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100 Year Flood Level:  721.00 ft.
Mean High Water:  715.30 ft.
Length: 19.6 miles
Maximum Width:  1.9 miles
Maximum Depth:  183 ft.
Area:  11,584 acres
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"Keuka" is the name the Seneca people gave to the lake, roughly translated to mean "Canoe Landing".  Early settlers named her "The Crooked
Lake".  In the late 1800's the wine industry began to flourish and the vintners felt that Crooked Lake was not a very elegant name to be associated
with fine wines.  The name of the lake was officially changed to Keuka in 1887.


Red wines come from red grapes.  Makes sense.  
White wines can be produced from either red
or white grapes.  When pressed, all grapes yield
"white" juice.  The color resides in the skins and in
order to extract it grapes are either heated prior to
pressing or the skins are fermented along with the
juice.  The alcohol draws the color from the skins.


Eleven years of Prohibition spelled the end to
many Keuka Lake wineries.  Those that survived
did so by selling legal alter and medicinal wine.
 Many sold grape juice with instructions on what
might be done to cause it to ferment and "in
four weeks you can marvel at your success."
 

“What contemptible
scoundrel stole the cork
from my lunch?”  

"I cook with wine;
sometimes I even add it
to the food." - W.C.Fields

It is said that the classic champagne
glass came from a mold of Marie
Antoinette's breast.  Where was Dolly Parton when we needed her?

 

Split = 187 milliliters, Half-bottle = 375 milliliters,
Bottle = 750 milliliters,  Magnum = 2 bottles,
Jeroboam = 4 bottles,  Rehoboam = 6 bottles
Methusaleh = 8 bottles, Salmanazar = 12 bottles,
Balthazar = 16 bottles
The mother of them all, weighing in at 86 lbs:  
Nebuchadnezzar = 20 bottles!

That stamp that they whack right in the
middle of  your steak... Fear not, the
dye is made from grape skins.  Two food groups for the price of one.

Every wonder how many grapes are
sacrificed to make a single bottle of wine?   It is said to be 600.

Wineries had to be clever in order to
survive through Prohibition.  Wine was
produced in limited quantities for religious
and medicinal uses, but the most novel
product was the "Grape Brick".  Grapes
were pressed, the juice used for legal
wines, then the remaining pulp was dried
into blocks. These were sold, along with a
packet of yeast.  Label read "You simply
added water - "Pure and simple. And you
know that it is safe because you did it
yourself.  Do not add the yeast or illegal
fermentation will result."

 

"Winemaking is the world's oldest profession...not that other thing".

How many bubbles in a bottle of champagne?
 Bill Lembeck has calculated that there are approximately 49
million bubbles in a bottle of Champagne. Before the cork
is popped those tiny bubbles create 90 pounds of pressure
per square inch, which is 3 times that of a car tire.
Bill has way too much spare time.

The longest recorded champagne cork "flight" was 177.75 feet.

China produces wine made from a mash
of boiled and fermented fish.  Tasty!
 
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