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...

Popular Wineries in Finger Lakes View all

  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau

    We cordially invite you to savor 140 acres of vineyards, ponds, and woodlands. Our brick house an...

  • Swedish Hill Vineyard

    Family-owned and operated by Dick and Cindy Peterson, Swedish Hill is one of the largest wineries...

  • Billsboro Winery

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

  • Fox Run Vineyards

    Situated on the slopes overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake is Fox Run -- a winery...

  • Zugibe Vineyards

    In June of 2005, on the banks of Seneca Lake, Zugibe Vineyards began as 23 acres of vinifera wine...

  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

    Mark Wagner founded Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars and has consistently produced award-winnning w...

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Finger Lakes on Snooth

  • Montezuma Winery Red Blend Cayuga Lake Fat Frog Red NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by pwilczek


  • Damiani Wine Cellars Riesling Semi-Dry Finger Lakes 2015

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    Clean clear and concentrated apple and pear aromas with beautiful spice. A truly well balanced wine on the palate, this has a zesty acidity, fresh peach and apple notes and a touch of sweetness and comes with a creamy mouthfeel and some oak spice towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lamoreaux Landing Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2015

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    Lemony zest and minerality on the nose, a stony flinty nose with green apple notes. On the palate, ripe apple, pear and peach fruit, a soft mouthfeel, light and fresh, medium low acidity and a touch of sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2015

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    Lemon and spice on the nose, fresh and inviting. Cool and light in the mouth, this has a juicy citrus bite and a good acidity that balances out the palate leading into a touch of lemon and tangerine on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fulkerson Estate Juicy Sweet Riesling Finger Lakes 2016

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    Minerally melon and lemon drop aromas. A bit thin on entry with sweet apple and peach flavors - off dry and soft. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lamoreaux Landing Riesling Ice Finger Lakes 2014

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    Lightly savory aromas of concentrated honey and orange blossom. Focused, juicy and sweet on the palate with thick creamy mouthfeel and bright fruit notes of ripe apple, honeyed pear and clementine juice, this is pleasant and sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mcgregor Riesling Semi-Dry 2015

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    Light floral aromas. A nicely zesty acidity comes out of the glass and mixes with minerality and a stony, steely finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Welcome Ellen.  My wife Sandra and I enjoy the California reds, the Oregon ... ... yet been up to the Finger Lakes region however, but it's on our list.We are heading to Washington / Oregon again in 2017, this time it's more of a desire to try the wineries in Walla Walla, Washington.  We spent some quality time in the Willamette Valley of Oreg... Read More

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  • Long time lurker on both Snooth and Wine Berserkers. Why I decided to post now, ... wine. Have traveled to the Finger Lakes in NY and have loved the hiking and boating not the wine so much ( though I think the Riesling is fine just not a big fan). We have traveled to Virginia and love the wine country (but not the wines). Hoping to go to Oregon... Read More

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  • Our daughter is visiting from New Hampshire so we threw a marinated london ... ... ... and opened this 2010 NY (Finger Lakes) cab franc that she gave me several years ago. A mix of ripe black cherries and some smoke, medium amount of acidity and low to medium tannins, actually one of the better NY cab francs I've had - guess the company enhanc... Read More

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

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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. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20091110/ENT0304/91109018

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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. 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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