We were surprised to see the sheer number of wineries in the area. The best part- every winery we visited used either their own or local grapes, rather than having fruit shipped in from California. This means small batches of incredible wine that are produced from fruit that thrive in the Finger Lakes climate. We enjoyed the wine, the people, and the beauty of the region. For more background, please look at one of our most popular stories we have posted: Finger Lakes New York.
Recently, we partnered with the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance and participated in the Finger Lakes Wine Month Virtual Tasting Celebration, highlighting some of the stand out varietals from the region. Finger Lakes is known for producing white wines such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer and the wines we tasted include these varietals.
The entire “travel4foodfun” team, Tom, Kent, Meredith, and I participated in the virtual tasting event. It was an incredible evening of delicious food paired with tasty wines. Tom is an incredible cook and he prepared an amazing meal of Thai specialties (perfect for pairing with the wines!). The first wine we tasted was Dr. Frank 2013 Gewurztraminer from Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars. The wine paired perfectly with the spicy Thai food. The Gewurztraminer was an easy drinking wine with some crispness, as well as floral and spicy notes that were a great counterpart to the Thai flavors.
The second wine we tasted was the 2012 Caywood East Vineyards Dry Riesling from Wagner Vineyards. This wine was the driest of the three we sampled. We sipped on this wine as we continued on with our Thai feast. The flavor was perfectly crisp and slight fruit and citrus notes. Once again, a great match with Tom’s Thai dishes!
Finally, we finished our tasting with the 1866 Reserve Riesling from Villa Bellangelo. This wine was a sweet perfect to finish our evening of feasting and wine tasting! The wine had a nice fruity flavor that was sweet but not syrupy. If you are looking for a dessert wine and want something a little lighter than the thicker consistency of true dessert wines, this would be an excellent choice.
The Finger Lakes Wine Month virtual tasting was a wonderful event. We sampled amazing wine that represents some of the region’s excellent varietals. We highly recommend trying wines from the Finger Lakes area. They are mostly small batch production from family owned wineries. A great way to support small businesses… and to taste incredible wine. What more can you ask for?!