Cornell Alumni Affairs has chosen Lakewood Vineyards’ 2022 Chardonnay to be part of its 2023 collection for the Alumni Wine club, a platform designed to showcase the talents of Cornell alumni in the winemaking industry.
Lakewood Vineyards, a notable name in the wine industry, has been producing Chardonnay since its tasting room opened in 1989, under the guidance of winemaker Chris Stamp, a Cornell alumnus from the class of 1983. This selection underscores the longstanding relationship between the winery and the university, with the winemaking team now including Stamp’s children, Ben Stamp (’11) and Abby Stamp Wilkens (’13), and the tasting room and sales managed by Cornell graduates Liz Stamp (’85) and Teresa Stamp Knapp (’90).
The Cornell tasting panel described Lakewood’s 2022 Chardonnay as having complex aromatics, including pineapple, pear, and apple, combined with notes of freshly baked biscuit. The wine’s texture is noted as creamy and rich, with a long finish that balances acidity with a hint of butterscotch. This particular Finger Lakes Chardonnay is distinguished by an exclusive label featuring a detail from “Sunflower II,” a work by Erik den Breejen, another Cornell alumnus (’06). This special edition wine is now available through VinoShipper, an online platform for purchasing wines.
Lakewood Vineyards, situated in Watkins Glen on the west side of Seneca Lake, prides itself as a family-owned and operated farm winery established in 1988. The vineyard, spanning 120 acres, includes vines dating back to 1952 and currently cultivates 14 different grape varieties. This selection for the Cornell Alumni Affairs wine club not only highlights the quality of Lakewood Vineyards’ Chardonnay but also celebrates the connection between the winery and its Cornellian roots. For more information about Lakewood Vineyards and its offerings, wine enthusiasts can visit their website.
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