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September 22, 2014 | Ravines ,

Ravines Wine Cellars Named Top 100 Winery of The Year

Ravines Wine Cellars Top 100 Winery of 2014 by Wine and Spirits

Highly acclaimed Wine & Spirits Magazine has named Ravines Wine Cellars one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2014. 

This annual list highlights top performing wineries from the most prominent wine regions around the globe.  A place on the Top 100 list means that among the 12,500 wines that were tasted by the Wine & Spirits panel of critics, Ravines wines received top scores.

In addition to the Wine & Spirits Top 100 list, Ravines is the only Finger Lakes winery to appear on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list two times   These recognitions are not only a great honor for Ravines, but for the Finger Lakes wine region as a whole.  Awards such as this gain global attention and help to show that the Finger Lakes produces high quality, world-class wines.

The Top 100 Tasting Event will take place on October 21st at The Matreon in San Francisco, CA.  Additional  information can be found here.  Attend the event or visit one of our tasting room locations to taste this year’s top scoring wines. 

Time Posted: Sep 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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September 20, 2014 | Ravines ,

2012 Cabernet Franc Wine & Spirits 93 Points


Morten Hallgren with Cabernet Franc grapes

  Ravines 2012 Cabernet Franc is exceptional, earning 93 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine.  2012 was a remarkable vintage in the Finger Lakes region. Budbreak, following a mild Winter, was in mid- April, which is the earliest on record. A warm and sunny growing season allowed for unprecedented ripeness levels.

   The grapes for this wine were all hand-harvested and de-stemmed into open top Harvest assistant Xavier punches down grapes twice daily.fermenters. After starting as a whole berry fermentation, Morten likes to do hand "punch-downs" as a gentle method of extracting all the good stuff from the fruit and none of the bad (like harsh tannins). It's time consuming but worth it. Skins were hand bucketed out to leave behind most of the seeds and sediment and avoid sources of astringency. Malolactic fermentation then took place in barrels for improved texture. 

   The resulting wine has a beautiful deep ruby red color with ripe plum and red berry fruit, nice fruit concentration, with spicy and earthy notes and great minerality. It is a full bodied style with very soft texture but good structure.  

Ravines 2012 Cabernet Franc

Buy this wine now. 


Time Posted: Sep 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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September 20, 2014 | Ravines ,

Harvest Begins

The 2014 harvest season has begun.  This is a busy and exciting time of year as bunches on the vine begin their transformation into delicious wine.  We're bringing you along for the ride, sharing photos of harvest and the wine making process. 

Morten Hallgren collecting samples of Pinot Noir in the vineyard.


   Pictured left, winemaker Morten Hallgren collects Pinot samples for analysis to determine if they are ready for harvesting.   



Pinot Noir Champagne clones at the Argetsinger vineyard.

   Pinot Noir Champagne clones from the Argetsinger vineyard typically herald the start of harvest. The Argetsinger vineyard is a naturally low yielding vineyard on steep, limestone soils that yields spectacular fruit which Morten makes into a beautiful dry rosé.

Morten Hallgren loads Champagne clone Pinot Noir   




   Morten loads Champagne clone Pinot Noir, beginning its journey to becoming dry rosé. 

Time Posted: Sep 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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September 20, 2014 | Ravines ,

Wine & Words

Join us for a literature and poetry series: Wine & Words.  Enjoy a complimentary reading and wine tasting event. Hear poetry, fiction, music, and more from talented writers. Join us for an evening that is bound to be simply poetic!. The final reading of the season will be on October 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30.

Hear readings from:

Kaye Newbury
Martha Horton
Karen Chronister
Bart White
David Peterson

Wine is Bottled Poetry quote Wine and Words event

"Even if you tell me what kind of grapes are smashed into my glass of wine, or how long the skin contact was and what type of container it sat in, there's no way to predict the rich associations and flavors I'm going to find on my palate when I sip. You don't know what you'll get. And a poem is like that too. I can tell you how I constructed it or what techniques went into it and you could even clap your hands along to get the syllable count. But the meaning is something much more complex and lovely, something you construct each time you hear it." - Nate Pritts

Time Posted: Sep 20, 2014 at 4:29 AM