Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Wine News Droplets

-- Sheila Livadas at FingerLakesWine.com writes her latest winery profile about those Nautie women at Lucas Vineyards.

-- Jeff Richards at the Star-Gazette writes about a new winery on Cayuga Lake, Cobblestone Farm Winery, and about some Kat Knapps, and some cider.

-- Tickets are now on sale for the 2006 Finger Lakes Wine Festival - July 14 to 16 - at Watkins Glen Racetrack. Discount tickets are available now through June 23. Over 70 New York state wineries, live music, arts, crafts, food, camping, and lots of fun!!!

-- McGregor Vineyard Winery, overlooking Keuka Lake, kicks off their vineyard's 35th anniversary with their annual Robbie Burns Day Celebration this Saturday, January 28 from noon until 5pm. This celebration in honor of Robert Burns, the great poet of Scotland, features Scottish food, bagpipes, poetry, and of course McGregor wines. Cost is $10 per person/$19 per couple.

-- Here's an interesting interview at Bloggasm with the owner of a small California winery, Dover Canyon Winery.

-- So you think you want to plant a vineyard. Here are some things to think about from Ohio winery Kinkead Ridge.

-- I guess it had to happen. A new reality series for PBS called "The Winemakers" is now casting for contestants who will compete to win the opportunity to launch their very own wine label. It will be filmed in California's Paso Robles wine region and is scheduled to air in 2007. If you are interested in being a contestant, contact Doc City Productions at casting@doccitytv.com
I can only imagine what challenges they will be asked to do. Maybe the Fermentation Tank High Dive. Or maybe Speed Pruning. And at the end, maybe they'll say "The vines have spoken, You are the weakest grape. You must now leave the vineyard immediately. Goodbye!"

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