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First look at agenda for Tastecamp Niagara

TasteCamp in Niagara is fast approaching. An international group of bloggers will invade Niagara wine country, on both sides of the border, to learn all they can about the wines made in our region. The date’s been set, hotel rooms put aside at White Oaks Resort and Spa and an agenda (subject to change) developed with the co-operation of many wineries in Niagara.

Here are the highlights for TasteCamp Niagara 2011

The vineyards at Chateau Des Charmes.

TasteCamp Niagara Schedule

May 13-15, 2011

Friday (May 13) 12 :00pm – Lunch and Grand Tasting of Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries at Château des Charmes.

Château des Charmes is one of the oldest wineries in Niagara, and the first one to plant entirely with vinifera in the late 70s. Paul Bosc, the estate’s founder and/or other members of the family will talk about the beginnings of the Niagara region’s modern winemaking era and lead a tasting of estate wines. This will be followed by lunch and a walkaround tasting involving several NOTL wineries.

3 PM – Winery visit, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Hillebrand Estate Winery: A chance to catch up with one of Niagara’s most awarded winemakers, Craig McDonald, and taste through some fascinating wines. Three other wineries,StratusLailey and Thirty Bench will also be pouring at Hillebrand. This stop will begin with a wild ferment focused tasting and discussion led by Craig McDonald, followed by a free-flow tasting where TasteCamp participants can wander between each of the 4 winery stations.

5 PM – Settling in at the White Oaks Resort and Spa.

A block of rooms has been put aside. This is an excellent resort, centrally located in Niagara with a full gym and spa.

6:00 PM — Walk around tasting of InniskillinJackson Triggs and Le Clos Jordanne.

Icewine will be part of the focus of this event, being held in a special room at the hotel. Arranging for a special guest to talk about a bit about Niagara’s roots.

8 PM – Dinner at Ravine Estate Vineyards

Winemakers Ann Sperling (Southbrook Vineyards) and Peter Gamble (Ravine) will give a talk about the Niagara-on-the-Lake area of the Niagara region, where the focus is more on Bordeaux varieties. Both work organically and biodynamically, allowing them to provide an enlightening talk about the possibilities of organics in the Northeast, where many say it is “impossible” to do so.

Saturday (May 14)

Will have bus transportation for the day, sponsored by Ontario Wine Country.

8 AM — Board bus. Coffee and pastry on board.

8:30AM – Vineyard walk and terroir tasting at Tawse Estate Winery

The idea here is to show some of the detailed work on their various vineyards and blocks to showcase the differences between the cuvées they draw from these blocks. Tawse has an extremely focused portfolio of organic and biodynamic, vineyard-specific wines. Winemaker Paul Pender is a wonderful speaker and can demonstrate the differences in terroir.

10 AM — Board bus and head to Vineland Estate Winery

10:30 AM – Vineyard walk/winery visit, lunch and grand tasting at Vineland Estate
This visit will start with a tour of the famous St. Urban vineyard, one of the oldest in the region, followed by a tasting of St. Urban Riesling and other Vineland wines. Lunch will follow, buffet style, with a grand tasting focusing on wineries from the Bench area of the Niagara region.

2 PM — Back on the bus.

2:30 PM – Vineyard walk and tasting at Flat Rock Cellars

Flat Rock Cellars is one of the most progressive wineries in Niagara. It was first in the region to bottle the entire production in screwcap and has just launched its first crown-capped sparkling wine. Flat Rock has a solid portfolio and Ed Madronich, president of the winery and of the Wine Council of Ontario, will present more details about the region and Niagara wines in general.

4 PM —Bus back to the hotel

6 PM — Back on the bus for dinner

6 :30PM – BYO Dinner, Treadwell Farm to Table in Port Dalhousie.

There is an allowance of two bottles of wine per adult at the Canadian border, without taxes, so bringing wine from the US is not an issue here. This will allow us to keep the BYO tradition going. Corkage is being waved at Treadwell, and you can also get some of the finest Niagara wines here.

Sunday (May 15)

8:30 AM – Depart for the U.S. side of Niagara

10:00 am – Brunch and Grand Tasting of Niagara USA wineries at Carmelo’s Restaurant in historic Lewiston, NY.

Carmelo’s Restaurant is the most influential farm to table restaurants in Western New York. Chef Carmelo Raimondi is known for his locally inspired menus that build on traditional Italian culinary principles using fresh local ingredients while offering the best wines of the region.

1:00 pm – Arrowhead Spring Vineyards & Winery

Duncan and Robin Ross will walk you through their vineyard where they practice sustainable viticulture and pour barrel samples from the 2009 and 2010 vintages. Arrowhead Springis the only winery in Niagara USA region growing Syrah and Malbec.

2:15 pm – Freedom Run Winery

Visit one of the most unique tasting rooms in the country, as Freedom Run provide a tour of its production area and pour barrel samples of their 2010 vintage reds, including experiments with wild yeast fermentation and appasimento-style wines. With their first estate wines, Freedom Run has already received a 90-point Wine Spectator score for their 2007 Estate Cabernet and an 88-point Wine Spectator score for their 2007 Estate Pinot Noir.

“Want to participate in Tastecamp Niagara 2011?”

All participants must operate a wine blog or website dedicated to providing content on wine.
Please email a letter to Lenn Thompson indicating why you would like to be a participant at Tastecamp.
lenn [at] tastecampnorth.com

TasteCamp 2011 confirms key partners for Niagara wine weekend



Chateau des Charmes, Vineland Estates, Wine Country Ontario, Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine and the White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa confirmed as partners

Vineyards of Chateau des Charmes

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario, Canada, January 13, 2011 — Organizers of TasteCamp 2011 are excited to announce a few key events and partners during a jam-packed weekend of wine exploration in the Niagara wine region May 13-15, 2011.

Chateau des Charmes will host TasteCamp’s welcome to the Niagara Region at its landmark chateau in the Niagara countryside.

The Bosc Family.

The Bosc family has been crafting VQA wines in Niagara-on-the-Lake since 1978 and is recognized as one of the benchmarks — then and now — in the Ontario wine industry.

The visit will include lunch and a tasting with the Boscs, one of the founding families of modern winemaking in the region, followed by a grand tasting with other Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries.

St. Urban Vineyard at Vineland Estate.

Another major partner for TasteCamp 2011 is Vineland Estates Winery, which, for 25 years has elevated the wine and culinary experience in Niagara. Vineland is home to the acclaimed St. Urban vineyard on the Niagara escarpment, where attendees will have an opportunity to see the vineyard and taste the wines made from there, followed by lunch at the estate.

Vineland Estates will also host TasteCamp’s second of two grand tastings, featuring the wineries of Jordan, Vineland and the Beamsville Bench.

Wine Country Ontario on board

TasteCamp 2011 organizers are also announcing a partnership with the Wine Council of Ontario, the main industry organization for Ontario’s wineries.

Through its brand, Wine Country Ontario, it is dedicated to promoting Ontario’s wine-growing regions — from the wines and wineries themselves to the complete experience of each destination. As a partner in TasteCamp, Wine Country Ontario representatives will provide overarching information about the Ontario wine industry and will be on hand to help share stories about Niagara Wine Country and its wines.

Special wine dinner at Treadwell

Treadwell.

TasteCamp 2011 is also excited to announce that the popular Bring Your Own Wine dinner, on May 14, will take place at one of Niagara’s finest restaurants — Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine, which emphasizes the best artisan producers of the Niagara region, using the restaurant to showcase farmers and their products. While the dinner allows participants to share treasured bottles outside of the weekend theme, it will also give them a chance to taste the region in a different way.

White Oaks Resort and Spa home for TasteCampers

Attendees can now book their accommodations at the White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake. A special room rate has been set aside for TasteCamp guests.

White Oaks is a premier resort and spa located on 13 acres in the heart of Niagara, along the Niagara Escarpment and at the centre of Niagara area attractions including Niagara wine country and offers a boutique hotel atmosphere with the services and amenities of a 5 Star Resort.

White Oaks is Ontario’s only combined 4 Diamond, 5 Star Resort boasting a truly modern, chic atmosphere with facilities that include LIV Restaurant — an urban dining experience featuring Niagara regional cuisine and award winning Niagara Wines — and a world class fitness facility (the fee for this has been waived for TasteCamp guests).

TasteCamp 2011 organizers will have more announcements as the wine weekend approaches.

About TasteCamp

The concept for TasteCamp is a simple one: getting enthusiastic journalists and bloggers together in a region that is new to them to taste as much wine as possible and speak to as many winemakers as possible over the course of a weekend.

Sign from TasteCamp 2010

Most smaller, lesser-known wine regions in the world would love to get their wines in front new audiences, it can be a challenge. With TasteCamp, the new audience comes to them.

This is not a junket — attendees pay their own travel expenses — including for their hotel rooms — and meals.  Through generous sponsors, some meals may be deeply discounted.

Follow the Latest updates on TasteCamp 2011:

• On Twitter: #TasteCamp

• On the Web: TasteCamp North

To participate as an attendee, contact Lenn Thompson (lenn@tastecampnorth.com)

To participate as a sponsor, contact Suresh Doss or Rick VanSickle (info@tastecampnorth.com)

Media and interview requests:

Lenn Thompson, TasteCamp Founder
Email: lenn@tastecampnorth.com

Melissa Dobson
Melissa Dobson PR & Marketing
Email: melissa.dobson@avantguild.com

Niagara next stop for TasteCamp

TasteCamp

TasteCamp North Event to Shine Spotlight on Niagara Wine Country in 2011
Third Annual Event Will Include Wineries in Canada and the United States

View from the porch at Flat Rock Cellars in Niagara.

View from the porch at Flat Rock Cellars in Niagara.

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO, CANADA, October 28, 2010 — Tonight, New York Cork Report Executive Editor Lenn Thompson and the co-organizers of TasteCamp 2011 announced that Niagara wine country — on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border — will host the third annual hands- and boots-on event for wine writers May 13-15, 2011. The announcement was made live on Twitter and at Chateau des Charmes, site of the first grand tasting in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

TasteCamp 2011 will be an exploration of Canada’s most established and prominent wine region, and one of America’s newest and most dynamic, including everything from the famous wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake to the terroir-driven wines on the Niagara Escarpment, as well as organic/biodynamic wineries, vineyard walks, grand tastings and wonderful food including the popular BYOW dinner at Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine, one of Niagara’s best local-produce restaurants. Attendees will stay at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa. The complete program is still being finalized. Details will be published as they become available.

Sign from TasteCamp in Finger Lakes

Sign from TasteCamp in Finger Lakes

What differentiates TasteCamp from other events and conferences geared toward wine writers and bloggers is that it’s a largely self-funded. Attendees pay their own way and participate in TasteCamp out of a genuine interest to learn more about the region, its wine, its terroir and its people.

The concept for TasteCamp from the start was to take writers who know little or nothing about a region and completely immerse them in it for three days. They taste a lot of wines, visit estates and meet dozens of winemakers. It’s not about just showing them the best. It’s about showing them the complete picture, said event creator Lenn Thompson, who also founded the New York Cork Report .

Quebec-based TasteCamp organizer and wine blogger at The Wine Case, Remy Charest said, “From the moment I attended the first TasteCamp in Long Island wine country in New York, in 2009, I was hoping that we could get the event to Canada. Even though I’m from Quebec, it was obvious to me that Niagara should be the first Canadian stop for TasteCamp.”

View in Finger Lakes from TasteCamp 2010

View in Finger Lakes from TasteCamp 2010

Fellow organizer Rick VanSickle of Wines In Niagara, attended last year’s TasteCamp in the Finger Lakes wine region and added, “I was shocked as a participant at TasteCampEast in the Finger Lakes last May. The energy of the independent bloggers and writers, the Tweets, media, blogs and buzz during, after and continuing to this day was something I had never seen before. An honest assessment of entire region that was simply a coming a age for the Finger Lakes. Imagine what we can do in Niagara.”

TasteCamp is an opportunity for the host regions to show off all that they has to offer — to a group of keenly interested writers. Morgen McLaughlin, President of  the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, one of last year’s sponsors, said TasteCamp 2010 was a tremendous success for the Finger Lakes.  “Having bloggers and journalists visit the region, many of them for the first time, generated significant media coverage and excitement among the wineries.  We hope that TasteCamp makes a quick return to the Finger Lakes in the coming years.”

Suresh Doss, publisher of Spotlight Toronto and co-organizer for TasteCamp 2011 event concurred, saying “This is a unique opportunity to show Niagara’s terroir and the potential of farming in this region.”

Pouring at a grand tasting during TasteCamp 2010

Pouring at a grand tasting during TasteCamp 2010

Follow the Latest updates on TasteCamp 2011:

* On Twitter: #TasteCamp

* On the Web: tastecampnorth.tumblr.com

To participate as an attendee, contact Lenn Thompson (lenn@tastecampnorth.com)

To participate as a sponsor, contact Suresh Doss or Rick VanSickle (info@tastecampnorth.com)

Media and interview requests:

Lenn Thompson, TasteCamp Founder
Email: lenn@tastecampnorth.com

Melissa Dobson
Melissa Dobson PR & Marketing
Email: melissa.dobson@avantguild.com

About TasteCamp

The concept for TasteCamp is a simple one: getting enthusiastic journalists and bloggers together in a region that is new to them to taste as much wine as possible and speak to as many winemakers as possible over the course of a weekend.

Most smaller, lesser-known wine regions in the world would love to get their wines in front new audiences, it can be a challenge. With TasteCamp, the new audience comes to them.

This is not a junket — attendees pay their own travel expenses — including for their hotel rooms and meals. Through generous sponsors, some meals may be deeply discounted.

Info on the Niagara Region:

Ontario Wine Council

•  VQA Ontario

Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake

20 Valley wines

Wines In Niagara

•  Spotlight Toronto

A journey to the Finger Lakes: Part I

Beginning Note: It started as a series of tweets on Twitter with a hashtag I was curious about. #tastecamp kept showing up in tweets mainly originating from bloggers based in the eastern U.S. states. There was going to be a gathering of bloggers who wanted to learn more about the fascinating wine region of the Finger Lakes. I confess to not having a burning desire to travel southeast through upper-State New York just to taste what I had remembered as being below average, overly sweet white wines. But the tweets kept coming and they were enticing enough to pique my interest. When Remy Charest, a well-respected blogger from Quebec City, announced he would be attending it wasn’t long before I expressed an interest in seeing what all the buzz was about.

Lenn Thompson.

Lenn Thompson, aka @lenndevours, poses with a bottle of Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineyard Riesling.

Lucky for me Lenn Thompson, editor-in-chief of the New York Cork Report, and one of the main organizers of #tastecamp, surprised me with an invite. I jumped right in, cleared off three days and made the three-hour trek to the Finger Lakes. It should be noted that #tastecamp is at the expense of the individual with some meals sponsored by the wineries or Finger Lakes Wine Country.

It was a big leap for me. I have been a writer most of my adult life but had yet to write one word on my new blog. To call myself a blogger would just not be true. It’s a far different world than writing for newspapers or magazines. Bloggers are amazingly resourceful and diversified with iPhones, cameras, video cameras and constant tweeting to big world beyond the vineyards. They are knowledgeable, thoughtful and brutally honest with their assessments. Trying to keep up to the immediacy of the medium is like chasing rainbows, it’s impossible. So I soaked it in, enjoyed three days of tasting, eating and occasionally tweeting and am just now sitting down to make some sense of an adventure so unlike the structured, detailed and catered fam trips (totally paid for by the wine region but with no expectation for coverage at all) that have taken me to major wine regions around the world. What follows are my blog notes from the Finger Lakes #tastecamp

Day One Journal Entry: Heron Hill, Ravines, Red Newt

Heron Hill.

The first winery visited in the Finger Lakes was Heron Hill.

It is not an unpleasant drive from St. Catharines to the Finger Lakes. There are enough interesting turns and twists through rural New York state to keep it interesting. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t actually see a vineyard until reaching the first destination of Heron Hills Winery, nestled into a hill overlooking scenic Keuka Lake.

The first person I met was the owner of Heron Hill, John Ingle, who explained, while looking out onto beautiful Keuka Lake from the winery’s back deck, his philosophy of farming sustainably with respect for the wine by making it natural, fresh and healthy. We then talked about the differences between Niagara and New York in terms of regulations and I got the impression that Ontario (if you can believe it) is a friendlier place to make and sell wine.

Heron Hill had set up a great beginner course in Finger Lakes wines, specifically from the Keuka Lake area of the region. After meeting Lenn for the first time and about 36 other attendees for the three-day event we were invited to taste through a number of winery’s bounty before a needed lunch. I had no idea what to expect so started with what I knew: Finger Lakes is synonymous for its rieslings and the Dr. Konstantin Frank winery is one of the best known wineries in the region. I dove into the first (of many) rieslings.

Dr. Frank

Pouring Dr. Frank's wines at Tastecamp tasting at Heron Hill winery.

Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi-Dry Riesling 2009 — I love the fact a majority of Finger Lakes wineries have made the effort to tell consumers on the label if their rieslings are dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet or sweet (there’s a growing number who use the International Riesling scale on the back labels). It’s a lesson that can be learned in Niagara. The nose on this riesling is all about kiwi, lime and grapefruit with a lovely floral note. The palate shows firm structure, a pinch of residual sugar, minerals and peach-citrus fruit. Very pleasing.

Dr. Konstantin Frank Bunch Select Late Harvest Riesling 2008 — A break-through wine for the Finger Lakes with a 92 score from Wine Spectator. This is fabulous with peach, apricot, wild honey notes that show some nutty/almond notes on the long finish. A tad expensive at $70 for a half bottle.

Some other wines that caught me eye were:

Keuka Spring Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2008 — This is a varietal that can do well in the Finger Lakes but it is a challenge to get everything in balance. It really works best with a touch of residual sugar, in other words, picked later in the season. Classic Alsace style gewurz with rose petal, musk, lychee and grapefruit on the nose. Good floral, musk, spice notes follow on the palate.

Heron Hill Winery Ingle Vineyard Riesling 2002 — Finger Lakes riesling really shines when it gets some bottle age like this from 2002. Loaded with petrol, minerals and citrus on the nose and it all follows with lime, lemon, and wet stone on the palate. Such a beauty.

Riesling at Red Newt.

Sunset at Red Newt through a crisp glass of riesling.

Heron Hill Late Harvest Ingle Vineyard Reserve Riesling 2006 — Sweet and ripe white peach, apricot, quince and honey nose that all melds on the palate in a tropical compote with added almonds and balanced acidity.

McGregor Vineyard Black Russian Red (Saperavi & Sereksiya Charni) 2007 — The craziest, wildest wine of the weekend and, as it turns out, the one red wine that fetches more money than anything else at charity auctions. The Saperavi grape is grown in Georgia while the Sereksiya Charni is grown mostly in Hungary and Romania so, let’s just say, this is one heck of a blend. It’s also a long-aged wine that’s not uncommon to see it coming into balance 50 years down the road. This offering is thick with a nose of blackberries, plums, roasted coffee bean, bramble, smoke and tar. It’s rich and tannic on the palate with firm structure, very dry but a solid acidic spine. Buy it and leave it in the cellar for a decade or more.

Casa Larga Vineyards Vidal Ice Wine 2006 — Like Niagara, Finger Lakes wineries have planted a fair amount of vidal to be used in their icewine programs (though I tasted a few dry vidals that I wasn’t crazy about). This is a nicely balanced icewine (most wineries use VQA standards for picking and making icewine) with tropical fruits, peach and apricot aromas for go with creamy peach and honey notes on the palate.

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Our next stop along our vinous journey took us to Ravines Wine Cellars, owned and operated by Lisa (the foodie) and  Morten (the wine guru) Hallgren, a boutique winery with a view of Keuka Lake whose owners specialize in making “dry, European styled wines.”

Morten was raised in the Provence region in the South of France where his family owned and operated Domaine de Castel Roubine, a 270-acre estate with 170 acres under vine.

Morten worked as chief winemaker for Dr. Konstantin before he and his wife purchased a 17-acre parcel of land in 2000 on a glacier-carved hillside on the Eastern slopes of Keuka Lake. It’s a piece of land laden in mineral-rich, well-drained soils and situated between two deep ravines, which drain cold air from the land during the winter.

Ravines

The sign that greeted us at Ravines for Tastecamp.

The modest but charming tasting room, with views to the lake, opened in the spring of 2003 and has been decorated by Lisa in a Provencal style, including a sculpted head of Bacchus, the Roman god of Wine, from the Castel Roubine tasting room. Since opening, the winery has been well decorated with medals and praise from the wine press.

Morten is steadfast in his beliefs and it shows in the laser sharp style of dry rieslings he crafts. “Fine wine is about delicate balance and nuances,” he tells us as we sip through the vast majority of his portfolio.

His wine program, which is contained to just 10 or 11 different wines per vintage, is built on an extraordinary riesling portfolio. “We have everything here to make world class rieslings,” he says. The Ravines style is built around tight, mouth-watering, bone-dry rieslings that are balanced between fresh fruit and acid. They are made for the long haul in the cellar even though they are released to the public with some bottle age.

Morten admits that Ravines doesn’t “try to be everything to everyone” which, to be honest, is a refreshing change from so many of the Finger Lakes wineries that tend to do just that and end up with a whole mess of wine that perhaps is fine for the masses but misses the mark for serious wine lovers. Ravines wines are more likely to appeal to people with wider wine experience and those who seek out the finer wines in life. Here are some highlights from the Ravines tasting.

Ravines Dry Riesling 2006 — A fragrant and floral nose of green apple, citrus, mineral-stone and grapefruit. It’s perfectly dry and austere with a firm acidic spine but balanced off by ripe and zesty citrus-lime fruits.

Morten

Morten Hallgen pours a little Argetsinger riesling from the back of his pickup for our breakfast in the vineyard. Mmmm.

Ravines Dry Riesling Argetsinger Vineyard 2008 — Definitely one the finest rieslings enjoyed on the trip came from this single vineyard belonging to the quirky and likeable Sam Argetsinger. This is one of the oldest riesling vineyards in the Finger Lakes and shows a pronounced mineral-slate, floral, citrus nose. It’s very focused and firm on the palate with racy acidity and tart-juicy fruits. This is built for food and shouldn’t be touched for a couple of years at least, but, wow, what a beauty.

Ravines Pinot Noir 2007 — Morten is fond of saying that he came to the Finger Lakes for the riesling but was surprised by the pinot. And he’s right. There is a great deal of potential for pinot noir in the Finger Lakes and winemakers are just starting to realize that. I love the earthy cherry fruit, sweet mocha spice, saddle leather and vanilla on the nose. It’s juicy on the palate with fresh red berries, vibrancy, spice and subtle oak/cedar notes on the finish. It’s done in an elegant and classy style.

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Our day (and night) didn’t end at Ravines, even though our teeth were aching from the high acids and our stomachs were crying out for something good to eat.

Newt wines

Some of the wines enjoyed at the Red Newt winery.

The next stop was Red Newt Cellars, located in Hector, N.Y., on the south east shore of Seneca Lake. It’s a gorgeous setting for a winery with a spectacular view of the lake and stunning sunsets.

The grapes for Red Newt wines are all sourced from trusted growers located within an 8-km radius of Hector, near the southern end of Seneca Lake. Our tasting at Red Newt included some friends of the winery including Anthony Road Wine Company and Fox Run Vineyards, both of which brought some wines along to try.

Most impressive about this tasting were the back vintages of the rieslings, which gave us an opportunity to see just how gracefully Finger Lakes rieslings evolve over time. The 2004s were stunning with lovely petrol and creme brulee notes to go with matured citrus fruits and tamed acidity.

Here are some standouts from the tasting:

Red Newt Reserve Riesling 2008 — A nose of peach and citrus with a hint of minerality. It’s ripe but made in a bone dry style that feels balanced and harmonious in the mouth even at this early stage.

Fox Run Dry Riesling 2006 — A very different wine than the above Red Newt. A lemon sweet nose with more opulent notes, minerals and just a hint at something red fruit-ish. In the mouth it shows grapefruit, lemon-lime and tropical fruits. It’s dry but the ripe fruits give an impression of off-dry.

Newt dinner

A classic Finger Lakes pairing of duck confit, sauteed mushrooms, arugula and fig jam with Tierce Red 07.

Anthony Road Dry Riesling 2006 — A pronounced mineral note on the nose with citrus zest that follows. Nicely balanced wine that’s starting show that desired petrol nuance.

Tierce Dry Riesling 2008 — This is a rather unique wine that combines fruit and winemaking techinques from all three of the above wineries. Hints at mandarin orange on the nose with ripe citrus notes. It’s round and ripe on the palate with lovely minerals and acididty.

Tierce Red 2007 — This is the first, and so far, only, Tierce Red made by the “Tierce Brothers,” Peter Bell of Fox Run Vineyards, Dave Whiting of Red Newt Cellars and Johannes Reinhardt of Anthony Road Wine Company, who together created Tierce as an expression of the synergy of three distinctive winegrowing subregions of Seneca Lake. It’s a blend of lemberger, syrah, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon and certainly has an expressive and sexy nose of smoky-spicy blackberries, currants and plums. It reveals peppery spice, ripe tannins, a touch of tobacco leaf and bell pepper to go with an array of dark fruits. Funky red built for grilled red meats.

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And then it was back to the hotel in Watkins Glen for a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2 of Tastecamp posted next!