The Finger Lakes region produces world-class Rieslings -- this we all know. Less well-known but coming along are some of the red wines grown and produced here -- Cabernet Franc, Lemberger, Merlot, even Pinot Noir, the latter of which is considered extremely difficult to grow, perhaps even more so in a cool, fickle climate like ours. So it was enlightening and informative to participate in a tasting of Finger Lakes reds, ask questions of winemakers and exchange notes with wine writers and bloggers.
The Finger Lakes Wine Virtual Tasting series is an a program of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, an organization whose mission is to to increase the visibility and reputation of the Finger Lakes viticultural area, its wines and wineries. Wine writers and bloggers from all over the country participated in the virtual tasting: Florida, California, Ohio, New Hampshire, North Carolina, etc.
Billsboro Winery, 2012 Pinot Noir
Hosmer Winery, 2011 Hosmer Cabernet Franc
Chateau LaFayette Reneau, 2010 Cabernet Franc
Heron Hill Winery, 2011 Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Fox Run Vineyards, 2010 Cabernet Franc/Lemberger
Swedish Hill Winery, 2010 Optimus
Damiani Wine Cellars, 2011 Meritage
Hector Wine Company, 2012 Essence
CLICK HERE to read the online coverage of the virtual wine tasting.