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Gold Seal Winery president Charles Fournier and Dr. Konstantin Frank
Gold Seal Winery president Charles Fournier and Dr. Konstantin Frank

Central New York ran a wonderful article last summer about Dr. Konstantin Frank and his impact on the Finger Lakes Wine industry.
     Frank, an immigrant after WWII from the Ukraine, shared a dream of Gold Seal Winery president Charles Fournier: find a way to grow vitis vinifera— Europe’s best-quality wine grapes — in the harsh climate of upstate New York. It was an idea Philip Wagner was able to prove successful in the more moderate Maryland climate. Frank and Fournier teamed to make it a success on Keuka Lake. 
     What did this mean? Instead of the typical “native” varieties such as Catawba, Delaware, Niagara and Isabella — all used to make sweeter wines — it was now possible to grow grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir (both drier reds), Chardonnay and Riesling. In other words, their efforts changed Finger Lakes winemaking forever positioning it as a source of world-class wines.
     You can read the fascinating article HERE.

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Irish couple Fergal and Brídgeen Griffin get an intriguing wedding gift: the chance to manage a Finger Lakes winery. When they move to Keuka Lake from Queens, see the rundown winery and meet its surly winemaker, they realize it will be quite a challenge getting from grapevine to bottle.
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