Riesling is king in the United States. It is one of the fastest growing wine varieties in sales volume percentages. The wine is food-friendly, affordable, and diverse in style from bone dry to dessert.
Riesling is also king in the Finger Lakes. This noble grape is the Finger Lakes’ most widely planted Vinifera variety with almost 1,000 acres in production and nearly every winery producing at least one Riesling brand. The microclimate conditions and the slate soils created by the glacial-formed lakes that are so special to the Finger Lakes are exactly what makes Riesling thrive here.
The wineries of Finger Lakes Wine Country continue to be internationally recognized for their award-winning Rieslings in such publications as Wine Spectator,Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine, Wine & Spirits, and Decanter. Many of the region’s Rieslings have won many prestigious medals at wine competitions like Riesling du Monde, or Rieslings of the World, in the Alsace region of France. In 2010 alone, nearly twenty different Riesling wines received 90 + scores from Wine Spectator.
To celebrate the Finger Lakes most famous and renowned wine variety, the months of April and May have been dedicate to Riesling. “In previous years we declared ‘May is Riesling Month,’” said Morgen McLaughlin, president of Finger Lakes Wine Country. “This year we have expanded the celebration into April to offer more opportunity for special Riesling events, packages, and great savings on Finger Lakes Riesling purchases. We invite visitors from all over the world to come to the Finger Lakes this spring to meet the winemakers at their source and to discover why our region is home to world-class Riesling.”
The Spring into Riesling celebration will include special events like the Riesling Experience Tastings at Red Newt Cellars, vertical Riesling tastings at Hunt Country Vineyards and Lucas Vineyards, and a prerelease event at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars. Also enjoy winemaker dinners and promotions like free shipping on Rieslings at Atwater Vineyards and other participating wineries. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Riesling to Visit Passport, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s Vino Visa Coupon book, and the Keuka Lake Wine Trail Passport will be available for great savings along the respective trails.
In addition, the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel and other participating hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts will be offering special Riesling-themed getaway packages that may include the wine trail passports and a taste of Finger Lakes Riesling. Area restaurants will feature Finger Lakes Riesling on their menus. The Ginny Lee Restaurant at Wagner Vineyard’s will offer a free glass of semi-dry Riesling with the featured lunch special.