I love the Finger Lakes in the Winter! Just look at these pics! There is beauty here year round. Last week I drove to Connecticut to visit family and as I drove through the Finger Lakes, I was awestruck by the beauty that was all around me. The waterfalls are located in the Southern parts of the Finger Lakes. These two below are near Watkins Glen. We have the melting waters of the glaciers to thank for the waterfalls in our region. I love the way you can see the terrain of the hills when the leaves are off the trees. It appears that there is nothing to hide. The crisp winter air makes a freshness and clarity that isn’t here other times of the year. The brilliant snow upon the ground glistens with purity. It is a beautiful place, and I have been fortunate enough to call it home for my entire life. Aren’t I just the lucky one?
Beautiful Seneca Lake
Aunt Sarah’s Falls
Experience your very own Wine Tour around the beautiful Seneca Lake! We’ve partnered with Grapevine Country Tours to offer guests a one-of-a-kind Wine Tour!
Tourin’ Around Seneca Lake includes:
- A chauffeured, five-hour Wine Tour for wine tasting and sightseeing on the scenic Seneca Lake Wine Trail courtesy of Grapevine Country Tours
- Overnight accommodations for one evening at any one of Belhurst’s three hotels: Belhurst Castle Chambers Hotel, Vinifera Inn or White Springs Manor
- A Continental Breakfast for two
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Availability: Sunday through Friday now through March 1
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The New York Wine & Food Classic has become known as “The Oscars” of the New York wine industry. The 21 judges include wine writers, wine educators, retailers, restaurateurs and other experts from around the State and country. All samples are judged “blind” on their own merits, with the “Governor’s Cup” and other awards made public as soon as possible after the competition ends. Stay tuned for the results….next week!
Hermann J. Wiemer has purchased Standing Stone vineyards! Standing Stone has some of the best and oldest vineyards in the Finger Lakes, dating back to the 1970’s. Marti and Tom have given love to the vines, the wines and the visitors to Standing Stone for many years. It’s not easy to just let go so they will be staying on for 3 years to ease the transition. We applaud the wisdom of Fred and Oskar for their foresight and ambition!
Here is part of an article from the Life in the Finger Lakes magazine that will be coming out this Spring. This is a great magazine to read if you are interested in finding out about the Finger Lakes and all that has gone on and continues to develop.
You have told me how much you have enjoyed Villa Bellangelo winery, now here is a bit more of the background. Also, keep in mind that now there is a second location for you to visit that is closer to Geneva.
For Chris Missick, the decision to become a winery owner took shape when he got married. Part of the celebration was a wine tour through the Finger Lakes. He and his wife loved it. The couple returned to their home in Los Angeles, and not long after, his mother called and said, “Remember that last winery we visited? It’s for sale.”
Missick made wine as a hobby, but when he and his family bought Villa Bellangelo in the heart of Dundee, he focused on the business side as general manager. Things went fairly well until his winemaker left to make his own product. “That’s when it really started for me,” he said. He had begun the FLCC program in 2015, but that was when he took a step back and decided to become the winemaker at Bellangelo, combining his real-world experience with the knowledge he gained as an FLCC student.
Missick had so many good things to say about the program. “It’s a methodical approach to taking someone who hasn’t been in the industry and teaching them the core basics of the culture of the industry, all the way to the basic sciences of making wine. And that’s where it really gets good. The practice. You understand what you’re going to be doing and then you do what needs to happen in order to make world-class wine.”
Missick and his family have big plans for Seneca Lake Country Club in Geneva, a property they purchased not long ago. Plans begin with a state-of-the-art winery. When Chris’s father, a land developer, visited FLCC’s Viticulture and Wine Center, he fell in love with it and wants to build one for Bellangelo, said Chris.
Marti Macinski tells it like it is at Standing Stone Winery.
We know you think that winter is quieter than the hustle and bustle of summer and fall when all’s abuzz. Many of you assume we close down for the cold season, for lack of things to do. Not so! Todd and Jim have been out in the chilly vineyards mending trellises, replacing posts, clearing trees from the headlands and cleaning up in general. On weather challenged snow and sleet days, they keep very busy fixing and maintaining our 6 tractors and 2 sprayers. At least one day each week seems to call for some pretty vigorous plowing and snow removal, so that customers (some of you!) can find their way into the tasting room. Soon the vineyard team will begin pruning. In the winery, Jess has pressed and fermented the 2016 Vidal Ice and 2016 Riesling Ice grapes and we’ve bottled more Smokehouse Red. She’s setting up the racking and filtering schedule so we’re ready to begin bottling at the end of March. Everything, by the way, is delish!
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!
Our annual New York Wine & Food Classic has two different top prizes: the “Governor’s Cup” for single best wine out of about 900, deservedly won this year by Billsboro Winery 2013 Syrah, Sawmill Creek Vineyard; and “Winery of the Year” for the best overall showing in terms of consistent quality across the board, which deservedly went to Keuka Spring Vineyards.
Why? Their 2015 Gewurztraminer won Best White Wine (out of about 500). Out of the four different Riesling categories (Dry, Medium Dry, Medium Sweet, Sweet), they won two (Dry and Medium Sweet) despite the fact that there are many other Finger Lake wineries producing superb Rieslings. Their Celebrate white wine blend also won Best of Class, joined by many other Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Oh, and did I mention that a few years ago their Riesling won the Governor’s Cup? This makes KSV one of very few wineries to win both top awards.
News from New York Wine and Grape Foundation from Jim Trezise
Wine & Spirits magazine has published a special issue and 1st Annual Insider’s Guide with the cover title, “Conversations&Tastings with 50 Masters of Place”.
The various writers, sommeliers, and others divided up the world, with international Riesling authority Stuart Pigott profiling the Finger Lakes as a region that has changed dramatically in the past dozen years due to a passionate focus on quality and experimentation, especially with Riesling wines but others as well.
His narrative is sprinkled with specific examples of his points from several wineries: Boundary Breaks, Red Newt, Red Tail Ridge, Hermann J. Wiemer, Keuka Spring (Gewurztraminer) and Anthony Road (Vignoles). His first visit was in 2004, when he was blown away by the region’s natural beauty, though not many of the wines; but on his next visit just six years later (and now six years ago) it was clear that major change–dramatic improvement–was underway.
New York Wine and Grape Foundation newsletter, August 21, 2016