The month of February brings us National Drink Wine Day! Do we need another reason to indulge in one of our many great wines from the Finger Lakes? We at Finger Lakes Visitors Connection asked our local wineries what they would suggest you pour yourself a glass (or two) of to celebrate the day.
Lush Concord grapes are infused with natural red and black raspberries to create a refreshing wine that’s fun to drink! A perfect companion with chocolate! For a real treat, bake a batch of Bramble Berry Brownies. Simply substitute Bramble Berry wine for the usual water quantity in your fudge brownie mix.
The Chambourcin grape, developed in the Rhône region of France, is also grown in Australia, Portugal, and viticulture areas of the United States. It makes a deep-colored wine with full aromatic flavor and good tan in the balance. This Red Table Wine can be enjoyed with many red meats and pasta dishes. It is often paired with dark chocolate, as the flavors of the wine and chocolate intermingle exceptionally well.
A balance of savory and fresh red fruits combines with floral, earthy, and charcoal notes. Medium bodied, with supple tannins, this red is the perfect food pairing wine. A combination of 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 25 percent Merlot from vineyards around Seneca Lake. Always a blend of Bordeaux varietals, this Maximilien is the largest percentage Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of the blend. Very age worthy but already drinking well upon release.
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2020 vintage was outstanding here in the Finger Lakes, especially for reds. This 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested on Oct 22, 2020 and spent 9 months aging in neutral French oak barrels. Aromas of violet and blueberry give way to cassis, cedar, and a hint of vanilla on the palate. Pair with aged cheddar and a rustic crusty bread, braised short ribs, or go simple with a good burger.
2019 Cab Franc
This vintage was aged in two-thirds new French oak and one-third new American oak. Aromas of blackberry and peppercorn plus a hint of anise on the nose lead to a mulberry and dark cherry mid-palate taste that pairs beautifully with steak or venison.
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