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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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  • Hosmer Winery

    Cameron Hosmer’s father, a Syracuse textile manufacturer, had envisioned growing grapes on the ge...

  • Keuka Overlook Cellars

    Welcome to Keuka Overlook Wine Cellars and Keuka Overlook Bed & Breakfast Inn. We have set up a ...

  • Billsboro Winery

    Experience the rustic charm of Billsboro Winery, housed in a beautifully restored nineteenth cent...

  • Red Newt Cellars, Inc.

    Red Newt Cellars is located on the east side of Seneca Lake in the hamlet of Hector in the Finger...

  • Villa Bellangelo

    We are a family owned and operated winery located in New York's Finger Lakes region. Our address ...

  • Goose Watch Winery

    Opening in 1997, Goose Watch is noted as one of New York's most unique wineries for its setting a...

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  • Hey Rex,We caught the wine bug years ago with a trip to Napa.  My wife and ... ... NY (Long Island and the Finger Lakes), even our home state of NJ.  We've made visits in Portugal Australia, the Dalmatian coast (including Grgich in his native Croatia) plus multiple trips to Italy, Spain and France.  As they say in New Orleans (where they don't... Read More

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  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Pinot Noir Dry Rose NV


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  • Welcome to th Forum, Deb.  I hope you enjoy your visit.I also hope ... my ... my life, and it was from the Finger Lakes area.  I have to say, it was pretty goo Read More

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  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I ... shores of Lake Seneca in the Finger Lakes of New York. Great value for well made wines!Chris Berg Chris is quickly becoming known as one of Oregon's finest winemakers. His Pinot Noirs are outstanding but his whites and rosé are great too!Ed Fus, Angel Vine Ed and his wife l... Read More

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  • Arrowhead Spring Vineyards Chardonnay Finger Lakes 2012


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  • Shalestone Vineyards Red Legend


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  • Idol Ridge Winery Dry Riesling 2012


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  • Idol Ridge Winery Sparkle 2013


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  • Atwater Estate Vineyards Celcius 2012


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  • Kings Garden Vineyards Syrah 2011


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  • 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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