Here is part of an article from the Life in the Finger Lakes magazine that will be coming out this Spring. This is a great magazine to read if you are interested in finding out about the Finger Lakes and all that has gone on and continues to develop.
You have told me how much you have enjoyed Villa Bellangelo winery, now here is a bit more of the background. Also, keep in mind that now there is a second location for you to visit that is closer to Geneva.
For Chris Missick, the decision to become a winery owner took shape when he got married. Part of the celebration was a wine tour through the Finger Lakes. He and his wife loved it. The couple returned to their home in Los Angeles, and not long after, his mother called and said, “Remember that last winery we visited? It’s for sale.”
Missick made wine as a hobby, but when he and his family bought Villa Bellangelo in the heart of Dundee, he focused on the business side as general manager. Things went fairly well until his winemaker left to make his own product. “That’s when it really started for me,” he said. He had begun the FLCC program in 2015, but that was when he took a step back and decided to become the winemaker at Bellangelo, combining his real-world experience with the knowledge he gained as an FLCC student.
Missick had so many good things to say about the program. “It’s a methodical approach to taking someone who hasn’t been in the industry and teaching them the core basics of the culture of the industry, all the way to the basic sciences of making wine. And that’s where it really gets good. The practice. You understand what you’re going to be doing and then you do what needs to happen in order to make world-class wine.”
Missick and his family have big plans for Seneca Lake Country Club in Geneva, a property they purchased not long ago. Plans begin with a state-of-the-art winery. When Chris’s father, a land developer, visited FLCC’s Viticulture and Wine Center, he fell in love with it and wants to build one for Bellangelo, said Chris.
Marti Macinski tells it like it is at Standing Stone Winery.
We know you think that winter is quieter than the hustle and bustle of summer and fall when all’s abuzz. Many of you assume we close down for the cold season, for lack of things to do. Not so! Todd and Jim have been out in the chilly vineyards mending trellises, replacing posts, clearing trees from the headlands and cleaning up in general. On weather challenged snow and sleet days, they keep very busy fixing and maintaining our 6 tractors and 2 sprayers. At least one day each week seems to call for some pretty vigorous plowing and snow removal, so that customers (some of you!) can find their way into the tasting room. Soon the vineyard team will begin pruning. In the winery, Jess has pressed and fermented the 2016 Vidal Ice and 2016 Riesling Ice grapes and we’ve bottled more Smokehouse Red. She’s setting up the racking and filtering schedule so we’re ready to begin bottling at the end of March. Everything, by the way, is delish!
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Our annual New York Wine & Food Classic has two different top prizes: the “Governor’s Cup” for single best wine out of about 900, deservedly won this year by Billsboro Winery 2013 Syrah, Sawmill Creek Vineyard; and “Winery of the Year” for the best overall showing in terms of consistent quality across the board, which deservedly went to Keuka Spring Vineyards.
Why? Their 2015 Gewurztraminer won Best White Wine (out of about 500). Out of the four different Riesling categories (Dry, Medium Dry, Medium Sweet, Sweet), they won two (Dry and Medium Sweet) despite the fact that there are many other Finger Lake wineries producing superb Rieslings. Their Celebrate white wine blend also won Best of Class, joined by many other Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Oh, and did I mention that a few years ago their Riesling won the Governor’s Cup? This makes KSV one of very few wineries to win both top awards.
News from New York Wine and Grape Foundation from Jim Trezise
Wine & Spirits magazine has published a special issue and 1st Annual Insider’s Guide with the cover title, “Conversations&Tastings with 50 Masters of Place”.
The various writers, sommeliers, and others divided up the world, with international Riesling authority Stuart Pigott profiling the Finger Lakes as a region that has changed dramatically in the past dozen years due to a passionate focus on quality and experimentation, especially with Riesling wines but others as well.
His narrative is sprinkled with specific examples of his points from several wineries: Boundary Breaks, Red Newt, Red Tail Ridge, Hermann J. Wiemer, Keuka Spring (Gewurztraminer) and Anthony Road (Vignoles). His first visit was in 2004, when he was blown away by the region’s natural beauty, though not many of the wines; but on his next visit just six years later (and now six years ago) it was clear that major change–dramatic improvement–was underway.
New York Wine and Grape Foundation newsletter, August 21, 2016
On Monday evening at Lakewood Vineyards, we’ll have our annual Welcome Dinner for judges and staff of the New York Wine & Food Classic, with the main judging on Tuesday and the Sweepstakes round on Wednesday morning.
This year we have another record number of entries (969) that will be evaluated by 22 expert judges from around the country and beyond. They include wine educators, retail wine buyers, restaurateurs, wine writers and others whose professional lives revolve around wine. But they couldn’t do their job–swirling, sniffing, sipping, and spitting–without an incredible backroom crew
The Classic is essentially “The Oscars” of New York wine, and the winning wineries get huge immediate sales. The Governor’s Cup award goes to the single best wine in the entire competition, while Winery of the Year goes to the winery with the strongest overall showing. For the past several years, by total coincidence (all wines are tasted blind), the Governor’s Cup has gone to a Finger Lakes wine and Winery of the Year to a Long Island winery.
If all goes as planned, we’ll announce this year’s winners on Wednesday afternoon. Stay tuned.
Portions taken from New York Wine & Grape Foundation newsletter
I still have vehicles available for tours this weekend. While the Glen is rockin’ with racin’, you can be visiting the wineries and enjoying the chill of our delicious white wines.
Give Bonnie a call at 315 585 9599 for an enjoyable experience.
Chateau Frank, the historic house high above Keuka Lake just down the road from Dr Konstantin Frank Winery, now includes an “1886” Reserve Tasting Room for VIP events.
Chateau Frank was the dream of the late Willy Frank, son of Konstantin, father of Fred, and grandfather of Meaghan. Willy planted the classic Champagne grape varieties on neighboring Seneca Lake, and converted the home’s basement into an incredibly space-efficient sparkling wine production area. Chateau Frank’s elegant sparkling wines have won dozens of top awards in competitions around the world.
The newly renovated 1886 room, named for the year the house was built, is directly above the sparkling wine cellar. The elegant space will be the site of special, rotating wine and food experiences every Friday and Saturday. www.drfrankwines.com
From New York Wine and Grape Foundation newsletter
Anyone who has been around for more than a few years knows that the quality of New York wines has improved dramatically, and consistently, among vintages and wineries. This is a tribute to the grape growers who focus on quality, the winemakers who maximize it, and the many people who work together toward that common goal.