I ❤ NY! Ravines Finger Lakes Riesling and Gewurz, with respect
October 31, 2012 § 2 Comments
The column I wrote for today’s Portland Press Herald had a line about New York State’s “Cracker Barrel-like” marketing for the wines of the Finger Lakes. The line got cut during the editing, but I still think that obsolete, 1982-ish, c’mon-down-to-our-Cayuga-and-Riesling-tank approach is partially responsible for the failure of Finger Lakes wines to capture more people’s attention.
Another thing that’s partially responsible: there’s a lot of crummy wine from the Finger Lakes. But the quality in the quality-wines sector keeps going up. Which is nowhere more evident than at Ravines Wine Cellars and Hermann Wiemer, two Finger Lakes wineries with impeccable Old-World pedigree and unique, fascinating, delicious wines.
It’s mostly about the whites these days — Riesling and Gewürztraminer — but keep any eye out, too, for Cabernet Franc and (maybe) Pinot Noir. The Ravines Riesling is truly, thrillingly dry. Wiemer’s Riesling has a touch of residual sugar (which is why I love it). The Ravines Gewurz is restrained but still exuberant. The three of them would make a spectacular line-up for Thanksgiving.