FINGER LAKES

NEW YORK

Season 3, Episode 3

The Finger Lakes in New York is the perfect destination for fishing, boating, hiking, and outdoor activities! Unless of course, you come to New York wine country in the dead of winter, at which point your activities may change a bit. But don’t panic! The Finger Lakes are just as enjoyable and breathtaking in the winter cold as they are during the hot summer months. More importantly, they’re home to one of the most iconic, misunderstood, and versatile grape varieties around...and, much like the midwesterner in me, it happens not to mind a little cold weather. I’m talking of course about Riesling. Learn why cool-climate wines are all the rage in the Finger Lakes on this episode of V is for Vino! 

filmed February, 2021     |     runtime 54 minutes


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LOCATIONS

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WATKINS GLEN
STATE PARK

This state park near the town of Watkins Glen is stunning in both warm and cold weather. It was formed thousands of years ago from glacial activity carving out the rock, and now is home to some of the most stunning geological formations you'll ever see! 

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LAURENTIDE BEER COMPANY

Eric and I stopped in this great little brewery in the town of Penn Yan to listen to some live music and grab a beer. 

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STAVING ARTIST WOODWORK

Another spot in Penn Yan, this funky little shop makes art from wine barrel staves! This was where you see me in the phylloxera segment.  

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DR. KONSTANTIN FRANK WINERY

Dr. Konstantin Frank is the unofficial founder of the Finger Lakes wine region, and the winery continued on by his great-granddaughter Meaghan is a must visit. Their sparkling wine program is extensive, and their dry Rieslings are also stunning!
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FOX RUN VINEYARDS

Scott and his team do a tremendous job at this Seneca Lake winery in the Finger Lakes. They're particularly adept at off-dry and semi dry styles of Riesling. Plus, they have a great café which makes this a perfect lunchtime stop!
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SHELDRAKE POINT WINERY

Sheldrake Point is on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes. The story here is the beautiful vintage room they have, which allows you to purchase old, aged Rieslings; something that can be tough to find! Don't forget to try their ice wine!
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GRAFT WINE + CIDER BAR

Pull up a seat at the bar and let Chef Orlando personally cook for you, as his kitchen is a one-man-operation. The mussels are a must try, as is whatever dessert he's whipping up that day. Also, try some of the incredible ciders the Finger Lakes are famous for that we didn't have time to explore on the episode!
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TAUGHANNOCK FALLS

This was the last stop of the Finger Lakes trip, and totally worth it! You'll feel small as you wonder at the massive falls dumping into the giant gorge below.
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