Monday, December 14, 2015

Keuka Spring's experimental wines ready for market

From left: Umlaut, Omega, Wild Mountain Man
Many New York wineries like to sell their products by the bottle or case one wine at a time, relying mostly on their tried-and-true wines. Keuka Spring Vineyards is doing it a little differently.

Winemaker August Deimel has been experimenting with some new wines as part of the Keuka Lake operation's research and development series. The wines that emerged from that effort now are being released in limited quantities. Their newness, coupled with the winery's reputation for competition successes (winning the Governor's Cup -- the top award -- twice in the New York Wine & Food Classic,  being named best white wine in America in the mammoth San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, etc.) should stand them in good stead.

The new wines are called Umlaut (a Gewuztraminer), Omega (an ice wine), and Wild Mountain Man (a dry red blend). The packaging is a bit different, with a very minimalist front label and individually numbered bottles. And, in a whimsical touch, the Wild Mountain Man name is a German-to-English translation of  Wiltberger, the surname of winery owners Len and Judy.
August Deimel

Deimel, after graduating from St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, headed east in search of a career and wound up working in a wine shop in Baltimore. That ignited his passion for wine, and he quickly became a sales rep for a distributor in Washington, DC, and worked a harvest for Goldeneye Winery in Philo, California. In 2010,  he enrolled at Cornell University where he earned a master’s degree in enology. He then became winemaker at the Adams County Winery near Gettysburg, Pa. He returned to the Finger Lakes in the spring of 2012 and began making wine at Keuka Spring.

Keuka Spring Vineyards is located at 243 Route 54, East Lake Road, Penn Yan. Phone: 315-536-3147. The wines are available for purchase online.

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