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The Finger Lakes may have just received a foot of snow, but the activity doesn't stop at Ravines.
Both tasting rooms are open, so you can stop in to taste our newest releases and perhaps pair the wines with our Ravinous Plate of local cheese and artisan chocolate. The 2014 vintage wines are in their tanks and barrels; winemaker Morten Hallgren and Assistant Winemaker Darrin Scott are carefully checking their development every day. The vineyard crew is tending the vines. And Neil, our wine club manager, is preparing the Ravinous Club Pack for March.
In addition to the wines (Ravines' 2011 Argetsinger Vineyard Dry Riesling, 2013 Keuka Village Red, 2012 Pinot Noir, and 2013 Gewurztraminer), the package also includes the Ravinous Newsletter, which contains notes from Morten and Lisa and recipes which were specially selected to pair with the four wines. One of the recipes is for duck breast which has been smoked over grapevines - and since many people likely won't have access to grapevines, the package also includes a bundle of vines from our White Springs vineyard.
Club members receive four packages a year, in March, May, September, and October. Usually there will be two reds and two whites, and often there will be a wine that may not be available to non-club members (for example, one of our single-vineyard Chardonnays, or our exclusive Cerise blend of Pinot Noir and Lemberger). Club members also enjoy a 20% discount on all wines, with the exception of our Appassionata and Late Harvest Vignoles dessert wines, and receive complimentary wine tastings for themselves and up to three guests at either of our tasting rooms. Club members are also invited to some of the best events around, from our Spring Barrel Tastings to the Fall Harvest Festival and more. (See the full event calendar here.) And there's no membership fee! If you're not already a member, why not take a few minutes and join your fellows who are Ravinous?
Ravines Wine Cellars is saddened by the passing of Sam Argetsinger, who died at his home on Sunday, December 28, 2014.
Sam Argetsinger was an excellent vineyardist and a beloved member of the Ravines family. The Argetsinger vineyard on Seneca Lake provides fruit for many of Ravines' wines, including single-vineyard Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.
There's a saying in the Finger Lakes: "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes - it'll change." Today's weather truly embodied that saying. We had beautiful sunshine, followed by rain, followed by more sunshine, followed by snow showers.
Despite the vagaries of the day's weather, we have lavender blooming in front of our Keuka Lake tasting room, and the window boxes still have beautiful white petunia blossoms. Stop by any day of the week between 10:00am and 5:00pm and check them out. While you're there, taste some of our award-winning wines, including our two newest releases: 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Franc.