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new york wine country: sips and scenery in the finger lakes

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new york wine country: sips and scenery in the finger lakes

watkins glen, n.y. — two million years ago, glaciers clawed 11 long, deep gashes into what is now central new york. the resulting finger lakes are among the deepest in the united states, creating a microclimate perfect for growing cool-weather wine grapes.the region, some 250 miles (400 km) northwest of new york city, is home to more than 100 wineries and has a reputation for world-class wines. my husband, rick, and i were eager to explore these vineyards and take in some of the region's scenery: rolling hills, farms, country roads and waterfalls. we compiled a list of top-rated wineries and narrowed it down to those near our base on seneca lake over a long weekend visit.we began at the north end of the lake and stopped at three wineries along the east shore: wagner vineyards estate, chateau lafayette reneau and atwater estate vineyards.having battled the heavy traffic in more well-known wine regions on the west coast, we were pleased to find few cars on the road when we visited in july and were able to walk right up to the tasting bars. fall visitors might find the region busier with events and activities keyed to the harvest season at wineries and other attractions — apple orchards, pumpkin patches and the like. october's peak autumn colors also draw leaf-peepers. even in november, tickets typically sell out for events like keuka holidays wine-and-food tastings on the keuka lake wine trail.fees at our stops were reasonable: $4 to $5 per person to taste six wines from ...