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August 12, 2008

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Did he mean NOT too high in alcohol and too low in acid?

A subtle point that was not highlighted at the beginning of last week's conference, was the fact that the conference presenters primarily represented cool climate White winemaking; Dorgio on Tocai Friuli, Kunstler on Riesling, Lazlo on Riesling, Alvarex on Albarino, Clifton on Chardonnay, Jolivet on Sauvignon Blanc, Fry on 4 Long Island whites and one excellent Petite Verdot, and only Lurton focused on Bordeaux style winemaking.

It is the plan for the next conference to focus on Red winemaking; primarily Bordeaux style of wines that are dominated by the merlot varietal, but also include cabernet franc, petite verdot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon varietals.

I believe the “Long Island Style” that was not clearly recognized last week will be prevalent to all when top line Long Island reds are tasted along side the best of the world.

Was there any word on where the next conference would be? I think it would be interesting to shift these type of events all over the state. I think the cool weather red conference would cause some fun and quote-worthy debates up here in the Finger Lakes!

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