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The 5 Best Finger Lakes Wines for Thanksgiving

I am one of those people who doesn’t really know a lot about wine but I do enjoy having a good glass of wine. Despite my lack of wine knowledge, I do have the goal of someday being able to confidently walk into a liqour store and pick out a great bottle of wine, which is how I came to find Tasting The FLX on Instagram.

The website and Instagram account Tasting The FLX is run by friends Tracey and Christine, and they have done such a great job sharing the world of finely crafted beverages and food made with heart in the Finger Lakes region on both platefotms, so when I was poundering what kind of wines I should pick up for Thanksgiving I knew exactly who I should ask for recommendations, and reached out to Tracey, who graciously put together a list of the best Finger Lakes Wines to serve this Thanksgiving.

Tasting the FLX’s recommendations for 5 Finger Lakes wines to serve this Thanksgiving:

Pairing wine with food shouldn’t be overwhelming, even on an epic culinary holiday like Thanksgiving. It is, after all, mostly a matter of personal preference.

And with its cool-climate varietals, the Finger Lakes offers a few standouts to consider. Finger Lakes’ wines are well balanced with just the right amount of acidity to complement a Thanksgiving feast.

Ravines Wine Cellars Dry Riesling White Springs Vineyard 2017: Whether your dishes are salty, spicy or sweet, this elegant wine’s minerality and bright acidity can stand up to any flavor profile. Bring on the turkey, stuffing and potatoes—this Riesling has your taste buds covered.

Boundary Breaks Gewurztraminer (“guh-VERTZ-tra-meen-er”): Aromatic zest and a kick of spice, this gem will deliver complexity and lively acidity. Pair it with turkey, gravy and even the pumpkin-pie-spiced sweet potatoes.

Dr. Frank 2014 Blanc de Noirs: It’s the holidays and bubbles work with everything. Serve this sparkling wine, which comes with mineral and strawberry notes, with any dish and call it a day. The long apple finish will cleanse your palate for the next bite. “

Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Rosé: When you need a wine that goes with the bird, the veggies and the next day leftovers, you need a Finger Lakes rosé. Wiemer’s dry rosé of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc has subtle red wine notes with a fresh, crisp finish.

Barnstormer Winery Nosedive Port: Save room for dessert because this 100% Blaufränkisch port wine loves pie. Serve this one with apple, pumpkin or pecan pie. Or just savor it solo fireside while enjoying your tryptophan buzz. Hopefully some others will be working on the dishes.

There isn’t a shortage of options of Finger Lakes wines to pair with Thanksgiving. It’s going to be more of a challenge to pick just one.


Be sure to follow Tracy and Christine on Instagram and their site Tasting the FLX to discover all the flavors of the Finger Lakes

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