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 – 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