It was a good thing that we drove the rental home, instead of staying up there another day to wait for it to be ready – 1. David was committed to a Six Sigma Kaizen event for the whole week and needed to be there. 2. The truck wasn’t ready till Wednesday afternoon.
We decided to make an adventure out of the trip so we reserved a camp site at Watkin’s
So on Friday morning, we packed up the
We got to the campground around 10:30ish, and we had NO IDEA which campsite we suppose to go to… Yeah, silly me forgot to look at what campsite number we registered. The park ranger was away when we got there, so we were just sitting there, wondering when we would be actually able to go to sleep. Just as David got in the car (he was at the ranger station to pick up a campsite map for the park) when the ranger showed up. He gave us two sites that are reserved for the weekend and off we went to find the right one. When we got to the right campsite, what do you know? It’s the smallest site on earth! There was no way we could have the camper and the big truck in the same site! So we ended up using the next site over and changed the registration in the morning.
Just as we were getting ready for bed, I clear out my purse to put everything in order, and realized that I have lost my debit card. Yes, the drama never ends! Needless to say, I was freaking out. I called the rental car company (they were still open) and the guy went out to the rental to see if the card was in the car, nope. I went through everything I owned and still couldn’t find it. So we decided to go back to the airport in the morning before our adventure starts.
When we got to the airport the next morning, the
We went into downtown Corning for breakfast before we started our wine tasting. We stopped at this little café that has the biggest cinnamon roll I’ve ever consumed! After having it with ice chai, I considered to stop at a pharmacy to get some anti-acid! It was super sweet and super delicious, but maybe not my best choice for breakfast. Just as we were about to leave town to go start our adventure, we spotted a wine store and decided that we should probably get some professional opinion on which winery to stop – After all, there are quite a few… The owner was very nice and after asking some questions on my preference, suggested few wineries for us to try and gave me a map for the wineries.
As you can see, he circled quite a few based on my preference. I keep saying “us” to go wine tasting, but it really is only me since David doesn’t drink. He was just being super sweet to drive me around to search my perfect wedding wine.
We decided to go around
We then stopped at Keuka Spring Vineyards. This is a family own business – the owner’s son was the one giving me the tasting. After we expressed that we are looking for wines for the wedding, Judy, the owner, came and explained some of the wines that are more popular for weddings. I tried Cayuga White, Celebrate!, Merlot, Crooked Lake Red and Clara’s Red. I never thought a red wine could be sweet the way I like, but Clara’s Red met that. I also tried their desert wine, Late Select Vignoles. YUM! That’s all I have to say! I picked up a bottle of Clara’s Red and a bottle of Late Select Vignoles to go home with me.
Those are the two wineries around Keuka Lake and we went across to Seneca Lake. Our first stop there was Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. Hermann is from Germany and his family had always been in the wine making business. While I was there, I tried Gewürztraminer, Dry Riesling, Semi-Dry Riesling, Late Harvest Riesling, and Select Late Harvest Riesling. Needless to say, I was in love with the Select Late Harvest Riesling. It's sweet but not syrupy, it's actually very light and clean. I really wanted to get the Select Late Harvest Riesling, but decided not to, especially we weren't sure how many other vineyards we were going to stop, we didn't want to end up with 100's of dollars of wine sitting at home.
Anthony Road Wine Co. was our next stop. I tried Semi-Dry Riesling, Semi-Sweet Riesling, Tony's White, Tony's Red, Sweet Dream and Semi-Dry Vignoles. I ended up going home with Tony's White. We also got a block of cheese while we were there since we were so hungry by then. When we got in the car, we decided that we will go to only one more winery then we'll go back down to Corning for the Corning Museum of Glass.
The last place we went was Fox Run Vineyards. I tried Arctic Fox, Fox Trot Red, and Riesling. All three were very good. I bought the Fox Trot Red home with me. Arctic Fox is actually very good as well, and it is in a beautiful blue bottle! But I picked the red to go home with me since I already had quite a few white wines. We say goodbye to the wineries and were on our way to Corning in no time.
David and I had joined the Boston Museum of Science awhile ago as members and we had been able to use it for many different museums, including The Field Museum and The Museum of Science and Industry, both in
We left the museum around 7 and made our way back to the camp ground. We started a HUGE campfire and made some dinner and turned in for the night.
We packed up the camper and left the campground around 10am and had a very unadventurous trip home.
Finger Lakes Region is beautiful, and if I have any chance to come back, I will. Of course, hopefully without all the trouble we’ve gone through during Memorial Weekend.
Stay tuned for our final pick for our wedding venue!