So far this season we have received more rain than we did in the entire growing season last year.
The picture to the right was taken 10 minutes after we received between 2 and 3 inches of rain in the span of less than half an hour.
In July alone, we received approximately 6 inches of rain; doubling our normal average for the month. This excessive rain has resulted in a major battle to keep the shoots in the wires and to keep them from overlapping - which creates stale air pockets with low UV exposure. Keeping the fruit exposed to the sun has been a challenge as well. The laterals seem to grow as soon as we pull the leaves, which results in blocking the fruit from the sun. We used a mechanical leaf puller early in the season and have had to do another pass through the vineyard by hand to clear out what the machine missed and what grew back. Luckily, the month of August has not been as wet as the beginning of the growing season, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that the trend continues to help keep the disease pressure down and fruit ripening process up.
White Birch Vineyards was pleased to host local restaurant, liquor store and bar owners and managers this past Thursday at our Annual Wholesale Evening.
In attendance to mingle with the attendees and disuss the White Birch portfolio and vineyard were the the Falcone Family - the owners, Morten Hallgren - our winemaker and Chris Fluri - our vineyard manager. It was a wonderful evening complete with delicious food artfully prepared by our Culinary Manager Adinah Dutton and delightful music by our own Tasting Room Associate Ben Shearer and his musical counterpart Peter Hawley. Our tasting room staff provided the complete tasting experience for each guest while our owners, vineyard manager and wine maker answered guest questions on our wines, our vineyard and our portfolio.
Thank you to every business that joined us for our Wholesale Evening!
We are very excited that summer is finally here in the Finger Lakes. It's the perfect time to visit Skaneateles and White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room.
On June 30th we will begin our Summer Hours; which include opening on Tuesdays and being open later Tuesday through Saturday.
**We will be open on the 4th of July** Stop by to celebrate with us.
We look forward to seeing you at the Tasting Room - stop in for the Complete Finger Lakes Experience; including Finger Lakes Wines, Spirits and Foods.
Tuesday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
At White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room we are celebrating our Nation's Independence with three, new delicious Specialty Drinks.
Stop in today to try one. Salute!
An Upstate take on a Kentucky Mule.
McKenzie Rye Whiskey, Thyme Infused Simple Syrup, Ithaca Ginger Beer and Muddled Blackberries
A bootleggers favorite from another epic fight for American freedom: Prohibition.
Black Button Citrus Gin, Dr. Frank’s Sparkling Riesling, Fresh Lemon and Simple Syrup
A tart twist on a beverage made famous by Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys.
1911 Raspberry Cider, McKenzie Bourbon, Fee Brothers Barrel Aged Bitters and Muddled Grapefruit
Much to the delight of wine and spirit enthusiasts, the Finger Lakes Region is continually expanding with new vineyards, wineries, tasting rooms, cideries and distilleries.
Our region is becoming the travel destination for great wine, spirits, craft beers and ciders and White Birch Vineyards is excited to be a part of this growing industry.
There are currently more than 100 wineries in the Finger Lakes AVA, and some of them, like White Birch, are close to home for the perfect getaway to experience the Finger Lakes!
White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room is conveniently located in the beautiful village of Skaneateles and is nestled in the middle of excellent shopping, Skaneateles Lake boat cruises, luxurious accomodations and world class restaurants. Whether you want to spend a day, a weekend or longer, Skaneateles will fit your every need and the White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room will provide you with a complete Finger Lakes Tasting Experience; including our own unique single-vineyard wines, an excellent selection of Finger Lakes wines & locally distilled spirits.
White Birch VIneyards was recently named in the "Suburban Tour of Wine Trails" by Syracuse.com in their "Summer Wine Tours Within an Easy Drive of Central New York" article, Link below.
Come visit us for a tasting today at 18 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY!