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A Vintage Label from Bully Hill Vineyards


I recently attended a birthday part for a friend.  While we were hanging out in the bar room drinking Cava and Prosecco I spotted this old bottle from New York.  The Taylor Wine Company has a long history in the Finger Lakes Region.  In 1958 Greyton and Walter Taylor purchased the land where the winery was originally located.  Over the years they built up the vineyards and winery.  When Walter Taylor was fired from The Taylor Wine Company in 1970, he and Greyton founded Bully Hill Vineyards.  In 1977 The Taylor Wine Company merged with Coca Cola and Bully Hill was sued.  Walter Taylor was no longer able to use his last name on his wine labels but he could use his signature if he stipulated he was not connected to The Taylor Wine Company.  If you look close at this label from the 1977 Bully Hill, Baco Noir, Special Reserve you will see the last name of Walter’s signature scribbled out and “Taylor” in The Taylor Wine Company redacted.

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