FLX-cellent: Time to Visit the Finger Lakes

Posted on: August 30th, 2018 by

In the fall of 2015 I spent an idyllic few October days in upstate New York exploring the Finger Lakes wine region. It’s a beautiful area full of interesting, lively Riesling, cool Cabernet Franc, and lovely Lemberger. (Plus MUCH more.)

A vineyard on Seneca lake in the Finger Lakes wine region.

Atwater Estate Vineyard on Seneca Lake / photo courtesy Finger Lakes Wine Country

I revisited the region virtually via the latest episode of the What We’re Tasting podcast. My guest was Alexander Peartree, who is The Thuse‘s tasting director and reviews the wines of New York State.

Have a listen:

Wait, you’d like to know more about the Finger Lakes? Whoa, I’ve got some blog posts for you. Let’s go.

Exploring the Finger Lakes Wine Region

Discover five wineries on my podcast recorded in 2015 at “Harvest House.” Perched right on Seneca Lake, it was most idyllic. I asked folks from each winery one question: What makes the Finger Lakes so special?

I also spent a day working at a winery, Villa Bellangelo. That was great. So was going to FLX Wienery, one of my all-time favorite wine country restaurants.

Even further in the FLX time machine, here’s my 2014 conversation with Kris Matthewson of Bellwether Wine Cellars.

And let’s take it back to 2012 (!) when I experienced Pinot Noir (my first FLX wine) and both Blaufränkisch and Dornfelder from Red Tail Ridge.

Alright, this should definitely whet your appetite/palate for the Finger Lakes. This region also makes me appreciate how big a dang state New York is. I’ve been to the Hudson Valley probably a dozen times and Troy once. Outside of that, a mind-numbing number of times in Westchester and a few wonderful visits to the North Fork of Long Island. I can’t believe I’m closing in on three years in New York City. One of my goals for my fourth is to spend a lot more time outside of it, exploring this cool state.

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