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A continental cool lingers in the fresh air this May. We invite you to taste the bright, intense and racy expressions of hearty grapes that survive cold winters in a diversity of cool climates around the world.
May 6 | #flxwine
2012, Red Tail Ridge Winery, Estate Grown Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, USA
This small winery proves that wine isn’t the only good thing that comes from the earth: It’s the first LEED Gold-Certified sustainable winery powered by geothermal energy in Finger Lakes, New York. Husband and wife Mike Schnelle and Nancy Irelan named the winery for the two nesting hawks that live near the vineyard, and they’ve proved the sky’s the limit as they achieve great success showcasing varieties for their cool climate. They continue to expand and experiment with obscure wine varieties from Germany, Austria, Hungary and Trentino, Italy, to add diversity and be on the forefront of what is possible from the Finger Lakes AVA.
2012, Boundary Breaks, CLONE No. 239, Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, USA
Welcome to the “banana belt” of the Finger Lakes AVA, where the site slopes along the eastern side break. The driving force behind Boundary Breaks is Bruce Murray, new to the winemaking arena, who is spearheading this exciting new project. Founded in 2008, Boundary Breaks focuses on producing fantastic expressions of Riesling using single clones: Geisenheim 98, 110 and 239; and Clone 90 from Neustadt. To highlight the unique features of each clone, the wine is often fermented in barrel, allowing a small amount of oxygen to reach it. The resulting wine is often expressive with an uproar of intensity and vast differences from one wine to the next.