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A new book elevates Finger Lakes wines to the status they deserve: world class
The new book Summer in a Glass opens with the story of German winemaker Johannes Reinhardt, who brought his skills and experience to the Anthony Road winery in New York's Finger Lakes. Reinhardt's Rieslings attract attention from the press and critics, racking up one award after another. Yet what should be an American Dream fairytale ends in nightmare, with a Midwestern immigration bureaucrat deporting Reinhardt.
The highs and lows keep coming for other characters and wineries. Author Evan Dawson, a local TV news anchor in Rochester, weaves together facts and personality-driven storytelling in a way that only the best reporters can--and that few, if any, wine writers ever do.
Dawson's snapshot of Reinhardt, in fact, is a perfect introduction to one of America's most unique, economically important, and promising wine regions. The Finger Lakes region has long struggled for legitimacy in the eyes of the wider public, but this meticulously researched collection of stories about the people and the place serves as proof that “Finger Lakes” belongs in the same sentence as Napa, Sonoma, Willamette and Walla Walla--not in a footnote.
If you aren’t convinced yet, Summer in a Glass is, at the very least, likely to inspire you to seek out some Finger Lakes Rieslings and decide for yourself. After all, that's what good wine books do. Get your copy of Summer in a Glass here.
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