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I spent five weeks ardently researching this subject, and the result is one of the most comprehensive pieces of my journalistic career. This is an emotional subject, but we tried to remove emotion and look at the facts.

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How Climate Change Affects the Wines We Drink

On February 25, 2012, in New York Cork Report, Wine, by Evan Dawson
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It’s not as obvious as you might think. A lot of buzz about this post, which appeared on the New York Cork Report.

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As I prepared to become a father for the first time, I spent a lot of time reflecting on my own childhood. It’s easy to assume that life was always easier or better. Sometimes that’s right, sometimes that’s wrong. But when I think about my childhood adventures, I wonder if they’d even be allowed in today’s risk-averse society.

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It’s amazing to watch a wine grape rise from the dead. That’s happening in northern Italy, where winemakers are reviving a grape long forgotten. We had a chance to taste some of the only Nascetta in the world, while tracing its past.

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Digging for White Gold: Truffle Hunting in Italy

On February 25, 2012, in Palate Press, by Evan Dawson
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Morgan and I had a fascinating experience in the fogged hills of Piedmont. We joined two grizzled truffle-hunting veterans who spoke no English. We found that a glamour food is only discovered through a dirt-covered, hard-scrabble adventure.

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I am asked constantly about Sam Argetsinger, the grape grower featured in chapter five of Summer in a Glass. “I would LOVE to meet him!” “Will he be attending any events?” “What’s he like in person?”

You’ll have a chance to meet Sam. Wednesday, June 15th from 6-8pm, Sam will join Ravines winemaker Morten Hallgren, Red Newt winemaker Dave Whiting, and Hermann J. Wiemer’s Oskar Bynke in New York City at Union Square Wines. They’re pouring wines, we’ll sign books, and Sam will no doubt dazzle us. It’s a free event, and I hope you can join us.

We’re working on a dinner event in the Finger Lakes featuring the Hallgrens and Sam. Details on that to come.

 

Reflecting on Roc City Uncorked!

On April 15, 2011, in Book Events, Latest News, by Evan Dawson
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It seems that everyone who reads Summer in a Glass connects most intensely to a different winemaker, grower, or even a particular moment in the book.

On Friday, April 8th, the Riverside Convention Center in downtown Rochester attracted nearly 3,000 wine and craft beer fans for Roc City Uncorked. The organizers invited me to have a booth for the book, so Morg and I (along with her lovely friend Laura) hung out for the better part of the evening.

We sold a heck of a lot of books, yes, but more interesting to me was the number of people who stopped by who had already read it. The book had only been out for three days!

I keep returning to that word: Personal. There are personal connections all across the world of wine, and when readers discover a winemaker’s compelling story, they forge their own personal connection. It is fascinating and wonderful and gratifying to watch that plat out.

 

 

When I was 17 years old, I collapsed on my driveway after shooting a jump shot. We were playing basketball, like we often did. This time my feet went out from under me when I came down from the shot.

My heart was beating so hard that my shirt was shaking wildly. I knew what was wrong – sort of. As a teenage athlete, like so many teenage athletes, I thought rapid heartrate was normal during competition. I had experienced it many times. This was as bad as it had ever gotten, but even lying there, with friends gathered around me, I couldn’t convince myself that this was anything out of the ordinary.

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If you have ever thought, even for a brief moment, that owning a vineyard and winery would be fun, consider this: The first decision often turns out to be the biggest mistake.

That decision, of course, is what grapes to plant, and where.

With support from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, Cornell has launched an ambitious program and website dedicated to that pursuit. The site is NYVineyardSite.org.

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The Money of Color

On March 22, 2011, in Palate Press, Wine, by Evan Dawson
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For those who love the classically styled wines of Piedmont, or so many other regions, there have been obstacles that blacken the wines. It is a focus on wine’s color—red wine in particular—that borders on obsession. And in that pursuit of darker and darker color comes the occasional obscuring of the roses, the elimination of the varietal character that so many consumers cherish.

The good news is that there is a transition underway. But it’s helpful to start with a basic understanding of how so many of us became so entranced with something so superficial as a wine’s color.

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