Finger Lakes New York – part 2, Canandaigua to Geneva

It was a great day yesterday, very interesting and full of information that I will have to assess properly before I pass it on.

I spent the morning in Canandaigua at the lovely New York Wine & Culinary Centre where I enjoyed a presenttion and tasting of wines from the other regions of New York: Hudson River, Long Island, the Niagra Escarpment and Lake Eirie.

Remember, if you want to follow my journey you can refer to my piece about the region hereUncork New York and my two maps – New York’s wine regions and the Finger Lakes region. Continue reading

Finger Lakes New York – part 1, Canandaigua

Well, I arrived in Canandaigua early Saturday morning or late Friday depending on your point of view and am looking forward to getting to know the wine regions of New York State and in particular the Finger Lakes AVA.

Canandaigua is a very beautiful place, very peaceful and easygoing. The lake is lovely to look at and it is very relaxing to watch all the boat activity, while the surrounding countryside is idyllic – do visit this far flung corner of the state, you will like it.

It all kicks off properly tomorrow with a seminar at the New York Wine & Culinary Centre in Canandaigua, followed by a visit to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva where they have an experimental winery and grape growing programme.

So, I will have lots to report back tomorrow. In the meantime here are some photographs: Continue reading

New York here I come…

The day is finally here, well, tomorrow actually, when I fly out to New York State to experience the Finger Lakes wine region. I am looking forward to it, this area could really be a great cool climate wine producer and it will very interesting to taste the wines and to see the landscape from which they come.

Just the journey is quite exciting, I fly into Toronto and then hop across Lake Ontario in a 12 seater plane to Rochester on the southern shore and then head 25 miles inland to Canandaigua.

The wine trip starts on Sunday evening with winery visits from Monday 12 July 2010 and I will try and blog about my experiences everyday.

If you want to follow my journey you can refer to my piece about the region here, Uncork New York and my two maps – New York’s wine regions and the Finger Lakes region.

In the meantime, if you want more of my writing, go to catavino.net, which is a great website covering almost every aspect of Iberian food, wine and culture – you must have a look at my article on one of Spain’s best white grapes – Verdejo and my piece about Toro – a Spanish wine region that I love.

Check back from time to time, you never know what you might find.

New York – wines to inspire you

Canandaigua Lake

Amazingly most UK consumer’s concept of wine from the United States of America starts and stops with California. Certainly California is the most important of the wine producing states, but there are some superb wines made elsewhere in the US too.

Some consumers are aware of wines from Oregon and possibly Washington State, but usually my students are astonished when I tell them about wines from Virginia, Texas, Utah or New York state.

Wine is actually made from freshly gathered grapes in all 48 of the continental states as well as in Hawaii, only Alaska misses out by being too cold. Continue reading