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  • Exploring the Finger Lakes AVA

    Exploring the Finger Lakes AVA

    August in DC provides an easy excuse to head north for a respite in the cool lake waters of upstate New York. And in-between waterfall hikes in Watkins Glen Gourge and a side trip to the Cheez-It 355, I was able to take a long-awaited trip to Hermann Wiemer Winery, long a favorite New York producer. I was there to pick up a signed magnum of single vineyard Cabernet franc which I am donating to a local hospital's silent auction, but had the chance to delve deep into Riesling. The winery is now run by two former employees who became the boss when they purchased the winery from its namesake German founder some eight years ago. They have worked hard to continue and expand upon the mission set forth by their former boss. And if accolades are proof enough, then they have definitely succeeded. The winery itself is an idyllic, calm hideaway situated on the western side of Seneca Lake. There, underneath a giant map of their vineyards I tasted every expression of their Riesling and a few surprises from their experimental vineyards in the north. My two favorite surprises were the single vineyard Grüner Veltliner and a delicious classic method Blanc de Noir.