As you drive out from Watkins Glen and up the east side of Seneca past the scenic Hector Falls, you start to run along a stretch of some of the region’s best-known wineries in an area known as 'the banana belt' for it's riper-styled wines – Standing Stone, Atwater Estate, Red Newt.
The folks along Seneca Lake may not want to hear this, but Keuka Lake is the prettier of the two. Not only does its distinctive "Y" shape make it stand out, but some of its banks are exceedingly steep, affording not only terrific views, but also some sun-baked terraces that beg for vines to be planted on them.
Seneca Lake is the high-rent district of the Finger Lakes. Lining both its west and east shores are the highest percentage of the region’s wineries, as well as some of its best. About half way up the western side of the 30-mile long lake from the town of Watkins Glen is Hermann J.
At the end of Father’s Day last year I packed my bags and headed off on another trip to the Rhône , missing out on watching Tiger Woods’ dramatic Monday playoff victory in the U.S. Open (some folks know I’m a bit of a golf nut).
2002 seems like such a long time ago. That year, during my first visit to Chile, I met more than a handful of winemakers, a few of whom I thought to myself were probably going to do some big things down the road.
It’s been a tough road for Alain Ducasse in New York. All of his restaurants have been met with withering criticism from various corners, sparing neither his initial upscale venture at the Essex House (since changed to Adour at the St.
Rhône lovers have plenty of good news these days, with the region enjoying a string of excellent vintages and a growing number of new quality-oriented domaines from which to choose. Add another possiblity to the list.
Claudia Gómez is energetic and vibrant. She talks fast and exudes passion. So it’s probably no surprise that she made the trek over the Andes from Argentina to Chile, along with stops in Burgundy and the Loire sandwiched in between.
Adolfo Hurtado prefers to keep things cool—in his vineyards, that is. As head winemaker at the rapidly growing Viña Cono Sur , Hurtado has made the winery’s focus cool-climate vineyards, as well as varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Syrah.
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