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Munching Vidal Blanc on Keuka Lake, New York
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.
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:
Ravines, Brut, Methode Classique, Finger Lakes Sparkling Wine, New York 2006 Continue reading
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
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
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