We spent a few days last week in the Finger Lakes wine country. The Rieslings get better and better, and even some of the reds, especially red blends are improving every year. Had a chance to spend a few minutes chatting with Herman Wiemer, winner of the Governor's cup for best New York State wine (a 2001 Riesling) this year and he informed me that the Gevertztraminer crop was a complete failure this year due to late Spring wet and frosts- now that's a bummer...
We ate several times at Veraisons, the restaurant at the Inn At Glenora Wine Cellars, and the food was delicious with good friendly service and a nice choice of local wines We wanted to eat at Mr. Chicken
(advised by members of this forum) but it was closed every time we were in Watkins Glen. We did get to eat Monica's Grape Pie (Naples, NY) which turned out to be much better than anticipated. It was more like cherry pie than "grape jelly"- I'd gladly eat a slice again. We learned just how localized in Binghamton the Spiedies are: they sem to be unknown outside Broome County and not even well know there. Several locals in Binghamton we questioned as to where to get one seemed to have never heard of such a thing. Maybe they just want to keep them all for themselves?
We found a great place for Goat Cheese: "Lively Run Dairy" in Interlaken, NY, on the ridge between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes.
They have about 100 goats and produce a variety of cheeses- Chevre, Feta, etc. They have a tiny little store at the dairy . The cheeses are fresh, they serve bagels and cheese if you cant wait to get home to enjoy, and their prices are very reasonable considering the quality of the product - and considering what we pay in our local stores for goat cheeses.
It is a great area to visit; comfortable accomodations are plentiful, good restaurants are available, travel is easy between wineries, and the people are friendly and accomodating - the downside is a lack of
"Roadfood" type places. We did have good sandwiches and soup in The Village Tavern in Hamondsport ( over 100 beers available and a large wine list) and we were told that Geneva has some pretty good Pizza but did not stop there to check it out, and, of course, Ithaca has a number of well known roadfood joints. We have never yet checked out the wineries on Cayuga Lake, maybe next year we'll do that and get to learn some of the better joints in Ithaca