Bob McGregor had an idea one day back in the early 1990s, back when nobody was contemplating producing sparkling apple wine for sale in the Finger Lakes.
The winery was growing a few apple trees: a Golden Russet, Northern Spy and a few Cornell variants on Macintosh.
In 1994, there was a particularly great yield of apples and McGregor asked his winemaker, Jeff Dencenburg, to make a methode champenoise apple wine with the bounty.
Ultimately nearly two decades transpired, and sparkling apple wines became de rigueur and the winery realized it was sitting on something special.
After 19 years of aging in the bottle, winery staff disgorged the wine and ended up with just over 20 cases of a stellar, 19-year-old sparkling apple wine named Blaganta Ubhal Fion.