Despite such a brief trip to the Finger Lakes wine country in August for the Wine Blogger Conference, I continue to scroll through pictures, remembering the people behind the scenes who contribute to making such incredible wines. My reminiscing has led me to recap some additional thoughts on my adventures, while looking forward to next year’s #WBC16 in Lodi, California.
One Finger Lakes evening in particular stands out. It was an excursion filled with dining, spirits, and great conversations, and started with a little bubbly on the tour bus headed to our destination at Damiani Wine Cellars.
Upon arrival at the Damiani Tasting Room, we headed for a unique tour of Finger Lakes Distilling Company, with cocktail hour featuring a refreshing version of the Manhattan.
We topped off dinner with a premier line-up of best Finger Lakes red wines: Damiani 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve – Davis Vineyard; Hector Wine Company 2013 Merlot; Standing Stone Vineyards Petit Verdot; and Ventosa Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir.
And, I must say: one who enjoys and LOVES wine (like yours truly), MUST also have a conversation with a Grape-Growing Guru! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Phil Davis of Davis Vineyards and head grape-growing expert for Damiani. He shared stories of his family roots in the Finger Lakes region, viticulture philosophy, grape growing insight, and a devout passion for Pinot Noir!