Penn Yan Travel Guide
Okay, it's not Napa, but there are some great finds in New York's Finger Lakes wine country. We'll be drinking it all in this week, and mapping our favorites.
Overlooking the eastern fork of Keuka Lake, just south of Penn Yan, Rooster Hill Vineyards churns out some surprisingly good wines. Fortunately, the winery's friendly staff is happy to pour you a taste or three.
Just pop in to the rustic-chic tasting room and belly up to the marble-topped bar. You'll get five tastes for $2.50 and you keep the wine glass. (A few winks and a nod might score you an extra sip or two... Not that we'd know.)
We liked the award-winning Traminette, which had a little sweetness, but a crisp acidity to balance out the sugar. On the red side of things, Cabernet Franc is a safe bet in the Finger Lakes, and the '04 we tasted delivered. We also snuck a taste of a surprisingly good Pinot Noir that was on the reserve list when we dropped in.