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- Innkeeper - 08-20-2005 06:56 PM

2003 Glenora, Finger Lakes, Dry Riesling ($13.99 at Winery). Alcohol level 11%. The R.S. in this one is around 1.4% versus 1.9% for the "regular" Riesling. It is also delicious almost beyond description. The slightly off dry elixer is perfectly balanced with fruit and varietal character. Matched it with prefabricated lobster ravioli in a fresh Alfredo sauce, and salad. Absolutely wonderful.

- Innkeeper - 09-04-2005 07:02 AM

Another of these last night with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, and salad with tomatoes from the garden. Yum, yum. Excellante'.

- robr - 09-04-2005 09:01 AM

Finger Lakes, where is that?

- wondersofwine - 09-04-2005 02:35 PM

Finger Lakes is a New York State wine region. Glenora is on Lake Seneca and we had an offline in May 2004 at Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars. Also visited wineries and Foodie's place on Lake Keuka.

- winoweenie - 09-04-2005 05:49 PM

And may I add, the owner of Glenora Gene makes some of the best SWs' and Bubblies in the whole U.S. of A. WW

- Innkeeper - 09-05-2005 07:59 AM

Don't know if all the bugs are out of the shipping legislation, but you might be able to get some shipped to you.

- Bucko - 09-05-2005 10:27 AM

I'm waiting as well. We like a nice FL Riesling when we can find one, which is rare.

- Thomas - 09-05-2005 02:26 PM


The Finger Lakes region is vast, taking in parts of central NY State and down to the Pennsylvania border with NY--a few thousand miles in circumference, I believe.

It has been a wine producing region since 1860--was once the most recognized American wine region in the world, after it had eclipsed Ohio, Missouri and California, which had been the most recognized American wine regions.

Today, the Finger Lakes region produces top-notch Riesling and Sparkling wine, and it also offers some satisfying Gewurztraminer, lighter reds and a few drinkable wines produced from the oft-maligned French -American hybrid grapes.

Its production of pinot noir is touted, but really flies about every four years or so, the rest of the time it is best for sparkling wine. Other reds can be drinkable, and some outshine their counterparts in places like the Loire Valley (France--Cabernet Franc) and Austria's Lemberger, which works for me only when it is blended with Cabernet Franc.

Ah yes, I forgot its late harvest wines--soopoib!

The fact that you don't know about the region is not your fault--it's the woeful inability of the region to coordinate anything close to real marketing or promotion.

There are just upwards of 200 wineries in NY State, half of them are located in the Finger Lakes region. The rest are on Long Island, at the Lake Erie region and in the Hudson Valley.

[This message has been edited by foodie (edited 09-05-2005).]

- AlpineOeno - 09-05-2005 03:23 PM


i agree with your assessment of the wines, but the lack of advertising doesn't have too much to do with a lack of coordination. The region sells their wines at market value for the quality level, and sells through its production for the most part. This is especially true of Long Island wines. The truth is, more advertising dollars wouldn't increse prices significantly, and until the regions commit to making a drive at increacing vineyard area, and therefore increasing production, larger add campaigns would have diminishing returns at this point. Hell, half of the wineries on Long Island sell their juice along the 90 mile stretch between the north fork and manhattan, and sell out!!!!

- Thomas - 09-06-2005 07:32 AM


I don't disagree with your advertising assessment, but that wasn't the subject I addressed with bernkastler. He has never heard of the Finger Lakes because they do a poor job at letting people know--plain and simple.

Secondly, I get truly tired of hearing NY winery owners complain about the lack of respect and lack of quality promotion that they get, and then when called to spend a few bucks on such things they give the argument--we sell near everything we make at the tasting room. If you want to be respected in the big time, you must play in the big time game. Otherwise, stick to your marketing plan and stop whining.

Third, I've been in the wine business for 20 plus years--14 of them spent in the Finger Lakes wine business. I find the wines far better than the promotion of them.