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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page C7

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DemocratandChronicle .com Sunday,October18,2015 Page7C Books The latest events and local authors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ine in New York has become a multibillion-dollar industry, rep ortedly with a statewide economic impact of $4.8 billion in 2012. But according to Hermann J. Wiemer, the founder of one of the most influential wineries in the country and the champion of region’s Riesling, the success of Finger Lakes as a region depended on putting winemaking back in the hands of grape growers. T wo recent books, a travelogue by Michael Turback and a pictorial history by Sarah S. Thompson, capture that tale and make sense of a region that has become — with 121wineries at last count —the largest grape and wine producer in the state. October, which is traditionally mid-harvest season for grape growers, is as good a time as any to get out to the wineries and to taste the fruits of their l abor. Most books about wine have a shorter shelf life than a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau. This isn’t always the author’s fault: The landscape shifts are often so rapid that it can be next to impossible to a ccurately describe what wine lovers call the terroir. This is especially true about a region like ours, which has evolved so quickly that Wine Spectator waited what seemed like ages before profiling l ocal wines in 2013. But Turback, whose eponymous Ithaca restaurant cast a spotlight on Finger Lakes fare in the 1980s and ’90s, both in terms of f arm-to-table and vineyard-to-glass, and Thompson, a freelancer w ho documents winemaking in the Finger Lakes from “table grape mania” of the late 19th century to the “vineyard visionaries” of the last 10 years, offer complementary takes on the Finger Lakes farm winery revolution of the last 40 years. The stories find fine wine intertwined with lives of farmers exp erimenting in vineyards with fickle varietals, vintners crafting in cellars, restaurateurs who filled their wine lists with local bottles, and a groundswell that lobbied Albany and opened the floodgates to generations of innovative new winemakers. American wine production has roots in the Finger Lakes region, as Thompson documents in her book. The Pleasant Valley Wine Co., i n Hammondsport on Keuka Lake, was the state’s first bonded winery, but by 1965 only seven wineries remained in the region, and none existed on Seneca and Cayuga lakes. So musty was the wine, it was typical to blend in juice, sugar and w ater. The Concord grape (and its regional variant the Aurore) that is found in jelly, juice and sweet wine belongs to the species Vitis labrusca , and literally translates as “fox grape”; it is so pervasive t hat the connotation itself can invokes snarls among PROVIDED Winemaker Hermann Wiemer with Bully Hill founder Walter Taylor, circa 1970. Wiemer later was fired by a terse telegram on Christmas Eve in 1981. Books tell how w ineries took hold i n Finger Lakes If you go You can visit the wineries discussed in Finger Lakes Uncorked: Day Trips and Weekend Getaways in Upstate New York Wine Country by Michael Turback (Farm Fresh Books, 2015) and Fi nger Lakes Wine Country by Sarah S. Thompson (Arcadia Publishing, 2015). » Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, 3962 Route 14, Dundee; (800) 371-7971, w » Glenora Wine Cellars, 5435 Route 14, Dundee; (607) 243-7883, » Frontenac Point Vineyard, 9501Route 89, Trumansburg; (607) 387-9619, f LUKE FENCHEL SeeWINE,Page9C 1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion) 2. The Martian by Andy Weir (Crown) 3. Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reil- ly (Henry Holt and Co.) 4. The Survivor by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books) 5. Twilight and Life and Death Dual Edition by Stephanie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) 6. The Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis (Little, Brown) 7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, art by Jim Kay (Arthur A. Levine) 8. After You by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books) 9. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin (Bantam) 10. A More Perfect Union by Ben Carson and Candy Carson (Sentinel) 1 1. The Girl in the Spider’s Web b y David Lagercrantz (Knopf) 1 2. Make Me by Lee Child (Delacorte) 13. Willow Brook Road by Sherryl Woods (Harlequin, MIRA) 14. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow) 15. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed) 16. The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim B utcher (Roc) 17. The Girl on the Train by P aula Hawkins (Riverhead) 18. Down the Rabbit Hole by J .D. Robb, Mary Blaney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas and R.C. Ryan (Jove) 19. Gray Mountain by John Grisham (Dell) 20. About a Vampire by Lynsay Sands (Avon) 21. Shadow Play by Iris Johansen (St. Martin’s Press) 22. The Power of I Am by Joel Osteen (Faith Words) 23. A Common Struggle by Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried (Blue Rider Press) 24. Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine) 25. Double Down: The Men Of The Sisterhood by Fern Michaels (Zebra) For the extended, interactive and searchable version of this list, visit http://books.usato- USA TODAY B EST-SELLERS ASSOCIATED PRESS

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