Kelby Russell, winemaker at Red Newt Cellars offers this quick update on their harvest season:

“Busy week for us here at Red Newt; this week and next are our peak harvest weeks thanks to riesling. We’re about 50% through with riesling as I write this, likely done with most all of it by the end of next week. The fruit has been hanging well; around average or just above average sugar levels, TA dropping, spectacular flavor development; but with a week of showers forecast starting Monday we are going full steam ahead.

After a long drought from April to October, it will be interesting to see how the wines develop. I love the flavors in the grapes themselves, something I rarely comment on, so I’m just hoping that intensity carries into the finished wines!”

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Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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