Hermann Wiemer moved to New York from Germany's Mosel region in 1968. This Finger Lakes Riesling, made in the traditional German Spätlese style, clearly shows his roots. Notes of baked apples and tangerine fill the palate.
Seneca Lake makes for a perfect weekend getaway. It's just a few hours outside the city and features over 30 wineries.One of the highlights from my recent trip was the Hermann J. Wiemer winery and this bottle of semi-dry Riesling. A classic German style, in keeping with Mr. Wiemer's heritage and wine background. With juicy peach notes and brilliant acidity, it's my ideal pairing with spicy food. It rides the fine line of having a noticeable sweetness without being cloying. If you can't make it up to the Finger Lakes, this is the bottle you should pick up for a taste of the exceptional Seneca Lake terroir.
No longer is our fair state synonymous with Concord grapes and Manischewitz. New York winemakers have embraced international varieties and hit the ground running. The Hudson River Valley is home to the oldest vineyards in New York State. Lake Erie is still dominated by bulk production for grape juice, though a few small, serious wineries are beginning to crop up. Long Island’s maritime climate...
Though the trend is now in the other direction, for many years Riesling was known for producing wines with little alcohol and some residual sugar - too sweet for many modern wine drinkers. Though it's now cultivated worldwide, Riesling is nearly synonymous with German wine, and that country's winemakers have lately begun to produce some very exciting dry versions. They are careful to retain the...
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