The 11 lakes define the region in many ways: geographically, of course, and in terms of the amazing recreational opportunities they afford. But they also create a fantastically friendly climate for growing wine grapes, since the lakes moderate both the winter’s cold and summer’s heat. When you add to these virtues the agricultural bounty of upstate New York and the chefs who are attracted to the rural life, you’ve got all the conditions for a perfect weekend jaunt. And for me, a born–and–bred Midwesterner transplanted to Manhattan, there’s a bonus: folks so friendly it feels almost like a slice of home. So grab your GPS and let the tour—and tasting—begin.
Gourmet Live guest columnist Ted Loos charts a weekend itinerary around central New York’s Finger Lakes region, with strategic stops for fine wining and dining.
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