Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Winery News

-- One of the newest wineries in the Finger Lakes, Ventosa Vineyards on the northeast shore of Seneca Lake, is bringing a bit of Italy to the Finger Lakes. Ventosa is Italian for "windy" and you can feel the lake breezes as you take in the beautiful view. They have 21 acres of vinifera grapes and their wine offerings include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Vino Rosso (a blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Sangiovese), Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Saggio (a Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot). Spring 2006 releases will include a semi-dry Riesling, 2004 Chardonnay, and Vino Bianco (a blended white).

-- Glenora Wine Cellars has announced the release of 2 wines- a 2004 Syrah ($18.99) that winemaker Steve DiFrancesco describes as having cherry flavors and intense black spice, along with elegant French Oak. This is the first Syrah that Glenora has released since the 2000 vintage. The other new release is a semi-dry Blanc de Blancs Sparkling wine ($13.99) described as having bright citrus and vanilla flavors.

-- Fulkerson Winery has announced the release of 2 wines- a 2004 Dornfelder ($16.00), a Dry Red aged in French Oak for 8 months and their 2005 Matinee ($16.00), described as having heavenly mint aromas followed by dazzling sweet, yet light, tastes of green melon, kiwi, and citron (8% Residual sugar). Fulkerson is also offering discounts for Bargain Bash this week on their 2003 Caleb, 2003 Chardonnay, and 2004 Diamond (20% off single bottles and 25% off cases).

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