Our Allies - Here & Abroad

It was Louis’ idea to name our top cuvée this as he thought it was an appropriate nod to the rich history our two countries have shared over the years. Though we all have had our challenges in pronouncing it I feel that it does embody what Forge, at its core, means to us. How the love of wine and those things that surround it, the land,the people, the challenges growing it, serve to bind us together in a very unique way.

For the last several weeks Louis and Joelle have been in Gigondas singing the praises of the Finger Lakes. Think about that for a second…we have two amazing cheerleaders in Gigondas, sitting at a 500 year old estate telling their customers that they should be buying Finger Lakes wine. The idea of this just makes me chuckle…

How successful have they been? Here is the current list of countries that purchased Forge Cellars to date:

  • England
  • France – 3-star Michelin Restaurant in Paris
  • Singapore
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Greece
  • Luxembourg
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Japan (on order)
  • Hong Kong (on order)


Our “allies” in France are hard at work sharing with the world the work we are doing here in the Finger Lakes. Amazing.

You might think that these are wonderful times here in the Finger Lakes with a great future ahead of us. More farmers growing more grapes and hiring more workers. Vance metal making more tanks, Finger Lakes Construction making more buildings. Renovus Solar installing more panels on wineries and so on and so on…right?

I am an optimist and believe the future is very bright but only if we can win the battle being fought on the shores of Seneca Lake. Literally, being fought on the west side of Seneca against a “foreign” company that wants to store pressurized gas in salt mines UNDERNEATH Seneca.

Today this happened:
Renowned author and climate activist Bill McKibben was among 56 people from 20 NYS counties to form a human blockade at the gates of Crestwood Midstream bringing the total arrests to well over 500 over the course of the last year and a half. Our assistant winemaker, Alex Doniger, was there to support and rally and this is what she said:

About 100 people met in Watkins Glen this morning at 6am. Half of us
were supporters/ralliers/drivers. And close to 60 were there to get arrested.
All of us wearing blue and holding signs (I held the forge cellars ❤️’s Seneca Lake sign). There was another great sign that showed a topographical map of the
Finger Lakes and it said “Fragile: Handle with Care.” Among the group was
renowned environmentalist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben.

We made our way up to the north gate at Crestwood where the those willing to be
arrested stood in front of the gates with their peaceful protest and a sign that read “Methane is Madness. Break Free from Fossil Fuel.” The rest of us cheered them on
and a few made speeches including Bill McKibben and Sandra Steingraber.I heard
McKibben say that this morning reminded him of the day he protested the keystone pipeline in Washington DC except that this time he had a beautiful lake in front of of him instead of the White House. Now is the time to realize that the gas storage
industry is NOT the future of the Finger Lakes.

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