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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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Ithacork goes daily!

14 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Ithacork goes daily!

Readers, in the lazy summer months, this blog has fallen way behind. I’ve got 15 posts that are started, dating all the way back to July. Fall is here, and it’s time to stop half-assing it. Humans crave routines, and even though my normal job isn’t a 9-to-5 or routine by any means, getting...
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Really big day for you, sir.

2 September 2009
By Tom Mansell

Wow, this site has practically doubled its biggest traffic day and I haven’t even finished my coffee yet! The upswing comes from two really cool events: (1) My guest comic (?!) on Surviving the World, run by my pal Dante Shepherd. and (2) I’ve been named “Science Editor” for the granddaddy of New York...
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Strawblog: Day 3: Disaster strikes?

20 August 2009
By Tom Mansell
Strawblog: Day 3:  Disaster strikes?

Everything was set. The yeast were happy, I had the airlocks on so that any spare CO2 would bubble out, and so that nothing would explode. When I woke up the next morning, though, I discovered that my explosion-prevention strategy had a slight flaw. I woke up to this: Turns out some strawberry pulp...
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