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Old 07-15-2012, 03:23 AM   #11
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Where did you go? I hit a few of places in the area last year. Did you go to Wagner's? They brew and make wine!
We did go to Wagner's today.

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Great to see some hbt celebs in my neck of the woods! Where are you staying and what wineries/breweries have you visited?
Oh, I've been to 8 wineries/breweries today (and one distillery) and a couple yesterday. We're staying at a B&B in Penn Yan. It's really nice, and I'm having a wonderful time.

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Grew up there.... and it is one of my favorite places on the planet.


If you can fit it in - King Ferry Winery (maker of Treleaven wines) on the east side of Cayuga is well worth the trip. My good friend Chris runs the tasting room, and will spin an entire menu to go with each wine. Tell him that Weston sent you, and be sure to ask about his Emita days. Their Dry Rieslings and their Gewurztraminer's are incredible. Long Point, just up the road from there does some fantastic reds as well.
That's going to have to be "next time", since we just ran out of time to go everywhere. We stayed around Keauga (spelled wrong, I bet) and Seneca Lakes this weekend.

I found some wonderful dry rieslings (paulthenurse had told me to expect them) and some very nice cab franc. I had some shipped home, since I"m driving home through Canada and am limited on what I can take with me over the borders.

I think I should be home by Monday night.

The_bird and his family are super nice people (as I knew they would be) and of course Paulthenurse and his wife are wonderful as well. I had an amazing time hanging with my "imaginary friends'!
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:07 PM   #12
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I'm home now- and made the drive in only 16 hours or so.

Paul and the Bird said they'll post more pictures when then get settled.

I had such a nice time! The wineries were fun, but I really enjoyed meeting PaultheNurse and the_bird more than anything else.

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Great area. There's a lot of great wines, a couple good breweries (and a few mediocre ones), and a really wonderful restaurant called Dano's on the west side of Seneca.

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:27 PM   #14
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Those are some big hop cones in the background! lol
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:23 PM   #15
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So, no full-body cavity search on your way over the border?

Such a great time, as I knew it would be. I'll try and get my pics organized tonight. Dinner at Ports Cafe was phenomenal, as was dinner at Red Newt Bistro. We all stayed in a little B&B up in Penn Yan, Los Gatos, which is also highly recommended. Just a great, great time (although I'm pretty well wiped out now).

Oh, and it's "Keuka."

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Old 07-17-2012, 12:57 AM   #16
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Oh, and it's "Keuka."
Ha- no problems at the border at all. I apparently look like a nice middle class grandmother, and not an international wine smuggler. (Oh, and Bob was so excited about those wines I managed to, ah, acquire! I got definite kudos on that. The few extra beers were a bonus- he already had a Hop Head Red and proclaimed it perfect.)

Ok, "Keuka" it is. But I will forever quote your daughter and call it "Cucumber".
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You know, I got home and realized we never cracked open any of the beers I brought, other than my homebrew. Think we were all pretty cooked by the time we got back from Newt.

Here we are, pre-Paulie but with the_Bean in tow (notice her Dr. Frank's hat; she's learning). On the way into Heron Hill's tasting room, which is arguably the most gorgeous in the whole area.



The still at Finger Lakes Distilling is absolutely gorgeous, and both their gin and their potstill whiskey are phenomenal.



We still need to take this year's "Stash Picture." When all was said and done, the damage was close to three cases for us, in part because of that case sale at the one place ($5/bottle for a quality Riesling, but one that's not so great that I cry when my wife brings it up to her friend's house and I don't get any).

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Yes finger lakes still is really impressive! If any of you are in the area again shoot me a message and I will come help you find your way around. My fiancé and I are on the wine trail at least once a month.

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Oh, we've found our way around! My wife and I are out there quite a bit, as are Paulie and his wife. Tried to hit all of our favorite spots around Keuka and Seneca. Stil a couple that are on the agenda for next time, and we've never really explored around Cayuga Lake at all (anything worthwhile?).

Ports Cafe. Best. Dinner. Ever.

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