this month, I had the pleasure of visiting the Finger
Lakes region in New York, so I thought we'd spend a
few minutes this month discussing this
York is the third-largest wine producing region in
America, with over 240 wineries producing award-winning
wines. There are five
major wine regions in the state - each with unique
microclimates - covering nine officially recognized
appellations. Of these five
Finger Lakes is the largest.
New York is considered a cool climate
wine area, with abundant bodies of water cooling in the
summer, warming in the winter, and sheltering the vines
from the temperature extremes.
is the "signature" grape of
the Finger Lakes, and I tasted several beautiful wines
that more than hold their own against some of the famed
German Rieslings. Chardonnay also performs well in this
region, and they are very much to my liking personally
because they are more similar to a French Chablis (crisp,
and acidic) than to a California Chard (big, round,
for the reds, Pinot Noir fares well, but because
of lower yields and the finicky nature of the grape,
it's a real gamble for the growers to rely on it. As
a result, Cabernet Franc is becoming the most promising
of the red viniferas for New York. I sampled several
excellent examples that are a bit lighter in style
due to the cooler climate, akin to some of the Cab
Francs you might see coming from France's Loire Valley.
American grapes such as the Cornell-developed Cayuga
and Traminette are important varietals in New York
because of their high production, reliability, and
easy growing. With its semi-dry Riesling characteristics,
Cayuga is an excellent sipping wine, while the Traminette
is spicy and perfumey, just like its dominant parent,
Gewurtztraminer, which is also grown here.
if you're a sparkling fan, I can personally attest
that the Finger Lakes region
is producing some of the best I've had recently.
the many wonderful wineries we visited, I can heartily
recommend three that should be at the top of your list
if you're ever in the area:
Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars - Dr.
Frank really put the Finger Lakes "on
a visit here explains why. Definitely
try the Fleur de Pinot (available at WBJ)!
Hill Winery - This
winery features a gorgeous facility with breathtaking
views that are almost better
than the wines.
Hill Vineyards - With
a 30-minute cellar tour, tasty wines, and one of
the best vineyard
restaurants I've ever visited, you'll be glad you stopped
a trip to New York wine country is in your future,
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York is the third largest state in total grape acreage,
with 31,000 acres of vineyards.
Finger Lakes wine region is centered around four
main lakes, but much of the new growth is coming
from areas around four smaller lakes - two found
in the east and two in the west. Each of these
eight lakes feature Native American names.
York's five officially recognized grape growing
regions are Lake Erie, Niagara Escarpment, Finger
Lakes, Hudson River, and Long Island.
The Finger Lakes growing season is
190 - 205 days.
varieties such as Riesling and Cabernet Franc are
"vitis vinifera" and prosper in
New York's cooler climate.
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