On Tuesday, March 10, the Mood of Living team attended the fourth annual NY Drinks NY wine tasting event at Astor Wines. To celebrate the thriving industry of locally produced New York wines, a group of wine enthusiasts and specialists gathered to taste what 35 selected wineries had to offer.
New York’s fast-growing wine industry now includes more than 400 wineries in 58 of New York’s counties – including Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Presented by the New York Wine & Culinary Center, we were offered a selection of over 200 wines, stemming from the six viticultural regions in the Finger Lakes, a county well known for its idyllic beauty and high stature among the country’s best producers of wine.
World renowned for their production of Riesling, Finger Lake’s winemakers take pride in their craft. A growing number of wineries have captured the variety’s expressions through single vineyard harvests and bottlings. The noble grape produces a variety of styles, ranging from sweet, to semisweet and dry, light in body, with a crisp and fresh taste. As the summer approaches, you will want to pair a dry Riesling with a seasonal seafood dish, or to try a sweeter version with a dessert, a selection of cheeses, or Asian cuisine.
Our favorites: As a fun change, we enjoyed the Bubble Riesling by Atwater Estate Vineyards, located by Seneca Lake. Delighting in the abundant Riesling grape, they have created a lighthearted, semi-dry, sparkling wine, perfect to enjoy at a summer brunch.
In spirit with the season, Anthony Road Wine Co. had us indulging in fantasies of late summer nights accompanied with friends, family, good food on the table, and their mild Rosé of Cabernet Franc in our glass. This selection had a nice full-bodied flavor, accompanied by a lively, crisp touch.
After savoring a wide variety of delicious wine, we were delighted by the passion and excitement of Lieb Cellars, the North Folk, Long Island winery. This winery has the ambition of becoming the number one choice for this summer’s boxed wine drinkers. With a wide selection, the company specializes in “farm-to-box” wines, with the mission of delivering high-quality wine, without compromising the land they inhabit. You can enjoy a glass of their estate-grown wine with good conscience, knowing the company’s passion for minimizing their carbon footprint by implementing recycling programs throughout the whole production process.
Looking forward to the next great wine event at the Astor Center, for more information and to purchase the wines we tried, visit their website here.
Photos courtesy of Aurora Brigham