Critics' Picks: NY Times applauds the Finger Lakes

In his October 10, 2013 column in the New York Times, Eric Asimov celebrates Finger Lakes riesling, "no American wine-growing region excites me about Riesling as much as the Finger Lakes of New York."  The Finger Lakes were once thought to be too cold to grow grapes and it was only when Dr. Konstantin Frank, a Ukranian emigre arrived in the region in the late 50's that Riesling started to appear.   Riesling is a grape that thrives in cool weather climates, and is suited to the Finger Lakes, where the deepness of the lakes prevents them from freezing and helps to temper the harsh cold and allow for viticulture.   Finger Lakes rieslings Asimov concludes will get better as the region matures but are still "awfully good," and a good value for the price.

Read the Eric Asimov's column here.  

Below are several of Asimov's recommendations.