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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Varietals Produced in Finger Lakes View all

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Prejean Winery

    As often happens with a winery, someone starts with a dream, and for James and Elizabeth Prejean ...

  • Red Newt Cellars, Inc.

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

  • Heron Hill Winery

    Heron Hill Winery, world-class wine, ambiance and experience. Heron Hill Winery is nestled into...

  • Keuka Overlook Cellars

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

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars

    Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the cou...

  • Wagner

    Wagner Vineyards is one of the oldest and most recognized wineries in the Finger Lakes Region of ...

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Finger Lakes on Snooth

  • Taylor N.y. State Golden Sherry NV

    Snoothrank:

    I like this about as much as the port and tawny port. I would have given it a full 4 of 5 but it has too much bitter on the aftertaste. I tried their cream sherry and it went down the drain, it had a awful taste of burnt rubber.It has a good balance of acidity and sweetness with the flavor of bourbon and raisins.Tastes much like meiers 44 cream ... Read More

    Wine review by bullgill


  • To go off a bit on a tangent since I have your attention lol just wondering if ... country have any exposure to Finger Lakes sweet garbage such as Catawba, Niagara, Diamond, Cayuga White, Sweet Concord? There are some folks who can't get enough of this, to me they all taste the same but they drive me nuts trying to hunt down particular ones th... Read More

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  • Inexpensive Italian whites always taste a little bitter to me but Collegiata ... price point just like our Finger Lakes Riesli Read More

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  • I'll leave your Finger Lakes exotics to others, but going one of your posts earlier, I'd think you should find and use all the South African chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc you can. Reliably good wine and often great values, though obviously you'll want to taste through any that are offered to you. At that price range you'll be doing a lot bett... Read More

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  • Ravines Dry Riesling - been carrying that already :) Yes Finger Lakes makes great Riesling it's about all they do well Read More

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  • I wouldn't completely write off the Finger Lakes, but I would be careful.  At a suggested retail right around $20, Ravines makes a dry Riesling that's really good.  I completely swore off the wines of NY when I went to school in the "Southern Tier" of the state, but there are a couple good things these days.  There is also a Cab Franc from the H... Read More

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  • Thanks everyone for the responses and suggestions!! I'm going to start ... ... garbage sweet crap from the Finger Lakes so this is what I'm after to have a different kind of selection. I agree about the Spanish wines I've tasted a few recently and enjoyed them. Keep 'em coming & thanks aga Read More

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  • Malbec to me tastes like soap, I would start with Riesling from Germany, Finger Lakes NY, or Washington State, maybe a California Zinfandel from Lodi, the Josh reds are great for around $15 too especially the Merlot Read More

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  • The worst: any dry red from Finger Lakes, NY such as Dr Frank Merlot or Bully Hill St Croix, Apothic Red tastes like stewed plums and feces, Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz tastes like used diapers, Barefoot Cabernet, Hazlitt Red Cat (actually the #1 selling wine in NY State can you believe it) Read More

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  • Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Dry Finger Lakes 2014

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    Wine review by Tlparadise


  • Has anyone heard of a "crackling" white wine produced in the Finger Lakes?

    Comment by 1911822Snoother 1911822 1911822 Snoother 1911822


  • You can also check out the story about the wine master at Ravines, who studied astrophysics before returning to his winemaking roots. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20091110/ENT0304/91109018

    Comment by 267346jblack63 267346 jblack63


  • 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. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20091110/ENT0304/91109016

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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 http://www.democratandchronicle.com/section/wine

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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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