FLX-cellent: Time to Visit the Finger Lakes

In the fall of 2015 I spent an idyllic few October days in upstate New York exploring the Finger Lakes wine region. It’s a beautiful area full of interesting, lively Riesling, cool Cabernet Franc, and lovely Lemberger. (Plus MUCH more.)

Atwater Estate Vineyard on Seneca Lake / photo courtesy Finger Lakes Wine Country

I revisited the region virtually via the latest episode of the What We’re Tasting podcast. My guest was Alexander Peartree, who is The Thuse‘s tasting director and reviews the wines of New York State.

Have a listen:

Wait, you’d like to know more about the Finger Lakes? Whoa, I’ve got some blog posts for you. Let’s go.

Exploring the Finger Lakes Wine Region

Discover five wineries on my podcast recorded in 2015 at “Harvest House.” Perched right on Seneca Lake, it was most idyllic. I asked folks from each winery one question: What makes the Finger Lakes so special?

I also spent a day working at a winery, Villa Bellangelo. That was great. So was going to FLX Wienery, one of my all-time favorite wine country restaurants.

Even further in the FLX time machine, here’s my 2014 conversation with Kris Matthewson of Bellwether Wine Cellars.

And let’s take it back to 2012 (!) when I experienced Pinot Noir (my first FLX wine) and both Blaufränkisch and Dornfelder from Red Tail Ridge.

Alright, this should definitely whet your appetite/palate for the Finger Lakes. This region also makes me appreciate how big a dang state New York is. I’ve been to the Hudson Valley probably a dozen times and Troy once. Outside of that, a mind-numbing number of times in Westchester and a few wonderful visits to the North Fork of Long Island. I can’t believe I’m closing in on three years in New York City. One of my goals for my fourth is to spend a lot more time outside of it, exploring this cool state.

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What We Drank When My Kid Hit Double Digits (Tasting 2008 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling)

What We Drank When My Kid Hit Double Digits (Tasting 2008 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling)For my daughter’s birthday, generally I host a fairly large party; while there is a theme (Spider-Man this year – see inset pic – because my kiddo is awesome), and while there are plenty of kids (usually about a third of the 20-30 guests), it’s not a kiddo party per se. It’s just an old-school neighborhood gathering that happens to be hosting a good number of children.

There are some fun things for the kids, but the adults get treats, too; in this case, usually wine from whatever magnums I have lying around the sample pool (the last few years, including this one, have featured the special Oscars magnum release of the perennially delicious NV Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne). So usually the adults are in good spirits at this shindig, despite the fact that there might be ten or so kids throwing foam airplane party favors at their heads. And, No, the kiddos don’t get to have any of the wine (I’m selfish that way).

Anyway, I also often (but not always) break out a birth year wine (my daughter’s birth year, mind you, not mine) if I happen to have one on hand. And this year’s selection happened to tick both the Magnum and Birth Year boxes…

What We Drank When My Kid Hit Double Digits (Tasting 2008 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling)2008 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes, $NA)

It’s a rare occasion when I’ve got a bottle on hand that I paid for with my own hard-earned coinage, but that’s what happened when I was in the Finger Lakes area, visited Wiemer on Seneca Lake, and paid $45 for an Alsatian-style magnum bottle of their Dry Riesling, which clocked in at a whopping 12% abv. I don’t remember much about buying this (and yes, I was sober at the time), other than the fact that I had to stand in line at the shop to procure it.

What We Drank When My Kid Hit Double Digits (Tasting 2008 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling)If you’re wondering about the provenance of said magnum, it was transported from the winery to my basement, where it has laid in repose ever since. Despite not having any concerns about how the bottle was treated, I was a bit skeptical of how it would fare once opened; I mean, FLX Rieslings are the shizzle, but a ten-year-old one from a time period in which the region wasn’t yet a media darling? It could’ve been deader than Lincoln.

Happily, I can report that this thing wasn’t just drinkable, it was superb. It still had lime-and-lemon fruit and pithiness, zinging acids, and a nose that you wanted to sniff for hours, all honey blossom, lime, slate, and hints of petrol and toast. I drank way, way, way too much of this racy, elegant stuff, and I don’t really regret it at all. If you’re ever in the market for older FLX Riesling, I’m hoping that this example is enough to help you take the plunge.


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