Savor Life's two-hour weekly show bringing listeners some of the most informational fine wine dialogue in the Rochester area.
Your host Michael Warren Thomas has been leading the conversation about local wines with this show since 2008!
During both hours of this show, we celebrate local wines from the Finger Lakes and Western New York, including the Niagara Wine Trail.
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Christopher Bates has launched a new Blind Tasting Case available to be picked up or shipped from FLX Provisions. These 6 ounce bottles represent wines from around the world and are only numbered. You can look them up on the FLX Provisions before you taste them, or perhaps after tasting and discussing them with friends and family. Blind tastings are both fascinating and humbling.
Dan Eaton hosted “Cooking at Home” on local cable in NYS for the past decade. He is now the Executive Chef at The Park Inn in Hammondsport. Before doing the cable show, Dan was a chef at several of Rochester’s best restaurants including Gerry’s Rochester Club, The Brasserie, Pearl, and Rooney’s. Herb Raymor founded Raymor Estate Cellars at his house in Bloomfield. He has expanded beyond just wine to make hard cider, beer, and a fusion of wine & hard cider.
Brendan Zugibe is one of three brothers that run Zugibe Vineyards on Seneca Lake. The FLX Collaboration Case of Dry Rose from 12 wineries is available on their website. Ted Marks is the owner of Atwater Vineyards and a long time innovator with their web cam at the winery and the satellite map of the Finger Lakes that can be purchased online. Ted is also a partner in Edible Finger Lakes, which is hoping to add many new subscribers with 10% of those proceeds going to the three regional food banks.
Erik Frarey is the Managing Partner of Heron Hill, and is hosting regular virtual tastings that are augmented by materials, wine, and glasses that can be ordered in advance. Vinny and Kim Aliperti are the owners of Billsboro Winery, and one of the 12 wineries participating in the FLX Collaboration Case of Dry Roses. They are also doing virtual tastings on a regular basis.
Barnstormer Winery is on the west side of Seneca Lake, and has planted their first vineyard on the property. The founder, Scott Bronstein, continues to work with a number of nearby wineries in a great example of the collaborative atmosphere in the Finger Lakes wine industry.
Michael talks about the impact of the shutdown on local wineries and restaurants. In addition, Esquire.com had a recent article about the devastating effects of this shutdown on small independent restaurants, which have recently begun to show up in the Midwest. The concern over small restaurants was partly fueled by the publicly traded Ruth Chris restaurant chain getting $20 million of the fund intended for small business. Also includes discussion of the Cornell report titled “The Cost of Establishment & Production of Vitis Vinifera Grapes in the Finger Lakes.”
Will Ouweleen was the perfect guest for Easter Sunday because he is the winemaker/owner of a winery that has produces altar wine since 1872. PureWineOnline.com is their new website for the table wines. Unfortunately (or not) the altar wines are not available for purchase by consumers due to a long standing agreement with the Catholic Diocese. During this shutdown, people might want to consider ordering wine from local wineries, perhaps enough so that some of it can be stored for 5-10 years. The cool climate wines from NYS are not only excellent food wines but also age quite well.
A discussion of takeout options and recent posts from RochesterFoodNet.com that highlighted articles in the Rochester Beacon and Food & Wine about the relationship between restaurants and delivery apps. With slim profit margins in good times, the 20-30% fees for delivery apps are especially difficult for independent restaurants to absorb. Randy Agness of Agness Wine Cellars called to let people know that he will feature two more Rieslings this Thursday during a live tasting on Facebook at 7pm – Silver Thread & Tierce. Last week’s tasting included his wine, Zugibe’s, and Ravines.
Peter Becraft, winemaker at Anthony Road Wine Company, is featured in the second hour of The Grapevine. The winery just released their first Prosecco style bubbly, to complement their Methode Champenoise sparkling wine. Michael and Peter also discuss Anthony Road’s dessert wine made with Vignoles, affected by the botrytis affectionately known as the “Noble Rot.”
Michael’s guest for the first hour of the wine show is Robin Ross of Arrowhead Spring Vineyards near Lockport, NY. Robin and Duncan Ross just opening a beautiful new timber frame tasting room and production facility in 2019. Their microclimate next to the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario gives their red vinifera grapes extra ripening in the fall, and helps their vines avoid late frosts in the spring.