Fox Run Vineyards, Anthony Road Wine Company, and Red Newt Cellars teamed up to make the Dry Riesling served at the Inaugural Luncheon in the U.S. Capitol following today's inauguration of President Barack Obama for his second term. It's one of two New York State wines served along with several New York foods at the luncheon.
A vineyard overlooking Seneca Lake. 14850 Photo.Tierce 2010 Dry Riesling, a collaboration among the three Seneca Lake wineries, and Bedell 2009 Merlot, from Long Island, were served this afternoon, accompanying dishes made with New York seafood, bison, apples, cheeses, honey, and maple syrup.
"This is a major breakthrough for New York wines, and we are deeply grateful to Senator Charles Schumer for providing this opportunity," said Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which represents wineries across the state. Schumer, who's chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, is responsible for overseeing inaugural festivities.
Senator Schumer announced the wine selections at an event January 9th at Century Pittsford Wines, a Rochester-area liquor store. He's long been a friend to Central New York's beverage producers. Nearly two years ago, Schumer backed a bill to cut excise tax on small breweries by 50%, announcing his support at a press conference at Ithaca Beer.
The Tierce label represents a yearly collaboration among Peter Bell of Fox Run, Johannes Reinhardt of Anthony Road, and David Whiting of Red Newt. The three award-winning winemakers began blending their three separate Dry Rieslings several years ago to see if they could create a whole that was "greater than the sum of its parts." Only about 300 cases are made in a given year, and the wine is sold exclusively through the three wineries.