I’m back from a quick-but-great trip to the Finger Lakes to judge this year’s New York Wine Classic (results available here). It was a bit of a whirlwind — tasting nearly 200 wines in about a day and a third will do that — but it was a great experience. Far better than I ever could have hoped or expected.

New York wine’s diversity was on full display — the good, the bad, and the ugly. But it was a great experience and a lot of fun, actually.

You’ll see plenty more about my experience (and my quick visit to Forge Cellars before the competition started) here on the site, but in the meantime, here’s a quick solo podcast episode I recorded last night.

As always, we’re sponsored by our friends at petraeaplus.com who want wineries to rethink their oak.

About Author

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 NewYorkCorkReport.com 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 TheCorkReport.us 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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