Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Raging fires devastating wine country in California

A typical disaster in California wine country. (AP Photo)
From The New York Times

Fatal wildfires scorching eight Northern California counties this week have dealt a devastating blow to the important wine and tourism industries, destroying more than 1,500 buildings, including historic wineries.

Although the seasonal harvest is nearly complete, the conflagration threatens to disrupt tens of thousands of jobs and destroy valuable stores of grapes waiting in bins, barrels and bottles to be fermented or aged. The extent of the damage will be unclear for days because the fires are blocking many winery owners from reaching their facilities.

Tourism in the region — a multibillion-dollar economic machine that includes high-end hotels, wine-tasting tours and upscale cuisine — is suffering as the flames claimed many establishments and forced many others to shutter for the rest of the week.

“It has been a devastating fire,” the Sonoma County Winegrowers group said in a Facebook post. “Reports of fire damage to wineries, businesses and homes continues to grow.”
The blazes — which have left at least 11 people dead — continued to rage on Tuesday. Seventeen separate fires, across 94,000 acres, have forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wine Enthusiast reveals 45 NY wines rated 90 or higher

Wine Enthusiast magazine has just released a "Buying Guide: New York State Wine" that rates  45 different wines from 25 New York wineries rated at 90 points or above.

The magazine's editors note that its November issue's  "batch of reviews show wines from New York offer a dizzying array of diversity.

"New York wine is often priced under $20 at entry level. These wines represent a breed of painstakingly made, small production pours that offer remarkable value."

Also, Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100 Best Buys" include Wagner Vineyards' 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay (#60), Dr. Frank Wine Cellars' 2015 Dry Riesling (#74), and Glenora Wine Cellars' 2015 Riesling (#99).

Click here for the complete buying guide.
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NY gewürztraminer judged best in Sommelier Challenge

New York State entries earned some top-level awards in the Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition recently held in San Diego.
Penguin Bay Winery won "Best Gewürztraminer" and took home a Platinum medal  (94 of 100 possible points) for its 2016 Gewürztraminer. 
Swedish Hill Winery took a Gold medal (92 Points) for its Riesling.
Goose Watch Winery Viognier also took a Gold medal (90 Points) for its Viognier. 
Penguin Bay is located in Hector, Schuyler County; Swedish Hill in Romulus, Seneca County, with a tasting room in Saratoga Springs; and its sibling Goose Watch is in Romulus.

Complete results from the competition are available online.

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