Fall is usually my favorite time of year but this year it was particularly wonderful. We made a trip to Pennsylvania and New York with a few friends and had a fabulous time! The weather was actually a lot more typical for what we are used to in California….in the 70’s during the day and in the 50’s in the evenings. We had expected a few days of rain but only had one. The leaves weren’t quite at their peak of turning colors but we got to see them change and the colors were pretty magnificent.
We had hoped to visit a few wineries in the Finger Lakes region and we had some good recommendations from our friend David Wilson of Grape Encounters Radio. In spite of our good intentions we ended up visiting only one tasting room at Heron Hill Winery overlooking Keuka Lake in Hammondsport, NY. Of course we would have enjoyed visiting one or two additional wineries but our days were full and our travels brought us everywhere from the Poconos to Niagara Falls to New York City in ten days.
The drive to Heron Hill Winery is a beautiful one! We ended up missing our turnoff but the Waze App directed us to the winery down a really nice backroad. The winery is situated on top of a hill and surrounded by vineyards and overlooks Keuka Lake. The view from the tasting room is pretty incredible!
We enjoyed chatting with our tasting room attendant Madeline who was sweet and cheery. The tasting list was 26 wines long with over half of them white wines and the majority of those whites were Rieslings. The reds on the list were Pinot Noirs a Blaufrankisch and a few Cabernet Francs. The wines were a real change from what we have grown familiar with in San Luis Obispo County wine country. Our faves were the Cabernet Francs and the Rieslings and we purchased a 2013 Classic Semi-Dry Riesling and a 2013 Classic Semi-Sweet Riesling. (These two bottles fit nicely in my boots inside my checked baggage.)
Thankfully, Grape Encounters Empourium, our favorite little wine bar in Atascadero carries Heron Hill Winery wines! If you can’t make it to the Finger Lakes wine region of New York, do yourself a favor and stop by the Grape Encounters Empourium and taste the Heron Hill Winery wines.