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Jennifer Johnson
 
October 15, 2017 | Jennifer Johnson

New 2016 Vintages Released This Summer & Fall

You may have heard that in the wine business, it takes about seven years to figure out if you made a good (or bad) decision - because that's how long it takes to plant grapes, wait for adequate production to make wine, and then to sell that wine - and to see if your customers like it! 

Likewise, we rely on Mother Nature.  And sometimes, as in February of 2015, you get a surprise.  In this case, it was 30 degrees BELOW zero, which was cold enough to damage some tender vines (Riesling and Traminette) and to seriously reduce production in some vineyards.  SO, that was a long way of saying that we sold out of some vintages unintentionally - because we did not have the necessary grapes/juice to produce planned quantities. But now, they are back!

Black Locust Dry Riesling
Traminette
Pinot Noir (first estate vintage)
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chambourcin
Sparkling Traminette
Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Chambourcin Ice Wine
Sparkling Rosé Ice Wine

Time Posted: Oct 15, 2017 at 10:52 AM
Jennifer Johnson
 
October 1, 2017 | Jennifer Johnson

2017 Gold Medals

One of the summer's best stories is that we had been sold out of Vidal Blanc Ice Wine for some time and were looking forward to the bottling and release of the 2016 vintage.  Winemaker, Jeff Murphy, had already entered sent some wines in the 2017 San Francisco Wine Competition, but knew that he wanted to include Johnson's 2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine - and as it had just been bottled, he had to ship it to California via overnight Federal Express to insure that it arrived in time for the wine judging June 30 - July 2.  Are we glad that he did!

Another point of pride is the accolades given to our May Wine.  The 2016 vintage was the second of this new product inspired by Germany's spring May Wine celebrations with a white wine punch laced with sweet woodruff and strawberries.  Here's what the Beverage Testing Institute had to say:
"Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grape jelly, wild lemon, and preserved peach with a round, crisp, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length roasted nuts, dried pineapple, and cream soda finish with coating, silky, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An exemplary sparkler with terrific effervescence and a nuanced approach to Vidal Blanc."

2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine - Double Gold, 2017 San Francisco Int'l Wine
2016 Seyval Blanc - Double Gold, 2017 NY Food & Wine Classic
2016 Traminette - Gold & Best of Class, 2017 NY Food & Wine Classic
2015 Ives - Double Gold, 2017 Finger Lakes Wine Competition
2016 May Wine - 94 Points, Gold/Exceptional, Beverage Testing Institute

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