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the blog that proves "in vino veritas"

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’tis the season

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 22:00:25 +0000

Trite, perhaps, but it’s true that the simple things are the real things to treasure. Here at Keuka Lake, I am inland, and even though it is a lake, you can’t get commercial fish from it—it’s a law! What’s a fellow to do who was raised in a coastal city, has southern Italian blood, and […]

Final for 2011

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 22:08:12 +0000

Here we are at December 20 and I still have a wine fermenting. That’s what I call a slow fermentation. The other day, I wrapped the carboy in a heating pad to warm it so that I could help the Riesling fermentation come to an end—it’s been more than five weeks! For next year, if […]

Year-end best

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 21:12:19 +0000

And now, Vinofictions presents its ten best wines, ten best wine books, and ten best wine blogs of 2011: Gimme a drum roll: paradiddle, paradiddle, paradiddle, paradiddle, paradiddle, ad-infinitum-diddle. . . . Get real. Did you seriously expect something more???

For the love of it

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 22:29:47 +0000

About two weeks ago, I racked the Gewürztraminer (took it off its fermentation lees and moved it into another storage vessel). Three tests convinced me that the fermentation was going no where at that point, even though the tests showed that between ¼ and ½ percent residual sugar remained—that is the risk of a cool […]

Winemaking 2011

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 16:21:07 +0000

Leave it to me to select a problematic vintage to decide to make wine again. Up to August, the Finger Lakes region looked quite on track for a decent 2011 vintage. I had already decided that this would be my return year to dabbling with the nectar, and so I anticipated some fine Gewurztraminer and […]

Joe Dressner

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:59:18 +0000

Joe Dressner and I met once and talked once more on the telephone. Each time, it did not turn out well. Fact is, Joe and I didn’t much get along, and I am sorry for that, because I am certain that his crazy sense of humor and his impeccable taste in wine, not to mention […]

The Definition of Insanity

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:28:57 +0000

For the past two weekends I have been cleaning out the cellar, for two reasons: it badly needed to be cleaned and organized; I need space to make wine. Yep; that’s right; you didn’t misread. After nearly 20 years away from it, I am planning to make wine this vintage. Don’t get me wrong: I […]

Léon who?

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:07:01 +0000

Keuka Lake Vineyards’ 2010 Estate Bottled Léon Millot (Finger Lakes) was voted Best Red Wine at the recent NY Wine and Food Classic Competition held in Watkins Glen, NY. How do I know this? Because it seems that everyone is talking about it in the Finger Lakes. Why is everyone talking about it? Because, well, […]

A Plan for the Future Online

Sat, 20 Aug 2011 14:42:20 +0000

Over the past eight or so years, I’ve had occasion to write online for others. While one experience proved fruitful, after a fashion, the other experiences have left me cold to the so-called social media revolution. In a few situations, my writing went directly to an existing or developing Web site, and while I was […]

Shining light

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:57:04 +0000

On June 30, 2011, the Finger Lakes wine and culinary community lost a bright star in our galaxy to a car accident on the New York State Thruway. The following is the unedited eulogy that I wrote for my weekly local newspaper column. Normally, the joy of an event at Red Newt Cellars Winery and […]