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Pick of the Week: Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2010

May 2012
Originally published in the Finger Lakes Times as part of my internship with the NY Wine and Culinary Center

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Why it’s worth trying: The 2010 Riesling from Lakewood Vineyards is a crisp and refreshing wine that pairs nicely with a warm day and a good book. As the recipient of the Finger Lakes Riesling Champion Award at the Golden Nose competition at the New York Wine and Culinary Center in mid-April, this riesling is the perfect choice.

Pale gold in color, this wine is semidry with hints of pear in the nose. Citrus flavors, primarily tangerine, explode on the palate, along with white peach and slight floral undertones. The delicate sweetness creates a balance of flavors in the mouthfeel, and it finishes with a refreshingly firm acidity.

Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen was commercially producing grapes for 37 years until 1988, when the first vintage was pressed and the winery was founded. The winery uses a unique blend of current technology and traditional winemaking practices, using this delicate balance to produce quality wines year after year.

Price: $14.99

Serving tips: For the delightful fruit flavors of this particular riesling to properly unfold, serve chilled (about 45 degrees) to ensure full enjoyment.

Food pairing: This wine is extremely versatile and pairs nicely with numerous dishes. Try it with the classic summertime meal of grilled chicken, or a green salad with a tangy citrus vinaigrette. It’s also complex enough to stand up to a spicy meal, or chicken with cream sauce.

You might also want to try: A 2010 riesling from Fox Run Vineyards, or the “First Degree of Riesling” from Three Brothers Wineries and Estates.

Where to buy it: Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen or the New York Wine and Culinary Center tasting room.