It’s never too late to teach old dogs new tricks. In this case, though, the old dogs are senior citizens who are learning to make wine under the watchful eyes of winemaker Mike Hardy and viticulturist Linda Neal.
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Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) After harvesting the grapes, one of Neal’s neighbors treated the group to a barbecue. The grapes were brought back in bins to a quaint, 400-square-foot rock winery that Dave Kernberger built on his property 33 years ago. Kernberger lives on a 12-acre property just north of St. Helena and his house is surrounded by 6 1/2 acres of vineyards. He made his first wine in 1975 and in recent years has made it just occasionally. He built the winery facility from rocks he pulled from the ground while preparing his vineyards. “There’s no shortage of rocks in the Napa Valley,” he said.
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With 2009 at a close, we look forward to all the wonderful expectations that 2010 will bring to the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. A recap of the year shows a wonderful year where Sheldrake Point Vineyard took Winery of the Year in the New York Wine and Food Classic and in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of the top 100 wineries that received this recognition. Montezuma Winery at the New York Wine & Food Classic additionally won the first-ever Specialty Wine Champion Award for its Cranberry Bog. Collectively, our wineries have earned more than 100 gold medals this year at numerous prestigious competitions around the world.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc Other great highlights that took place this past year were our Grow & Show Contests spun from our Wine & Herb event to help promote more visitations in the fall and the Painted Barrels promotion set in motion by Morgen McLaughlin from Finger Lakes Wine Country. Our Sampler Case of Cayuga Lake Wine Trail wines is back by popular demand and Bellwether Hard Cider products were seen on “The Today Show,” initiating 60 sales within a couple of hours. At our Wine & Herb and Holiday Shopping Spree events we added a Friday start date for our farthest wineries in the north, south and on the eastern shore. Last but not least, we are now on Facebook and Twitter and experienced our first-ever Twitter sharing at our Holiday Shopping Spree event.
Indian Chenin Blanc What's in store for 2010 - more of the same with a few added twists? At our trail events we'll be offering complete packages this coming year that include accommodations, transportation and event tickets. Since our Mardi Gras event falls on Valentine's Day weekend, in this package we plan to include a specialty Finger Lakes necklace and flowers for that special someone in your life. This year during Ithaca's teacher recess week in February, we on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail are offering special discounted deals plus an appreciation Teacher Card to be used on Feb. 15 that entitles the bearer to 25 percent off a minimum three-wine bottle purchase. At our Greyhound and Friends event this year, we're adding artists to the mix. Next year, the arts council will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate that monumental feat than by having artists skillfully selling their wares.
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Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Washington Crossing, Pa. is inviting wine lovers and chocolate connoisseurs to “make their lives a little sweeter,” by learning to pair the flavors of each for the ultimate taste experience.
Indian Rosé Crossing will partner with Lindt Chocolate of Princeton, N.J. Jan. 3 for a workshop at 2 p.m. at the winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, which will include samples of the vineyard’s award-winning wines and the world-renowned Lindt & Sprüngli chocolates.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc Advertisement The course, led by Crossing Vineyards’ sommelier Eric Cavatore, will offer tips on the finer points of producing wine and chocolate, what creates the variety of flavors in both, and how to enjoy the two together.
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Indian Cabernet Shiraz Think about that for a moment, and be honest with yourself. Maybe it was a type of wine we recommended, and we certainly hope so. Maybe it was that bottle your wine-geek friend insisted you must love because it got a 98! But our guess is that, in your heart, the most delicious wine was the one you picked up in the $1.99 bargain basket that was better than you ever could have imagined, or the wine at that restaurant where everything went right, or the wine on the beach in the plastic cup in Punta Cana.
Indian Rosé A cottage industry of science has grown up to prove that, when people taste wine, they are affected by a range of external factors, from the shape of the glass to the time of day to the enthusiasm of the pourers. To which we say: well, duh . As far as we know, no one doubts that when it comes to a fine piece of art, how it is framed, how it is positioned on a wall, how it is lighted, what artwork surrounds it and probably even the temperature of the gallery—all of that matters. So what? Art is personal. And wine is art.
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This photo taken Nov. 4, 2009 shows Peter Mondavi Sr. looking at a bottle of 1944 Charles Krug...
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India Peter Mondavi went to work in the wine industry during Prohibition when he was just 12, nailing together boxes for his dad's business shipping California grapes to home winemakers back east.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Eight decades later, the hammer's gone, but he's still on the job at his family's Charles Krug Winery, a survivor of boom and bust with a unique perspective on a year when the bottom dropped out of the market for luxury wines.
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