Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes (2011, New York: Sterling Epicure), by Evan Dawson, has the feel of a professional and personal account at the same time. Dawson allowing his personal feelings to come through elevates this above a standard report about a wine region, making it both more interesting and more evocative. Even though it’s a book about wine, it goes beyond, into travel, personal stories, and more.
Evan Dawson is the Managing Editor and Finger Lakes Editor of the New York Cork Report, the two-time winner of the award for Best Single-Subject Wine Blog. He writes several pieces weekly for NYCR. His day job is morning anchor of 13 WHAM News This Morning in Rochester, NY, broadcasting on the ABC affiliate (as well as the local CW channel). His on-air duties also include reporting on politics and public policy.
Why are they here? How did they get here? And what is the world learning about the land they now inhabit? These are some of the interesting questions raised regarding the history, present, and future of the Finger Lakes Wine Region. Dawson answers them in the forms of stories, coming from all facets of the wine industry, interspersed with his own, two-year experience in the region.
Wines from the Finger Lakes are becoming better-known, and this book helps you understand why. I’m now tempted to visit the Finger Lakes, seeing if I too can discover the taste that is summer in a glass.
In a bit of serendipity, Eric Asimov recently wrote the article "Deep Lakes, Icy Climate, Great Wine," in the New York Times, mentioning Dawson and the book. Pretty awesome shout-out! Lots of overlap between the article and book as well. Interesting when certain winemakers are singled out.