Thursday, April 16, 2020

Lakewood Vineyards: Finger Lakes Winery Visit

Lakewood Vineyards ExteriorLakewood Vineyards offers superb scenery and one of the widest array of wines in the Finger Lakes.

Time Well Traveled

Can it just be six months ago? It seems like a lifetime since we visited New York’s Finger Lakes with friends, laughing and enjoying the scenery as we shared stories and sipped wine.

A favorite stop on Seneca Lake is Lakewood Vineyards. It has an expansive tasting room and one of the widest selections of wines we’ve encountered. The winery, situated on the west shore of Seneca Lake, is located on the site of a former peach and apple orchard. In 1989, Lakewood Vineyards opened to the public.

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Known as the “vineyard of the roses” the grounds are beautiful, with roses and other blooms adding to the lush rows of vines. During our most recent visit, we had a first for us -- sipping wine at their outside tasting bar. The outdoor location gives a nice view of the lake and plenty of sunshine for enjoying the vines.

Lakewood Tasting BarThis was a special trip for us as we were joined by our good friends Cabernetor and Glorious T. Together we’ve sipped enough famed Finger Lakes wine to create a new lake!

Lineup From The Lake

We started our tasting (for a mere $4, refundable with purchase) with the 2018 Pinot Gris. This has light notes of honeysuckle and was sipping nicely as we surveyed our surroundings.

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The 3 Generations Riesling is the driest Riesling produced by Lakewood and is one of our favorites. At a mere 0.3% residual sugar it ably demonstrates why dry Riesling is the signature wine of the Finger Lakes. It is 11.65% ABV, and so it is a low-alcohol, food-friendly wine. The wine is grown, fermented and blended by three generations of the Stamp family. It has a zip of lemon zest and flavors of peach and pear. SRP is $20.

Lakewood VineyardsLabrusca grapes are not the favorite of Green Dragon and me, but Lakewood works some magic with these native grapes. The 2018 Long Stem White is a blend of Cayuga and Vidal Blanc (a French-American hybrid). This has high drinkability and you’re likely to drink more considering it is just $9 a bottle -- even less if you buy it by the case. That’s just what Glorious T did.

IMG_20190910_115813When we said Lakewood has a diverse selection of wines, we weren’t kidding. We sampled the Bubbly Candeo, which is a sparkling wine made with Cayuga grapes. Lakewood also offers the Blanc de Blancs, a 2017 traditional method sparkler made with Chardonnay. This is a beautiful wine at $30 SRP.

Cabernet Franc is the Finger Lakes’ best-known red. The 2017 Cab Franc is light red in the glass and bone-dry on the palate. It gets oak aging for added complexity. Emerging in popularity among area winemakers is Lemberger (also known as Blaufränkisch). The 2017 Lemberger is a dry, savory wine with rustic notes of blackberry and spice.

Spectacular surroundings, quality wines, and pleasant and knowledgeable staff make Lakewood a delightful visit. We hope you are able to visit them soon. In the meanwhile, you can order their wines online.

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