NiagaraCOOL's Sunday picnickers gather for a tasting of Chambourcin, Norton, Chancellor and various other hybrids, labruscas and viniferas as well as some awesome food cooked up by Chef Howie and his crew.
Howie and the cooking crew, serving up wonderful food for the NiagaraCOOLers.
Dan Smothergill's awesome array of crisp and flavourful dry white hybrids and labruscas.
Three of Alan's Nortons and a Finger Lakes Lemberger from Fox Run.
The amazing seven-vintage Chambourcin vertical brought by WLDGer Alan Wolfe of Jones Cabin Run Vineyards in West Virginia.
Alan pours us his 2003 sparkling Chambourcin.
A four-vintage Chancellor vertical comprising the 1978, 1983, 1995 and 2003 bottlings. Many thanks to Jeff Murphy for this most educational tasting of older NY-State Chancellors.
From left to right: Jeff Murphy, winemaker at Johnson Estate Winery in Westfield, NY; Robin Garr; Alan Wolfe of Jones Cabin Run Vineyards in Tanner, WV; Paul B.
Another unique lineup: Alan's late-harvest Vignoles and cryogenic "Vin de la Glacière" Vignoles dessert wine.
How much more fitting can this be? Wild, native American Vitis riparia - "riverbank" - grapes growing along a fence adjacent to the canal, and only steps away from our offline.