NYS Wines


We live on the edge of the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Far away from the bustle of New York City lies a series of pastoral lakes surrounded by farms and wineries.  Otisco Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Owasco Lake, Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, Keuka Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canadice Lake, Hemlock Lake, and Conesus Lake form the fabled Finger Lakes.

In between these lakes are micro climates where our severe winters are tempered by the bodies of water and grape vines thrive. The particular specialty of the area is Riesling wines, but many other delicious types are fermented here. There are now over 100 small wineries here.

I am not a wine expert and I probably never will be. I do like to think I possess reasonable powers of description and a good sense of taste and smell. So I will be reviewing our local wines. But don’t take me too seriously. Really.

Lets start . . .

Tug Boat Red
This has been a popular wine for a long time. I know people who buy it by the case. It is produced by Lucas Vineyards. It’s a semi-dry red wine with a distinct cherry – grape taste. To me it is quite sweet and I can clearly taste the cherry flavor. It’s a good choice for people who dislike the puckery oakiness of dry red wines. Serve it with Italian food and hot Buffalo wings.

Blue Newt White
This wine comes in a fun blue bottle. It is produced by Red Newt Cellars. It is a semi-sweet table wine. More to come. . .


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