View 188: Finger Lakes Wine Tasting

Wine being poured for a tasting at the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Wine being poured for a tasting at the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 122mm focal length, rear-sync flash.

The Finger Lakes region of New York is home to award winning wines. Over the weekend my family meet up with friends to travel along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail to enjoy wine tasting at the many vineyards. While I am not a wine drinker, I did enjoy the ambience of each winery and the knowledgeable pourers who presented the wines.

Our first stop was at the Hermann J. Wiener Vineyard where a host brought us to an outdoor wine tasting station which was a small bar.  A tasting of five wines costs from $2 to $3 depending on the winery.  You select from a list provided of the wines you would like to taste.  A pourer, a person who pours the wine, will pour out a few ounces of each wine.  Pourers answer any questions about the vineyard’s wines and suggest related wines depending on reactions to the wines tasted.  Many times you can get more than five tastings as pourers will add to the list.  As tastings often end up in sales.

I learned about all the different kinds of wines and grapes they are made from.  How different growing conditions will cause grapes and the wines made from them to taste differently.  Even a distance of only ten miles can do so.

Wines tasted at the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Wines tasted at the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, rear-sync flash.

Each winery made sure you either go through their store or have the wine tasting in the store where they present their products and related gift items.  A tried and true method which accounted for a few sales from our group. 🙂

Torrey Ridge wines ready for purchase in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Torrey Ridge wines ready for purchase in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/5, ISO 1100, EV 0, 78mm focal length.

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23 Responses to View 188: Finger Lakes Wine Tasting

  1. laurahartson says:

    this looks fantastic i love wine tasting. we have a similar beer tasting place in the UK

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  2. tedgriffith says:

    I like the perspective of the rack, very unusual.

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  3. Kathy says:

    How fun! I like that last pic, especially. I would like to taste some wines. And then, of course, to REMEMBER what wines were liked, for future purchases.

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  4. Karma says:

    Ooh, a winery crawl! I used to go on “pub crawls” with my friends where we went to an area’s brew pubs to taste beers. The perspective of the wine rack is cool!
    By the way, love the new header photo!

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    • Yep, that’s what I would call it. 🙂 We only did it for 6 hours. If one devoted a whole day or a weekend, you could really be crawling by the end. LOL

      Thanks for the header mention. The Fair starts in about three weeks!

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  5. truels says:

    I would have enjoyed this tasting! And I AM a wine drinker (so I would not have been driving this day!) – Did you spit out the wine after tasting – as I’ve seen REAL wine tasters are doing?!!!

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    • I did not know about the spitting part until I was reading about it today. There were places for such activity but most people would pour out the rest of their glasses there. Me, I drank all mine. Guess I am not much of a taste tester. 🙂

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  6. Yum, wine tasting! We did some of that this vacation, too, but most wineries in Michigan offer free wine tastings. There were some that charged, and we chose to skip most of those.
    All of the Missouri wineries we’ve been to offered free tastings, and so far, Missouri wines are our favorites

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  7. Nye says:

    I’m not a wine drinker myself but would love to tour the wine tasting, and especially the vineyard. I love the second shot with bokeh image of people in the background.

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  8. Debbie says:

    You hit some great wineries on your travels – Wiemer is one of my favorites!

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  9. milkayphoto says:

    Oh, this makes me so READY for the EpCOT F&W festival in October!!!

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  11. kidnurse says:

    GREAT photos to go along with your story. Enjoyed them!

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