Recently I had a nice email from a friend who was visiting Dr. Ernst Loosen, or simply Ernie, at his home in Germany. Each year at the end of the visit, comprised of professional wine people, Ernie hosts a dinner and asks all the guests to bring a bottle of wine to be served blind. Evidently, this is a tradition at the Loosen household. Our friend decided to take a bottle of the 2013 Forge Riesling for his blind wine: a bold move as this is like taking paint to Picasso or steaks to a butcher. Needless to say our friend, the unofficial Finger Lakes ambassador, was a little nervous at this prospect. How did it turn out? Well, after much deliberation and much discussion, an enthusiastic thumbs up was given by Ernie and he said something to the effect that the next great Rieslings in the world will be produced in the Finger Lakes. Coming from the “Dr.” that is a wonderful compliment to our region. I look forward to meeting the Dr. one day and showing him around the “lakes”.