Finger Lakes Wine


The Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York is centered around the Canandaigua (meaning “chosen place”), Keuka (“crooked”), Seneca (“stony place”) and Cayuga (“boat landing”) lakes. There are various comparisons to Germany. The climate is very cool, with short summers and frigid winters. The majority of vineyard plantings are on steep hillsides overlooking the lakes, which enables optimum sun exposure. Riesling is a varietal that responds well to these conditions, and so, as in Germany, has become the star attraction of the region.
But considering how obvious these conditions may seem to cultivating Riesling and other cool climate varietals, this is a fairly new enterprise in these parts. Most of New York state was known for producing sweet wines made from labrusca varietals such as Concord and Diamond. It was not until the efforts of Dr. Konstantin Frank that people got hip to Riesling and other European varietals here. In the Read more »

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  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Hosmer Dry Riesling 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT

  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars Estate Red Finger Lakes New York NV


    Complex with sweet herbal, licorice and red floral note on the nose along with cranberry and strawberry fruit all topped with some spicy, dried stemmy notes. This is soft and broad in the mouth and float across the palate delivering gentle cherry and strawberry flavors flecked with suggestions of herbs. A bit creamy in style, its supple and easy... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Hey Aura,I am actually now the newest Snoothling I think (my term, so ... (looking for stuff from the Finger Lakes region).  Also Washington state which is a notch down on the temp/climate scale and also can be similar.OK!  Happy huntin Read More

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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, ... is all about.  Oh, and Finger Lakes in NY is not to be missed.  Lots of good new stuff there, though I have to say that the original Dr. Frank is still great.  I actually think their chard is the closest thing to French Chablis that I've tasted outside of France...Favor... Read More

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  • Hello!   I am a Washington native who recently found herself ... ... are the vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, but aside from that I have found excellent tastings at wine shops, etc.  &nbs Read More

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  • Casa Larga Brut Blanc de Blanc Fiore Delle Stelle 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by WineSplash

  • Casa Larga Brut Blanc de Blanc Fiore Delle Stelle 2003


    I am a firm believer that you can drink sparkling wine any day, everyday. You ... Vineyards and Winery in the Finger Lakes, New York. We were given this bottle from good friends who reside in the Finger Lakes and I must admit, I am jealous that they have total access to wines like these all the time. So I will have to adjust my schedule and ro... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash

  • Hazlitt Vineyards White Cat Finger Lakes NV


    To each his own... but I love this wine. It tastes like fresh grapes squeezed into a glass. Read More

    Wine review by AJBG

  • Ah yes, I've had Dry Creek Valley Zin as well and it is very good. ... ... only about 3 hours from the Finger Lakes region of NY. I have been going up there each year for the last several. It's always a fun time. Not a place for memorable reds. But they do some very good white wines and Rieslings especially. Yes, my homemade wine is pretty muc... Read More

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  • Bully Hill Growers Riesling Premier NV


    Good mag of riesling for the price, simple and easy to drink, pleasant, no off flavors. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • You can also check out the story about the wine master at Ravines, who studied astrophysics before returning to his winemaking roots.

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  • Posted two more stories from my Keuka Lake Wine trail series. This one is about John McGregor, an archaelolgist who came back home to run the family winery.

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  • Just finished a series of multimedia stories on the Keuka Lake wineries. I'm working on a series on the entire region for the Democrat and Chronicle. Check it out

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  • I haven't had a chance to try any Finger Lakes Rieslings in a while, but I remember liking the wines of Fox Run, Hermann Wiemer, and Sheldrake Point a lot.

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