A benefit of visiting upstate New York is the quality of that state&’s rieslings.


Berger: New York's consistently good riesling

GENEVA, N.Y. - One obvious benefit of visiting upstate New York is the astounding consistency and overall quality of that state's rieslings.

I adore riesling, especially the dry rieslings of the Finger Lakes region in New York.

And during a brief swing through the area last week to conduct a seminar at the Finger Lakes Wine Symposium , I attended a Friday night tasting and enjoyed dozens.

The walk-around tasting featured wineries displaying one or two rieslings.

Not unexpectedly, most were excellent, a few exceptional.

So exciting were they and so reasonably priced (almost every wine was less than $20, and these are world-class wines) that I began lobbying for some of the best wineries to consider sending wines to wine shops and restaurants around the country.

My goal was to broaden the market for these dramatic wines so more people can gain access to them.

Most wine makers were flattered by the idea but all said,

(a) opening new markets outside of New York isn't easy and can be fraught with pitfalls;

(b) the wineries are selling all they make at home, and

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