Harvest Of Good News For Finger Lakes Wineries

By Charles Wilson

TORREY, NY -€“ Anthony Road Wine Co. and the Finger Lakes region have harvested a bumper crop of good news this fall, including glowing coverage in two of the nation’€™s top newspapers.

The New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov put Anthony Road wines as Nos. 2 and 3 in his top 10 in a recent article headlined “€œIn the Finger Lakes, Devotion to Riesling Shows.”€ “¦no American wine-growing region excites me about riesling as much as the Finger Lakes of New York,”€™ Asimov said in the article.

Asimov and three other experts blind-tasted 20 different Finger Lakes Rieslings. Their second-ranked wine was “€œthe balanced, focused and complex 2012 dry riesling from Anthony Road, which also made our No. 3 bottle, the higher-end 2010 Art Series, a weightier wine but nonetheless textured and savory.”

Dave McIntyre, wine columnist for The Washington Post, was equally upbeat about the region. In the Finger Lakes, “€œtop producers are scratching out a distinctive style of Riesling, not modeled after Germany’s Mosel or Rheingau but something uniquely New York,”€ he said in an Oct. 8 column.

“€œIn fact, the Finger Lakes can stake a claim as the country’s best region for Riesling,”€ McIntyre wrote, including Anthony Road among his favorite Finger Lakes wineries. The others are Dr. Konstantin Frank, Hermann J. Wiemer, Chateau Lafayette Reneau, Fox Run, Glenora, Heron Hill, Lamoreaux Landing, Lucas, Keuka Lake Vineyards and Red Newt.

McIntyre noted that more New York wines than ever are available in the Washington, D.C. area, including “€œsome of the superb wines of Fox Run and Anthony Road.”

“€œNew York vino is no longer a novelty to bring home from family trips up north,”€ he wrote.

The Times’€™ No. 1 Finger Lakes Riesling is Dr. Konstantin Frank’€™s 2012 Dry Riesling, which Asimov described as “€œEnergetic, harmonious and balanced, with savory, precise, lingering mineral flavors.”

Asimov said the Anthony Road 2012 Dry Riesling was “€œTangy and focused, with juicy, complex aromas of flowers and yellow fruits. Anthony Road’s 2010 Art Series Dry Riesling was “€œDeep and textured, with clear, savory flavors that last.”

Asimov is bullish on Finger Lakes wines. He wrote in the Times article: “€œMore than any other American wine region, the Finger Lakes has devoted itself to riesling. Almost everywhere else, chardonnay is the diva white grape. But producers in the Finger Lakes largely agree that riesling is the white grape best suited to its conditions. Instead of an afterthought, it is the focus.

“It shows. Good rieslings from the Finger Lakes are vibrant and alive. Depending on where the grapes are planted, they can display a rich core of mineral flavors, or they can be more floral and fruity, or they can range somewhere in between. Whatever the style, the best are resonant and deep, inviting you with captivating textures and reverberant flavors.

But as good as the wines can be, what’s most exciting about the Finger Lakes is knowing that the region is just beginning to discover a sense of its own potential. With time, these wines are going to get better and better.

In other news, Wine & Spirits magazine picked Anthony Road’€™s 2011 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling as one of its “€œBest Buys of the Year,”€ according to the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

The foundation also reported that a new company, New York Wines SaRL, has been formed to market Finger Lakes wines in Europe. The Luxembourg-based importing company includes European partner Christian Claessens and three Finger Lakes wineries – Anthony Road Wine Co., Fox Run Vineyards and Villa Bellangelo, the foundation said.

By forming their own importing company, the partners hope to bring down the cost of shipping Finger Lakes wines, the partners recently told the Finger Lakes Times newspaper.

“We sent wines to Europe in the past, and the expense of shipping small quantities overwhelms the shelf price,”€ Anthony Road owner John Martini told the newspaper. “€œSitting still and not trying to move the Finger Lakes wines onto the world stage, we believe, would be a mistake.”

Anthony Road is on the west side of Seneca Lake, along Route 14 in the Yates County town of Torrey about 10 miles south of Geneva. For more about the winery, call 800-559-2182 (toll-free) or 315-536-2182, e-mail info@anthonyroad.com or visit the Web site: www.anthonyroadwine.com.

The winery is in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country in upstate New York. Finger Lakes Wine Country is the largest concentration of wineries east of California, boasting more than 100 wineries producing world-class wine. For more information about the region, go to this Web site:  www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com.

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