In this episode of Wine and Dime, I sit down with Autumn Campbell. Autumn is a financial planner at The Planning Center. Autumn and I discuss what led her to become a financial planner and the road she took to get there. This episode was named after some advice that Autumn likes to give her clients, so check it out! We also talk about one of my favorite wines… Malbec! And I definitely found a very nice Malbec in the Finger Lakes Region. So, sit back, relax, pop open a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy the latest installment of Wine and Dime!
My experience as a former teacher and high school counselor informs my role as a financial planner daily. Clients come to us with life questions concerning their finances, and hope to receive thoughtful, competent, and trustworthy responses. In many ways, a financial planner is a life coach, helping people navigate their financial planning in light of their values, hopes, and responsibilities.
Although the clients I support vary widely in their backgrounds, I find myself particularly drawn to working with entrepreneurs, educators and business owners. I love solving new, complex problems and teaching meaningful financial literacy to clients.
Thirsty Owl Wine Company’s story began when Ted Cupp purchased 150 acres from Robert and Mary Plane, trailblazers who implemented the Cayuga Wine Trail, on July 2, 2001. In the fall and winter of 2001/2002, construction began on both the tasting room and the wine making facility. The following spring of 2002, with Shawn Kime as its first employee, work began on the lake vineyard located between the tasting room and the lake. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Malbec were planted here.
On September 13, 2002, The Thirsty Owl Wine Company opened its doors for the first time with Mary Dauber managing the tasting room. We had four wines and produced approximately 1,200 cases. In December 2002, Jon Cupp, an Ithaca College graduate, moved his young family from Atlanta and relocated to the Finger Lakes, joining the staff as President to provide needed leadership and to guide the company's growth.
Since 2002, we have increased production by over 1000%, and in those years, the Thirsty Owl Wine Company's name has become synonymous with award winning wines. The winery has won many prestigious awards, including the Governor's Cup and the John Rose award for their Rieslings. This past year, its Pinot Noir was the highest rated North American Pinot at the Taster's Guild International competition. We produce some of the area’s only Malbec and Syrah, along with unique blends, reds, whites and ice wines.
Since the beginning, The Thirsty Owl Wine Company and the Cupp family have prided themselves on producing quality, signature wines reflecting the unique characteristics of the Finger Lakes. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we’ve enjoyed making them.
A smooth, cool-weather malbec from the New York Finger Lakes that provides a rare glimpse into what the Finger Lakes can do with another mixing grape that’s not cabernet franc or petit verdot.
Ruby-to-purple in color, this malbec has an aromatic nose of wet leaves, forest floor and black fruit including black plum, blackberry and raspberry.
The combination of fruit and secondary aromas presents for an intriguing nose.
On the palate the wine is medium in acidity and tannin with soft fruit underlying the acid and tannin.
Worth a try especially for cabernet franc enthusiasts looking for a new red varietal to try in a cool-climate region.