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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor If you wanted to gain an understanding of what a winemaker is trying to accomplish, how long would you need? How many wines would you want to taste? How many steps would you need to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor The American government has accepted Johannes Reinhardt's application for permanent worker status, the New York Cork Report confirmed Tuesday. This decision essentially guarantees that Reinhardt will finally receive a green card. He is now permitted... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that, he says, goes a long way toward helping New York state wineries succeed. The changes come from recommendations made in 2008 by the New York Wine Grape... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor The small French commune of Tain-l'Hermitage is known for its pitched vineyards that yield some of the world's finest syrah. It is not nearly so well known as the birthplace of copper ovens. "France's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2011 at New York Cork Report
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By David Flaherty At 8 pm, amidst the sweltering steam bath of NYC, the Half Moon set sail on the East River. Aboard were 27 cases of German Riesling, 2 kegs of Gotham Project Riesling, about 40 tons of ice,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2011 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor When is the ideal time to open a well-made Finger Lakes riesling? It seems like a silly question, doesn't it? The answer is often, and appropriately, "Whenever you feel like it." And start with this:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Photos by Morgan Dawson Photography Can you see how much fun we had on Saturday? We were overwhelmed with the turnout for the official book launch event at the New York Wine and Culinary... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor The emails and comments from readers has already been overwhelming. Lenn thought it would be interesting to share a selected comment from time to time, and we encourage NYCR readers to share their thoughts as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Nearly five years after its grand opening, the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua is getting a makeover. It is not of the extreme variety, and the relatively modest cost (by modern... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2011 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor There is nothing particularly groundbreaking about this story, and yet the very fact that it happened at all is important. It is important to the Finger Lakes, and Long Island, and New York state in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Last night my wife and I had dinner at the Next Door Bar & Grill in Pittsford - a Wegmans creation that has become a popular spot in the Rochester area. Walking through the door... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor *Editor's Note: Title subject to change based on whims of nature My wife and I spent a peripatetic day racing down one side of Cayuga Lake, then through Ithaca, then up Seneca Lake and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Photo: Owners Fred and Maressa Merwarth work the sorting line on the last pass of gewurztraminer Don't pick everything at the same time. It's a simple enough idea, and the reasoning is clear: By picking... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Photo by Morgan Dawson Photography If there is a more loaded, more controversial, more debated word in the world of wine than "terroir," I don't know what it is. Well, perhaps you could argue that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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Photo courtesy of Dave Falchek By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor "Who decided that the purpose of wine competitions was to deliver valuable information to consumers? Other than Tasters Guild, I cannot think of any." -Chris Cook, Michigan Wine Competition Superintendent,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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The 2010 Governor's Cup award did not go to a Long Island red, or a Finger Lakes riesling. It went to a sparkling riesling, and a sweet one at that. For the second time in three years, Swedish Hill Winery... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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My wife and I had lunch at the Village Tavern in Hammondsport on Tuesday, and we encountered a mind-bending wine list. The Tavern is well known for its long selection of aged Finger Lakes wines. Lenn and I have both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Photo by Morgan Dawson Photography Thursday brought a positively elysian setting for the annual Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty dinner. Chefs from a number of local establishments used local ingredients to create an inspiring menu,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor On a recent visit to Rooster Hill Vineyards, owner Amy Hoffman said something that got my attention. The new Rooster Hill Dry Riesling has .8% residual sugar, or 8 grams of RS. Their dry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes and Managing Editor Photo: Owner Amy Hoffman, left, works the tasting room on a busy summer day There are not many 90-point Gewurztraminers that have come out of the Finger Lakes, and there has never... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Photo by Morgan Dawson Photography When's the last time you found yourself in a Finger Lakes vineyard? My wife and I spent a glorious summer's day searching for potential book cover art, and we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at New York Cork Report
By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Many of you tried to help me make sense of a recent wine experience - click here to read the post if you missed it. Well, wonder no more. The owner and general manager,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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by Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Top photograph provided by Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars Fifteen months after an electrical fire destroyed a 2,000-square foot auxiliary tasting room, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars will host a triumphant re-opening. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at New York Cork Report
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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Photo courtesy of Sheldrake Point Vineyard If you're a wine lover but not a wine grower, let's start by accepting a few things: You and I don't know what the heck evapotranspiration is. We can't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at New York Cork Report