With the 2013 vintage in the rear view mirror, its time to prepare for the Spring bottling season. Before the wines are bottled up, each wine must pass through a series of filter pads to ensure microbiological stability and clarity. Most wines will run through at least three different sized pads, starting with a coarse filter, then a tighter one and so on, until they are "bottle ready". We traditionally start bottling Atwater's trio of sweet wines, including, Catawba, Niagara and Chancellor. Next up this year will be Dry Rosé made from Cabernet Franc, then Chardonnay, a blend of tank, barrel and skin fermentation. An old Atwater favorite, Vidal Blanc is returning, and for the first time Atwater is bottling two estate-grown single-block Rieslings! And that is just the beginning, keep checking in to see and read what else is coming down the pike! Think Spring!
out and enjoy some Finger Lakes wine! This winter has hit us hard, but it’s a good reminder that we
live in NYS after a couple years of being spoiled! Despite the inconvenience that the ‘extra’ snow fall
has caused this year, I find a lot of charm and beauty in fresh snow. The contrasting transformation the
land undergoes is quite brilliant, from warm fall colors to a pristine white landscape, only to be followed
by a dull moment of mottled browns before the seemingly long wait is over and spring explodes with
vibrant life. The snow also provides good contrast to our vineyard guys as they trim through the frigid
temperatures… Any other season they might be a bit hard to spot behind the foliage. Here’s a good
example featuring Bobby hard at work trimming… Despite what he might claim, he wasn’t going quite
this fast! The video is approximately 1 hour compressed into 20 seconds. ;)
Ted Marks honor stems from his entrepreneurial spirit of risk. Mr. Marks opened The Tasting Room by Atwater this past year on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen. He continually makes a dynamic contribution to the Schuyler County business community and fosters economic opportunities in all that he does.
The Leader in Business must have made a dynamic contribution to the Schuyler County business community within the last decade; must have expanded the business mix in Schuyler County; continues to foster economic opportunity such as creating new job opportunities; must have assumed considerable risk; and be considered a highly respected entrepreneur.