Just days before veraison, Heron Hill Winery on Keuka Lake has cut ties with winemaker Thomas Laszlo. The Hungarian-born winemaker had been with the operation since the summer of 2002.
The winery declined to explain the decision.
Laszlo brought attention to Heron Hill's for the winery's highly regarded late harvest wines. He recently directed the launch of Heron Hill's Blaufrankisch, a red wine more commonly known as Lemberger.
With an active wine blog and an expanding portfolio of bottlings, there was no clear sign of an imminent departure.