Up and at 'em. Time for another quick little trip. Following up on my visits to a handful of Long Island wineries, I am staying local, but heading north, to the Finger Lakes.
Just a 4.5-hour drive from New York City (along a rather pretty stretch of Route 17 for a while) sits this rapidly improving wine region. I can easily say there are some serious wines being made up here now, though the caveat is that there is just a handful of wineries that have really broken through. There are the longtime stalwarts such as Hermann J. Wiemer, Red Newt, Standing Stone and a few others. And they're finally being joined by the likes of Ravines, Keuka Lake Vineyards, Forge Cellars and a couple more. It's promising , but there's still a ways to go …
In addition, you can reference my most recent annual tasting report, focusing primarily on the 2014 vintage, "Keeping Cool" in the March 31 issue of Wine Spectator, and our online guide to recent vintages.
And if you're thinking of coming up here—and why not? The food is locally sourced, the tasting rooms are open and the scenery is lovely—you can check out a few of my recommended restaurants.
As usual, I'll be kicking the dirt in the vineyards with the winemakers and owners, getting to see their efforts behind the scenes, as well as tasting a few things to see what's coming down the pipeline. I hope you'll follow along for the next few installments.