Wine lovers are sipping across the Finger Lakes region this month for a taste of the area's Rieslings. Wine producers and local shops are hosting a series of events in September to promote their 2012 Vintage Riesling. YNN's Crystal Cranmore reports.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Tourists in Watkins Glen celebrate one of the area's most popular wines.
“We purchased some Riesling today and we tasted some very good Riesling today,” said Gerard Geer, a Binghamton resident.
September is all about Riesling. Wineries and shops all across the region are celebrating the debut of the 2012 Vintage Riesling. They are hosting tasting events throughout September to promote the wine.
Lakewood Vineyards normally offers one or two types for tasting, but this year they are offering a trio of samples from ultra dry to medium sweet.
“Each of them are sourced from different vineyard locations. They're very different in flavor and texture. So it’s a neat comparison for people to make,” said Elizabeth Stamp, Lakewood Vineyards.
Experts say the Finger Lakes region is great for producing Rieslings because of its long, cool growing season. According to experts, the 2012 Riesling is a little more full bodied and less crisp because of warmer temperatures last year.
"We always worry when Rieslings go through an unusually warm season because typically Rieslings don't do to well where there is a lot of heat. But we were very happy with the 2012s. The flavors came out very well,” said Sayre Fulkerson, owner of Fulkerson Winery in Dundee.
“It's very citrusy, it has a great wine feel, taste on the pallet. I enjoyed it,” said Deb Billups, a Groton resident.
Although tasters are stocking up on their favorite 2012 Rieslings, vineyards are already busy preparing for this year's harvest. It typically begins around late September or early October.
To find out more about this year's Riesling Launch, head to www.rieslinglaunch.com.