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Remarkable Finger Lakes Rieslings: What You Need to Know

Great Times Behind the Wines

Release Date: 06/23/2021

Why Hazlitt's Cider Tree Is 'Honest to the Core' show art Why Hazlitt's Cider Tree Is 'Honest to the Core'

Great Times Behind the Wines

When fall arrives, it's not only time to break out comfy sweaters and watch the leaves change to dazzling colors—for many, it's also time to sip on some crisp and refreshing hard cider! Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards makes a hard cider called Cider Tree that comes in several fun flavors, including the "staff favorites" Citra Hops and Cinnamon Spice (that pairs well with pumpkin pie)! For this podcast episode, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards winemaker Tim Benedict talks about what goes into making Cider Tree from 100 percent New York State Apples. He will also discuss other ways Cider Tree has earned its...

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Great Times Behind the Wines

For this episode, learn about Hazlitt’s newest product: wine seltzers! They are made using the winery's most famous wines and include Red Cat Splash, White Cat Splash, Pink Cat Splash, and Red Cat Dark Splash. Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Director of Sales and Business Development, Brad Phillips, and winemaker, Tim Benedict, describe the behind-the-scenes work that went into the creation of Splash and why it might just become your favorite summer sipper!  Wines mentioned in this episode also relate to past episodes of this podcast, including Every Barrel Has a Story: and Hazlitt's Fabulous...

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Bubbly beverages are becoming increasingly popular. They not only glisten beautifully in a glass, but they also provide pleasurable effervescent flavors to any palate. That's why Hazlitt offers bubbly versions of its bestselling wines, Red Cat and White Cat. For this episode, I chat with winemaker Tim Benedict about making Red Cat and White Cat Fizz—the bubbly versions of Red Cat and White Cat. Tim talks about everything from the sustainable methods used to grow the grapes to the process of making them bubbly and the uniquely-shaped Fizz bottles. To learn more about the Fizz products and all...

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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

Great Times Behind the Wines

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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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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Great Times Behind the Wines

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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Great Times Behind the Wines

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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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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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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Riesling has become one of the most popular vinifera grapes in the Finger Lakes. The term "vinifera" means it is a varietal of European origin. It’s believed the grape dates back to around 1435 and was first cultivated in Germany, where it is likely native to the country’s  Rhine Valley. 

So how did this varietal, which produces a versatile and refreshing white wine, end up being so successful in a place as far away from its origins as the Finger Lakes region of New York state? What could be next for its evolution in the Finger Lakes? And why does Hazlitt now have four Rieslings made in three styles? 

We will answer these questions and more today by talking to our two guests: Paul Brady, Sommelier and Michael Reidy, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards' Vinifera Winemaker. Brady is a prominent supporter of New York Wine and he hosts a wine podcast called A Northern Wine Odyssey. He’s also a contributor to The Cork Report, the online publication that produces A Northern Wine Odyssey. It also explores and recognizes the unique places and people of North America’s distinctive wine regions. Additionally, Brady is working on opening an urban winery and retail space in Beacon, NY—check out paulbradywine.com for updates! You can also follow Paul's wine adventures at @paulbradywine and @lakewinesrule. 

Brady has received the honor of being named to Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 list which recognizes the young winemakers, brewers, beverage directors, grape growers, and other individuals making major impacts in the beverage industry.

Michael is Hazlitt’s Vinifera Winemaker. He is among the first cohort to graduate from Cornell University’s Enology and Viticulture program. Enology is a science that deals with wine and winemaking. Michael is a longstanding guest on our show and he can you learn more about him and his career with Hazlitt in earlier podcasts. 

Paul and Michael are longtime friends and it was wonderful to have both of them on this show! They discuss Riesling in the Finger Lakes and beyond in addition to some other noteworthy cooler-climate wines. So pour yourself a glass and get ready to expand your appreciation of Riesling! 

To learn about buying one of Hazlitt's four Riesling options and visiting one of its two tasting room locations, check out hazlitt1852.com

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