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Heading Upstate Again

It's time for another round of visits in New York's Finger Lakes region
Photo by: David Yellen

Posted: Jul 6, 2011 2:42pm ET

I'm heading upstate again, for another quick tour of the Finger Lakes. They're about halfway through the growing season so far this year, which has been on the cool and rainy side. Though there's a ways to go of course before we really know what 2011 has in store for the wines, it's a good time to check in on the vineyards and see some new and familiar faces.

If you haven't explored the Finger Lakes yet, or just need a refresher course, you can reference my blog from my last visit in October of last year, which was during the harvest. You can also reference additional notes from my visits to the region in November 2009, June 2009 and October 2008.

There will be a definite twinge of sadness during this trip, however, following the tragic passing of Red Newt Bistro's Deb Whiting, but support for the Red Newt team, as well as Dave Whiting and their two sons, from the region's wineries has been impressive so far as everyone begins the process of moving ahead with life. I'll be starting with a stop on Keuka Lake, and I hope you'll follow along here for notes, videos and photos along the way.

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David A Zajac
Akron, OH —  July 7, 2011 3:01pm ET
Have a great trip, although I know it will be very sad with Deb's passing. Look forward to your notes and video's - if your on the Keuka side, I haven't seen you review McGregor's wines lately, it is worth a stop as quality has improved dramatically.
James Molesworth
Senior Editor, Wine Spectator —  July 7, 2011 4:50pm ET
David: Thanks for the heads up on McGregor. I wasn't too impressed with past wines from them so hopefully they are turning it around and they will start submitting their wines for review again...
Chad Dikun
NJ —  July 7, 2011 10:12pm ET
I enjoyed the McGregor wines I tasted 2 weeks ago when I visited the Finger Lakes, although the one thing that I think is somewhat of a negative is the QPR. As an example, the 2007 Rob Roy was a very enjoyable red, but at $40 a bottle I think it is a bit pricey. The 2007 Meritage from Ravines is $25 a bottle and probably one of the best reds I had in the Finger Lakes.

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