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The Slow Wine Guide

Published on January 15, 2021

A different way of evaluating wine.   Anyone who drinks wine has most likely heard of wine scores. Each year tens of thousands of bottles of wine are blind tasted and rated. These scores offer an assessment of the wine itself,

So, about that Vintage …

Published on January 8, 2021

How was the 2020 Harvest? How was the vintage? Will it be a good one? Frequently, winery staff hear this question beginning in June, just as the fruit set has occurred for the vines. People become even more curious during

Notes from the Winemaker

Published on December 14, 2020

A Sneak Peek in the Wine club by Kelby James Russell We sent out our inaugural Wine Club Holiday Packs one week ago. So, we thought you might like a little peak into what we offer. Every Wine Club shipment comes with a newsletter

A FLX Story Part V

Published on December 14, 2020

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) Today we present the last installment of Jamie Rubin’s harvest reflection. We hope you have enjoyed reading about his harvest experience. This story first appeared

A FLX Story Part IV

Published on December 13, 2020

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) Here is the next installment of Jamie Rubin’s harvest reflection. We hope you have enjoyed reading about his harvest experience. This story first appeared as

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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

A FLX Story Part IV

Published on December 13, 2020

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) Here...

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) Here is the next installment of Jamie Rubin’s harvest reflection....

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) Here is the next installment of Jamie Rubin’s harvest reflection. We hope you have enjoyed reading about his harvest experience. This story first appeared as a post for Sommation_live, an IG channel offering a venue for...

A FLX Story Part III

Published on December 12, 2020

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) We...

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) We continue to share with you the story of our harvest 2020 intern...

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) We continue to share with you the story of our harvest 2020 intern Jamie Rubin. This story first appeared as a post for Sommation_live, an IG channel offering a venue for wine education through shared experiences. Please enjoy!...

A FLX Story Part II

Published on December 11, 2020

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) We...

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) We continue to share with you the story of our harvest 2020 intern...

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) We continue to share with you the story of our harvest 2020 intern Jamie Rubin. This story first appeared as a post for Sommation_live, an IG channel offering a venue for wine education through shared experiences. Please enjoy!...

A FLX Story

Published on December 1, 2020

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) When...

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) When you work in the wine industry, your life exists in rhythm...

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) When you work in the wine industry, your life exists in rhythm with the cycle of the vines and customers. All too often, we become so consumed with our own mindset of the season, and the connections with those who experience...

Regarding Kabinett

Published on October 18, 2020

What is it? Red Newt Cellars Kabinett Explained Red Newt Cellars...

What is it? Red Newt Cellars Kabinett Explained Red Newt Cellars has produced a Lahoma Vineyard Riesling since 2009. The...

What is it? Red Newt Cellars Kabinett Explained Red Newt Cellars has produced a Lahoma Vineyard Riesling since 2009. The nature of the block has always lended itself to a more fruit forward and slightly sweeter style of wine. Beginning with the 2012 vintage, our winemaking team started...

Sekt – Do you know it?

Published on September 26, 2020

A Sparkling Wine! Sekt is a German or Austrian sparkling wine....

A Sparkling Wine! Sekt is a German or Austrian sparkling wine. In fact, Germans consume more Sekt per person per year than...

A Sparkling Wine! Sekt is a German or Austrian sparkling wine. In fact, Germans consume more Sekt per person per year than the French do Champagne! Production of this style of wine began 200 years ago after German winemakers returned from studying mèthode champenoise in Champagne,...

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Red Newt Live!

Live Tasting-Aged Riesling 2012 & 2013 Bullhorn Creek

Published on July 8, 2020

In this live tasting, we dug deep into the cellar to pick some...

In this live tasting, we dug deep into the cellar to pick some wines that have aged beautifully! Today, we feature the 2012...

In this live tasting, we dug deep into the cellar to pick some wines that have aged beautifully! Today, we feature the 2012 Riesling – Bullhorn Creek Vineyard and 2013 Riesling – Bullhorn Creek Vineyard Our guest for this virtual tasting was Thera Clark.  Thera spent a...

Wine Stories – 2013 Pinot Gris Curry Creek Vineyard

Published on June 18, 2020

In this episode, the Red Newt team kicked back with a glass of...

In this episode, the Red Newt team kicked back with a glass of 2013 Pinot Gris Curry Creek. (Socially distanced in our respective...

In this episode, the Red Newt team kicked back with a glass of 2013 Pinot Gris Curry Creek. (Socially distanced in our respective homes, of course.)  Please feel free to open some”Gris” if you have it, or another wine to wet your glass, and enjoy fun conversation, banter, puns and...

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,...

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Red Newt Write…  tales of the Red Newt!

The Slow Wine Guide

Published on January 15, 2021

A different way of evaluating wine.   Anyone who drinks wine...

A different way of evaluating wine.   Anyone who drinks wine has most likely heard of wine scores. Each year tens of thousands...

A different way of evaluating wine.   Anyone who drinks wine has most likely heard of wine scores. Each year tens of thousands of bottles of wine are blind tasted and rated. These scores offer an assessment of the wine itself, but do have some shortcomings.  The amount produced, production...

So, about that Vintage …

Published on January 8, 2021

How was the 2020 Harvest? How was the vintage? Will it be a good...

How was the 2020 Harvest? How was the vintage? Will it be a good one? Frequently, winery staff hear this question beginning...

How was the 2020 Harvest? How was the vintage? Will it be a good one? Frequently, winery staff hear this question beginning in June, just as the fruit set has occurred for the vines. People become even more curious during harvest. Will the wines be any good? Truth is, we often can...

Notes from the Winemaker

Published on December 14, 2020

A Sneak Peek in the Wine club by Kelby James Russell We sent...

A Sneak Peek in the Wine club by Kelby James Russell We sent out our inaugural Wine Club Holiday Packs one week ago. So,...

A Sneak Peek in the Wine club by Kelby James Russell We sent out our inaugural Wine Club Holiday Packs one week ago. So, we thought you might like a little peak into what we offer. Every Wine Club shipment comes with a newsletter and recipes from members of our team to go along with...

A FLX Story Part V

Published on December 14, 2020

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) Today...

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) Today we present the last installment of Jamie Rubin’s harvest...

A Harvest Reflection By Jamie Rubin (Harvest Intern 2020) Today we present the last installment of Jamie Rubin’s harvest reflection. We hope you have enjoyed reading about his harvest experience. This story first appeared as a post for Sommation_live, an IG channel offering...

Harvest Interns Spotlight

Published on November 7, 2020

Red Newt’s Amazing Crew for Harvest 2020 Each year as summer...

Red Newt’s Amazing Crew for Harvest 2020 Each year as summer comes to a close several interns arrive at Red Newt Cellars....

Red Newt’s Amazing Crew for Harvest 2020 Each year as summer comes to a close several interns arrive at Red Newt Cellars. Over the years, they have come from Australia, Switzerland, and various states from around the country. Some have worked harvests before, some come looking...

FLXposure – A Benefit for Covid Relief

Published on September 26, 2020

A Debra Whiting Foundation Project   When the world seems...

A Debra Whiting Foundation Project   When the world seems dismal, being able to smile, feels like a blessing and a gift....

A Debra Whiting Foundation Project   When the world seems dismal, being able to smile, feels like a blessing and a gift. The Finger Lakes wine industry prides itself on our sense of community and good spirit. Perhaps it is a function of being the underdog for so long, but when...

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