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Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery Hardcover – March 3, 2011
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"Harstock writes for an intelligent but nonexpert reader. His journalistic background lets him use dialogue and scene development to carry the story forward, but his strength is in teaching the reader a great deal about vineyards and making wines without seeming pedantic. Tucked into these pages are short yet illuminating explanations of vine biology, the economics of small wineries, the chemistry of fermentation, historic and modern trellising systems, techniques of pruning, accounts of grape diseases, stories of ancient Greek wine parties, and even the ramifications of the modern wine bottle (which emerged in 1760).―Zachary Nowak, Gastronomica (Fall 2013)
"Everyone who savors the flavor of a fine glass of wine likely has at one time or another dreamt of producing their own. . . . Organizing his book by season, John C. Hartsock shares vignettes that illustrate the hard work and perseverance required as well as the heartbreak that comes when one tiny mistake ruins a year's output. This detailed book . . . will be of great interest to those contemplating the winery business, even if just someday to tinker in their basement."―Library Journal
"Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery is a delightful account of the agrarian life and cycles of the winemaking life. Gary Barletta has succeeded in creating wonderful wines from the Finger Lakes that stand up beautifully in the world of wine. Reading about the behind-the-scenes creation of grapes and wine is a delectable treat to savor."―Louis Damiani of Damiani Wine Cellars in Hector, New York
"In telling the story of Gary and Rosemary Barletta and their Long Point Winery, John C. Hartsock captures the essence of the small farm winery experience with all of its hard work and ample rewards. The seasons of growth and labor in the vineyard and winery are described in a narrative that encompasses the interesting history of the winery. For the reader who wants to understand the fundamentals of grape growing and winemaking and what it takes to open a successful winery, this is an excellent book. Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery is also a story of dreams and aspirations, and wine enthusiasts will be inspired by these pages."―Hudson Cattell, editor of "Wine East" in Wines & Vines and coauthor of Wine East of the Rockies
"Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery is a very compelling, complete, and accurate portrayal of the workings of a small family-operated estate vineyard and winery. By looking at grape growing and winemaking through the narrative of the Barletta family, John C. Hartsock vividly shows the hardships and satisfactions that come from planting grapevines in the fertile yet demanding environment of the Finger Lakes. This book is an exceptional addition to the burgeoning literature about wine grapes and the people who grow and ferment them."―Ian Merwin, Professor of Horticulture and the Viticulture and Enology Program, Cornell University, and manager of Black Diamond Orchard and Vineyard
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mostly the same seasons-----when we have a hot, dry summer, the
siver lining is thinking about the grapes that will be producing
fabulous red wines for our pleasure! I have also been learning to
enjoy the whites. So if there is a cool, wet summer, there will be
the lovely, dry whites to anticipate!
Living through a year on Cayuga was most informative and requires
me to appreciate all the steps that our vine and wine lovers live
through to create our own local nectars!