Are you a wine-ie

I am fortunate to live in the middle of one of New York State’s best known regions, the Finger Lakes Region. The Finger Lakes consists of eleven lakes, Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco.

Aside from being one of the most beautiful areas in this country, the Finger Lakes region has one other attribute that can’t be argued.  Wineries and vineyards.  Wineries and vineyards galore in fact….  At last count there were close 100 wineries spanning the area, and at least 56 different varieties of grapes grown in the region.  It’s my understanding  the deep water lakes help contribute to a desirable climate for grape growing, just as  the sloped terrain the grapes are grown on does.

Now I have a confession to make.  I love wine, but I am not a sommelier (an expert on wines and food pairings), I’m not a oeneologis (an expert on the science of wine making), or a master vintner (experienced expert on wine making).  All I  know about wines is what I like, and what I don’t like.  I’m always up for a tasting, and I’m always up for trying new wines.  I prefer my wine on the slightly sweeter side but under certain conditions I like a drier wine.  I’m not partial to just reds, whites, or blushes, I like them all.

I can’t begin to give the wineries in the Finger Lakes the credit they deserve.  Hardworking people farm the lands, create and manufacture enough wines each year to keep the wine lovers like me, and the tourists happy, all while marketing it with a sense of pride.   Each winery has its own draw.  Other than great wine, they offer fun servers in the tasting rooms, beautiful decks over looking beautiful lakes,  great food and annual wine and food festivals,  the unusual naming of wines like Lucus Vineyard’s Miss Behavin Nautie wine, quaint gift shops, a donkey, you name it, and you’re sure to find it at one of the Finger Lakes wineries.

I have a lot more wineries to visit on my (to go to) list.  That means I need to get busy.  I’ve been telling my husband I think a wine tour for my birthday is in order – with limo and all.  We will see if he gets the hint… 

The bottle of Growers Red is from Bully Hill Vineyards located on Keuka Lake.  They produce some of my favorite wines and I highly recommend a stop there if you’re wine touring.



Red, White and Finger Lakes Wine

Bully Hill Sweet Walter Red

Relaxing with my glass of  Bully Hill’s Sweet Walter Red tonight gave me idea.  Why not blog a bit about wine?  You know, promote something I like.  So, here it is.    

The Finger Lakes Region of New York State  has some awesome wines (and, they are right in my backyard, so to speak).   I  have to admit there have been a few occasions that I’ve done a little sampling.     

It’s actually too hard to put my finger on my favorite wine since there are so many to choose from.  The two pictured on my blog rank well on my list of must haves in stock. And, just like baked goods, I have a sweet tooth when it comes to wine.  I usually forgo the drier wines and opt for something semi-sweet, and often sweeter.   Both wines pictured here are sweet.  It’s simply a matter of personal preference.  I really enjoy other wines from the local wineries too and I’ll feature those in the future as well.     

When wine tasting in the Finger Lakes, keep in mind that each winery offers dry to sweet varieties.  Most offer reds, whites, blushes, champagne and ice wines to sample.  There is often a small charge associated with the sampling ( a dollar or two) but  a lot wineries will give you  that back on the purchase of a bottle from their store.     

I’d love to hear what your favorite wine is?  Where is it produced?  What country and region?    


Swedish Hill Svenska White