The finger lakes region in New York has an abundance of wineries tucked in and around each finger lake. “The rich wine history of Seneca Lake can be traced back to 1866 when the Seneca Lake Grape Wine Company opened a winery on the western shores. Today, Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s member wineries have won hundreds of national and international medals and are recognized as world-class producers of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Honey Wines (Meads).”
We visited a couple of wineries, with Ventosa standing out as a contender to rival some of the wines of the rich Willamette Valley in Oregon.
The tasting room was built to look like an Italian Villa and it did.
The view from the tasting room overlooked the vineyard and Lake Seneca. All the cares and stressors of the day just seem to fall away when looking out over this beautiful scenery. But that could be the effects of the wine too… just saying.
Patty created a fun atmosphere while tasting the wines, sharing her depth of knowledge of the region and wine. We all agreed the New York Pinots don’t compare to the Willamette Valley Pinots in Oregon, but we still enjoyed tasting them!
At the end of the day, we noticed an empty wine bottle at one of the wineries we visited. We thought it would be a great memento of our visit to wine country in New York, however, we couldn’t take it home because of its enormous size. Photo #2 reveals the true size of this bottle. Just imagine how much fun that would have been to drink!
Dick saw this door and thought we should do something similar to the closet door under the stairs in our house. His theory is that we only need coats 6 months of the year but drink wine EVERY month, so why not label it as it is, a wine cellar?