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Welcome again to the Finger Lakes in Central NYS. Fall will display spectacular colors, so don’t forget your camera.

The winter of 2005 to 2006 was very mild and easy on the grapevines. As spring sprung a very good bud break in most varieties was confirmed. Alternating cool, wet and warm to hot sticky weather resulted in variable fruit set, depending on the bloom sequence and the then current weather conditions. We have the POTENTIAL to see the best crop many of us have seen in 3-4 years (even a light crop on Gewürztraminer). A good vineyard disease control program this year has been necessary to keep the lid on fungal pressure. Fruit to foliage ratio appears quite good in most varieties and we have had more than adequate precipitation to keep the vines growing. A nice warm August with adequate but not excessive precipitation and no disasters would really bring the crop along.

On the bad side fuel prices have driven up prices and cost of every aspect of doing business. We have had to adjust prices accordingly. We hope you understand. Please say a prayer or two for good weather and a quality harvest and moderating fuel prices.

NY 73.0136.17 has been named Noiret.

Also, please note that the ripening date for Chelois has been moved to a week later than Chancellor. It would benefit from a little more time on the vine.


May Your Wines Fall Bright!