Archives for September 2008

Michelangelo’s  David

Michelangelo’s David

After a two-year visit to the United States, Michelangelo’s  David is returning to Italy …

When our travel Club goes to Florence, Italy next October I’m looking forward to seeing this. :)


Do you believe in miracles?

Today, I “accidentally”  met Barbara S. Hancock, the Associate Attorney for the NYS Law Revision Commission, in Cazenovia. On September 2, 2008(my birthday, plus 54 years), they just finished doing a Preliminary Report to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Study. Barbara is one of two Staff members who suggest revisions to all the States laws. I told her how the law prevents me from doing wine tasting at the Farmer’s Market (even though I do); the State Fair Grounds; all Wine Festivals, including the famous Finger Lakes Wine Festival in Watkins Glen; all because my wine is not made from NYS grown grapes. Anyway, if you want to see the Preliminary findings, go to

Barbara S. Hancock is an Associate Attorney with the Law Revision Commission. She is also Of Counsel to the trusts and estates and elder law firm of Jones & Wilcenski PLLC in Clifton Park, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Albany Law School.

Ms. Hancock is a member of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Sections. She is a graduate of Albany Law School, where she received the Sandman Fellowship in Aging Law and Policy and served as Managing Editor for Production and Note and Comment Editor for the Albany Law School Journal of Science and Technology.

Winemaking tip: How to remove labels from wine bottles

Want to know the best way to remove labels from wine bottles?

It’s easy: heat them in an oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

September, 2008 Seneca Lake Wine Trail

September, 2008 Seneca Lake Wine Trail

The captain recently chaperoned a carload of thirsty girls from Lakeland Winery to the Finger Lake Region of Seneca Lake for a day of fun and laughter. We visited eight different wineries and mostly enjoyed drinking their award winning wines. The most fun was at the party house of Hazlet Winery, followed closely by the hilarious stories told by the owners of Silver Springs Winery. Leidenfrost Vineyards had the least favorite wines. The most showy building award goes to Ventosa Winery (the wines were so-so). We had so much fun goofing around that I have decided to take another trip down the other side (West) of Seneca Lake next month. For more photos of our break from reality, visit

Wine News for 9/8/2008

Wine News for 9/8/2008

Stories and news from the wine world:

  • The Vintner’s Case for Global Warming
    — French winemakers are buying land in northern areas that haven’t been able to produce wine in centuries. Areas like upstate New York, Ontario, and British Columbia that were marginal wine producers are becoming important winemaking centers.
  • Winemaking: Requested Recipe (Pineapple Wines)
    — By the time the fruit reaches your local market, the intense flavor and sweetness made be decidely reduced. For that reason, pineapple wine made from canned pineapple or pineapple juice are, generally speaking, every bit as good as wine made from fresh pineapple fruit.
  • Using Wine Recipes for Fruit Wine
    — Once you have all the basic equipment together you can start looking for wine recipes to make your own fruit wines.
  • Winemaking Calculators Go Online
    — New website’s free tools provide help for busy winemakers.
  • Wine Critics and their Discontents
    — You might think that the job of wine critic would be heavenly—traveling the world, tasting wines and talking and writing about them. What could be better? But there are downsides and trade-offs to the job.
  • Wines to Make a Party Swing
    — So you’re having a party? There is nothing worse than going to a party and being given a bad tasting glass of wine. There is no excuse for this, and so this article gives you a few ideas on what to serve your guests.
  • The Way to Make Wine: How to Craft Superb Table Wines at Home
    — Written by a vintner and science editor with twenty-five years experience, The Way to Make Wine is the most readable and reliable handbook among the many winemaking guides.