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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cayuga Wine Trail Leads Right to the Rogues' Harbor Inn

Riesling Grapes on Cayuga Lake

Several Finger Lakes' trails lead right to our door. The FLX Beer Trail and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail are our favorites. Even though we brew our own beer, we're pretty partial to Cayuga Lake wineries (our brew guru is too, shhh...).
We wear our favoritism on our sleeve right next to our heart. Our wine list features New York Sate wines exclusively (even our cooking wines are locally sourced), with a focus on the Finger Lakes, especially Cayuga- our home sweet home. The Cayuga Wine Trail is the first organized and longest running wine trail in the U.S. and follows the path of an ancient Native American trail. With 17 members (15 wineries, 1 cidery and 1 meadery) there's a lot to sample. We do love to sample; so Rogues' offers a Cayuga Wine flight with four tastes:  Sheldrake Point Riesling, Treleaven Chardonnay, Swedish Hill Cabernet Franc and Americana Baco Noir. All together, we offer 34 New York State wines on our list and 20 of them are Cayuga. We really do love them.
Our latest additions to our spring wine list are Hosmer's Lemberger and Goose Watch's Traminette. The Lemberger is a nice robust, on the dry side red. I like it with our Bleu Prime Sirloin or Wild Mushroom Ravioli. The Traminette is a little drier and spicier than a Riesling and I love it with our Finger Lakes Cheese Board. My personal favorites from Cayuga lake wineries are Sheldrake Point's Riesling and Treleaven's Chardonnay. They epitomize Finger Lakes' white wine for me: fresh, a little flowery, and very food friendly.
I've meandered to all 17 of the wine trail's members and it's a gorgeous journey.  Glorious vistas, friendly winery staff, world class wine- it's all so wonderful. May is Riesling Month and the Finger Lakes are known for their Rieslings. Riesling grapes thrive in our cool climate and glaciated landscape. There are several stand outs in my humble opinion: Sheldrake Point (obviously), Treleaven, Buttonwood, and Thirsty Owl. Take a drive along the Trail- it follows the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway which was recently honored with a place in the Top Ten Road Trips in the US by Yahoo Travel. The top ten! and we're right there on the byway. Hooray! No one at the Rogues' Harbor Inn was surprised by this. We know we live in an  incredible region. The Heart of the Finger Lakes- glass of Riesling in hand, toes in the water...it's that good.

My Personal Favorite, Sheldrake Point Riesling on the "Rocks"