If a politician’s livelihood were as physically arduous as that of a winemaker’s, we would certainly see much more progress in Washington. After all, with winemaking you have no choice but to work and work some more—and then get back up to work again. No off-time, no choice but to progress. Indeed, progress is the basis of all successful winemaking ventures in America. And despite our nation’s relative youth, America has made leaps and bounds in the realm of experimentation and charting out which varietals suit the country’s various landscapes. Be it a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir producer or the pride and joy of Napa Valley—American ingenuity is always at work. And nowhere is innovation more a hallmark than in upstate New York where such wineries as Eminence Road, Paumanok, and Channing Daughters consistently produce exciting wines using lesser-known varietals (e.g., Grüner Veltliner, Gewürztraminer, and Blaufrankisch) and unorthodox methods.