Some might be surprised to learn that NY is home to over 300 vineyards/wineries. Though they can be discovered all over the state, the 4 major American Viticultural Areas (AVA) are the Finger Lakes, Hudson Stream, Lake Erie, and Long Island AVAs. The Manhattan region is especially noted for its robust red wines; moderate temperatures and a long growing season led “Wine Spectator” mag to dub the Manhattan AVA “New York’s Bordeau.” Hudson Valley’s Society Winery, which introduced its first commercial vintage in 1839, is the oldest operating winery in the United States. Since that point New York wines have steadily increased in appreciation and status.
The most well-liked red wines from The Big Apple include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Syrah (also called Shiraz). The following are among the best Manhattan red wines.
Owner’s Reserve Sauvignon 2001, Chateau Lafayette Reneau
This prize-winning wine made from 100 p.c cabernet sauvignon grapes is described by the Finger Lakes area winery as an “elegant wine with layers of black cherry and plum fruit…with a silky finish of chocolate and spice.” One of New York’s most famous red wines, it will set the purchaser back about $43.
2008 Reserve Merlot, Bedell Basements
Considered one of the very finest New York red wines, it is produced from some of the oldest merlot vines on Long Ialand. Aged for 12 months in little oak barrels, Bedell Cellars 2008 Reserve Merlot is noted for its aroma of “violets, beach plums, and brambles.”
2008 Estate Syrah, Arrowhead Spring
The tiny, family controlled and operated Arrowhead Spring vineyard in the Niagara Escarpment area is known for using normal strategies to craft their wines by hand in little lots. “Wine Beholder” gave Arrowhead’s 2008 Estate Syrah the top score the magazine has ever given to a Syrah wine.
2002 Premier Cru Merlot, Wolffer Estate
This is the Big Apple red wine to serve or order when wanting to impress a boss or client. At roughly $125 a bottle, it's the Long Island region’s most expensive wine.
Meritage, Casa Larga
This prize winning red wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc that has been aged for 18 months. The medium- to full-bodied wine has a smell of dark berries.
Classic Red, Hunt Country
This lightly-oaked red wine from the Finger Lakes area has a complex fruit personality that is harking back to Chianti. It is especially appropriate to pour it with pizza or Italian foods.
Cabernet Franc, Swedish Hills
Swedish Hills winery, established in 1986 in the Finger Lakes area, shortly gained a name for producing a reasonably-priced superior product. The mouth-watering Cabernet Franc, priced around only $15/bottle, is NY state's only three-time winner of the distinguished Governor’s Award (1994, 2008 and 2010).
All of New York’s wine-producing regions have winery tours that include the vineyards, production process, wine-tasting, and regularly a delicious lunch. A wine lover’s perfect day!
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