If Santa were to fill my stocking with Finger Lakes wine this year I’d be a very happy girl. Of course, I’d need a much bigger stocking than the one I already have. The choices of wines here in the Finger Lakes are endless.
I recently took a very short drive (like almost in my backyard kind of drive) to Americana Vineyards. Their winery is one of my favorites, and I love to stop in there from time to time. I thought I’d share my visit with you.
Americana’s tasting room is situated in a tastefully decorated old barn that has a neat story behind it. On my visit, I was greeted at the door by one of their two chocolate labs – Max or Rubie. Aside from the dogs, the winery also has a huge friendly cat that roams around the place and manages to look more like the wineries watch dog than the dogs do – go figure.
Aside from the tasting room at Americana, you will also find the Crystal Lake Café which serves (so I’m told) delicious food that is made in-house daily with the freshest local ingredients; a gift shop with a great selection of specialty food items, among other unique treasures; the biggest variety, and some of the most delicious homemade fudge that you’ve ever seen or tasted in one place. I had intentions of trying their red velvet fudge and forgot to once the wine started flowing. Oh well, I guess that gives me an excuse to go back soon.
Behind the winery is a large pavilion that plays host to concerts and other events when weather permits. And when weather doesn’t permit, the upstairs of the barn does the job. Americana has concerts scheduled every Friday from 6PM-8PM, and every Sunday from 4PM-6PM.
As for wines, Americana’s got them all. Dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and sweet - in red, white, and blueberry. If my calculations are correct, I counted 27 different wines in all. For $3.00 you can taste 6 wines of your choice, and for $1.00 more you can taste their 2 of their limited edition wines, or 3 of their blueberry wines. My favorite Americana wine? Their Semi-Dry Riesling – amazing!
And to think that I almost forgot to mention the hot mulled wine that I sampled. It was delicious and would certainly add a little cheer to any holiday party. I’m adding their mulling spices to the list that I’m getting ready for Santa.
Looking for something fun to do this month? I suggest fitting in a wine tasting, meal, concert, or a little shopping at American Vineyards. If you’re not from the Finger Lakes; add this trip to your “bucket list” and visit a fun winery in your area.
If you’re a fan of Finger Lakes foods and beverages don’t forget to nominate them for the Finger Lakes Foodie award in the Finger Lakes Food Revolution – time is running out!
* I have not been compensated for this post. It’s simply me sharing one of my great Finger Lakes adventures with you. If you are a Finger Lakes business and happen to be looking for a freelance writer or photographer – let’s talk!