Fox Run Vineyards will have a starring role north of the border come July. That’s when its 2015 Doyle Family Unoaked Chardonnay will be the featured white wine at the premium venues of the famous Calgary Stampede, according to an announcement made Saturday.
The 130th annual event, running from July 8 through the 17th, is billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” Each year, as many as a million visitors from around the world descend on Alberta, Canada, for a non-stop schedule of the world’s richest tournament-style rodeo, agriculture exhibitions, dog handling trials, cowboy events, music and comedy concerts (Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Jeff Dunham, etc.) and other festival activities spread over 208 acres. Its stated purpose is “To preserve and celebrate our western heritage, cultures and community spirit.”
The Fox Run 2015 Doyle Family Unoaked Chardonnay was selected after a lengthy tasting process, and will be available for purchase in Alberta province along with the Fox Run’s Reserve Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Lemberger, and several Rieslings.
The Seneca Lake winery is located on Torrey Ridge at 670 State Route 14, Penn Yan. Phone: 800-636-9786. It has 55 acres of vineyards, overseen by owner Scott Osborn, who notes that “Native grape varieties put the Finger Lakes on the map a century and half ago, and French-American hybrids, bred for cold resistance, still have an important niche in the region.” But, he says he “is convinced that non-hybrid European Vinifera grapes can yield wine excellent enough to put the Finger Lakes in the ranks of the world’s top fine wine producers.
The first grapes were planted at Fox Run in 1984, and the farm’s Civil War-era dairy barn was converted to a modern winemaking facility in 1993. In 1996, farther up the slope a new facility was completed with state-of-the-art capabilities where Osborn works with winemaker Peter Bell and vineyard manager John Kaiser to produce a portfolio that includes Riesling, Reserve Riesling, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Lemberger, and Pinot Noir, as well as a Meritage blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, and a Blanc de Blancs sparkler made from estate Chardonnay. They also produce several wood-aged fortified wines including a Tawny and Ruby-style Port. In 2012, Hedonia, a White Port made entirely from Traminette grapes, was added and along with a trio of Rieslings called “The Geology Series,” an expression of place, method, and time.
In warmer months, the Fox Run Café & Market is open to the public, utilizing many vegetables grown on the estate, as well as its iconic garlic which gets its own spotlight in the annual Glorius Garlic Festival. The 24th annual version is scheduled for August 6-7.