Winemakers are the sort of people whose passion radiates from their eyes, the way they talk about each their creations. My favorite winemakers range from mad-scientist to sculptor in one sitting. Neither lacks precision, neither takes precision too seriously.
I’ve spent some time this week in the Finger Lakes, in Upstate, New York where some of my favorite winemakers reside. A place that is nearly a second home to me, even though I haven’t spent more than 5 days here since I graduated and left the area. The winemakers I’ve spent my days with during the 2010 harvest, ranging greatly in style, are down-to-earth, extremely passionate folks who put their land and their microclimate first, and their creations second. That’s not to say that their wines aren’t their focus, but they are people who see the bigger picture first.
The summer of 2010 has been a hot one, and we’ve roamed up and down lanes picking off of small clusters of grapes; pinot noir, chancellor, malbec, riesling, gewurztraminer, and all the lovely indigenous sweeties; niagara, catawba, concord. Most prominently, Thirsty Owl’s Syrah & Riesling grapes, Atwater’s Riesling, and Chateau Lafayette Reneau’s chardonnay. Harvest time, Yum time.