Video Vault Interview – with Lisa Hallgren of Ravines Wine Cellars

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The Finger Lakes of Upper New York State. Ravines Wine Cellars owns property adjacent to Seneca and Keuka Lakes.

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The view of Ravines from Keuka Lake.

Over the next few weeks, both here and on my Little Sister blog, I will be posting some videos previously seen only on YouTube.  This first one is an interview with Lisa Hallgren, winemaker at Ravines Wine Cellars, in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  We tasted her wines at Sips on Sherman, the former WineStyles located just north of Chicago, in Evanston.  The Finger Lakes region is especially strong on Riesling and Cabernet Franc, Ms. Hallgren makes wine from these varieties along with Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir. You can watch the video at my link here.


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2010 was a very warm vintage for the Finger Lakes.  There’s only 10 percent new oak added, the creamy texture comes from the lees stirring.  Lots of melon, ripe pear and toast.



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Walking through the ravines of upper New York State:  “You can smell the wet stone”; it really comes out on this Riesling.



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A warm, humid vintage; definitely picked up the walnut and manderin orange on this one.  Definitely picked up on the botrysized fruit!

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