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Our Passion, Our Story

Published on June 1, 2020

A Wine Philosophy The past few weeks it has been our pleasure to share the various facets of our story with you. So many of you have tuned into our Virtual Tastings, commented on our daily posts and supported us  in many

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Virtual Rewind with Gewurz

Published on May 31, 2020

Sampling Gewruztraminer in 2008 Join me for a trip to the Sawmill Creek Vineyard Gewurztraminer block early in the season of 2008. The grapes are still unripe and tart, but there is a lot to talk about!

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A Rewarding Albeit Arduous Task

Published on May 29, 2020

Inventory …. Here at Red Newt we can’t help ourselves – we bottle a bunch of unique wines every vintage.  The downside?  The arduous, quarterly-task of inventory day.  From ceiling to cellar,

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Wine Stories-All About 2014 Viridescens

Published on May 28, 2020

Guest Tony Damiani, Glacier Ridge Vineyard The Red Newt team will be kicking back with a glass of 2014 Viridescens. (Socially distanced in our respective homes, of course.) Please feel free to open some”Viridescens”

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KJR’s First Harvest

Published on May 27, 2020

Our Memories Our Memories – KJR’s First Harvest First days of harvest share a lot in common with first days of school: a beautiful autumn day, new clothes and footwear, the excitement of seeing old acquaintances, the

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Coming of Age in the Finger Lakes

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Our Passion, Our Story

Published on June 1, 2020

A Wine Philosophy The past few weeks it has been our pleasure...

A Wine Philosophy The past few weeks it has been our pleasure to share the various facets of our story with you. So many...

A Wine Philosophy The past few weeks it has been our pleasure to share the various facets of our story with you. So many of you have tuned into our Virtual Tastings, commented on our daily posts and supported us  in many ways. Today, we want to take a moment to show how our story...

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KJR’s First Harvest

Published on May 27, 2020

Our Memories Our Memories – KJR’s First Harvest First days...

Our Memories Our Memories – KJR’s First Harvest First days of harvest share a lot in common with first days of school:...

Our Memories Our Memories – KJR’s First Harvest First days of harvest share a lot in common with first days of school: a beautiful autumn day, new clothes and footwear, the excitement of seeing old acquaintances, the ceremonial first photo… and that they all start to blur...

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The Winery Part IV – James Story

Published on May 25, 2020

A Cellar Rat’s Journey From tasting room to Cellar Master……..a...

A Cellar Rat’s Journey From tasting room to Cellar Master……..a cellar rat’s journey. I grew up in Pennsylvania...

A Cellar Rat’s Journey From tasting room to Cellar Master……..a cellar rat’s journey. I grew up in Pennsylvania but I have been coming to Finger Lakes all my life.  As a kid my family would bring me and my two older sisters to the Finger Lakes for months at a...

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Creation of the KJR Label

Published on May 20, 2020

Kelby James Russell Wines Kelby James Russell Wines first began...

Kelby James Russell Wines Kelby James Russell Wines first began as a casual brainstorm at Red Newt Cellars, where owner and...

Kelby James Russell Wines Kelby James Russell Wines first began as a casual brainstorm at Red Newt Cellars, where owner and winemaker David Whiting suggested that a separate wine project might be an important creative outlet for Kelby. With a diverse selection of vineyards and wine...

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The Tasting Room-Katie’s Story

Published on May 18, 2020

Katie Goodwin – Wine Club/Customer Relations Director Our...

Katie Goodwin – Wine Club/Customer Relations Director Our Story – Katie’s Story Katie has been a part of the...

Katie Goodwin – Wine Club/Customer Relations Director Our Story – Katie’s Story Katie has been a part of the Red Newt team for well over a decade, wearing many hats she has worked in the Tasting Room, Bistro, kitchen, and the office.   A US native she spent her...

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The Music Part II – Susan’s Story

Published on May 11, 2020

Our Story – Susan’s Story Music is as diversified in genres...

Our Story – Susan’s Story Music is as diversified in genres and expression, as wine is by varietal and vintage. For...

Our Story – Susan’s Story Music is as diversified in genres and expression, as wine is by varietal and vintage. For many, this makes the two perfect companions. Today, we tell Susan’s story. Susan Waterbuy is co-owner of Red Newt Cellars Winery and Bistro, and has been instrumental...

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From Farm to Cellar

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A Rewarding Albeit Arduous Task

Published on May 29, 2020

Inventory …. Here at Red Newt we can’t help ourselves...

Inventory …. Here at Red Newt we can’t help ourselves – we bottle a bunch of unique wines every vintage. ...

Inventory …. Here at Red Newt we can’t help ourselves – we bottle a bunch of unique wines every vintage.  The downside?  The arduous, quarterly-task of inventory day.  From ceiling to cellar, we search the entire building and count every last case...

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Getting to Know Eric from Sawmill Creek

Published on May 26, 2020

Eric Hazlitt is Finger Lakes born and bred. He was born into...

Eric Hazlitt is Finger Lakes born and bred. He was born into a family of farmers that started working the Hector land in...

Eric Hazlitt is Finger Lakes born and bred. He was born into a family of farmers that started working the Hector land in 1852. Eric is a 6th generation farmer, who grew up right on the farm learning the ins and outs of grape farming.  He graduated from Cobleskill College and returned...

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A Cellar Story

Published on May 22, 2020

Sekt! This week in the Cellar, we’re all thrilled to be...

Sekt! This week in the Cellar, we’re all thrilled to be able to take a deep breath this Friday!  It has been a...

Sekt! This week in the Cellar, we’re all thrilled to be able to take a deep breath this Friday!  It has been a busy (but successful!) week and, believe it or not, this plywood box is the end result.   What are we so excited about?  Sekt!  Or, to be more precise,...

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Getting to Know Ken Fulkerson

Published on May 19, 2020

Lahoma Grower – Ken Fulkerson Many of you have heard of...

Lahoma Grower – Ken Fulkerson Many of you have heard of Lahoma Vineyards. This vineyard produces the grapes that become...

Lahoma Grower – Ken Fulkerson Many of you have heard of Lahoma Vineyards. This vineyard produces the grapes that become Riesling ‘The Knoll,’ Riesling Lahoma and Riesling ‘The Big H.’ But, the majority of you probably know little to nothing about Lahoma Vineyard’s owner Ken...

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A Cellar View – Bravo James!

Published on May 15, 2020

Bravo James! Welcome back to the cellar on – what we hope...

Bravo James! Welcome back to the cellar on – what we hope is – the last chilly week of the spring! Not that we...

Bravo James! Welcome back to the cellar on – what we hope is – the last chilly week of the spring! Not that we have anything against working in the cold, or being wet, as anyone who saw Meagz in the snow last week would realize.  But it is nice to be able to plan...

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Our Memories

Published on May 13, 2020

Your Memories Often we equate memories with milestones of success...

Your Memories Often we equate memories with milestones of success or celebration. Yet, the thing about memories is that sometimes...

Your Memories Often we equate memories with milestones of success or celebration. Yet, the thing about memories is that sometimes they are fickle. Sudden changes in circumstances generate even greater fickleness. Memories that seemingly carry the greatest weight, suddenly seem to...

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Red Newt Live!

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Wine Stories-All About 2014 Viridescens

Published on May 28, 2020

Guest Tony Damiani, Glacier Ridge Vineyard The Red Newt team...

Guest Tony Damiani, Glacier Ridge Vineyard The Red Newt team will be kicking back with a glass of 2014 Viridescens. (Socially...

Guest Tony Damiani, Glacier Ridge Vineyard The Red Newt team will be kicking back with a glass of 2014 Viridescens. (Socially distanced in our respective homes, of course.) Please feel free to open some”Viridescens” if you have it, or another wine to wet your glass, and enjoy...

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Live Tasting-2011 Tango Oaks & Lahoma Vineyards

Published on May 23, 2020

With special Guest Isabella Fitzgerald Our special guest for...

With special Guest Isabella Fitzgerald Our special guest for this tasting will be Isabella Fitzgerald. Isabella is the Wine...

With special Guest Isabella Fitzgerald Our special guest for this tasting will be Isabella Fitzgerald. Isabella is the Wine Director at Momofuku Kawi in New York City. Momofuku Kawi specializes in American/Korean cuisine and Isabella’s knowledge of their menu and wine, paired...

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Wine Stories – Dry Riesling

Published on May 21, 2020

2016 Red Newt Dry Riesling The Red Newt team will be kicking...

2016 Red Newt Dry Riesling The Red Newt team will be kicking back with a glass of 2016 Dry Riesling. (Socially distanced...

2016 Red Newt Dry Riesling The Red Newt team will be kicking back with a glass of 2016 Dry Riesling. (Socially distanced in our respective homes, of course.) Please feel free to open some”Dry” if you have it, or another wine to wet your glass, and enjoy fun conversation, banter,...

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Live Tasting-2013 Rieslings

Published on May 16, 2020

Riesling Reserve & Barrel Fermented In this episode, we opened...

Riesling Reserve & Barrel Fermented In this episode, we opened two very distinctive 2013 bottlings of Riesling. ...

Riesling Reserve & Barrel Fermented In this episode, we opened two very distinctive 2013 bottlings of Riesling.  They largely share the vineyard site (Tango Oaks Vineyard) but have very different expresions.  Both are absolutely delightful, youthful and expressive wines!...

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Virtual Rewind with Gewurz

Published on May 31, 2020

Sampling Gewruztraminer in 2008 Join me for a trip to the Sawmill...

Sampling Gewruztraminer in 2008 Join me for a trip to the Sawmill Creek Vineyard Gewurztraminer block early in the season...

Sampling Gewruztraminer in 2008 Join me for a trip to the Sawmill Creek Vineyard Gewurztraminer block early in the season of 2008. The grapes are still unripe and tart, but there is a lot to talk about!...

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The Tasting Room-Katie’s Story

Published on May 18, 2020

Katie Goodwin – Wine Club/Customer Relations Director Our...

Katie Goodwin – Wine Club/Customer Relations Director Our Story – Katie’s Story Katie has been a part of the...

Katie Goodwin – Wine Club/Customer Relations Director Our Story – Katie’s Story Katie has been a part of the Red Newt team for well over a decade, wearing many hats she has worked in the Tasting Room, Bistro, kitchen, and the office.   A US native she spent her...

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Virtual Rewind – Lahoma 9’rs

Published on May 10, 2020

When we were young… In 2009, the first plantings at Lahoma...

When we were young… In 2009, the first plantings at Lahoma Vineyards were only in their third leaf… but being...

When we were young… In 2009, the first plantings at Lahoma Vineyards were only in their third leaf… but being planted on very rich soils (most recently mixed use fruit trees and pasture) there were grapes on the vine. Join me for a walk in Lahoma Vineyards 9’rs over...

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Virtual Rewind-Bullhorn Creek

Published on May 3, 2020

NooTTooB Thowback to 2009 - Red Newt Riesling - Bullhorn Creek...

NooTTooB Thowback to 2009 - Red Newt Riesling - Bullhorn Creek Vineyard....

NooTTooB Thowback to 2009 - Red Newt Riesling - Bullhorn Creek Vineyard....

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From the Archives – A Good Day to Make Gewurztraminer!

Published on April 26, 2020

From the Archives The year is 2010. An early morning in October...

From the Archives The year is 2010. An early morning in October with cool 40 degree temperatures. As we mentioned during...

From the Archives The year is 2010. An early morning in October with cool 40 degree temperatures. As we mentioned during the Aged Wines tasting on Saturday, we pick Gewurztraminer in cool conditions. Take a look at the Gewurztraminer harvest 10 years ago, and see for yourself!...

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Merlot Harvest at Glacier Ridge

Published on April 19, 2020

The year is 2010… The vineyard is Glacier Ridge.  2010...

The year is 2010… The vineyard is Glacier Ridge.  2010 was a warm, ripe vintage yielding fruit that was exceptionally...

The year is 2010… The vineyard is Glacier Ridge.  2010 was a warm, ripe vintage yielding fruit that was exceptionally ripe and dark from Glacier Ridge Vineyard. These archival NooTTooBs were shot in the early days of pocket cams… long before every person had an HD video...

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