Prejean Winery is one of our favorite Finger Lakes wineries. It has a humble tasting room, but hits it out of the park with hospitality and wines.
Tasting team members Wine Chick and Sax Man were the first to really give us the inside scoop on the Finger Lakes wine region. When we made our first visit, they made us promise to pick up a bottle for them from Prejean. We’ve now visited this winery of the west bank of Seneca Lake near Penn Yan several times and expect it will continue to be a regular stop.
We began the tasting with the 2010 Dry Riesling. The wine was fresh and tropical, a great buy at only $11.99. This is one reason we love Prejean, most wines are $9.99 to $15.99 and represent great values.
Next we sampled the 2010 Dry Gewürztraminer. This is a barrel-fermented Gerwurz, a spicy German-style white wine with just 1% residual sugar. This has a richness absent in many Gewürztraminers but still has the trademark floral notes.
By way of contrast we sampled the 2009 Gewürztraminer, which has 3% residual sugar for an off-dry style. It is finished in stainless steel and has spice and vanilla flavors. This is a winner with spicy food.
Marechal Foch is a red French-American hybrid grape, and one of the main reasons we love Prejean. I don’t know anyone who does it better. This grape seems to thrive in the Finger Lakes and Ohio areas and we love its delicate flavors.
The 2009 Marechal Foch offers deep flavors of blackberry with a slight toastiness on the finish. It has a medium body with smooth texture. It’s an easy drinking red with a bit of panache for only $11.99.
We closed out with the 2010 Cabernet Franc. We are Cab Franc lovers and found this to be the best wine of the visit. The wine has a bit of barnyard flavor (which is not bad!), a dash of pepper swirled with berry and mocha. This is a great grilling wine.
Prejean is a friendly, uncrowded stop for your next Finger Lakes visit. They offer a wide variety of wines at easy to swallow prices. The friendly staff makes it a great way to spend the afternoon.