We're sorry to note that the tasting room has permanently closed on May 30th 2020. However, Ian will continue to make fine wines ! By Wayne Schutz, Photo Credits Alice Schutz With a welcoming smile, Ian Barry greeted us at the door of his historic tasting room in Burdett. Built around 1819, the building serves as a... Continue Reading →
By Wayne Schutz, Photo Credits Alice Schutz Winemaker Mark Wiltberger has come full circle: growing up and leaving the Finger Lakes, traveling, and then returning to make wine at his own winery, Mark T. Wiltberger Cellars on Keuka Lake. The son of nearby Keuka Springs Vineyards owners, Len and Judy Wiltberger, Mark started his own brand in... Continue Reading →
So we finally were able to get to Flatt Rock Wine Cellars in Valois NY on the East Side of Seneca Lake. Its just north of Scale House Brew Pub on the west (lake) side of Rt 414. We were greeted by Darla Flatt, who was gathering Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for a grandchild's birthday party.... Continue Reading →
By Wayne Schutz, In a rustic red schoolhouse built in 1887 on Keuka Lake, a young German winemaker is fulfilling his destiny. Peter Weis, from the Mosel region in Germany, follows in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, making superb German style wines here in the Finger Lakes. With a philosophy that wine “starts in a... Continue Reading →
A few weeks ago my wife and I had the chance to visit Bruce Murray and his wife at their newly opened tasting room and warehouse. Until now, tasting were only available by appointment and they were held in the couple's kitchen. The new tasting room reflects their love of clean architecture styles.... Continue Reading →
My wife and I finally got to stop at FLX Wienery on Rt 14 near Dundee NY. Why have we waited so long? There's an extension lunch menu, a fantastic selection of wines, beers and sodas. You can even bring your own bottle and they'll uncork it for free! My K-town burger was perfectly done... Continue Reading →
We'll be visiting Kemmeter Wines this Saturday to spend time tasting Johannes Reinhardt's fine Rieslings. Johannes was the winemaker at Anthony Road Winery before starting off on his own (across the street). Johannes has a intimate tasting room by his vineyard. To taste, you must have a reservation in advance. (We've seen him turn people... Continue Reading →
Tierce is a wonderful example of collaboration among the wineries and winemakers of the Finger Lakes. Born in 2005, it's the product of blending the best from Anthony Road, Fox Run and Red Newt wine companies. I've been told by one of the wine-makers to wait a few more years before trying. We're looking forward... Continue Reading →
We were saving this Pinot Meunier to taste alongside Dr Frank’s Meunier. An unauthorized visit to the wine cellar by a relative made the contents of this bottle disappear. Now we need to get another one so I guess it’s another trip to Long Island. C’est la vie.
The Malbec meeting of #project18, exploring the 18 noble grapes. No clear winner in this lot, mostly from Argentina, one from California and one from the Finger Lakes! There was an interesting mix from too much acid and tannins to almost none.
Located off a picturesque road near Sugar Loaf NY, Oceane Vineyards is a new (2 year) vineyard in the Hudson Valley. We had a tasting of the six wines for sale, and found each one interesting in it's own way. The biggest surprise is that they've been growing vinifera grapes in Orange Count NY for... Continue Reading →
We're taking Dr Frank's 2012 Saperavi and Fox Run's 2013 Cab Frank with us tonight to party with old friends. I only know of three wineries in the Finger Lakes that has Saperavi, and only two of those has it as a varietal. Cab Frank has become our "go to" autumn wine from the #Flx... Continue Reading →