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Under construction…

8 January 2010
By Tom Mansell

I apologize if the site looks like crap.  I am slowly implementing a theme change. For the old aesthetics, check out the old site at http://ithacork.wordpress.com Things should be in better shape by Monday, January 11.
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Ithacork will rise again!

30 November 2009
By Tom Mansell

Hey gang, I’ve been hiatus for a couple weeks now, and it’s high time I explained myself. I am in the process of converting this ithacork.wordpress.com site into a new-and-improved ithacork.com. Over the holiday season I will be setting up the new WP.org site (which provides SO much more freedom as far as templates/plugins,...
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The soul of Witte

4 November 2009
By Tom Mansell
The soul of Witte

Brewery Ommegang Witte Style: Belgian-style Wheat Ale with Traditional Spices Color (light, amber, or dark): Light ABV: 5.1% Price Point: $7.50/750 mL bottle Closure: Cork with cage. The yeast sediment in the bottom is a clue that this bottle’s carbonation comes from a fermentation in the bottle, thus the need for the extra pressure...
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Hybrid genetics

1 November 2009
By Tom Mansell
Hybrid genetics

An article I wrote for the New York Cork Report is generating some interesting debate. Seems like there are strong opinions on both sides about hybrids. Essentially, the location of a gene contributing to color synthesis in hybrid grapes is located near the gene responsible for the “foxy” (Welch’s grape juice) aroma of labrusca-derived...
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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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