Perhaps you have heard news as it is filtering to all of us in bits and pieces. The basic point: the Finger Lakes region was hit with a frost on Thursday, May 18th. A very warm early spring that leads to early bud break brings a lot of risk. Frost occurring after bud break is perhaps the most feared weather event in any cold climate wine growing region.
Chardonnay was born in Burgundy, but has grown up to be a world traveler. The versatile grape is known for its ability to adapt to whatever environment it is in and let winemakers guide it into many different styles. As you will see in this list, Chardonnay offers a wide range of expressions — not only does the aroma profile shift, but so does the structure and texture of the wine.
I love Finger Lakes riesling. I do. But I think I get more excited about finding non-rieslings to love from the region. I’m always looking for the other wines. That’s probably why I cover the regions…
This week and in our next column, we’ll explore some of the lesser-known varieties of New York’s Finger Lakes, which is justly famous for its Rieslings but which produces many other grapes, both white and red, that do well in this cool-climate region that’s arguably the most important on the East Coast.
Pinot Noir gained its name and reputation as one of the trickiest grapes to grow from its dark, thin skin. In some winemaking circles, it’s known as the heartbreak grape. Native to Burgundy, the variety is susceptible to infection and disease and thrives in cool-climate regions. At its best, the variety produces lithe, easy-drinking reds that can rank among the most complex and ethereal wines in the world.