Defending New York's Wine

Monday, February 24, 2014

Peconic Winery Vineyards. Cutchogue, Long Island, NY (ChrisGoldNY)

Tim Martinson, senior extension associate at Cornell University's Department of Horticulture, follows up on last week's report about the extreme weather's effects on wines in the Finger Lakes and Long Island. How does New York State's wine stack up to more established wine regions? Give us your recommendations.


Tim Martinson

Comments [9]


There are some amazing Finger Lakes Wineries both growing and producing terrific wines. One of my favorite Wineries is Ravines - making amazing Dry Riesling in classic European style and also lovely delicate Pinot Noir:

2012 Dry Riesling Named to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2013

Wine Spectator recently released the Top 100 Wines of 2013, a prestigious list of the world’s most provocative wines. Ravines Wine Cellars’ 2012 Dry Riesling is ranked 33rd on the list, an impressive accolade for the winery as well as the Finger Lakes Wine Industry as a whole.

James Molesworth rated the 2012 Dry Riesling with a 91 point score in the October issue of Wine Spectator, citing its “good weight and drive, with Asian pear, fennel and Fuji apple notes carried by lively acidity. Delivers lots of cut on the finish.”

The 2012 Dry Riesling is available for purchase online or in either of our two tasting rooms on Keuka and Seneca Lake.

Feb. 24 2014 10:44 AM
Mary Wilhelm from Locust Valley, NY

After living in Switzerland for 8 years and a two hour drive to the Burgundy area of France, I was quite spoiled with choice and quality of wine from all regions of France and Italy. Even Switzerland has a very good wine. But I was most impressed with a north fork vineyard called Borghese!

Feb. 24 2014 10:42 AM
Gianni Lovato from Chatham, NY

It's purely a matter of personal taste, but in the Finger Lakes, Ravines Cellars and Wiemer make some of the best dry Rieslings in the world. Even better than some of the German. It would be a shame if some of those vine had been permanently damaged. We'll see what happens, come Spring, I suppose.

Feb. 24 2014 10:39 AM

Best winery in New York State is Thousand Islands Winery.

Feb. 24 2014 10:38 AM

A wine trail adventure along the North Fork a couple of years ago made for a great, scenic day trip and chance to learn a little more about wine.

Favorite finds: Paumanok winery's chenin blanc and Pugliese's merlot reserve (got an excellent deal on that one).

Feb. 24 2014 10:37 AM

Nj has wine growers also.

Feb. 24 2014 10:36 AM
seamus from Southside

Re: winter low can you ask your guest if gamay a possibility for upstate wines? NY State beaujolais?

Feb. 24 2014 10:34 AM
Peg from Finger Lakes

When will NY 2014 wines be ready to drink? Seems like we'll be drinking 2012/13 for the time being.

Feb. 24 2014 10:33 AM

A cousin of mine from Long Island bought me a bottle from a vineyard called Paumanok. I think it was a Merlot. It was excellent.

Feb. 24 2014 10:33 AM

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