its brutal winters, bland food, or attitude, but for its wine. In four years, upstate shed my academic scales and replaced them with a shimmering new vinous skin. My many failed attempts at home wine production engendered a respect for those who made wine there. And Ravines was king. Their 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling was one of the few that could challenge Germany (review here). Continue reading

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Dry Riesling, Ravines, Finger Lakes, New York 2010

Every day, customers come to me: “where are your sweet reds? Whites? Pinks?”, or “I’m a sweet person”, or worse, “I’m a dry person.” Really? Well, I have a lotion for that. Asking for only sweet or dry wine shortcuts … Continue reading

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