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Finger Lakes Wines Take On The World

Apr 4, 2012
Finger Lakes Wines Take On The World
A New York region holds its own

fingerlakesRecently, on a rainy night in New York City, four winemakers from the Finger Lakes region of New York State showed up at Spina restaurant for a throw down. Armed with one wine each, they set up a blind tasting with a comparable wine from another country, and guests voted on which wine they liked best. Ultimately, two Finger Lakes’ wines won in the taste-offs. Bottlenotes was there, and we chose three Finger Lakes wines as our favorites over the international competition, with only a Bordeaux beating the local match-up.

If you haven’t tried wine from this region before, here are the four we tasted:

Hermann J. Wiemer “Magdalena Vineyard” Dry Riesling 2010 (Finger Lakes, NY) $36
The region is a major producer of riesling, and this one was great. Despite the word ‘dry’ in the title, this creamy, fruity riesling was sweeter than the German match, but still drier than many.

Shaw Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2006 (Finger Lakes, NY) $25
Spicy, dark, smoky and intense, this wine was the crowd’s favorite. Matched up against an Italian cabernet franc, it was no contest, the Finger Lakes’ wine prevailed.

Fox Run Vineyards “Drink New York” Merlot 2007 (Finger Lakes, NY) $10
Perhaps it was an unfair fight, but this merlot was paired up against a St. Emilion Grand Cru, and while it was delicious on its own, it lacked the bigness and boldness of its competitor.

Damiani Wine Cellars Pinot Noir 2009 (Finger Lakes, NY) $27
This light, balanced pinot noir with hints of red fruit stood strongly against its Burgundy match-up.

What’s your experience been with wine from the Finger Lakes? Tell us below.

 




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Apr 5, 2012
This contest may have been a bit more interesting with one of the red wines from Shalestone Vineyards in the Finger Lakes. Rob Thomas only produces red wines at Shalestone, and he does an excellent job of it.

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Apr 5, 2012
We have a cottage on Cayuga and have fallen in love with Heart & Hands Wine Company... their wines are hard to beat and their knowledge of the wines is definitely unbeatable... http://www.heartandhandswine.com/ We are also fans of Three Brothers on Seneca the atmosphere there is hard to beat... Goosewatch on Cayuga is another one of our favorites... they have a champagne that we really love and for the sweeter wine lover their Diamond is a big hit!

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Apr 6, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Tracie!
 
Apr 4, 2012
Finger Lakes wines are great and making a name for themselves. My favorite winery is Ravines Wine Cellars on Keuka Lake. A must visit if you are in the Finger Lakes region. They have fantastic whites AND reds.

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Apr 6, 2012
Thanks for the recommendation!
 
Apr 4, 2012
My hubby and I visited the Finger Lakes region in 2009 and discovered that it's not all 'whites'! We found some very good reds at Keuka Winery, at Dr. Konstatin Frank, and at Herman J. Wiemer. We visited other wineries and found some great wines and ports.We did, however, visit a fewthat were not up to par. Had a blast at Bully Hill, but didn't care for the wines.....

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Apr 4, 2012
Great tips, Donna- thanks.
 
Apr 4, 2012
Thanks for including us in this wonderful wine throw down! We've come a long way, baby! Thanks for spreading the word. Jane S. Murray Damiani Wine Cellars

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Apr 4, 2012
Our pleasure.
 
Apr 4, 2012
How wonderful! I grew up in Geneva, on Seneca Lake, which now has the most wineries of all the lakes. They have come a long way in the 10 years since I started visiting them...such an improvement, especially the reds. We used to very carefully pick and choose which wineries were "worth" going to; now we don't have enough time to visit all the great ones!

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