Friday, March 29, 2013


Recently, the Village Voice made a list of the Top Ten NY wines tasted at the recent NY Drinks NY grand tasting at the Astor Wines and Spirits in New York City. No.10 on the list was Hudson-Chatham Empire!!!

Empire State of Wine: 10 Great Bottles from the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment
By Lauren Mowery Wed., Mar. 27 2013 at 1:00 PM
Village Voice

As spring continued dragging her feet last week, New Yorkers traipsed through snow flurries to drink wine. Nothing new there, except that the second annual NY Drinks NY was in town, offering imbibers a taste of local wines. I focused my efforts on the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment, two regions I hadn't visited and don't regularly have a chance to taste.

Aside from the joy of discovering more great New York wine to drink, I am happy to report that bottle prices are remarkably affordable. Land in the Finger Lakes costs significantly less than in the North Fork, so vintners can sell wines at prices equivalent to the spare change in your pocket (plus a few singles). The majority of bottles were priced in the low $20s, while many hovered between $12-$16. So if you like to drink good wine at low prices, look for your New York neighbors on the shelves.

If you're a data lover, here are some regional statistics: New York is third in nationwide wine production, with 316 wineries and nine American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). There are 115 juice producers in the Finger Lakes and 17 in the Niagara Escarpment. Annually, 180,000 million bottles are produced, though can any of us really envision what that looks like? Bern's Steak House in Tampa, Fla., claims to have the largest restaurant collection in the world at 600,000 bottles. (Yes, Tampa, home of Magic Mike, has the largest wine collection, and I hear it is a damn fine one.)
At NY Drinks NY, I tasted the offerings of nearly 20 wineries....The wines had a surprising sturdiness and weight, no doubt from the warmth of the micro-climate.

Here are 10 bottles to try (including one cider!):
Red Newt Cellars, Gewürztraminer 2011, Finger Lakes, $15
Sheldrake Point, Gewürztraminer 2011, Finger Lakes, $18
Lamoreaux Landing, Dry Riesling 2011, Finger Lakes, $14
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Syrah 2010, Niagara Escarpment, $35
Freedom Run Winery, Cabernet Franc 2011, Niagara Escarpment, $22
Standing Stone Vineyards, Gewürztraminer 2010, Finger Lakes, $14
Anthony Road, Riesling "Art Series" 2010, Finger Lakes, $28
Sheldrake Point, Riesling Ice Wine, Finger Lakes, $65
Leonard Oakes Estate, SteamPunk Cider, Niagara, $11
Hudson-Chatham Winery, Empire Reserve 2007, Hudson River Region, $22 (A blend of Finger Lakes, Long Island and Hudson Valley wines)

Lauren Mowery writes the Unscrewed column for Fork in the Road and blogs at Chasing the Vine.

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