* update to this post: 2021 Classic Riesling is just released!
We've been busy bottling, and the 2021 vintage is starting to come in! Here our some of our latest releases:
2021 Grüner Veltliner
A new wine! Yes, we're getting greener around here! Greener as In "Grüner"! It's our first time making this wine and we are super-psyched about it! It's a centuries-old white grape variety, widely planted in Austria. Perhaps you've sampled this variety before. Ours has a gentle balance of citrus, spice, and peach character. Pull out your best Brie cheese (let it sit unrefrigerated for an hour before eating) and pop open a bottle of this refreshing and tangy wine. It'll even pair well with that spring time asparagus you just picked up from the farmer's market (just throw it on the grill and top with some parmesan)!
2021 Humphreys Riesling
We recently received a 91 pt. rating for our 2020 Humphreys Riesling in Wine Enthusiast Magazine! Our driest Riesling has a track record of magazine review success--91 pts. for the 2020 vintage, 92 pts. for the 2019 vintage, and 92 pts. for the 2018 vintage. So we are postiive you will enjoy this one! Humphreys Vineyard, the source of this single-vineyard wine, is meticulously maintained to create unique and delicious fruit. Enjoy aromas of citrus, apples, peaches, and lemon iced tea as you move on to crab cakes or chilled salmon.
Salad time! Throw together a spinach salad with some fresh strawberries and walnuts, top with some feta, and finish with balsamic or poppy seed dressing. Pair it with our newly released 2021 Vignoles. This vibrant, semi sweet wine has an aroma of orange blossoms, citrus and tropical notes in the body, and finishes with a hint of dried apricot. It recently earned a Best of Class in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!
Crooked Lake White
Just in time for warmer weather, our beloved Crooked Lake White is back! Vidal Blanc and Vignoles combine to create sensations of grapefruit and orange, with just a hint of sweetness. The name "crooked lake" is true to place and a part of Keuka Lake culture. We'll give you a couple choices here: enjoy this zesty wine with grilled arugula flatbread, grilled chicken breasts with herbs, or fettucine alfredo.
Our lovely Clara's Red, named after owner Len Wiltberger's grandmother, is a great finish to your dinner on the deck! Lively ripe cherry and some sweetness make this perfect for that sticky sweet barbecue sauce your non-salad, non-seafood, and non-chicken-loving spouse has been holding out to enjoy! Finish off with a hearty rack of ribs to satisfy everyone on the deck, paired with our newest vintage of Clara's Red.
We've put together some pairing suggestions for you. You can order these wines, plan some pairings, and invite guests. Now it's just up to nature to grant some beautiful days!
Brie with 2021 Grüner Veltliner
Crab cakes or chilled salmon with 2021 Humphreys Riesling
Strawberry spinach salad with 2021 Vignoles
Grilled arugula flatbread, grilled chicken breast in herbs, or fettucine alfredo with Crooked Lake White
Barbecued Ribs with Clara's Red
Judy and Jeanne Wiltberger were on hand recently to donate $1000 to local organizations. Using tasting fees, Keuka Spring was able to raise $500 for The Living Well and $500 for the Humane Society of Yates County.
"There are so many organzations doing great work in our community," said Jeanne. "We're honored to able to contribute."
The Living Well is a safe place to which Yates County residents can turn in times of need. Founded in Penn Yan in 2014, The Well's mission is to connect people to solutions so that they may thrive. Their programs provide emergency access to food, person hygiene and cleaning products; funds to prevent utility shut-offs and prescription discontinuation; and support for residents navigating grief and cancer diagnoses. Their outreach efforts focus on building a caring community by helping Yates County residents in crises get the services for which they qualify.
Kim Lyons, Outreach Development Coordinator for The Living Well Mission accepts a $500 donation from Judy and Jeanne Wiltberger of Keuka Spring Vineyards
The Humane Society of Yates County is a no-kill shelter which has been increasing the quality of life for companion animals in our community for over 110 years, since 1908. In 202, they took in and adopted over 200 animals. A $500 donation provides one month of food for all shelter animals!
Nathaniel Smart, Shelter Manager at the Humane Society of Yates County, accepts a $500 donation from Judy and Jeanne Wiltberger on behalf of Keuka Spring Vineyards with his dog Woof
Keuka Spring Vineyards has been producing premimum wines since 1985. Awards include Winery of the Year, three Governor's Cups for best New York State wine, two Best White Wine in America awards, and numerous 90+ point ratings in national wine magazines. Owners Len and Judy Wiltberger invite you to visit their tasting room overlooking the east side of Keuka Lake.
Travel & Leisure magazine named the Finger Lakes among the best places to visit in 2022, and used an image of guests sitting on our deck as the cover photo! Festivals, accomodations, restaurants, and specialties of the area were mentioned in the article. You can read about the list at NYup.com.