Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Finger Lakes Wine Symposium

Photo By Kramer
Riesling Wine has been one of the most unappreciated and misunderstood wines in the world.  Part of the reason is due to the fact that the Riesling grape was used a few years ago to produce several poor quality sweetly muddled innocuous wines.  However, within the last decade, Riesling has been undergoing a thrilling resurgence.  Jancis Robinson, author of the Oxford Companion to Wine says that "Riesling is indisputably the greatest white wine grape in the world but many people think I am mad." Personally, I am glad for Ms. Robinson's bold stance ~ I'm discovering more and more how incredibly elegant and satisfying Riesling is.

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The Finger Lakes vineyards of New York specialize in cool climate Rieslings. In fact, winemakers have nurtured the noble grape in such a way that they are now producing some extraordinary wines. One world class Riesling recently caught the attention of the White House.  It was served at President Obama's inaugural luncheon.  The 2010 Tierce Dry Riesling is a very special collaboration of three winemakers and three distinct sub-regional vineyards.  Tierce was paired with lobster and clam chowder during the first course.

James Treadwell

With the current popularity and rise of the Riesling, the Finger Lakes viticulture area will be hosting its own Inaugural Wine Symposium aimed at wine enthusiasts.  The symposium will take place on March 23, 2013.  Attendees will be treated to a unique wine and food experience while mingling with several international wine experts.  I will be there along with industry specialists, Thomas Pastuszak - wine director of The NoMad Hotel in NYC, James Treadwell - sommelier and co-owner of Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine and Dan Berger - award winning Los Angeles wine columnist.

Thomas Pastuszak
This is going to be an exceptional event.  The wine symposium of the Finger Lakes will take place in the Scandling Campus Center, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.  For more information please go to