Drinking Local – Part II (and 1/2)

Such a busy week here in NYC, so keeping it short and sweet. Here’s a few of my other pics from the Finger Lakes. These guys are making good wines, while becoming the producers we will look at as revolutionaries for the region.

Here we go:

Barry Family Cellars

Barry Family Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling 2013 $17

Check out Barry Family Cellars. Good people, great juice. We’re going to be seeing a lot more of them.

While we’re at it, let’s revisit Anthony Road (you may remember from a previous post on their Riesling back at Thanksgiving). For the spring & summer, this is a fun, easy-drinking rose made of Cabernet Franc, which grows quite well in the Finger Lakes. One of my favorite roses I’ve tasted from the FL recently!

Anthony Road Rose

Anthony Road; Cabernet Franc Rose; 2013; $15.99

I had to include 2 wines from these guys, because they were both so good! To feed on the pioneering fact, Bellwether is primarily a cider producer, but has started making some small production of wines atypical to the Finger Lakes. How do you know what works if you don’t try, right? Consider this a success.

Bellwether Petillant Naturel 2013

Bellwether Petillant Naturel Riesling, Tuller Vineyard, 2013, $23

All natural fermentation, a lightly sparkling wine. No sugar added. Well, nothing added. A little hippy? Yes. A little awesome.

Bellwether Pinot Noir 2012

Bellwether, Pinot Noir, Sawmill Creek Vineyard, 2012, $30

My advice to you: watch out for Pinot Noir in the Finger Lakes. It’s coming. Slowly. There are a handful of winemakers doing it right, and Chris Matthewson is a great example. Is it like Burgundy or Sonoma? No, but that is why it is beautiful.



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