That was so easy!!!
|view of Keuka Lake courtesy Dr. Franks|
We started our trek at Hunt Country Vineyards in Branchport NY, then worked our way south on the west side of Keuka Lake. Before crossing over to the east side, we visited Dr. Konstatin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars and Heron Hill Winery. Each winery presented a sample dish and paired it with one of their wines before we entered the tasting room for sampling a nice choice from their respective list of all available wines. Best of the east side wine pairing was a very tasteful jumbo shrimp served with a garlic/chive pesto at Heron Hill. The shrimp was paired with Heron Hill's 2011 Eclipse White, an aromatic, fruit-driven wine, lightly oaked to create a perfect balance and inviting match to a wide variety of foods. Eclipse White is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grape varietals.
Four of the seven participating wineries were located on the East side of Keuka Lake which gave us an opportunity to drive thru Hammondsport, recently voted America's coolest small town. East side wineries included, Ravines Wine Cellars, McGregor Vineyard, Barrington Cellars and Keuka Springs Vineyards. This was the first time for us visiting both Barrington and our last stop at Keuka Spings. Ending our day at Keuka Springs was the highlight of our day. The pairing of their Spring Tortellini Salad with Ham and Parsley served with fresh veggies and their Harvest Blush wine was fantastic. Top that off with a magnificent view of the lake and a compliment of excellent wines in the tasting room, made for a fabulous day's end.
Usually Shirley has me take her to dinner after serving a day as designated driver, but this time as we passed Belhurst Castle, she turned my dinner offer down. It seems, the food was that good and we both been enjoying the winery selections, that neither one of us was really that hungry at the time. It also could have been that Shirley was feeling kinda bad about all the money she spent at the winery shops during the day, although I'm the one whipping out the charge card. She did do a good job at filling an awful lot of her Christmas shopping list.
Shirley brought home the potted plants and gifts, but I filled my empty wine fridge with a couple of cases of Keuka Lake wine. A few 2012 Rieslings, one of which I'm sipping on right now, some Gewurztraminer and surprisingly four Chardonnays and three rosé wines. I also have a few reds, including a 2008 Black Russian Red from McGregor. I recently finished a 2006 I had been keeping and could not pass up on the '08, which I will keep for hopefully one to two years.
That was my Saturday. It's going to be hot on Sunday and I have lots of yard work to do, but just thinking about which wine I'll open when I'm done, will help me through the day. Then again, I just may quit early.