Top 10 North American Wine Destinations…#9 – Finger Lakes

Top 10 North American Wine Destinations

#9 – Finger Lakes

    This is the only wine destination on our list that you’ll also find on the Trip Advisor list that motivated this countdown.

     Hey, even a broken clock is correct twice per day, right?

     The Finger Lakes area is New York’s largest winegrowing region, but it can easily be experienced in a series of weekend getaways focused on the Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga “wine trails.”

     Part of the fun of exploring the region is tasting and learning about grape varieties you won’t find in the more famous West Coast appellations. Hybrids, developed to thrive in the Finger Lakes climate, dominate most of the estate’s cellars.

     Among vinifera varieties, Riesling is the star. It’s made in a range of styles, from bone dry to very sweet.

     And speaking of sweet, you’ll find some delectable dessert wines, as well as bottlings made from fruit other than grapes.

     An open mind can be rewarded with some remarkable and memorable wine experiences.

     Two restaurants to check out are the Pleasant Valley Inn & Restaurant in Hammondsport, and the Hill Top Inn in Elmira.

     The Pleasant Valley Inn has an extensive wine list to complement its romantic candlelight dinners. The Hill Top Inn has great food and the friendliest staff in the area, and affords breathtaking views of Chemung County.

     In New York, the North Fork of Long Island gets most of the press, but the best wine experiences await in the Finger Lakes region.

     Tomorrow: The countdown continues with #8.

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