This week we take you to the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. If you have never been, it is truly one of the prettiest places in the country. These lakes are home to one of the lesser known wine regions in the world. It's not quite Napa or Sonoma when it comes to the wines produced, but there is a charm here that its big brother is missing. It's much more laid back and WAY less expensive, and I think it's much more fun. Tastings will only set you back about two dollars per winery as opposed to some places out west where I remember paying upwards of $25.00 to taste. Don't get me wrong Napa was great, but it can't beat scenery of the Finger Lakes. I hope you enjoy this weeks Wednesday's Window.
|View from Dr. Frank's Winery, Keuka Lake in the background|
|That's my wife!|
|A lot of places don't charge to taste, the most we paid was four dollars|
|A lot of tasting rooms are in old barns|
|Groups gather around old wine barrels|
|One of the better producers, and one of the better wines|
|It's harvest season on Seneca Lake|
|Vineyards line the banks of Seneca Lake|
|You get views like this from the tasting rooms|
|One winery is only good for popcorn, but after a long day... it's worth it|
|Sun is setting on Two Goats Pub|
|The Idlewilde Inn, the B&B we always stay at|
There are over a hundred wineries in total, some good and some not so good. They are known for their Rieslings more than anything. Take a journey and find out for yourselves. This area will always be home to me, as I grew up near the westernmost of the Lakes. It's a region that draws me back every year and one that I hope to retire to one day, at least part of the year.