Wine lovers know that Finger Lakes wines have been steadily improving in quality over the past decade. The bad news has been that most anything you found that you loved, could not be shipped into the Massachusetts from the winery. Ugh!
But that all changed January 1st with Bill HB294.
We can apparently thank, in part, former NE Patriot Drew Bledsoe, now proprietor of Doubleback Winery in Washington State, for his formidable lobbying and tweeting efforts. #FreeTheGrapes apparently had an impact.
A few wineries such as Bully Hill and Dr Konstantin Frank have had distributors in MA, but they were the exception. Constellation Brands, and their many labels have also been available.
But the other 120+ farm wineries – not so much. And they are the fun experiences.
Thus wine tourism from New England to the Finger Lakes gets new value in 2015. Now when you discover a wine you love on your Finger Lakes trip, you can re-ordered it direct-to-you shipment from your desktop or smart phone, and continue to share and experience it.
Our travel guide app Finger Lakes At-Hand includes nearly every winery and wine trail in the region: Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Lake Ontario, and even the Broome County Trail. Even the newest, smallest most out-of-the-way wineries are included – those too small or too new to be part of the marketing hype organizations. All are editor-rated for your smart consideration.
While you are being a wine connoisseur, consider trying out a hard-cider or two. It is America’s fastest growing beverage. Sit down at Ithaca Beer’s vast array of taps, or sample the vodka at Finger Lakes Distilling. Drink responsibly. Look closely and you will find natural non-alcoholic root beer also available.
Finding Finger Lakes Wines You Love – Source: At-Hand Guides – at Red Tail Ridge Winery
Are you remembering a long lost wine love from the past? Check with the winery. You may be able to re-connect. If your travel plans take you back to the Finger Lakes for family or reunions, or just exploring our beautiful country, add a winery stop or two to your plans.
Let yourself go.