New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Trail

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So it is fitting that the region has earned a reputation for producing some of the world’s most unique hand-made artisanal products. In addition to a growing farmstead cheese industry and a micro-brew explosion, the area features a wide variety of wine trails, each with many scenic stops. The region’s 11 lakes, which lay east to west, were formed about two million years ago, when some very large glaciers moved through the area. They left the Finger Lakes with a distinctive soil composition of slate, mineral and limestone that makes for exceptional vineyard sites. In addition, the lakes themselves lend a great advantage to grape-growing. The water mass helps to retain the cold in the spring thus preventing the buds from breaking too early on the vine, which could make them susceptible to late spring frosts. The lakes also help retain the heat of summer into the fall, giving the vineyards extra protection from the cold, and extending the growing season. The lake effect, the area’s soil and the cool climate combine to provide conditions conducive to a wide variety of grapes, creating a diversity of wines. Riesling is a stand-out, but other white European vinifera like Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris are making their mark. You can also find such outstanding French-American Hybrid whites as Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc and Cayuga White, along with the region’s indigenous and popular Labrusca whites Niagara and Diamond. Dry Rose wines are becoming the rage, and red wine lovers find that Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Lemberger (a.k.a. Blaufrankisch) have become signatures of the region. Currently, there are 118 wineries in the Finger Lakes. Although the wineries spread out around the region, the most concentrated population dot the shores of the big three lakes: Cayuga, Seneca and Keuka. For the self-guided wine tourist, the individual wine trails make it easy to set yourself up with a day full of fun visits.

Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images) The New York Rangers fired head coach John Tortorella this offseason and replaced him with Alain Vigneault in an attempt to play a more offensive system and build upon the success of last years second-place finish in the NHLs Atlantic Division. Instead, they got off to a 2-4-0 start while scoring just 1.83 goals per game. To make matters worse, they are dead last in the league in terms of possessing the puck. Ignoring special teams and lead-protecting situations, the Rangers have been outshot 101-60 after a season in which they saw 54 percent of those shots in their favor en route to 26-18-4 record. A win in Washington on Wednesday may have helped put the lights back on on Broadway, but if Henrik Lundqvist continues to post a .902 save percentage it could be over for the Rangers in a New York minute. Here are three other early-season surprises: If you had been asked a few weeks ago to point to a weakness on the Pittsburgh Penguins the answer almost certainly would have been goaltending. Marc-Andre Fleury went 2-2 in the playoffs with an .883 save percentage and 3.52 goals against average. However, the first overall pick of the 2003 draft has come on strong to start this season, winning all six of his games with a .932 save percentage. When the Dallas Stars chose Russian Valeri Nichushkin with the 10th pick in last years draft, many thought they had the next Alex Ovechkin. Instead, Nichushkin has just one shot at even strength through five games and is skating barely more than 13 minutes per night. The Calgary Flames werent expected to do much this season after the departure of their longtime captain Jarome Iginla and retirement of netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, but the Flames are 3-1-2 and have yet to lose in regulation. Neil Greenberg, when he isnt watching the games, analyzes advanced statistics in the NHL and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.

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The bill introduced by State Sen. Jeffrey Klein and Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz is aimed at the underground distribution network that serves the thriving black market for stolen phones in New York City. Owners of laundromats and bodegas buy the devices from street thieves before reselling them for a profit, the lawmakers said. It is already illegal to buy or sell stolen electronics, but the bill takes the extra step of forcing retailers to prove they are the rightful owners of the phones they sell. The legislation requires anyone selling three or more smartphones to provide detailed receipts, including serial numbers, for the devices or face up to $750 in fines or 30 days in jail. The goal of this legislation is to scare black market retailers out of this terrible business, Klein said in a statement. If youre a retailer making a few extra bucks by selling stolen phones, youre now going to think twice before you open up your wallet and pay one of these criminals. The two lawmakers represent parts of the Bronx, where last year Hwangbum Yang, a 26-year-old Korean immigrant, was shot and killed while being robbed for his iPhone, police said. Authorities later found the phone for sale on Craigslist for $400. Its an epidemic across this city and we cannot wait any longer to take meaningful action, Klein said. The crime, known as Apple Picking, has become particularly popular in New York, where the citys overall crime rate increased last year due to a spike in stolen Apple devices . Klein said recently released NYPD statistics show that Apple device thefts are up 10 percent this year. The bill is the latest effort to disrupt the black market for stolen smartphones. Last year, wireless carriers agreed to share a stolen phone database so purloined devices could not be reactivated in the United States. But many officials say the database has done little to stop an underground trade that has become increasingly global, connecting buyers and sellers around the world .