Two days of wine: A staycation tale

This summer over an extended weekend my friend, Diane, flew into Syracuse to visit. After our reunion last year (see Gateway to the West), we’re trying our best to visit each other once a year. So far, so good.

Since NC is so hot, which is Diane’s home, the cooler weather in NY was a welcome change for her. We had been planning on doing the trip in my neck of the woods this year. And what better “stay-cation” in this area than touring the Finger Lakes wineries?

Taughannock Falls

Diane at Taughannock Falls

We took a trip around the Eastern and then back up the Western side of Seneca Lake and visited many wineries. We stayed overnight in Geneva and then went over to Cayuga Lake the next day, but didn’t visit as many wineries since we were already quite tired from the day before and weren’t processing our wine as easily.

One of the wineries we visited on Seneca Lake was Three Brothers Wineries. The “youngish” man who poured our wine there gave us a really good list of wineries to visit on our trip. He didn’t steer us wrong once.

Wine grapes at Three Brothers Wineries

Vines at Three Brothers Wineries

His recommendations – (in parenthesis not visited):

Red Newt Cellars, Chateau Lafayette Reneau Inn, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard, (Shaw Vineyard), Miles Wine Cellars, (Billsboro Winery), (Eleven Lakes Winery), and Swedish Hill Vineyard.

In addition to what is not in parenthesis above, we went to: Ventosa Vineyards, Three Brothers Wineries, Wagner Vineyards, Goose Watch Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, and -still my fav- Americana Vineyards, where we had dinner. I’ll skip Wagner next time.

We also had cheese at Muranda Cheese Co and ice cream at Cayuga Lake Creamery, where I also got a LOT of corn for eating and freezing from some Amish boys.

Image of Cayuga Lake through wine grape vines

View of Cayuga Lake through the vines

It was definitely a great trip with great company and worth repeating.

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