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  1. #1
    Zeppo Guest

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    Marci and I hosted this month's Tasting of the Philadelphia chapter of
    American Wine Society in our home yesterday. The theme was 'wines of the
    Finger Lakes'. A smaller than normal turnout either due to the fact we held
    it on a different Sunday than our normal tastings (3rd instead of 4th) ,
    People were home watching Ice Dancing or the members in general didn't find
    the theme appealing. Hard to say. Those that did attend seemed to love the
    wines presented.

    We served 6 wines:
    1. Dr. Konstantine Frank Dry Riesling (2007)
    2. Dr. Frank Rkatsiteli (2007) [3]
    3. Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling (2007) [1]
    4. Red Newt Cellars Riesling (2008) [2]
    5. Red Newt Red EFT (NV) (a red 'kitchen sink' blend) [2]
    6. Lamoreaux Landing Cabernet Frank (2007) [1]

    We decided to score the reds separately from the whites. I've indicated the
    scoring in square brackets after the vintage.

    I also served 4 Cheeses from the Finger lakes as well as grapes, grapes,
    hummus, edamame dip and some quince paste.

    I chose the wines based on availability (5 of the wines were available in
    PA, NJ or DE), price, and taste. This was our first time hosting a tasting
    for the club and I was apprehensive about the theme and the wines. It was
    unfounded as everything was very well received and a spirited discussion
    about the area's winemaking went well beyond the appointed end time, and all
    wines and most of the food was consumed.

    Jon




  2. #2
    Mark Lipton Guest

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    On 2/22/10 2:30 PM, Zeppo wrote:
    > Marci and I hosted this month's Tasting of the Philadelphia chapter of
    > American Wine Society in our home yesterday. The theme was 'wines of the
    > Finger Lakes'. A smaller than normal turnout either due to the fact we
    > held it on a different Sunday than our normal tastings (3rd instead of
    > 4th) , People were home watching Ice Dancing or the members in general
    > didn't find the theme appealing. Hard to say. Those that did attend
    > seemed to love the wines presented.
    >
    > We served 6 wines:
    > 1. Dr. Konstantine Frank Dry Riesling (2007)
    > 2. Dr. Frank Rkatsiteli (2007) [3]
    > 3. Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling (2007) [1]
    > 4. Red Newt Cellars Riesling (2008) [2]
    > 5. Red Newt Red EFT (NV) (a red 'kitchen sink' blend) [2]
    > 6. Lamoreaux Landing Cabernet Frank (2007) [1]
    >
    > We decided to score the reds separately from the whites. I've indicated
    > the scoring in square brackets after the vintage.
    >
    > I also served 4 Cheeses from the Finger lakes as well as grapes, grapes,
    > hummus, edamame dip and some quince paste.
    >


    Interesting tasting, Jon. I've had two of those wines, the Dr. Frank
    Rkatsiteli and the Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling, and really liked them both.
    Good lineup of Finger Lakes wines!

    Mark Lipton

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    Zeppo Guest

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    "Mark Lipton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hlun3j$bjr$[email protected]..
    > On 2/22/10 2:30 PM, Zeppo wrote:
    >> Marci and I hosted this month's Tasting of the Philadelphia chapter of
    >> American Wine Society in our home yesterday. The theme was 'wines of the
    >> Finger Lakes'. A smaller than normal turnout either due to the fact we
    >> held it on a different Sunday than our normal tastings (3rd instead of
    >> 4th) , People were home watching Ice Dancing or the members in general
    >> didn't find the theme appealing. Hard to say. Those that did attend
    >> seemed to love the wines presented.
    >>
    >> We served 6 wines:
    >> 1. Dr. Konstantine Frank Dry Riesling (2007)
    >> 2. Dr. Frank Rkatsiteli (2007) [3]
    >> 3. Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling (2007) [1]
    >> 4. Red Newt Cellars Riesling (2008) [2]
    >> 5. Red Newt Red EFT (NV) (a red 'kitchen sink' blend) [2]
    >> 6. Lamoreaux Landing Cabernet Frank (2007) [1]
    >>
    >> We decided to score the reds separately from the whites. I've indicated
    >> the scoring in square brackets after the vintage.
    >>
    >> I also served 4 Cheeses from the Finger lakes as well as grapes, grapes,
    >> hummus, edamame dip and some quince paste.
    >>

    >
    > Interesting tasting, Jon. I've had two of those wines, the Dr. Frank
    > Rkatsiteli and the Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling, and really liked them both.
    > Good lineup of Finger Lakes wines!
    >



    Thanks Mark,
    It was definitely a positive experience. I'm thinking Carmenere for next
    year.

    Jon


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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: AWS Tasting

    On Feb 22, 2:30*pm, "Zeppo" <ze...@hotmail.org> wrote:
    > Marci and I hosted this month's Tasting of the Philadelphia chapter of
    > American Wine Society in our home yesterday. The theme was 'wines of the
    > Finger Lakes'. A smaller than normal turnout either due to the fact we held
    > it on a different Sunday than our normal tastings (3rd instead of 4th) ,
    > People were home watching Ice Dancing or the members in general didn't find
    > the theme appealing. Hard to say. Those that did attend seemed to love the
    > wines presented.
    >
    > We served 6 wines:
    > 1. Dr. Konstantine Frank Dry Riesling (2007)
    > 2. Dr. Frank Rkatsiteli (2007) [3]
    > 3. Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling (2007) [1]
    > 4. Red Newt Cellars Riesling (2008) [2]
    > 5. Red Newt Red EFT (NV) (a red 'kitchen sink' blend) [2]
    > 6. Lamoreaux Landing Cabernet Frank (2007) [1]
    >
    > We decided to score the reds separately from the whites. I've indicated the
    > scoring in square brackets after the vintage.
    >
    > I also served 4 Cheeses from the Finger lakes as well as grapes, grapes,
    > hummus, edamame dip and some quince paste.
    >
    > I chose the wines based on availability (5 of the wines were available in
    > PA, NJ or DE), price, and taste. This was our first time hosting a tasting
    > for the club and I was apprehensive about the theme and the wines. It was
    > unfounded as everything was very well received and a spirited discussion
    > about the area's winemaking went well beyond the appointed end time, and all
    > wines and most of the food was consumed.
    >
    > Jon


    Good job. You stuck to some good examples of NYS wines.
    I tend to prefer NYS whites to reds, was that your conclusion?

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    Zeppo Guest

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    >>
    >> We served 6 wines:
    >> 1. Dr. Konstantine Frank Dry Riesling (2007)
    >> 2. Dr. Frank Rkatsiteli (2007) [3]
    >> 3. Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling (2007) [1]
    >> 4. Red Newt Cellars Riesling (2008) [2]
    >> 5. Red Newt Red EFT (NV) (a red 'kitchen sink' blend) [2]
    >> 6. Lamoreaux Landing Cabernet Frank (2007) [1]
    >>
    >> We decided to score the reds separately from the whites. I've indicated
    >> the
    >> scoring in square brackets after the vintage.
    >>
    >> I also served 4 Cheeses from the Finger lakes as well as grapes, grapes,
    >> hummus, edamame dip and some quince paste.
    >>
    >> I chose the wines based on availability (5 of the wines were available in
    >> PA, NJ or DE), price, and taste. This was our first time hosting a
    >> tasting
    >> for the club and I was apprehensive about the theme and the wines. It was
    >> unfounded as everything was very well received and a spirited discussion
    >> about the area's winemaking went well beyond the appointed end time, and
    >> all
    >> wines and most of the food was consumed.
    >>
    >> Jon

    >
    > Good job. You stuck to some good examples of NYS wines.
    > I tend to prefer NYS whites to reds, was that your conclusion?


    For me as well, but I do greatly enjoy some of the reds. The Cab Franc's are
    excellent, and I also found well made Merlots and PNs as well as some very
    tasty red blends. The Red EFT listed above has been a favorite in my house
    since our trip last year.

    What was really surprising was that two of our chapter members grew up in
    the Finger Lakes area, and were not expecting very much from the wines. I
    think if they hadn't been the friends that introduced us to the club they
    may have skipped the tasting based on their bias against the wines of their
    youth. The Dr Franks and the Wiemer really took them by surprise.

    Jon


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