I have just heard from Martha Macinski or Marti as she is known to everyone in the Finger Lakes. She updated me on the happenings around the Standing Stone Winery that she and her husband Tom have owned since 1991. They have just finished pressing frozen grapes to make Riesling Ice and Vidal Ice. The grapes are not picked frozen but are picked as late harvest and then frozen commercially so that they may be pressed to make Ice wine. The Riesling Ice 2012, Vidal Ice 2011 and the Riesling 2012 are all ready and will be bottled in early March. One of the nice things about stopping by the tasting room during the winter is that there are fewer people visiting so Marti and her staff will have more time to talk and share details about the wine. The vineyard crew is busy fixing any trellis components that have broken over the previous growing season. Pruning will start in February and after that task is completed the vines will be tied up before bud break in the spring. There was some concern that the recent spike in temperatures would reduce the snow cover that protects the vineyard during the winter but the cold nights and the return of normal winter weather prevented any damage to the vines. Marti made me laugh when she told me that ” You would be surprised how much work it is to taste 10 barrels of Standing Stone Saperavi.” I know it is a tough job but I guess someone has to do it :-). They will be bottling some 2010 and 2012 wines in April and May with the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot being of reserve status and reportedly delicious! Thanks to Marti for keeping me informed on the latest news from Standing Stone Winery which is on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in Hector, NY. If you want more info you can visit the website www.Standingstonewines.com or go to their Facebook page.
- Standing Stone Vineyards: Ice Wine in the Banana Belt (lennthompson.typepad.com)
- Saperavi, the Great Red Grape of the Finger Lakes? Open Minds at Standing Stone Vineyards (lenndevours.com)
- A wine prescription for cold and flu (o.canada.com)