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The Science of Biodynamics, Part 4: Hidden Alchemy in Compost

Date: Tue, Sep 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

Yarrow flowers matured in a stag's bladder -- Preparation 502 By Tom Mansell All images courtesy of The Millton Vineyard, Poverty Bay, NZ. "For there is a hidden alchemy in the organic process." - Rudolf Steiner, Agriculture At the heart...

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TasteNY: Shinn Estate is Next Week

Date: Tue, Sep 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

There is still time to join us next Wednesday, September 15 for TasteNY featuring the wines of Shinn Estate Vineyards. For just $65 (that's 20% off), the TasteNY pack gets you three Shinn Estate Vineyards wines: Shinn Estate Vineyards 2009...

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2010 Harvest Update: Leon Millot Harvest at Glorie Farm

Date: Mon, Sep 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

By Lenn Thompson Just received quick word that Glorie Farm Winery has harvested one ton of Leon Millot... that came in last week at 24 brix. That is some serious sugar for the beginning of September.

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Living With the Ghost of Warm Lake Estate Vineyard & Winery

Date: Mon, Sep 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

Driving past the “Wine Tasting Today” sign on the side of Lower Mountain Road in Cambria, I’m reminded of my first months in the Niagara Region – a feeling that’s compounded when my eyes invariably train toward the “Help Wanted”...

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Ah, Rhubarb... in September?!?

Date: Mon, Sep 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

Editor's note: The recipe that Matt links below is one of the most addictive creations I've ever encountered. Matt is an enthusiastic home beermaker, hop grower, and more. We welcome him on with this first post. By Matt Arlauckas So,...

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Ithaca Beer Company Super Friends IPA

Date: Sun, Sep 5, 2010 Wine Tasting

By Julia Burke, Beer Editor I couldn’t believe my luck at finding this relatively rare IPA at my local pub. A Brett-fermented IPA made with Citra hops at Ithaca Beer Company in June, this creation is the brainchild of a...

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The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- September 3, 2010

Date: Fri, Sep 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

These are a few wines that have crossed the NYCR tasting table recently but will not be reviewed as part of a standalone post. As always, these are transcribed almost directly from my notebook with little editing: Adair Vineyards 2009...

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Ithaca Brew Fest This Weekend

Date: Fri, Sep 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

One of the best beer events in the northeastern U.S. takes the Finger Lakes by storm this weekend: Ithaca Brew Fest 2010. A showcase of nearly fifty breweries from all over the country and beyond, this widely beloved and well-attended...

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2010 Harvest Update: Baco Noir at Benmarl Winery

Date: Thu, Sep 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

Benmarl Winery in Marlboro makes some of the best baco noir in the state. In fact, it's achieved what could be considered cult status up in the Hudson Valley. Today, winemaker Matt Spaccarelli (pictured above) and crew picked 4 tons...

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Hurricane Earl Update: "Could Go Either Way."

Date: Thu, Sep 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

I just received this weather- and harvest-related update from David Page at Shinn Estate Vineyards: "Still too close to call. Could go either way. The best news is that whatever is coming is expected to exit quickly. If our fruit...

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2010 Harvest Update: Riesling at Peconic Bay Winery

Date: Thu, Sep 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

At 7 a.m. this morning, with Hurricane Earl promising to at least bring rain and wind to the North Fork, the riesling harvest started at Peconic Bay Winery. According to winemaker Greg Gove, "We are picking the riesling just before...

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Enjoying the Wines of the New York Wine & Food Classic

Date: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Sheldrake Point Vineyard on Cayuga Lake has launched an event that winegrower Bob Madill hopes will become an annual tradition. Following the New York Wine & Food Classic, Sheldrake Point hosts the wineries that earned...

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2010 Harvest Update: Pinot Grigio at Martha Clara Vineyards

Date: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

Martha Clara Vineyards winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez reports that the vineyard crew picked 4 tons of pinot grigio today, saying has the "highest brix I have ever seen this early in pinot grigio." It came in at 22.5 brix with pH...

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