Archive for March, 2014
A good friend offered me a free ticket to the always sold out Ice Wine Festival. Come Hungry & Thirsty! Ice Wines produced in NY state with NY State grown grapes, in the traditional method are the stars of the festival. Along with great food from area caterers and specialty shops.
What is Ice Wine anyway?
It’s not legislated in New York State (as it in other countries) yet, but there is a strong movement to regulate the name so that ice wine can only be on a label only if the grapes were naturally frozen on the vine.
The secret to this wonderful treat came by accident. Leaving grapes on the vine late into the season was accidental. Panic ensued once temperatures dip below freezing and speedy harvest would frozen grapes.
The grapes quickly harvested and crushed before the sun thaws them yields a thick, honey-like liquid, full of concentrated fruit aromas and flavors. With white varietals (more often than not, Riesling and, in New York and Canada, the French-American hybrid, Vidal), there’s a lot of rich, ripe apricot, peach, and pear flavor, and often some spice and nuttiness.
In a normal table wine, the degree concentrated sugar levels—is usually somewhere in the 20s; ice wine is typically a minimum of 35, and sometimes higher.
Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road Fairport, NY 14450
Situated along the east bank of Salmon Creek on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, and the well-traveled Seaway Trail. Pultneyville is a town that combines maritime history and modern charm. It is located on Lake Ontario about 25 miles east of Rochester.
The Landing at Pultneyville offers unique shopping and dining experience in the midst of a historic hamlet in the Town of Williamson. The Landing is among 37 Pultneyville properties, that in 1975, became listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, with a historic district reflecting Federal, Second Empire and Greek Revival architecture.
The Grill has a tasty menu, but has done a great job of pairing wines with each entrée and offering special wine pairing events. There is live music summer and winter, on the weekends.
The gallery features the work of over sixty artists, on two floors of exhibition and special event space,
Just down the road is a great spot to picnic, right on the lake. B Forman Park.