Wine Trail

May 22, 2007 at 8:50 pm (Personal)

The Finger Lakes region is just bursting with wineries, and this past Sunday I went with my friend Florrie and her sister on part of the local wine trail, mostly on one lake though we shot over to another briefly near closing times.

Sadly, I forgot my new digital camera, but Florrie did take a few pictures which I hope to procure from her at some point. I am new to the wine scene myself, so this was a perfect opportunity to try many varieties (I estimate I must have tasted 40+!) and see what I like. The prices were fantastic buying straight from the wineries, and I came home with a full case (12 bottles) of my favorites – which will last us a good long time, and are a nice start to our wine collection. In case you are interested, here is an inventory of the wines I picked:

*Penguin Bay Tuxedo White from Penguin Bay Winery
*Goose Watch Golden Spumante Champagne from Penguin Bay Winery
*Banana Belt Blush from Atwater Estate Vineyards
*Strawberry White Zinfandel from Pleasant Valley Wine Company
*Blackberry Merlot from Pleasant Valley Wine Company
*Sweet Rosie from Americana Vineyards & Winery
*Cabin Fever from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
*White Cat from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
*Red Cat from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
*Niagara from Leidenfrost Vineyards (x2)
*Log Cabin Rose from Leidenfrost Vineyards

The last 2, alas, you can only buy straight from the winery, whereas the others you can get from local shops in this area and I think most you can order from their websites which I linked. My absolute favorite is the Strawberry White Zinfandel, followed closely by the Golden Spumante (the only sparkling wine I picked up). There was also a fantastic iced dessert wine that I tried from Atwater, but it was a little pricey and I couldn’t justify purchasing it on this occasion.

Anyways, for any wine connoisseurs out there, if you’re ever feeling brave and want to try something new, those are some recommendations from a wine novice!



  1. aboulet said,

    I have had the Penguin Bay Tuxedo White before, but that is it from that list.

    I’m a big merlot fan, but I mostly stick with dark beers like Murphy’s, Guiness, Samuel Adam’s Brown Ale…Luther and Calvin would have wanted it that way!

  2. florrie said,

    the trip was a lot of fun! if you come back to visit next summer we’ll have to go again-and this time we’ll bring calvin. : ) by the way, the pictures are all ready for you. i will call you tomorrow about it.

    that spumante was very nice, if and when i return there i’m definately getting it!

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