Archive for October, 2009

Far above Cayuga wine

29 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Far above Cayuga wine

Lucas Vineyards Cayuga White 2008 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Cayuga White ABV: 11% RS: 2.4% (wow, it’s been a while since I reviewed a non-dry wine, eh?) Price Point: $9 Closure: Extruded synthetic (boo! If you’re going synthetic, then I much prefer molded to extruded, aesthetically speaking) Technical Notes: Machine-harvested, crushed and destemmed. 19...
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The opposite of Sagan

27 October 2009
By Tom Mansell

This woman is an optometrist. Assumedly, this woman has been through 13 years of education up to high school and 4 years of college, including a year each of chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, higher math, and physics. This woman has been to optometry school for 4 years and certified to practice optometry. Assumedly, patients...
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A still more glorious dawn awaits.

24 October 2009
By Tom Mansell

Wow, is it Friday already? Here is some inspiration for your weekend, courtesy of Carl Sagan, with some special guests. look out for some Cayuga White coming this way sometime soon.
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Vincent in Brix town

21 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Vincent in Brix town

Fulkerson Winery Vincent 2007 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Vincent ABV: 12% Price Point: $10 Closure: Molded synthetic Technical Notes: Eight months in older French oak and American oak, one of 3 varietal Vincents in the U.S. Hedonic Notes: This wine is seriously purple, anthocyanin city. Gingerbread, with a huge smoky clove component on the...
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Brown cider, yellow cider

20 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Brown cider, yellow cider

In the wake of the strawberry wine explosion of July (the results of which have since been tasted and largely approved of), I’ve got some more fermentations brewing. This one is an experiment with wild yeast. I bought a gallon of cider from Littletree Orchards in Newfield, just south of Ithaca. I sulfited them...
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Harvest Winespeak

16 October 2009
By Tom Mansell

Any longtime readers will note that the Winespeak Dictionary is an an integral part of this blog. Here is a piece I wrote up for the New York Cork Report where I define and explain some terms related to bringing in grapes and preparing juice for fermentation. All these terms will be added to...
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Wine Blogging Wednesday 62: A grape by any other name…

16 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Wine Blogging Wednesday 62: A grape by any other name…

This month, for Wine Blogging Wednesday, Boston wine bigwig Dale Cruse selected a very clever theme. The idea: drink wines called by their lesser-known synonyms. For example, if you like Zinfandel, have a Primitivo. This exercise is also interesting because regional names tend to denote regional winemaking styles. (Think about Syrah vs. Shiraz!) In...
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Three more Finger Lakes Wineries on Twitter

15 October 2009
By Tom Mansell

Three wineries join the party from three different lakes: (1) Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery: @cayugaridgewine. The home of Cranberry Essence and its refreshing companion, Cranberry Frost is now on Twitter. Located about halfway up the Cayuga Wine Trail, this place has a rustic barn tasting room and is located right next door to Thirsty...
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Monday matchup: Cabernet Franc/Noiret blends

13 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Monday matchup:  Cabernet Franc/Noiret blends

I haven’t reviewed a wine in a while, so here are two! It’s not every day you see a comparison of blends of Cabernet Franc and Noiret, a relatively new hybrid grape developed by Cornell. But this isn’t really your everyday wine blog. Note: I tasted these two wines together, blind, in identical ISO...
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Join the club

7 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Join the club

You may or may not have heard of the Wine Century Club. This organization has a great premise: Try wines with 100 different grape {varieties}. They don’t necessarily have to be {varietal wines}, blends are perfectly legitimate. Heck, with the right Châteauneuf-du-Pape you could theoretically knock down 13 varieties in one glass. Anyway, I...
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