The Grapevine

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.

Tune in weekly to hear from wine makers, experts, restaurateurs, and conversation on the finest wines of the Finger Lakes and beyond.

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The Grapevine, July 19, 2020

By Michael Warren Thomas | July 19, 2020

You can vote once a day and every day for the next several weeks for Finger Lakes entries in 10Best.com polls for Best Wine Region, Best Wine Tour Company, Best Wine Festival, and Best Winery Restaurant.

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The Grapevine, July 12, 2020

By Michael Warren Thomas | July 12, 2020

Local home winemaker Joe Diponzio won Best of Show at the Pittsburgh American Wine Society wine competition for his Traminette/Aromella blend. Both of these grapes were developed by Cornell, with the Aromella one of their most recently named new grape varieties.

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The Grapevine, July 5, 2020

By Michael Warren Thomas | July 5, 2020

The Brown Hound Bistro is reopening this Wednesday, July 8th as the Memorial Art Gallery reopens to the public.

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The Grapevine, June 28, 2020

By Michael Warren Thomas | June 28, 2020

Restaurants and wineries are reopening their indoor spaces, but please wear a mask except when seated at a restaurant or tasting wine at a winery.

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The Grapevine, June 21, 2020

By Michael Warren Thomas | June 21, 2020

The re-opening continues at wineries around upstate NY.

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The Grapevine, June 14, 2020

By Michael Warren Thomas | June 14, 2020

Phase 3 reopening has begun in Rochester and the Finger Lakes!

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The Grapevine, May 31, 2020 – Hour 1

By Michael Warren Thomas | June 1, 2020

One of the key chefs behind the locavore movement in the Finger Lakes is Orlando Rodriguez. After about a dozen years as the Executive Chef at Glenora’s Veraisons Restaurant, he purchased Graft Wine & Cider Bar in Watkins Glen in late 2019.

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The Grapevine, May 31, 2020 – Hour 2

By Michael Warren Thomas | June 1, 2020

The featured interview is with Colleen Hardy from Living Roots Winery in Rochester, which makes wine in both the Finger Lakes and Australia. They are offering window pickup service at their University Avenue winery tasting room during this shutdown.

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The Grapevine, May 17, 2020 – Hour 2

By Michael Warren Thomas | May 18, 2020

Barb Tatarnic of Brock University in Ontario, Canada provides an update on Cuvee 2020. This annual gala will be a virtual event this year with videos from participating wineries available starting on May 22.

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The Grapevine, May 17, 2020

By Michael Warren Thomas | May 18, 2020

Consider adding a grapevine to your backyard, perhaps more for the wildlife than to make your own wine. Mention of yesterday’s interviews with Flower City Pickers and Community Composting, as they relate to NYS’s largest landfill that greets every visitor to the Finger Lakes who gets off the Thruway at Waterloo Exit 41. Also a discussion about the re-opening challenges for restaurants, and the FLX Collaboration Dry Rose Case available through Zugibe vineyards.

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