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Bargain red wines for under $15

Bargain red wines for under $15

Photo by blackbirdboy

Some good ones in this list…

Bargains [The Wine Camp Blog]

American Pinot Gris (Not Pinot Grigio)

American Pinot Gris (Not Pinot Grigio)

Oregon Yamhill Pinot Gris
Photo by chickeninthewoods

The WSJ has a great article about American Pinot Gris, a “specialty of Oregon”:

If wines could speak, that’s what American Pinot Gris would be saying about now. This white wine has been going through a lot of changes over the past few years, even including its name. Were the changes for the better? We decided to find out with a broad, blind tasting. Our results were mixed, but we found a couple of terrific bargains that most certainly can speak for themselves.

It just so happens that you can make 30 bottles of your own Pinot Gris with us! Head over to our Wine List where you’ll find Oregon Yamhill Pinot Gris under the Estate Series.

American Pinot Who? []

Raspberry Cordial Recipe

Recently, I ran into this nice gentleman named Stanley who convinced me to sample some of his Raspberry Cordial. It tasted a little sweet but for all you women who love sweet alcohol, this one’s for you. It was delicious!

1 qt. berries (red or black raspberries)
1 qt. vodka
1 cup sugar

Thoroughly mix the sugar and vodka into a gallon carboy. Add berries (without crushing) and stir gently. Attach either an airlock or secure a balloon with a rubber band to the opening. Wait 6 weeks at room temperature for fermentation (DO NOT add yeast). Drain off the sediment (called lees) and store in corked bottles. You can drink immediately but I recommend cooling before drinking.

Bring it into the winery with 3 bottles and I’ll cork it for you. Enjoy:)


New York wine industry one of the fastest growing in the U.S.

New York wine industry one of the fastest growing in the U.S.

Sceneic View Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes Wine Region
Photo by joey norsen.

Stumbled across a study from last year, which points out that the New York wine industry is one of the fastest growing in the 50 states.

With more and more Personalized Winemakers and wholesale customers every day, is it just a coincidence that our winery is growing? Maybe—but we’re definitely working pretty hard to make it happen!

The Northeast also consumes the most wine:

Respondents from the Northeast region exhibit the highest incidence of drinking wine, followed by respondents from the West region. Three—New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey—out of the top ten
wine-consuming states (Adams Beverage Group) are in the Northeast region. Additionally, the New York wine industry is one of the fastest growing in the U.S. (Mintel/Simmons Spring 2006 National Consumer Survey)

I’ll have to dig through this study further to find more interesting tidbits…