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Dr. Konstantin Frank forever changed the palate of American wine. Forced from his home in Soviet Ukraine during World War II, he was astounded by the terroir when he arrived in the Finger Lakes region. Against popular notions, he believed that the vinifera grapes that produced some of Europe's and California's finest wines would prosper in New York. He proved his detractors wrong, and by sharing his knowledge freely with others, Konstantin's innovativeness has allowed the region to produce some of the world's finest Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other varietals. Four generations of Franks have continued his legacy, and their winery has won record numbers of prestigious awards every year. Oenophile Tom Russ presents the remarkable story of Dr. Konstantin Frank, the father of Finger Lakes wine.
About the Author
Tom Russ is a professor at the College of Southern Maryland and the author of six books. He spent his summers growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and owns a home in Hammondsport, New York. Wine and food have long been among his passionate interests. The growth of the vinifera wines and the local food movement in the Finger Lakes is a natural area of interest, and the story of Dr. Konstantin Frank was a logical extension of that interest.
Table of Contents
Foreword Frederick Frank 7
Part I To America 13
Part II The Finger Lakes 41
Part III "Only Excellent" 71
Part IV Coming of Age 99
Part V "Wines Worthy of the Grapes" 127
About the Author 159