Start spreading the news. There are grapes growing in Central New York. That’s right. White ones, red ones, and they are some of the finest in the USA.
It turns out that there is a whole lot more to New York than Yankees baseball and thin crust pizza. This may not be anything new for those of you on the East Coast, but for us in California, it’s hard to try anything NOT from Napa and Sonoma. The Finger Lakes Region is producing some killer wines (but none that can double as a hit man). On a recent trip to the Empire State, I decided to find some of these acclaimed wines. I went with Ravines Dry Riesling 2013.
My husband is from Buffalo, New York. I’ve heard many a story about the hundreds and hundreds of inches of snow! How can you possibly even find the vines in all of that white stuff?! Seriously, what grape can grow in that weather? Riesling! And a few others… You might think of Riesling wines for dessert, but that’s just the sweet kind. I’m all about the dry Rieslings.
Ravines Dry Riesling 2013($18)
The Ravines Dry Riesling 2013 is very light. White flowers on the nose. Tastes of pears and apples. It has great acidity and minerality. I would buy this over and over again. If Pinot Grigio is too acidic for you and Chardonnay is too sweet, this is a good middle wine. It’s light and delicate. I’m thinking sushi or a broiled fish for a pairing. If you’re not into champagne but want a starter wine, I highly suggest Ravines Dry Riesling 2013. No need to keep this wine in the cellar. Just open, pour, enjoy. Cheers!