Leading Varietals of New York

with Kevin Zraly

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If you know New York wine, you might immediately think of the Finger Lakes and Riesling or your mind might go South to Long Island where Merlot often takes center stage, but the story doesn’t end there. Recently, many trade and media have been focusing on other leading varietals of New York‚Äôs major growing regions. In addition to the two getting most of the spotlight, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc are hot on their heels for some attention – and deservedly so. Join us, along with Kevin Zraly, one of the world’s foremost wine educators, for an exploration of the hallmark varietals of New York State. How are they different in expression than those you know from warmer regions? How are winemakers working with growers to coax the best out of these grapes in the vineyards? What are the winemakers in New York doing to put their cool-climate stamp on such well-known wines? Find out all this and more on December 17th.

Featured Wines:

‚Ėł Keuka Lake¬†Vineyards¬†2017 Falling Man Dry Riesling
‚Ėł Arrowhead¬†Spring Vineyards¬†2017 Syrah
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Fjord Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Franc
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Red Newt Cellars 2017 Pinot Gris
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Suhru Wines 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
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Macari Vineyards 2015 Bergen Road 

Kevin Zraly

This session was recorded live on December 17, 2020

Panelists:

  • Ben Sherman, Winemaker & Mel Goldman, Owner
    Keuka Lake Vineyards 
  • Kelby Russell, Winemaker
    Red Newt Cellars 
  • Russell Hearn, Owner & Winemaker
    Suhru Wines 
  • Matthew¬†Spaccarelli, Owner & Winemaker
    Fjord Vineyards
     
  • Duncan Ross, Co-owner &¬†Winemaker
    Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 
  • Gabriella Macari, GM
    Macari Vineyards 

About the Moderator:

Internationally acclaimed wine educator, best-selling author, James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kevin Zraly has been described as a naturally gifted speaker who is both refreshingly humble and candid. His passion for wine and food and his engaging teaching style help demystify the ever-changing world of wine. Kevin offers Wine Classes, Wine Paired Dinners, and Wine Tastings, and speaks on wine, food, and restaurants. 

After graduating college and studying wine by visiting vineyards and winemakers, Kevin had a chance meeting with legendary restaurateur Joe Baum which led to his being hired as the first Cellar Master and wine director of the renowned Windows on the World Restaurant atop One World Trade Center. Windows soon became the country’s top grossing restaurant and, with Kevin at the helm of its highly recognized wine list, sold more wine than any restaurant in the world. It was there that he established his Windows on the World Wine School which lasted forty years and graduated more than 20,000 students ranging from wine novices and aficionados to top chefs and culinary professionals. Kevin worked at the Windows on the World Restaurant for 25 years, from the day it opened in 1976 until September 11, 2001. 

He has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, People magazine The Wall Street Journal, GQ magazine, Newsweek and USA Today and has been featured on national TV and other syndicated television and radio shows. He co-hosted the Food Network show ‚ÄúWine A to Z,‚ÄĚ captivating his audience with his signature charisma and enthusiasm.¬†

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Culinary Institute of America (since 1990) and director of the Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin Zraly Master and Advanced Wine Classes in New York City. 

Kevin is the author of eight books, including the best selling Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, now in its 32nd edition with more than 4 million copies sold. He is also the author of the first book that covers wineries and vineyards in all 50 states, Kevin Zraly’s American Wine Guide, The Ultimate Wine Companion, a compilation of 40 world-renowned wine writers, and Red Wine (2017) which received international acclaim as the Gourmand 2017 Best Wine Book of the Year. His memoir, A Glass Half Full: A Cellarmaster’s Journey Through Wine and Life, will be released in 2020. Contact: kevin@kevinzraly.com  

  • 2011 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award recipient¬†
  • Wine Director of Windows on the World Restaurant from 1976 to 2001.¬†
  • Teacher of Windows on the World Wine School 1976-2016, graduating over 20,000 students, and Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin¬†Zraly¬†Master Wine Classes and Advanced Wine Classes¬†
  • Author of eight books, including the largest selling wine book in the world, ‚ÄúWindows on the World Complete Wine Course‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúRed Wine,‚ÄĚ winner of the 2017 Gourmand Best Wine Book of the Year¬†