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#1 Post by Lonnie F. » June 1st, 2018, 3:05 pm

My wife and I are thinking about visiting the Finger Lakes area. Any recs for wineries, lodging or meals? I understand the area is strongest in Riesling.

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#2 Post by Kirk.Grant » June 1st, 2018, 3:09 pm

We went and had a good time...these were the two we went to and the third one was the one we missed.

1. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
2. Hermann J. Wiemer
3. Ravines Wine Cellars
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#3 Post by Thomas Keim » June 1st, 2018, 5:04 pm

Center around Lake Geneva - the right side of the lake is the 'Banana Belt', where most of the top Riesling sites are located - Start from the north, and work your way south -

WAGNER VINEYARDWS
BOUNDARY BREAKS VINEYARD
SILVER THREAD VINEYARDS
DAMIANI VINEYARDS
RED NEWT CELLARS
FORGE CELLARS
BLOOMER CREEK WINERY

And on the other side of Lake Geneva is a very unique winery:

SHAW VINEYARDS -
A must stop as well -

All produce superb wines -
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#4 Post by Markus S » June 1st, 2018, 5:10 pm

Lonnie F. wrote: I understand the area is strongest in Riesling.
Don't forget the cabernet francs as well!
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#5 Post by Markus S » June 1st, 2018, 5:11 pm

Thomas Keim wrote:Center around Lake Geneva - the right side of the lake is the 'Banana Belt', where most of the top Riesling sites are located - Start from the north, and work your way south -
Funny, I do the opposite. And it is SENECA LAKE, not Lake Geneva: we don't live in Europe.
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#6 Post by etomasi » June 1st, 2018, 5:27 pm

My favs.
Ravines
Forge
Boundary Breaks (appt only)
Keuka Lake Vinyards
Damiani - solid pinots

Its fun to goto Red Newt as they have a huge range of sweetness levels to taste through, plus their cafe is really nice.

Th great thing about finger lakes is that the tasting fees are about 1/4 of what you find in Napa or Sonoma.
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#7 Post by Thomas Keim » June 1st, 2018, 6:05 pm

Markus S wrote:
Thomas Keim wrote:Center around Lake Geneva - the right side of the lake is the 'Banana Belt', where most of the top Riesling sites are located - Start from the north, and work your way south -
Funny, I do the opposite. And it is SENECA LAKE, not Lake Geneva: we don't live in Europe.
My apologies, I'm actually planning a trip to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin next week for biz, and just had that on my mind. I actually work as Wagner, Shaw, Boundary Breaks & Red Newt's broker in the Midwest and have been to Seneca Lake more times than I can count - so double shame on me -
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#8 Post by Markus S » June 2nd, 2018, 7:24 am

Thomas Keim wrote:
Markus S wrote:
Thomas Keim wrote:Center around Lake Geneva - the right side of the lake is the 'Banana Belt', where most of the top Riesling sites are located - Start from the north, and work your way south -
Funny, I do the opposite. And it is SENECA LAKE, not Lake Geneva: we don't live in Europe.
My apologies, I'm actually planning a trip to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin next week for biz, and just had that on my mind. I actually work as Wagner, Shaw, Boundary Breaks & Red Newt's broker in the Midwest and have been to Seneca Lake more times than I can count - so double shame on me -
Too funny. You must be having 'lakes-on-the-brain'!
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#9 Post by Philip N. Jones » June 2nd, 2018, 9:43 am

At least you didn't confuse advice and advise.

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#10 Post by Jeff Vaughan » June 2nd, 2018, 9:59 am

If you get tired of the wine, I recommend Two Goats Brewing for beer. Cool little spot on lake Seneca. There is also a cheese trail in the area that is interesting.
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#11 Post by Lonnie F. » June 5th, 2018, 5:52 pm

Philip N. Jones wrote:At least you didn't confuse advice and advise.

Thanks for the wine and spelling tips. All are appreciated.
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#12 Post by Mark Cochard » June 6th, 2018, 10:50 am

Fox Run Vineyards
Anthony Road Wine Company

These two place are run by Christopher Bates, MS and he is the chef.
FLX Table https://flxtable.com/
FLX Wienery https://flxwienery.com/
He also has a winery with his brother.
http://elementwinery.com/
I have met Chris a few times as well as attending a session at Texsom and eating at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA when he was the chef there.

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#13 Post by Illusha N » June 6th, 2018, 12:57 pm

In addition to the suggestions above, I'd recommend stopping in at Serenity Vineyards -- a super down-to-earth spot with some surprisingly decent Riesling.

Fox Run has a great light lunch. I mostly find their wines to be okay at best, though. The Finger Lakes Cider House is a fun stop if you get tired of wine and/or are into ciders.
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#14 Post by Mike Rotondo » June 7th, 2018, 6:07 pm

I agree with most of the recommended wineries above. I'd also throw in Kemmeter wines for a very educational, thoughtful tasting with the former winemaker of Anthony Road who has gone out on his own and is a rock star.

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#15 Post by greg gartland » June 8th, 2018, 12:50 pm

he has a new place that looks good: [https://flx-frybird.com/]
Mark Cochard wrote: These two place are run by Christopher Bates, MS and he is the chef.
FLX Table https://flxtable.com/
FLX Wienery https://flxwienery.com/
He also has a winery with his brother.
http://elementwinery.com/
I have met Chris a few times as well as attending a session at Texsom and eating at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA when he was the chef there.

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#16 Post by Michael Mahle » November 29th, 2018, 7:52 am

Two Goats is great. They offer one food item: a terrific hot roast beef sandwich on an onion roll.

Also, don't miss Lucky Hare brewing. I think I like the beers at Lucky Hare better, but the experience at Two Goats is better.
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If you get tired of the wine, I recommend Two Goats Brewing for beer. Cool little spot on lake Seneca. There is also a cheese trail in the area that is interesting.
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#17 Post by greg gartland » November 30th, 2018, 5:59 am

for a local dining experience (if it has not closed for teh season when you go), check out the Seneca Lodge. There's finer dining but you won't find places like this everywhere.

the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel is solid.

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#18 Post by GZar » November 30th, 2018, 7:18 am

What Kirk said....
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#19 Post by Ruben Augusto » November 30th, 2018, 7:34 am

who makes the best reds there?

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#20 Post by Pat Burton » November 30th, 2018, 9:26 am

Ruben Augusto wrote:
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who makes the best reds there?
I was in the region this past summer and enjoyed Damiani for reds
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#21 Post by Rich Salsano » November 30th, 2018, 9:57 am

Add Forge to your list of places to check out for reds.
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