Fall and Winter 2015-16 in the Finger Lakes

Sunsets in he Finger LakesWow! Time gets away from me. This fall and winter has been wonderful. Due to the warmer winter, we have experienced, we have continued taking folks around the Finger Lakes visiting wineries, breweries and cideries.   This is the first week we have experienced true winter weather and still there is not much snow around the Seneca Lake.   I spend my days off the trail learning new things about the Finger Lakes, the wines, the beers and the cider.   I have had to expand my knowledge since there are now over 150 breweries in New York State with many of them here in the Finger Lakes region. It seems as though each trip along the lakes shows more and more buildings rising from vacant lots. Many of these are breweries. Beer is not my first love, but I have tasted some of them along Seneca and Keuka lakes and found them nearly as complex as wine.

This is a fascinating and beautiful area to live in, and I enjoy each day with the many faces the lakes shows. If you are able to visit, the winter and early spring are fairly quiet and there is more opportunity to chat with the winery or brewery staff about the samples and their production.

Right now I am looking out over Seneca Lake with a haze on the West side of the lake caused by falling snow. The lake is rather serene today compared with recent days when the wind whipped the water in angry looking waves with white caps galore. A heavy snowfall would be looked upon favorably by the winemakers and vineyardists at the wineries as a snow cover protects and insulates the crown of the vine from the freezing temperatures. No one knows at this time if there has been damage to the vines with our temperatures fluctuating from warm to freezing. Only time will tell as the saying goes.