29.09.2011 - 29.09.2011 62 °F
As we are now halfway through our trip to the finger lakes region a couple thing strike me. 1) the number of mobile homes. I expected the numerous farms, but not the number of mobile homes. I bet I have seen more mobile homes in the last 4 days than I have my whole life. 2) There also many cemeteries. I forget that settlers came to New York a long time before heading to the Midwest and there are a lot more dead people.
Today we spent a relaxing morning at the house. The sun came out for a short while so Maxx got to go swimming. He fetched the squirrel 9 times in celebration of his 9th birthday tomorrow.
The afternoon's plan was to go to 4 wineries on Keuka Lake and then head to Hammondsport for an early dinner. The first stop was to Keuka Spring Vineyard. They have a beautiful view and Their Reistling wasn't too bad either. We then headed over to Rooster Hill. They too had an excellent view. They also had many more wines that we enjoyed. The lady assisting us was pretty knowledgable and we walked out with a few more bottles. Next we were off to Ravines Wine Cellar. Here they had a cheese and wine pairing along with an additional tasting. It was well worth it. The wines were very enjoyable and the gentleman pouring was very knowledgable about the wines and wine making itself. We left with 6 bottles of wine and smiles on our faces. Our last stop was at Dr Frank's Vinfera Wine Cellars. (That is were today's picture is from). When we got there, it seemed there was a line for tasting. Sure enough when we got close enough we saw people waiting in line. Well nothing can be that good to make us wait in line for a tasting, so we turned around and did a little site seeing before dinner.
Dinner was at a place called Union Block Italian Bistro in Hammondsport. I would highly recommend it. The food was outstanding! Lots of garlic and truffle oil in the dishes. The service was also quite good. Stuffed to the gills, we headed back home to have a quiet evening with the dogs.
Tomorrow's plan was to head over to the east side of Seneca lake to taste at 4 different wineries, but since we are now wondering how we will get all this wine home it may be a short wine tasting day. Time will tell :-)