with Kevin Zraly
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’s 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.
▸ Keuka Lake Vineyards 2017 Falling Man Dry Riesling
▸ Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2017 Syrah
▸ Fjord Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Franc
▸ Red Newt Cellars 2017 Pinot Gris
▸ Suhru Wines 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
▸ Macari Vineyards 2015 Bergen Road
This session was recorded live on December 17, 2020
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 “Wine A to Z,” 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: [email protected]