Finger Lakes Wine Country Declared a Disaster Area

Tragic news for the US wine industry: Due to the cold weather and bud damage in the vineyards, the Finger Lakes Wine Country in New York has been declared a disaster area.

Here’s the full story: Finger Lakes wine country declared a disaster zone

Finger Lakes Wine Country

photo courtesy Wine-Searcher

Some wineries in the area are reporting up to 100% of their vines were damaged. It will be a while before they know how much damage the vines actually sustained, but they it’s going to be severe. This will undoubtedly mean lower yields in Finger Lakes wineries this year.
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Announcing the Winners of the Name That Label Contest!

We’d like to send a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered our Name That Label contest!

We asked for your help, and you came through for us. We couldn’t believe the number of responses we received. You did an incredible job coming up with hundreds of unique label names!

There were so many wonderful entries to choose from, it was hard to pick just one winner. But eventually, after a lot of consideration, we came up with the one that we thought best fit this custom wine label. And here it is:
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Noontime Labels at the Home Winemaking Conference, Part 2

The last we spoke, Mrs. Noontime and I were at the 2013 Home Winemaking Conference, put on by WineMaker Magazine in Monterey, CA. The second day of the conference was just as jam-packed as the first.

We got to spend a lot of time with friends, old and new, in the exhibit area. Thanks to all who stopped by the Noontime Labels booth! We enjoyed talking with everyone!

Home Winemaking Conference - Noontime Labels Custom Wine Labels

Thanks to Brad Ring for the photo!

At lunch, we got to listen to a panel of columnists from WineMaker Magazine fielding questions from the audience.home winemaking conference
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Noontime Labels at the Home Winemaking Conference

Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled blog post this week, but we’ve been busy at the home winemaking conference put on by WineMaker Magazine in Monterey, CA, May 17 and 18, 2013.wine labels at home winemaker conferenceYesterday was an amazing day. We attended classes on a variety of home winemaking topics. Some of the courses offered were: Wine Kit Blending, Reducing Sulfites, 5 Keys to Great Fermentation, Minimalist Winemaking, and Fixing and Preventing Common Winemaking Problems.

At lunch, we were treated to a keynote address from the Wine Wizard herself, Alison Crowe. She shared winemaking wiz-dom and encouraged us to make wine we enjoy.Wine Wizard Allison Crowe home winemaker conference

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Enjoy Wine and Support a Good Cause

Camp Good Days and the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition team up for great wine and a great cause. Since its inception in 2001, the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition has become one of the largest wine competitions in North America, with over 3200 entires in 2012. In 2010, it became the only wine competition to receive entries from all 50 states.

All of the proceeds from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Camp Good Days Wine Auction Dinner allow Camp Good Days to provide their programs free of charge to children and their families who are battling cancer and other life challenges.
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