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Press and news that features Ravines Wine Cellars

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May 11, 2014 | Ravines ,

Ravines Dinner at Good Luck

Good Luck Restaurant in Rochester will be hosting a dinner, Forage II, featuring Ravines Wine. Local wild plants such as fiddlehead ferns, ramps & nettles, and wild ginger will serve as the building blocks of a 4-course dinner. Each course will be paired beautifully with Ravines Wine. Join owners Lisa & Morten Hallgren to experience beautiful wines paired with a meal made of local natural treasures.

Click here to purchase tickets
$75 per person 
May 13th
6:00 pm, dinner served at 7:00

wine dinner at Good Luck restaurant

Time Posted: May 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM
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May 7, 2014 | Ravines ,

Dry Riesling & Grilled Striped Bass


Ravines Dry Riesling and Striped Bass recipe

Dry Riesling and Grilled Striped Bass with Lemon & Capers

Enjoy this delicious recipe this spring.

                    -4 striped bass fillets, can substitute Halibut or Cod                                                   

      Sauce:                                                                  Marinade:   

-2 T olive oil                                                         - 2T Olive Oil
-2 T fresh lemon juice                                           - 1 T minced parsley
-2 T capers                                                          - 1 T minced parsley
-1 T minced fresh Italian parsley                            - 1 t lemon zest
-2 T minced sun-dried tomatoes                           - freshly ground pepper
-1/2 t sugar
-1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
-1/4 t kosher salt


Whisk together ingredients and rub over fillets on all sides.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to grill. In a small bowl whisk together the sauce ingredients. Set aside at room temperature.  Grill the fillets over direct high heat until the fish is just opaque at the center and slightly firm to the touch, 8-10 minutes, turning once. Remove and serve warm with the sauce spooned on top.  Serve with your favorite sautéed vegetables and Ravines Dry Riesling.

Time Posted: May 7, 2014 at 11:17 AM
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May 5, 2014 | Ravines ,

Keuka in Bloom Sweet Corn Chowder Recipe

If you joined us for the Keuka in Bloom event this weekend, you got to taste this heavenly sweet corn chowder prepared by Chef Brud Holland. Here is the recipe so you can make this delicious dish at home:

Keuka in Bloom sweet corn chowder

  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 T flour
  • 8 ears sweet corn, steamed & shucked or 2lb bag frozen sweet corn
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley or thyme

Finely chop and cook bacon, drain and set aside. Finely chop all veggies & sauté in 1 stick of butter. Sprinkle flour, cook for 1 minute & slowly add chicken stock. Continue cooking for a few minutes until sauce thickens. Stir in corn, bacon, parsley and cream. Salt & pepper to taste. Serve with Ravines Dry Pinot Rosé.

Time Posted: May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM
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April 9, 2014 | Ravines ,

2013 Dry Riesling

Ravines 2013 Dry Riesling We have released our 2013 Dry Riesling. The 2012 Dry Riesling was highly awarded, receiving a 91 point score and a #33 spot on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list. This has made the release of the 2013 vintage highly anticipated.

Winemaker Morten Hallgren says that “2013 was a cooler vintage which Riesling likes and yields wine with a more focused fruit profile and a crisper acidity. The limestone soils in our vineyards contribute to the distinctive minerality and works beautifully with the elegant, dry style we produce.”

Visit our tasting rooms or shop online to purchase.

Time Posted: Apr 9, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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March 3, 2014 | Ravines ,

Ravines in California Press

The Sacramento Bee recently published a wonderful article about Ravines Wine Cellars. Mike Dunne wrote about his visit to Ravines and, much to his surprise, the growing popularity of Finger Lakes wines in the California wine region.

"...Finger Lakes wines aren’t much distributed in California. The competition is keen here, and the cool-climate varietals for which the district is best known, including Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Seyval Blanc ,and Traminette, aren’t much in demand hereabouts.

That accounts for my surprise when, while browsing about the wine department of Corti Brothers not long ago, I came across three varietals from Ravines Wine Cellars, one of the wineries where I’d selected several wines during my first tour of Finger Lakes. ..." 

Read the full article here.

Time Posted: Mar 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM
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November 19, 2013 | Ravines ,

2012 Dry Riesling Named Wine Spectator Top 100

Ravines Wine Spectator Top 100 2013

Wine Spectator recently released the Top 100 Wines of 2013, a prestigious list of the world's most provocative wines. Ravines Wine Cellars' 2012 Dry Riesling is ranked 33rd on the list, an impressive accolade for the winery as well as the Finger Lakes Wine Industry as a whole.

James Molesworth rated the 2012 Dry Riesling with a 91 point score in the October issue of Wine Spectator, citing its "good weight and drive, with Asian pear, fennel and Fuji apple notes carried by lively acidity. Delivers lots of cut on the finish."

The 2012 Dry Riesling is available for purchase online or in either of our two tasting rooms on Keuka and Seneca Lake.

Time Posted: Nov 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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December 10, 2012 | Ravines ,

The Art of Blending

Morten Hallgren talks about blending wine in the barrel room.   Last weekend's "The Art of Blending" event really had the creative juices flowing down in the barrel room of the cellar!  On Saturday and Sunday, guests joined Winemaker, Morten Hallgren, on a journey into the realm of winemaking as he presented the history of Cabernets from a European perspective, before they came to the New World. Morten discussed the differences in philosophies of Old World versus New World and explained why the cool climate of the Finger Lakes region is just right for producing elegant and expressive red wines.

   Attendees learned about each of the three individual varietals that make up a Meritage and how each Art of Blending event blending chart notesenhances the final blend as well as how the Winemaker's artistic vision and skill creates the pleasure factor in an impeccably crafted Cabernet blend.  After sampling each varietal individually, guests were given the chance to experiment and create their own unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.  Several of our Ravinous Wine Club members who were at the event enjoyed creating their own blends so much that they suggested we let RWC members create a special "Ravinous Blend" for a future vintage! Stay tuned for more information about that potential collaboration in 2013...

Ravines Meritage with braised beef, blue cheese baguette, and a Hedonist bittersweet chocolate truffle.   Once the blending exercise was complete, guests enjoyed a vertical flight of four Ravines Meritage vintages from 2006-2009 and experienced the art of blending as they tasted and learned about the differences and sublime similarities between each vintage.  A poll taken after tasting each of the four vintages concluded that the 2006 Meritage was the consensus favorite, with 2007 being a close second. The flight was accompanied by a plate of small bites paired and created to enhance the flavors of these complex wines, which included: Local Angus Beef braised overnight in Ravines Meritage with shallots and local garlic and baked in a pastry crust, Muranda Bleu Cheese on a Baguette brushed with Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil, and Hedonist Artisan Chocolates Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles infused with Ravines Meritage.  The favorite pairings of the day were:

2007 - Braised Beef
2006 & 2008 - Bleu Cheese Baguette
2009 - Hedonist Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle

   The weekend was a huge success. Guests loved not only learning about the history and process behind a beautiful Meritage, but having Ravinous Club members enjoy blending their own Meritage. the opportunity to engage and interact by creating their own blends, voting on their favorite Ravines Meritage vintage, and pairing the wines with food.  We look forward to offering more great events like "The Art of Blending" in 2013 - stay up to date on all the latest news and happenings at Ravines by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and checking our Event Calendar. Cheers!


Time Posted: Dec 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM
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December 10, 2012 | Ravines ,

Wine Spectator Smart Buy

2012 Dry Riesling named Wine Spectator Smart BuyWine Spectator has designated Ravines 2011 Dry Riesling as a "Smart Buy" in the Buying Guide of their December 31, 2012 issue.  Our 2011 Dry Riesling is a unique and elegant expression of the brilliant Finger Lakes terroir.  The bouquet of this wine is delicate with intricate aromas of white flowers, mingled with pear, apple, and citrus notes, followed by a lingering mineral finish and vibrant acidity.  At only $16.95 a bottle for a wine of this stature, it is most certainly a smart buy.

Another Riesling that would be smart to add to your personal cellar is our single vineyard, 2009 Argetsinger Vineyard Dry Riesling, which received a 90 point score in the December 15, 2012 issue of Wine Spectator. Visit our Online Shop to purchase both of these Rieslings, along with the rest of our full line of dry, European-style wines.

Time Posted: Dec 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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November 15, 2012 | Ravines ,

Wine Spectator Visits Ravines

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting James Molesworth, Senior Editor for Wine Spectator and author of wine blog Stirring the Lees, at our new production facility and tasting room.  On previous trips to the Finger Lakes, James had visited us at our tasting room on Keuka Lake, but this was his first time seeing our new home on Seneca Lake.

James had the opportunity to take a walk through our vineyard with Winemaker, Morten Hallgren, who explained his decision to field graft the vineyard's few acres of hybrid vines over to Riesling:

          Field grafted vines

"It's the first time in 25 years anyone has field grafted in the Finger Lakes.  It makes sense: You keep the root structure in tact, don't have to redo the trellis system and only lose one harvest, rather than the four or more harvests you'd lose if you replanted entirely. We brought in a team from California and the success rate of the grafting was 98 percent. Anything around 80 percent is considered good. So we are really happy. But that's the first step. Now we have to get them through a winter and this first one will be the most risky for the newly grafted vines."

Watch the video of Morten and James in the White Springs Vineyard >

After touring the vineyards and cellar, James, Morten, and Lisa headed to the tasting room to taste a few of our recent releases, including the 2006 Brut Sparkling and 2011 Dry Riesling.

Ravines 2006 Sparkling Brut

2006 Brut

Molesworth described the 2006 Brut, "It's very refined, with subtle, fresh-cut pear, white peach, jicama and almond notes and a refined, gentle mousse through the finish. It shows a light toasty note but stays lighter in feel and more floral throughout."" I'd like to see it put in blind with a flight of Champagne—I think it would hold its own."


2011 Dry Riesling

And his thoughts on the Dry Riesling: "The Finger Lakes Riesling Dry 2011 looks to be one of the top bottlings from this Ravines 2011 Dry Riesling heterogeneous vintage. It shows lovely cut from the start, with tarragon, flint, lime and pear peel notes and a long, nervy but invigorating's an excellent value."We had a wonderful time with James during his visit to our new winery and proud that he thinks so highly of our wines and the bright future for Ravines.

Read more about James' visit to Ravines on his blog Stirring the Lees and follow him on Twitter to see some great photos he took of the cellar and vineyards!

Time Posted: Nov 15, 2012 at 7:05 AM
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November 12, 2012 | Ravines ,

NY Times & Washington Post Recommend Ravines Dry Riesling

   In today's edition of The New York Times, Eric Asimov, wine critic for The Times, writes about some great wine suggestions for those who waited until the last minute to head to the wine shop. Asimov recommended Ravines Dry Riesling as his standby American White wine for Thanksgiving dinner:   

2011 Dry Rielsing recommended by The New York Times and the Washington Post

"My standby is the $15 Finger Lakes riesling from Ravines. This is a great wine..." 
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   The Washington Post recently published their annual list of "Thanksgiving Wines to Try", a selection of wines that will match well with the White House Thanksgiving menu or your own traditional turkey and stuffing. Ravines' 2011 Dry Riesling was included in this year's list, receiving an 'Exceptional' 3 star (out of 3) rating and the following review:  

Ravines Dry Riesling 2011

Finger Lakes, New York, $17

   The wine industry east of the West Coast is exploding, and New York’s Finger Lakes have established a distinct character and style for Riesling. This lovely example caresses the palate with a limpid, mineral texture and flavors of apricot and peach, with a refreshing edge of talc and lime.

   With Thanksgiving only a day away, now is the time to stock up on wine for your holiday meal. Be sure to include a bottle of our beautiful 2011 Dry Riesling on the table with your feast tomorrow.  Space

Happy Thanksgiving from Ravines Wine Cellars!

Time Posted: Nov 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM