May is Riesling Month in the Finger Lakes!
At my college, Senior Week is the time between finals and graduation for the graduating class to bond and experience the community before entering the “real world”. I appreciate this concept because most of our time here has been spent in our college “bubble”. We attend classes, study at the library, eat on campus and return to our dorms day in and day out. We rarely have the opportunity to explore the area and absorb the culture. To kick off the week, the Senior Class takes a trip to the wineries. About an hour away resides the beautiful Geneva, New York and the Seneca Wine Trail. The three wineries we visited were: Fox Run, Anthony Road and Fulkerson.
Around 12pm we arrived in Geneva and went to a large banquet center for lunch. The food was served buffet style and was mediocre. I had a plate of an over dressed green salad, pasta salad, green beans and mushrooms, chicken, fruit salad and half of a chocolate chip cookie (all that was left on the platter 😦 ). There were 6 buses of people (about 300) to feed and the food served was that which was “easy”. I find that when I attend large events the food often suffers because it is hard to accommodate the size and variety of tastes. I don’t have a picture but to be honest, it wasn’t exactly picture worthy anyways.
The first stop on our tour was the Fox Run Vineyard (the pictures above were taken here). I wish we had lunch at their cafe because the food is AMAZING. I have been to this vineyard before with my parents and had the Brie and Boar’s Head Ham Sandwich on Walnut-Raisin Sourdough Bread. This was about a year ago and I still remember it being heavenly. One of the highlights of this vineyard is the Arctic Fox. This table white is one of their most popular wines. It is fairly sweet with a 2.1% RS (residual sugar) and has hints of citrus and vanilla. I don’t always LOVE really sweet wines, however; in the summer months it pairs perfectly with grilled fish and vegetables. It is best served chilled and is both light and refreshing.
After tasting 6 wines, my friends and I enjoyed a glass of Arctic Fox and the sunshine. The view from this winery is absolutely breath-taking. I was so glad that we were able to go on a sunny day.Our next stop was Anthony Road. We we able to taste 5 wines and I chose the 2008 Dry Riesling, 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling, 2008 Gewürztraminer, 2007 Cabernet Franc/Lemberger and the 2007 Pinot Noir. I was pleasantly surprised by their Semi-Dry Riesling.It was sweet and light with prominate citrus and melon characteristics. This is another great wine for the summer months!
It was such a beautiful and fun day. By the time we returned to campus it was 6pm and we were starving! My roommate and I decided that we were not in the mood to cook and ordered food from the pita pit. After a long day of wine tasting, it was necessary to have some hearty and solid food. I devoured my gigantic pita (thus no picture) that was filled with chicken breast, feta cheese, hummus, mushrooms, black olives, pickles, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, spinach and hot sauce. I’m not sure how I had room after eating this (my roommate was only able to eat half of hers!) but shortly after I had an ice cream sandwich for something cool and sweet.
I am absolutely exhausted, but so thankful that I am able to spend time with friends before graduation. As the end draws near, I am coming to the realization that I will never be at this point in my life again. It is a bitter-sweet feeling because I have been itching to leave and enter the real world for such a long time but I will genuinely miss the fun I have had here with my friends. I know that we will stay in touch but it will be on another level with long distance communication and sparse visits. In the next few days, I am going to take in every moment and live life to the fullest!