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Virtual Tasting – 2010 Riesling

Published on June 13, 2020

Red Newt Cellars Riesling – 2010 Sawmill Creek & 2010 Riesling (semi-dry) Our special guest for today’s tasting is Thomas Pastuszak. Thomas is the wine director for NoMad of New York City. Additionally, his two

Wine Stories- 2017 Pinot Noir

Published on June 11, 2020

Glacier Ridge Vineyards The Red Newt team was kicking back with a glass of 2017 Pinot Noir Glacier Ridge. (Socially distanced in our respective homes, of course.) Please feel free to open some “Glacier” if you

Getting to Know Tony Damiani

Published on June 9, 2020

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Anthony moved to Hector as an infant in 1963. Raised in a farm house on Rte 414, he helped his older brother, Paul, plant the first vineyard on family land in the mid 70’s. Later, he and his brother

Live Tasting-Aged Roses

Published on June 6, 2020

with special guest Peter Martini For this episode, we dug into the cellar to feature wines that aged beautifully! Today, we feature the 2016 & 2018 Kelby James Russell Rose. Peter Martini returns on Wine Stories to taste

About the Barrels in the Cellar

Published on June 5, 2020

Size Matters! Greetings from the cellar once again!  After talking about large format bottles last week, we thought we would keep the theme going this week.  But rather than talking about bottles, now we’re talking

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Coming of Age in the Finger Lakes

Looking Back

Published on June 3, 2020

Meagz’s First Harvest My first real harvest began in 2013....

Meagz’s First Harvest My first real harvest began in 2013. I was still responsible for the wine program and running...

Meagz’s First Harvest My first real harvest began in 2013. I was still responsible for the wine program and running the floor in the Bistro, Thursday evenings through Sunday evenings. The rest of my mornings and afternoons were spent learning the ins and outs of cellar work...

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...

KJR’s First Harvest

Published on May 27, 2020

Our Memories First days of harvest share a lot in common with...

Our Memories First days of harvest share a lot in common with first days of school: a beautiful autumn day, new clothes and...

Our Memories 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 together.  My first harvest, however? ...

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 time...

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...

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 formative...

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From Farm to Cellar

Getting to Know Tony Damiani

Published on June 9, 2020

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Anthony moved to Hector as an infant...

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Anthony moved to Hector as an infant in 1963. Raised in a farm house on Rte 414, he helped his...

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Anthony moved to Hector as an infant in 1963. Raised in a farm house on Rte 414, he helped his older brother, Paul, plant the first vineyard on family land in the mid 70’s. Later, he and his brother Lou began Damiani Vineyards in 1998. A graduate of Cornell’s...

About the Barrels in the Cellar

Published on June 5, 2020

Size Matters! Greetings from the cellar once again!  After talking...

Size Matters! Greetings from the cellar once again!  After talking about large format bottles last week, we thought we would...

Size Matters! Greetings from the cellar once again!  After talking about large format bottles last week, we thought we would keep the theme going this week.  But rather than talking about bottles, now we’re talking about barrels.   As the name implies, large format barrels are...

Getting to Know Peter Martini

Published on June 2, 2020

Vineyard Manager of the Nutt Road Vineyard This week both Wine...

Vineyard Manager of the Nutt Road Vineyard This week both Wine Stories and Aged Wines examine rosé. What better way to prepare...

Vineyard Manager of the Nutt Road Vineyard This week both Wine Stories and Aged Wines examine rosé. What better way to prepare for rosé than to learn a bit about the man who manages all the Cabernet Franc grapes that make the wine! Peter Martini may not be FLX born, but he was raised ...

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...

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...

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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Red Newt Live!

Virtual Tasting – 2010 Riesling

Published on June 13, 2020

Red Newt Cellars Riesling – 2010 Sawmill Creek & 2010...

Red Newt Cellars Riesling – 2010 Sawmill Creek & 2010 Riesling (semi-dry) Our special guest for today’s tasting...

Red Newt Cellars Riesling – 2010 Sawmill Creek & 2010 Riesling (semi-dry) Our special guest for today’s tasting is Thomas Pastuszak. Thomas is the wine director for NoMad of New York City. Additionally, his two wine projects Empire Estate and Terassen, are produced in conjunction...

Wine Stories- 2017 Pinot Noir

Published on June 11, 2020

Glacier Ridge Vineyards The Red Newt team was kicking back with...

Glacier Ridge Vineyards The Red Newt team was kicking back with a glass of 2017 Pinot Noir Glacier Ridge. (Socially distanced...

Glacier Ridge Vineyards The Red Newt team was kicking back with a glass of 2017 Pinot Noir Glacier Ridge. (Socially distanced in our respective homes, of course.) Please feel free to open some “Glacier” if you have it, or another wine to wet your glass, and enjoy fun conversation,...

Live Tasting-Aged Roses

Published on June 6, 2020

with special guest Peter Martini For this episode, we dug into...

with special guest Peter Martini For this episode, we dug into the cellar to feature wines that aged beautifully! Today,...

with special guest Peter Martini For this episode, we dug into the cellar to feature wines that aged beautifully! Today, we feature the 2016 & 2018 Kelby James Russell Rose. Peter Martini returns on Wine Stories to taste a vertical of single vineyard rosés. Today will be a great...

Wine Stories – KJR Rose

Published on June 4, 2020

with special guest Peter Martini The Red Newt team has been kicking...

with special guest Peter Martini The Red Newt team has been kicking back with a glass of 2017 KJR Rose. (Socially distanced...

with special guest Peter Martini The Red Newt team has been kicking back with a glass of 2017 KJR Rose. (Socially distanced in our respective homes, of course.)  Please feel free to open some”Rose” if you have it, or another wine to wet your glass, and enjoy fun conversation,...

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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!...

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...

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....

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!...

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...

New York Farm Day on Capitol Hill

Published on April 15, 2020

New York Farm Days on Capitol Hill In 2001, Senator Hillary Clinton...

New York Farm Days on Capitol Hill In 2001, Senator Hillary Clinton gathered the Agricultural Economic Development Advisory...

New York Farm Days on Capitol Hill In 2001, Senator Hillary Clinton gathered the Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Committee and asked them how to convince the Senate that New York State was a major agricultural state. The answer was to take New York’s agriculture to Washington,...

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