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PLACE AND DATE : Capri Ristorante  – McLean, VA -Date: February 10, 2016


The Happy Vines of Finger Lakes

PRESENTER: Melvin (Mel) Goldman – Owner and Manager of Keuka Vineyards Winery


Mel, Mona and Alfonso








TASTING TYPE: Blind for the withes

PARTICIPANTS:   Jairo Sánchez, Mario y Herminia Aguilar, Alfonso y Mona Sánchez, German Zincke, Álvaro López, Marcello Averbug, Clarita, Estrada,  Ítalo Mirkow, Orlando Mason, Peter Scherer. 

WINES SELECTION CRITERIA: The wines have been selected after consulting with Mel.  We will taste three Riesling (the forte of Keuka Vineyards and of the Finger Lakes Region) from two different plots and different years and a Cabernet Franc that has just bee given a high rating by the Wine Enthusiast.


  1. 2013 Evergreen Lek Vineyard – Dry Riesling
  2. 2014 Falling Man Vineyard – Dry Riesling
  3. 2011 Falling Man Vineyard – Dry Riesling
  4. 2014 Cabernet Franc


  1. Calamari al Guazzetto (Calamari, tomato sauce and toasted bread)
  2. Arugula and lettuce salad
  3. Grilled Trout with grilled vegetables
  4. Chicken Capri (Chicken breast sautéed with eggplant, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and Rosemary sauce)
  5. Dessert and coffee


Mel is truly dedicated to the highest quality standards both in respect to the vineyard management, the processing of the grapes  and the elaboration of his wines.  He made of this tasting a remarkable learning experience for the participants by giving insights and unknown details of vineyard and winery operations.   We even had the chance to taste wines from the tank (still in process) and one Vignoles.  We tasted in total five Rieslings and the cabernet Franc. The Rieslings were considered at par of the best from Germany or Alsace .  The Cabernet Franc was judged the bet of the lot by the participants in tight competition with the Rieslings.   The participants rated all the wines with high marks between 90 and 91 points as follows:

  1. 2013 Evergreen Lek Vineyard – Dry Riesling – 90.2 pts
  2. 2014 Falling Man Vineyard – Dry Riesling -90.0 pts
  3. 2011 Falling Man Vineyard – Dry Riesling -90.7 pts
  4. 2014 Cabernet Franc – 91.2- pts


(Notes taken from: https://www.klvineyards.com/)

2013 Evergreen Lek Vineyard – Dry Riesling

This Riesling derives from a 2 acre vineyard planted by the estate in 1999 on the western slopes overlooking Keuka Lake. Its character is always fruity and complex. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented at cool temperatures. In 2013, the wine was naturally fermented over a five-month period. The wine’s total acidity is 8g/l and the rs is 4g/l.
Its nose is a bouquet of green apple and white peach with just a hint of licorice. Its luscious, stone fruit mouthfeel with a touch of sweet lemon is followed by a long, but light finish that lingers. Pairs wonderfully with duck, foul or an ever so slightly spiced curry. This wine is vegan friendly.

2014 Falling Man Vineyard – Dry Riesling

From our flagship vineyard, this 2014 is a great representation of the Falling Man land. Mineral-driven and focused citrus notes let the wine pop with a refined brightness. Pair this wine with a spicy Mexican dish or a bowl of hot guacamole. Limit of 3 bottles per customer.

2011 Falling Man Vineyard – Dry Riesling

Peach and honey at the forefront with strong spice undertones, the mouth delivers a rich fruit flavor ad excellent tannin structure. Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast 90 pts.

2014 Cabernet Franc

Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice and 91 pts.


Read about the wines of finger lakes here: https://clubvino1.com/members-corner/the-wines-of-finger-lakes/