I am as guilty as the next winey person. It's very easy to fall into what I call a "regional rut" where wine is concerned. After all, here in the good old US of A, you hear wine and you think "California". But there are so many other regions that produce some great wine. So I am on a personal challenge to branch out and sip wines from these other regions. Today I take you to the Finger Lakes region of New York.
The Finger Lakes are 11 long, narrow lakes that, when viewed from the air, look like skinny fingers. They're located in upstate New York, south of Rochester. Thanks to these lakes, and their "lake effect" weather (if you live in Cleveland, Erie or Buffalo please don't cringe when I use that expression, where grapes are concerned, this is a good thing),the Finger Lakes district is New York's largest wine producing region with over 100 wineries and vineyards lining the lake shores.
It is from here that Salamander White (12%, NV, Finger Lakes, NY) wine hails. I usually tend to avoid anything with icky (my opinion) reptiles on their labels. But this one was kind of cute in that it had yellow polka dots on it. And the wine was from the Finger Lakes, so I gave it a whirl. The wine is made at Red Newt Cellars in Hector, New York. In fact, it's made right beneath the winery's tasting room. Very efficient, huh? You'll also find a bistro that features local foods, as many of the Finger Lakes wineries are doing these days.
This is a great wine to begin a tasting tour of the Finger Lakes, especially given that I sipped during a brutal summer heat wave. This Salamander handled the heat very well, let me tell you. I'd put him up against a heat wave any day of the week. I'd also head back to the Finger Lakes (or at least their section of the wine store) for some more wine!
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