Michael Warren Thomas does a good job for wine and food. There is a rumor that I might be on the show this Sunday to talk about the Culinary and Wine Center. I've been on the show a couple of times, and do enjoy doing it.
As for Riesling--I hear you, but of course, I don't agree with you. It not only is the signature vinifera of the region, it will one day be the star money-maker too, and when you are in business, you do have to think about profit--not that I ever made a profit with my winery
Once Riesling is established, it proves to be quite consistent over all other vinifera planted here.
The description of your Chardonnay is right on. Those tropical fruits are common from some parts of Seneca Lake Chardonnay vineyards. You know, that "banana belt."