It used to be great "ink", but now I guess it's great bytes in terms of reviews of wine regions and wineries, and the Finger Lakes and Niagara just received some great ones.
"New York's Finger Lakes: The Next Great Wine Region in America?" was the headline of a major article by Caroline Helper in the Atlantic on line, based on her participation in one of the "cellar visits" from our recent "New York Drinks New York" promotion of New York wines in New York City, organized by First Press Public Relations.
The lengthy article traces the history and evolution of the Finger Lakes as a pioneering wine region in the United States to one broadly recognized today as one of the best and most promising for consistently high quality wines, especially Riesling but also other varieties including reds that many people previously said couldn't be done. Another key point is the extensive collaboration and cooperation among winery owners and winemakers to produce the best possible wines they can in order to boost the entire region, since a rising tide lifts all boats.
Meanwhile, a third of the way around the world in the Czech Republic, a huge article on the Finger Lakes with lots of photos appeared in Sommelier, whose editor-in-chief Dr. Lubos Barta wrote it. This is a direct result of the recent Finger Lakes International Wine Competition where he served as a judge along with people from 15 other countries. The article is here Can't read Czech? Try getting a translation here.
Separately, a blind tasting of some Finger Lakes wines in the context of highly regarded international wines at Spina restaurant in New York City ended up with Hermann J. Wiemer "Magdalena Vineyard" Dry Riesling 2010 and Shaw Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2006 topping the lists.
Finally, the Niagara Wine Trail USA was named as a pit-stop in FoxNews.com's best short distance road trips, highlighting "eight amazing shorter road trips that showcase some of the best scenery and wide-open spaces that America has to offer." Among the comments: "Once you hit Niagara County, be on the lookout for the many tasting possibilities along the growing Niagara Wine Trail. And of course, just up the escarpment, ther are some falls that you may have heard of."
For more information on this great destination, visit www.NiagaraWineTrail.org.