The drive around Seneca Lake is about 65 miles with vineyards (and a few breweries) spread out along the way.The climb out of Watkins Glen on both sides of the lake opens up to some spectacular views, especially on a bright, sunny day. The challenge is to find time to taste the wines while enjoying the scenery. It will take two days to do the trip justice although a full day will give you a flavor of the beauty of both place and wine. The best strategy is to choose your vineyard stops with care and take time to enjoy the views. (A designated driver is a must!) The Finger Lakes are well into the process of raising the quality of their wines with established vintners setting the stage for meeting national standards of excellence. However, the whites are still the best with dry Reislings at the top of the list. Semi--sweet and sweet wines are good as well. The reds still need further cultivation to compete with California, Washington and Oregon wines as well as those from abroad. Tasting is the key to choosing so don't be shy about asking before buying. As in all wine areas, the prices are above market so don't be shell-shocked when you buy. You will come back to Seneca Lake!
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