New York State
Best wine destination in 2013: New York State.
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Taste: Often credited with the reinvigoration of New York wines in the 1960s, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars specializes in cool-climate Rieslings, Pinot Noirs, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnays—in fact, Dr. Frank’s Dry Riesling and Gewürztraminer Reserve were named “Must Try” wines in Food & Wine magazine’s Wine Guide 2013. Dr. Frank’s tasting room, in the former home of its founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank, is lined with windows that offer breathtaking views of Keuka Lake. (9749 Middle Rd, Hammondsport, NY 607-868-4884; drfrankwines.com)
Also in Hammondsport, there is the Keuka Lake tasting room of Ravines Wine Cellars. This winery was recently touted by New York Times wine columnist Eric Asimov as one of the best producers in an up-and-coming region of world-class Rieslings. The Ravines Keuka Lake tasting room is open from 10 to 5 pm daily from Thursday to Sunday—also, in summer, look for the Ravinous Kitchen, a restaurant that offers small plates of locally sourced cheese and other foods geared to pair with wines. (14630 State Rte 54, Hammondsport NY 607-292-7007; ravineswine.com)
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard is another Finger Lakes heavyweight producing critically acclaimed Rieslings to a growing number of fans. Wiemer’s Dundee winery conducts tastings seven days a week in summer. Also, amateur winemakers can buy grafted grape vines in its attached nursery—they’re ideally suited to our New York State climate. (3962 Rte 14 Dundee 607-243-7971; wiemer.com)