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Ithacork takes on biodynamics

17 August 2010
By Tom Mansell

Hello, strangers! Ithacork is back from a summer hiatus and ready to get our science on! I’ve been working on a series of pieces for the New York Cork Report discussing the science of biodynamic and organic winegrowing. I’m up to my ears in Rudolf Steiner, Nicolas Joly, Maria Thun, Jamie Goode, and a...
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Malt Monday: Out of This World!

10 May 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: Out of This World!

by Richard Pliny, Beer Correspondent Style: “Blended IPA” Color: Orange-straw ABV: 9% Price Point: $8 for 22oz Technical Notes: From the Southern Tier website, “High in the winter sky, two parallel stick figures are visible & known as “the twins,” or the constellation Gemini. The astronauts of the 1960s flew as teams of two...
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Announcing our new beer writer!

3 February 2010
By Tom Mansell
Announcing our new beer writer!

Hey folks! I am proud to announce a new staff member here at Ithacork. From his first sip of beer, Richard Pliny was captured by the fizzy drink’s allure. Through years of research and experimentation he has sought to understand beer’s secrets, as indeed he still does. Now an amateur brewer and professional scientist,...
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Finger Lakes Wineries on Twitter: February 2010

31 January 2010
By Tom Mansell

Several wineries and winery representatives have recently appeared on Twitter, and some have been on for a while but have eluded inclusion in my list… until now. @DaWinemaker Tim Benedict (Winemaker, Hazlitt 1852) @3BrosWine 3 Brothers Wineries @Betthefarmny Bet the Farm Winery, a kind of general store in beautiful Aurora, NY. They also make...
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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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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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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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TasteCamp East: Unfiltered. 650+ miles, 156 wines

4 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
TasteCamp East: Unfiltered.  650+ miles, 156 wines

This weekend I attended an unforgettable wine event in Long Island. Hosted by wine blogger role model Lenn Thompson of LENNDEVOURS.com, the goal of TasteCamp East was to get wine bloggers together to taste as many Long Island wines as possible and meet with winemakers to get an overall sense of New York’s third-best...
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May is riesling month

27 April 2009
By Tom Mansell

Blech. I’ve got a nasty head cold, so I can’t really fairly review any wines today. However, I will put in a little plug. Since “May is riesling month” according to FingerLakesWineCountry.com, throughout the month of May, I will be tasting and blabbing about all manner of Finger Lakes rieslings (and maybe some others…)....
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