White Wine/Malt Brew Fest in Canandaigua, NY

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4th Annual Reisling Festival

It wasn’t the rain that was pouring this weekend but rather bottles of vino at the 4th annual Riesling Festival in Canandaigua, NY. Dry, semi-sweet, super sugary, dozens of varieties were on tap from the west-central Finger Lakes region.

I had no choice but to escort Mutti on a sampling sojourn.

Did you know that a “Riesling Ale” exists? You read correctly. Kudos to the Seneca Lake War Horse Brewing Company at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates to invent the first wheat beer to add 10% Riesling juice for a perfect blend of hops and spice. I’m quickly becoming a ‘dark beer’ snob but this unique combination was tart and refreshing.

The cool-climate conditions of Central N.Y. have propelled Riesling viticulture into a booming industry. Home to 10,000 acres of vineyards and 70 kinds of grapes, the native European Vinifera is arguably the best.

Some of other participating wineries included: Damiani Wine Cellars, Fulkerson Winery, Heron Hill Winery, Inspire Moore, Knapp Winery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars, Sheldrake Point Winery, Standing Stone Vineyards, Zugibe Vineyards and many more.