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Hooray for May!
The deck awning was installed on May 1st and it is so nice to have it back again. The weather is improving, it is greening up everywhere so fast you can almost see it happening right before your eyes. In fact, you can! Just visit our LIVE Webcam.
We've completed the tasks of trimming and tying the canes for the entire vineyard on schedule, but as always, trellis work continues. Bud break occurred yesterday, with the tiny buds loving the warm temperatures and intermittent sunshine. Our two red French hybrids, Chancellor and Marechal Foch are usually the first varieties to show and they didn't disappoint.
To take advantage of the unique properties of our microclimate, we are adding two new red-wine grape varieties to our vineyard: Lagrein, which is an ancient grape variety from northeastern Italy, and Zweigelt, the most widely planted red-wine grape in Austria. In preparation for the young vines, we are tilling the soil and pulling stones out of two vineyard blocks. We expect the first harvest of these grapes will be around 2024. With time in the cellar, release of the wines will be a year or so later. The path to making great wines is a long one that requires patience!
This month, Vinny and George will be bottling the 2018 Vignoles and 2018 Pinot Gris.
From the semi-sweet 2018 Vignoles, a bright and silky wine, you can expect mouthwatering, complex aromas with flavors of honey, tropical fruit, and caramel apple.
Club Members will receive an exclusive preview of this vintage at our party on June 15th. If you would like to be notified when this delicious wine is available, please sign up here.
While the 2018 Pinot Gris will return to the cellar for aging, our 2017 Pinot Gris is now available for purchase. This crisp wine offers juicy notes of sweet and spicy orange blossom mixed with vanilla crème and tangy white peach and pear flavors finishing with a rounded, vibrant feel.
We are proud to share our latest review from Wine Enthusiast which gave our 2016 North Block Five Pinot Noir 90 points!
"Light ruby in color, aromas of tart red berries and pomegranate frame the nose, with delicate accents of red flowers and woodland spice providing depth. There's a real sense of vitality on the palate. It's loaded with fresh acidity that props up all the tangy red-fruit flavors, with shades of spice and granite broadening out the feel." -A.P. June, 2019
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It's so exciting to hear the sweet warbling sounds of the Eastern Bluebird as we welcome spring to the vineyards!
The official bird of New York State is one of the first birds to return north each spring and we welcome them back with nesting boxes throughout our property.
These boxes provide shelter, and in return, the Bluebirds help us with pest control. It's a real win-win and part of a commitment to managing our vineyards in a sustainable fashion.
It's such a busy time for us in April. We are experiencing fairly typical weather patterns and the vines are looking good. With a little under three acres left to prune we've switched gears a bit to focus on repairing and replacing broken posts. We need to make sure our trellises are tight and strong enough to carry the weight of the crop. There's only a short window to get this done because the next step in vine prep is literally tying the canes to the wires.
Ideally this should be accomplished by the beginning of May when we expect bud break. If we don’t have the canes tied down by then, we'll have to slow down so we don’t break off the tender shoots. We wrap the canes along the wires and secure them with twist ties (like the bread bag ones, but paper coated). This helps to spread the growth out along the trellis so we get as much sunshine and airflow to the fruit as possible to help with disease prevention and ripening.
Spring season ushers in our newest Rosé wine. It's back! Our Bubble Pinot Noir Rosé has been bottled and is for sale in the tasting room and on our website. We've doubled production on this popular wine this year, hope you get a chance to try some.
IT'S CASE CLUB PARTY TIME!
Join us for our annual "Party on the Lawn," June 15th. Tickets are available now!
Sunday, April 21 - Closed for Easter
Saturday, April 27 - Burn's Dog Pound Food Truck will be parked here for the day. Hot dogs, nachos, fries etc. "Come Fetch A Dog"
Thursday, May 23 - Atwater After Hours - Join us on the deck! Celebrate the start of the summer season with wine by the glass and small snacks from 5:00 until sunset.
Note: we will be open Thursday-Sunday evenings from this date through Columbus Day weekend in October for After Hours.
Sunday, May 26th - The Vineyard Table with Red Dove Tavern. Tickets sold here.
TVP: What is your winemaking philosophy
VINNY: I am not sure I would consider having a personal winemaking philosophy per se but rather a dogged determination to do what is necessary to make sure the precious cargo I am in charge of handling is properly nurtured and inevitably steered toward a life of consequence. To summarize, I tend to pick a bit early, sort when necessary, instigate fermentations, gas head space, top barrels religiously, eschew fining and sterile filter only when necessary.
We all know wine makes a wonderful gift, yet we have a way to make it an extra sensational gift! All you need besides the wine is a block of your favorite local cheese and a package of these home-made nut crisps. Often served at our wine bar GRAFT on their cheese plate, we asked Chef Christina McKeough to share this simple and versatile recipe that will complete your wine gift like no other!
Seeded Nut Crisps
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups mixed nuts and seeds* (hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, ch-ch-chia seeds)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
olive oil as needed
Preheat oven to 350. Butter/spray 1 pound loaf pan. Combine the flour, nuts, seeds and salt in bowl. In another bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together. Add flour mixture to eggs and combine. The batter will be very thick. Spoon into loaf pan, spreading out evenly. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until baked through. Take out to cool—but turn up oven to 400.
Remove loaf from pan and let cool a bit more. Using serrated knife, slice into thin slices. Line slices on cookie sheets and brush with olive oil. Bake until crisp and toasted –about 5 minutes. When cool, wrap in your favorite vessel for giving as gifts.
*Create countless variations to your liking—you can add dried fruit, spices and herbs, too.
Build your label by adding a company logo, a favorite photo, or just type in text and chooe your favorite colors for a completely customized look.
Personalized wine makes a beautiful, unique wine gift or can be used to add a special touch to your private wine collection. Personalized wine is also perfect for special occasions and celebrations such as weddings, anniversaries, parties, grand openings, and as corporate wine gifts.
BLENDING INFORMATION: 56% RIESLING 44% GEWÜRZTRAMINER
ACIDITY: 6.62g/L pH: 3.2 R.S.: .8% ALC BY VOL: 13%
BOTTLING DATE: June 2, 2017 TOTAL PRODUCTION: 184 Cases
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2018
PRICE: $18 BUY HERE
WINEMAKING NOTES: Fermented separately in stainless steel, we blend the two after many trials with different tanks and blends arriving with this final blend in December 2016. Aged together for six months before bottling.
TASTING NOTES: Pronounced “ree-verts”, this unique combination of Riesling and Gewürztraminer marries two of Atwater’s favorite varieties. It’s tremendously fragrant, with a flamboyant aroma that recalls roses, lychee nuts and spices like clove and allspice. The delicate finish melds into soft flavors of apricot and lime. Starts as a Riesling, finishes as a Gewürztraminer.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Experiment with food choices and this unique wine. It pairs
wonderfully with ethnic foods, prawns roast pork, autumn vegetables and blue cheeses.
This duo blend of Riesling and Gewurztraminer was made by this duo of Vinny and George, and named by Ted , who may be just a little bit proud 💕
Congratulations to all winners of categories and to Keuka Spring Vineyards for taking the Governor’s Cup for their 2017 Gewürztraminer!
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A quiet and slower time of the year in the Finger Lakes, winter is a great time to visit us. You can spend quality time with our staff learning about the vineyards, the region and just what goes into making a great bottle of wine.
We appreciate the visit and mention in NY travel guide Escape Brooklyn.
"Atwater Vineyards is yet another marvelous winery, whose location overlooks Seneca Lake. Atwater’s winemakers Vinny and George are very experimental in their production process, resulting in dynamic wines from over a dozen varieties, including Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc".
our winery and other hospitality businesses in the surrounding area are very excited and looking forward to TBEX North America 2018 -September 10-11. Influential travel professionals from all over the world will visit and share their experiences. We are ready #myflxtbex to welcome you.
TBEX is the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals and attracts 600-800 delegates from around the world.