Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thousand Islands WInery Features Great Vingoles

The Thousand Islands Winery is located in Jefferson County, New York. It is the most northern winery in New York State. The winery is located on a farm that was built in 1836. The farm was later owned and operated by Captain Massey and his wife Ida in the 1930's. Captain Massey was a famous Riverboat Captain. He owned a huge Great Lake Vessel that he eventually sold to the Department of Defence for the war effort during World War II.

Steve and Erika Conaway purchased the Farm in December 2002. Upon Steve's retirement from the military, they decided to create a winery in Alexandria Bay, NY. The Massey legacy of quality lives on today. Although the horses and cattle are no longer a part of the farm, agriculture continues in the form of Viticulture.

The wine that caught my attention while doing a tasting at the recent 2008 Finger Lakes Wine Festival was the Vignoles. This was the 2007 NY Food & Wine Classic Gold Medal Winner. It's a light, white wine. It's crisp and refreshing, with floral nose and hints of grapefruit on the tongue, but never sour or with too much acidity. Light and balanced - it dances on the tongue.