American Wine Society - Dr. Konstantin Frank wines from the Finger Lakes in honor of the 50th AWS anniversary.
DATE: June 18, 2017
TIME: Social 6:30pm, Meeting 7pm
COST: $20 per person
RSVP Required to JMarshall_AWS@yahoo.com
Specifically, the Finger Lakes wines of Dr. Konstantin Frank, without whom there would be no serious wines coming from that region. Born in the Ukraine, he received a Ph.D in viticulture, his thesis on growing the famous Vinifera wines of Europe in cold climates. The secret was in root stock that could thrive in cold weather. Early on, he produced spectacular Rieslings, for which the area is now famous. His son Willy Frank took the winery to the next level, developing excellent sparklers, using the French methode champenoise and the 3 classic French champagne varietals. Willy’s son Frederick has since added a value line, Salmon Run, to the product line, and is about to hand the winery over to his daughter Meaghan Frank, the 4th generation of the family to run the business.
Doug Beakes went to great lengths to obtain these wines, ordering from the winery and arranging them to be picked up and delivered to VA by our own Kim Grunett, who happened to be in the neighborhood. So we will be tasting 10 wines on Fathers Day: whites, reds such as Cab Francs, and sparklers. Doug also plans some brown-bag blind tastings comparing Dr. Frank’s wines with similar German wines. So it will be an interesting and exciting event. Mark your calendar and arrive early to socialize, meet and greet! RSVP Required to JMarshall_AWS@yahoo.com
NOTE: We have experienced overflow crowds lately so have instituted a wait-list procedure. You will be notified if you are on the wait list, and if an opening has occurred to allow you in.