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Chilling out this week
No new reviews this week, but here’s some tidbits I’ve found worth sharing with you!
WineFolly.com have released a new dynamic guide all about New York State! Lots to say about Long Island and the Finger Lakes, of course, but also the newer AVA of Upper Hudson Valley, including Saratoga Springs and Schenectady. A new New York wine region? I’m in!
Also this week, Mark Squires of Robert Parker Wine Advocate visited my buds at William Heritage Winery to taste a selection from The Winemakers Co-op. Great to see someone from such a distinguished publication interested in New Jersey wines!
Finally, some good news out of France. The 2022 Bordeaux harvest looks “very promising,” writes Chris Mercer for Decanter:
…It’s still too early to judge fully and yields will be lower in some cases following heat, drought and also hailstorms during the growing season, yet the CIVB cited ‘attractive but small berries’ and healthy vineyard conditions during the crucial flowering period and for harvest….
And pour one out for Fred Franzia, who elevated (or denigrated?) Charles Shaw Wine into the well-loved Two-Buck Chuck. Franzia — yes, related to the box wine Franzias, and a nephew of E&J Gallo founder Ernest Gallo — died at his California home this week at age 79. At those prices, you can afford to pour out two.