About Summer in a Glass

Evan Dawson Summer in a Glass

It’s not a book about wine. It’s a book about hope.”

How did a brilliant German winemaker end up in a small region in upstate New York after leaving his family in the middle of a harvest night? How did a Danish-born winemaker lose his family’s wine estate in southern France, only to see his career revived in the Finger Lakes?

Why are they here? How did they get here? And what is the world learning about the land they now inhabit?

These are the fascinating questions that permeate the wine in New York’s Finger Lakes region, and journalist Evan Dawson provides thrilling answers in Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes. After spending two years on the road, in the cellars, and in the vineyards with these talented men and women, Dawson tells their deeply personal stories in a way that stitches the new, emerging story of the region together.

Some of the winemakers had to overcome family tragedy; others found love or returned home to follow their hearts. This is a wine book without focusing too heavily on the wine. Readers will feel personally connected to these growers and producers, all while absorbing the story of a region’s wines without ever encountering too much technical information.

Wines from the Finger Lakes are earning the world’s attention. This page-turner demonstrates why the attention is richly deserved. The end result might leave readers curious to open a Finger Lakes Riesling… or even seek out the region itself, which is transformed by its best winemakers into the very definition of summer in a glass.


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