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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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