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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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Can wine take the heat?

6 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Can wine take the heat?

Since my contribution to PALATE PRESS, I have developed a nice working relationship with my editor for the piece, Arthur Przebinda of winesooth.com. Over the weekend, he contacted me about an experiment he had performed looking at the temperature in wine shipping containers left in hot conditions. He wrote up the experiment for winebusiness.com,...
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This post is for the birds.

2 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
This post is for the birds.

This is another cross-post. It’s a piece I wrote up for The New York Cork Report about the odd and interesting ways that growers protect their grapes from bird depredation. Check it out here: Bird Management at Harvest Time
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Wait, isn't wine good for you?

1 October 2009
By Tom Mansell

Today’s post is a link to my monthly contribution to PALATE PRESS: The Online Wine Magazine. It seems like every day you see or hear of a new study about the “health benefits” of wine consumption. For example, this month’s Wine Spectator has a headline that claims that wine improves Tuscan women’s sex lives....
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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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