Archive for September, 2009

Finger Lakes Wine Festival Wrapup: the VIP experience

30 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Finger Lakes Wine Festival Wrapup: the VIP experience

On both days of the festival, when the day was almost over, I found some respite from the madding crowd. A saving grace for me was the occurrence of impromptu “tweetups” organized by Morgen McLaughlin (aka @FLWineLady) in the Riesling Room. I use the quotation marks around “tweetup” because while some of the involved...
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Finger Lakes Wine Festival Wrapup: Part 2

29 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Finger Lakes Wine Festival Wrapup: Part 2

I’d like to add some comments to the video I posted on Friday. Ahem… The Finger Lakes Wine Festival sounds like a great idea. For me, it sounded like a great way for me to taste all kinds of wines from Finger Lakes producers that I don’t often get a chance to taste. In...
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Ithacork goes to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

25 September 2009
By Tom Mansell

Back in July, I attended two days of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival on the track at Watkins Glen International Speedway. I thought it would be a great opportunity to taste a bunch of wines that I haven’t had the opportunity to try, either because they are far away or I hadn’t heard of...
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Unfiltered critique

24 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Unfiltered critique

Damiani Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Reserve 2007 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Pinot Noir ABV: 13% Price Point: $32 Closure: Natural cork Technical Notes: from the website, “Our favorite 4 barrels of 2007 Pinot, this unfiltered, unfined wine is sourced all from the Davis vineyard, Dijon clone 115.” Emphasis mine. Hedonic Notes: It’s got an...
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"If you're scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you"

23 September 2009
By Tom Mansell

This doesn’t have much to do with wine, but it may give you some understanding of me personally. An interesting thing that Tyson alludes to is that scientific literacy is not limited to those privileged enough to have a scientific education. It’s not about facts, it’s about your worldview. This is not just...
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Reader mail: Non-alcoholic wine?

22 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Reader mail:  Non-alcoholic wine?

Got a wine- or science-related question? Email me at ithacork *at* gmail.com and I’ll do my best to answer it! A little while ago I got an email from a reader. She writes: I came across your blog online…I’ll be visiting the Finger Lakes soon and I was wondering if you know of any...
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More Finger Lakes Wineries on Twitter

18 September 2009
By Tom Mansell

Hey twitterphiles, add these Finger Lakes wineries and wine personnel to Twitter! For harvest updates, follow @flxcrush or look for the #flxcrush hashtag. Winery Twitter username Lake Atwater Estate Vineyards @atwaterwine Seneca Lucas Vineyards @LucasWineTalk Cayuga Hazlitt 1852 Winery @Hazlitt1852 Seneca @RedCatWine Finger Lakes Wine Marketing People FLX Crush Updates @flxcrush Morgen McLaughlin, President,...
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Introducing Palate Press: the Online Wine Magazine

18 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Introducing Palate Press: the Online Wine Magazine

A few months ago, I got an email from David Honig, wine blogger and friend of this blog. It was an invitation to join an experimental wine writing project. From his email… We are trying to collect the best wine writers on the internet in one place. You will appreciate the experimental nature the...
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Wine Blogging Wednesday 61: At the source: Fulkerson Winery

17 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Wine Blogging Wednesday 61: At the source: Fulkerson Winery

This month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday theme, “At the source” is a bit lost on those of us lucky enough to live in a world-class wine region and visit wineries regularly, but here we go anyway. The task here is to visit and taste at a local winery. Well, don’t mind if i do! On...
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Even van der Merwe would love this one

15 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Even van der Merwe would love this one

Indaba Chardonnay 2008 Appellation: South Africa Grape: Chardonnay ABV: 12.5% Price Point: $17 in a restaurant, so probably $8-10 in the store. Closure: Screwcap Technical Notes: (from importer’s website) Partially aged in oak, “left on its {lees} for several months to develop further in complexity” More information can be found here (I love this!...
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