September 17, 2006 |
It's harvest time in New York State's Finger Lakes region, so that means there will be grapes galore for making you know what. Oh, you're not a wine connoisseur? Don't uncork a bottle every now and then? Not even an occasional glass with dinner? That's OK, because with all those grapes - and they're expecting a bumper crop - some of the purplish-black Concords will be made into juice, jam, jelly and preserves. And grape pie. What, you never had a slice of grape pie? Never even heard of it?
October 17, 2010
I have a weakness for unpronounceable white wines such as Txakoli and Edelzwicker-if only because they give wannabe wine snobs a tongue-twisting pause. So here's another mouthful of consonants that's also worth trying to drink: Rkatsiteli. Pronounced "are-cat-si-telly," this ancient grape from the Republic of Georgia (and once the most common white wine in the Soviet Union) is getting a stellar revival from the Finger Lakes pioneers at Dr. Konstantin Frank. In Eastern Europe, it's used for brandy or fortified wine.
September 8, 1996 |
A friend of mine who owns, among other things, a sizable display of ancient devices that strip the kernels off corn cobs, was trying to explain to me how she felt about antiques collecting. "I have two glass canning jars, one decorated with the queen, and the other with the gem," she told me. "They came in sets of three, and I need the princess to complete mine. " Her sigh was like that of a big game hunter who in a moment of weakness has allowed a snow leopard to pass by unmolested.
June 16, 1991 |
On seeing the Finger Lakes region for the first time, my husband did a double take: "Wow, what a gorgeous area," was his first reaction. And as we drove along, gazing at the dazzling blue lakes and vineyard-studded hills, his second reaction registered: "Where," he demanded to know, "are all the tourists?" And where were the schlocky billboards, the neon-lit motels, the fast-food joints? The Finger Lakes are one of New York State's top three tourist destinations, but you'd never know it from visiting.
December 12, 2015 |
Jay Michael Starr, 68, of Merion, a lawyer, financier, teacher, and artist, died Sunday, Dec. 6, of complications from cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Starr was one of a handful of "Renaissance men in an age of the specialist," his close friend Michael E. Ussery said. Ussery is a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco. Mr. Starr was born in Quincy, Mass., the son of Irving Starr, one of the nation's longest-serving university deans, and Irene Godgart, a travel agent and artist.
October 28, 2012
When it comes to white wines, New York - especially the Finger Lakes - makes some of the best in America. But Long Island's North Fork is coming on strong, too, as evidenced by this pinot blanc from Lieb Family Cellars, the 20-year-old pioneer founded by Mark and Kathy Lieb, who decided California's wine country wasn't for them after experiencing an earthquake. It turns out that some of their 62 vineyard acres on the North Fork are ideal for producing a crisp rendition of this Alsatian grape.
October 3, 1989 |
HERE'S NEW YORK 'The Empire State' Key Physical Features: Atlantic Ocean, Long Island, Adirondacks, Catskills, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Hudson River, Mohawk River, St. Lawrence River. SPOTLIGHT ON NEW YORK CITY 'The Big Apple' New York is the largest city in the United States - about 8 million people. The city is divided into five boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Richmond (Staten Island). More business is carried on in New York than in any other city on earth!
February 28, 1997 |
The warm weather called out to Nathan Swymer on Saturday and, being an avid outdoorsman, the Pennsylvania State University sophomore responded by dragging a rowboat to the shore of Owasco Lake in Upstate New York and shoving off into the early morning silence. It was a ride, his father Stephen said yesterday, he should have never taken. The Exton man's boat cut through the cold water and when he reached the midpoint between the eastern and western shores, where the water can be more than 170 feet deep, something went wrong.
September 21, 2014 |
"Erasing" state borders, the operators of more than 50 wineries from New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania teamed up last August to create the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region, an alliance to market the region as a wine destination. The band of grape growers hopes that by coming together, its members can compete more effectively for visitors and their dollars with the better known wine moguls of New York's Finger Lakes region. "The whole idea is to bring people to the area and bring people to the wineries," said Barbara Hamilton Bray Wilde, owner of Cape May's Willow Creek Winery and a member of the consortium.
October 21, 2013 |
Small-town Auburn very probably is the oldest tourist destination in central New York, and 2013 is likely to be a banner year for this Finger Lakes gem. Even President Obama, the most notable recent visitor, stayed overnight in August during an upstate bus tour. His itinerary brought droves of reporters to Auburn, which bills itself as "history's hometown. " The city is basking in the reflected glory of two milestones. First, this is the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which brought the release of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, featuring Auburn's favorite son, William Seward, who was secretary of state in the Lincoln administration.