Finger Lakes Wine Country

22 08 2008

If you live in the Northeast and California is a little bit of a hike, try wine country in the Finger Lakes.  The wines are not going to be as high caliber as some Napa and Sonoma wineries, but there are some diamonds in the rough, it’s very beautiful, and just a lot of fun.

A favorite is Dr. Konstantin Frank, who makes award winning Reislings and charges nothing for a tasting.  The staff is very knowledgable and will go out of their way to show you that Dr. Frank means quality, in all aspects of their customer service and wine making.

Award-winning Reislings.

Next on our tour was Bully Hill. We mainly go there for lunch and for the “show.” Lunch is always lovely, sitting out on the deck with views of the lake. The tasting is like a carnival. The wines are horrid, but for $2 you get to see at least one of the pourers make fools of themselves, pouring wine, cracking jokes, and trying to get people to buy their glow-in-the-dark underwear. What a hoot.

The last winery of the day was Hunt Country. I love Hunt Country because they pour some very decent wines for very decent prices, but they specialize in Late Harvest and Ice Wines that you have to order in advance.   Always very laid back and friendly, the tasting experience is a delight, and as an added bonus, they are open until 6:00–later than other wineries in the region.

There are hundreds of other wineries in the Finger Lakes region–I’ve just introduced you to a few of my favorites. Find out more at the official Finger Lakes Wine Country website.




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