I am not a Sommelier, but I recognized a balanced wine. Not too sweet. Not at all tannic. Just smooth from the first taste to the finish. This is the entire portfolio: Cabernet Franc, Table Red, Pinot Noir, Lemberger and Syrah: I cannot emphasize “smooth” enough. As a red wine aficionado, Element Winery produces wines like those you’d expect from Italy, France or Napa Valley. These take the Finger Lakes to a new galaxy when it comes to red wine. If you are lucky enough to see Element Winery on the menu, order it. You will forever think differently about New York red wines. I can’t wait to try the next one!
If you like white wines, you are not left out. Element has a superb Riesling that compares in quality to a Dr. Konstantin Frank semi-dry, a Finger Lakes wine many are familiar with.
Inside Secret: Christopher Bates, Sommelier and Master Winemaker for Element Winery will be launching a nano-brewery in Geneva focused on sour beers- The Culture House with an on-site restaurant FLX Table Featuring farm to table cuisine. Christopher Bates is a culinary instructor at the International Culinary Center and consultant to businesses across the country. He is working on initiatives to assist other New York Winemakers to launch farm wineries affordably. He is dedicated to the industry at every level and his passion shows in his food and wine.
Tracy Jong has been an attorney for more than 20 years, representing restaurants, bars, and craft beverage manufacturers in a wide array of legal matters. She is also a licensed patent attorney.
Her book Everything You Need To Know About Obtaining and Maintaining a New York Retail Liquor License: The Definitive Guide to Navigating the State Liquor Authority will be available next month on Amazon.com as a softcover and Kindle e-book.
Her legal column is available in The Equipped Brewer, a publication giving business advice, trends, and vendor reviews to help craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries build brands and succeed financially.
She also maintains a website and blog with practical information on legal and business issues affecting the industry. Follow her, sign up for her free firm app or monthly newsletter.
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