• By Sue Shelden   |   Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm   |     |   Print   |   Permalink

This year I’m so happy to watch the Superbowl from the warmth of my home, with no jealousy, whatsoever, of those “lucky” thousands who spent lots of money to sit out in a cold stadium.

If you are looking for the Superbowl experience from the comfort of your recliner, look to the New York wineries. The oldest American winery in continuous operation is the Brotherhood Winery in the Hudson River Valley region. They are known primarily for sweet wines–especially popular is their eiswein.

Probably the state is best known for the Finger Lakes wines, but look, also, for Lake Erie and Long Island wines. Best of all–the wines won’t create any rivalries, since the teams have no ties to the state.

Here are some recommendations for Sunday’s event:

Sparkling Wine:
Chateau Frank–Blanc de Blancs

White Wines:
Bully Hill Vineyards–White Wine
Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars–Gewurztraminer
Palmer Vineyards–Select Reserve
Standing Stone Vineyards–Reisling

Red Wines:

Gristina Vineyards–Merlot
Lenz Winery–Merlot
Millbrook Vineyards–Cabernet Franc

Sweet Wine:
Wagner Vineyards–Ravat Blanc

Other wineries to look for:

Glenora Wine Cellars
Hunt Country Vineyards
Knapp Vineyards
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Benmarl Wine Co.
Cascade Mountain Winery
Merritt Estate Winery
Woodbury Vinyards
Bedell Cellars
Palmer Vineyards
Pellegrini Vineyards

Whatever team is your favorite, let’s hope you can find a New York wine to cheer for!
Thanks to Karen MacNeil’s wonderful Wine Bible for her section on NY wines!


Allen Dale "Ole" Olson   |   January 29th, 2014 at 12:45 pm    


Good tips. May I suggest also Dr. Frank’s Riesling? He pioneered this varietal in the U.S. and it still sets the standard for Rieslings in this country. (Full disclosure — I was privileged in Louisville a few years ago to present a program of Frank wines along with Konstantin’s grandson.) But the Rieslings are indeed very good. I wish our distributors would make them more available.


• Sue Shelden   |   January 29th, 2014 at 4:38 pm    

Fabulous, Ole! I’m always happy to get your input! I’ll look for the Riesling! Thanks!