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Sustainable Grape-Growing in the Finger Lakes

Great Times Behind the Wines

Release Date: 04/28/2021

Secrets to Growing and Making a Stellar Finger Lakes Sauvignon Blanc show art Secrets to Growing and Making a Stellar Finger Lakes Sauvignon Blanc

Great Times Behind the Wines

Sauvignon Blanc is grown worldwide. However, Sauv Blanc from the Finger Lakes is known for some unique characteristics. Hazlitt Vinifera Winemaker Michael Reidy talks about these qualities & what goes into making a distinctive Finger Lakes Sauv Blanc. Hazlitt's Vineyard Manager John Santos discusses the challenges of growing Finger Lakes Sauv Blanc, including its "rambunctious teenage phase." To buy Hazlitt Sauv Blanc: hazlitt1852.com

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Remarkable Finger Lakes Rieslings: What You Need to Know show art Remarkable Finger Lakes Rieslings: What You Need to Know

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Today we are talking about Finger Lakes Riesling with Sommelier Paul Brady & Hazlitt's Vinifera Winemaker Michael Reidy. Brady is a prominent supporter of New York Wine and hosts a wine podcast called A Northern Wine Odyssey (https://apple.co/3x3FmDi) through The Cork Report (thecorkreport.us). Brady is also working on opening an urban winery & retail space in Beacon, NY (paulbradywine.com).

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Sustainable Grape-Growing in the Finger Lakes show art Sustainable Grape-Growing in the Finger Lakes

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In this episode, Hazlitt's Vineyard Manager John Santos discusses current environmental challenges involved in growing grapes for a winery and innovative ways of making it more ecologically and economically viable. To learn more about these initiatives, including a composting program, visit hazlitt1852.com/about/vineyard-sustainability-practices. And to learn about how you can compost at home, check out: www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home and www.npr.org/2020/04/07/828918397/how-to-compost-at-home.

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Every Oak Barrel Has a Story show art Every Oak Barrel Has a Story

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This episode is your 101 on using oak barrels in winemaking! Join Hazlitt’s Co-CEO & Owner Doug Hazlitt (the father of host Shannon Hazlitt Harts) and Vinifera Winemaker Michael Reidy as they discuss the role oak barrels play in making many wines, including Hazlitt's Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. They expertly describe the different types of oak barrels that are used in winemaking and the unique qualities they can impart to wines.

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Discover Hazlitt's Dessert Wines: The Solera Sherry and Vidal Blanc Ice Wine show art Discover Hazlitt's Dessert Wines: The Solera Sherry and Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

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Hope you have your sweet tooth ready! In this episode, we’ll cover the unique processes and incredible flavors in the Hazlitt Solera Sherry and Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. First, we'll chat with Tim Benedict, the expert on the Solera Sherry which is aged in barrels using a special process he’ll explain called The Solera Method. Then we’ll hear from Michael Reidy, Vinifera Winemaker, about the Vidal Blanc ice wine that's made using the traditional method—which involves allowing the grapes to freeze on the

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5 Winetasting Tips and Tricks show art 5 Winetasting Tips and Tricks

Great Times Behind the Wines

For this episode of Great Times Behind the Wines, we’ll be diving into some tips and tricks for winetastings with Hazlitt’s Vinifera Winemaker, Michael Reidy—who does it as part of his job! Michael runs through the five S's of winemaking: See, Swirl, Sniff/Smell, Sip, and Savor.

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The Hurrah of Harvest! show art The Hurrah of Harvest!

Great Times Behind the Wines

A behind-the-scenes look at what's involved in harvesting grapes to make the award-winning wines at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards! To understand the sights, sounds, processes, and community spirit that are all a part of the harvest season at this winery in Finger Lakes Wine Country, we speak with Tim Benedict, Vice President of Cider and Winemaking, and Vinifera Winemaker Michael Reidy. To learn more about the story of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and its products, visit hazlitt1852.com.

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From the Grape to Your Glass show art From the Grape to Your Glass

Great Times Behind the Wines

Have you ever wondered about the work behind turning grapes growing out in a vineyard into the wine you sip and swirl in your glass? In this introductory episode of Great Times Behind the Wines, you'll learn straight from the vineyard manager and vinifera winemaker at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard about the hard work and teamwork it takes to make every bottle of wine—including Hazlitt's most popular, called Red Cat. 

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Great Times Behind the Wines

Learn about how this podcast takes you behind-the-scenes of life at a popular family-owned winery—Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Winery—in the Finger Lakes wine region. This show reveals the people, methods, and stories that have made Hazlitt among the leaders in the distinctive collaboration and community friendliness of the Finger Lakes wine region.

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In this episode, Hazlitt's highly-regarded Vineyard Manager John Santos discusses current environmental challenges involved in growing grapes for a Finger Lakes winery—and innovative ways of making it more ecologically and economically viable. These methods include:
  1. Implementing the use of cover crops
  2. Using compost made of grape pomace (the pulpy residue left over after the juice is squeezed from the grapes in the winemaking process) 
  3. Minimizing pesticide use by utilizing and innovative sprayer
  4. Collecting rainwater from the winery's warehouse roof

► Learn more about these and other initiatives

Do your part! Learn how to compost at home from these great resources:
We'd love to hear what you thought of this show! Please feel free to email [email protected] with suggestions and feedback. Cheers!