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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  • 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...

  • Gewürztraminer

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

Popular Wineries in Finger Lakes View all

  • Glenora Wine Cellars

    When the Farm Winery Act of 1976 was passed, Gene Pierce, along with Eastman Beers, Edward Dalrym...

  • Billsboro Winery

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

  • Treleaven

    A small farm winery, producing world-class TreleavenTM Wines, King Ferry Winery, is owned and ope...

  • Lucas Vineyards, NY

    The oldest winery on Cayuga Lake, Lucas Vineyards was opened in 1980 by former tugboat captain, B...

  • Six Mile Creek Vineyard

    BOUTIQUE WINERY & DISTILLERY specializing in dry wines and premium spirits distilled from local g...

  • Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

    Riesling-obsessed connoisseurs know how important Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard's pioneering work...

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Finger Lakes on Snooth

  • Hazlitt Vineyards White Cat Finger Lakes NV

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    Love the white cat wine I recently tried while i was visiting NY, would love to buy it on line if I could. Read More

    Wine review by teresa hutchens


  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by QuiLoxx


  • Just another Syrah?  Not exactly, this was another bottle from the ... ... the ... it's an '04 Finger Lakes Syrah and most likely wasn't optimally stored. In actuality, this NY Syrah is kind of nice. It is slightly brickish in color and the nose is a bit muted. There is still some nice black cherry and ripe green plum, a touch of cedar, fairl... Read More

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  • Red Newt Cellars Syrah Finger Lakes Reserve 2004

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    Was expecting the worst since this was a "gift", it's an '04 Finger Lakes Syrah and most likely wasn't optimally stored. In actuality, this NY Syrah is kind of nice. It is slightly brickish in color and the nose is a bit muted. There is still some nice black cherry and ripe green plum, a touch of cedar, fairly decent acidity and a pretty nice, l... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • KBS - Since you live in New York, I recommend you try some wines from the Finger Lakes region.  I haven't been up there yet, but a friend of mine has brought back a few bottles and they were very good.  White wines are decent on the east coast, but the better reds will be found on the west coast of the USA.  There are exceptions to that of cours... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Okay, I relate to passing on the Virginia swill, having been pretty unimpressed ... the sands at the edge of the Finger Lakes, they make some fantastic Riesling and are starting to make promising Cab Franc--a grape most Cali wineries turn into a hot mess, almost literally.Now, back to that Petrus, maybe it's alive.  I'd be willing to give up an... Read More

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  • Greg, we toured Finger Lakes wineries a number of years ago while taking our daughter on College tours (she ended up at Rensselaer) and it's on our "must return to" list. A number of really good whites coming out of NY, wasn't too impressed with most of the reds.RBA, I'm a Tablas wine club member and it came in my Fall 2014 shipment, it was $21.... Read More

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  • Vino - good one! There's a guy in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Dr. Konstantin Frank, who makes that and it's pretty good stuff. He's long since retired but I used to see his daughter at a lot of tastings and I got to try a number of different vintages. They said it was the most widely planted grape in the world, but I don't know that the... Read More

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  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Cabernet Franc 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Standing Stone Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Finger Lakes Pinnacle 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jinja123


  • 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

    Comment by 267346jblack63 267346 jblack63


  • 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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