Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ravines Wine Cellars Gewürztraminer 2012

Usually, if I am having leftovers for dinner, wine is not an option.  Unless, its a left over Italian dish, which seems to be quite easy to pair a wine with.  Two days after matching a Finger Lakes Gewürztraminer with a tuna casserole, I was ordered to empty the fridge of any left overs for dinner.  Shirley gets in these "I'm not cooking moods" once in a while. So, I chose the left over casserole.  But, I wanted a wine.  My choice was another Finger Lakes Gewurzt.  This time a Ravines Wine Cellars Gewürztraminer 2012.($19). Gewürztraminer has probably become my second favorite Finger Lakes wine.  Like Riesling, Gewürztraminer is very food friendly and an excellent summer patio wine.  Ravines Gewürztraminer is no exception.

In 2000 Morten and Lisa Hallgren purchased a 17 acre parcel of land on a glacier-carved hillside on the Eastern slopes of Keuka lake. This land is located at the widest part of the lake which allows grapevines to receive maximum benefit from its temperature-moderating effects, it has a good slope which keeps the mineral rich soils well-drained, and is situated between two deep ravines, which drain cold air from the land during the winter. These ravines are the namesake of the winery.
Ravines has won recognition as a quality-driven winery dedicated to producing crafted and elegant food-friendly wines, has won numerous medals in international wine competitions, received great reviews in major wine publications and can be found in many wine shops and fine restaurants throughout New York state.
Lisa has created a seasonal schedule of food & wine pairing events for customers to enjoy during visits to the tasting room.

I wasn't expecting much of a difference in the Ravine's wine from the Keuka Spring Gewürztraminer in my last post, and that is what I got.  The wineries are about 20 miles apart, although I am not sure if the grapes used by Ravines were from the northern end of Seneca Lake.  The wines were very similar.
Aromas of melon, some apple, hints of peach and floral notes with some citrus were very pleasant.   Some honey like thickness in the mouth with a little less citrus and melon.  Very nice floral like finish still paired well with the tuna.  This wine will also pair very well with spicy asian dishes, pork, ham, chicken and shellfish. Very versatile and food friendly, Ravines Wine Cellars Gewürztraminer is a pleasant summer wine.  Highly Recommended 


Linda A. Thompson-Ditch said...

I've yet to try a Finger Lakes wine, but I like the sound of this one. We seem to be having a lot of ham recently, so I'll pick up a bottle and see how it goes. Thanks for the info.

joeshico said...

Linda, finding Finger Lakes wines in Kansas may be a bit difficult. If you do, I would suggest their white wines, especially Rieslings.

Linda A. Thompson-Ditch said...

I saw them everywhere when I lived in New Hampshire...should have tried them then! :)

Jeffrey Miller said...

You can probably find a Bottle Of Dr. Konstantin Frank or Red Newt in almost any state. The Distribution for these two wineries is quite vast.

joeshico said...

Thanks Jeffrey, The Finger Lakes region has been making huge strides in getting their wines distributed nationally. Not yet in all States, but getting there.