If there’s one winery that’s turning heads towards local viticulture, it’s Bloomer Creek. New York wines with an old world soul. Debra Bermingham and Kim Engle run the small winery on Seneca Lake, roughly a 5 hour drive from NYC, with 30+ years of grape growing and winemaking experience under their belt.The land is picturesque, the vineyards on the hills leaning towards the still lake. The winemaking philosophy roots itself in the natural wine world, ambient yeasts in the cellars and no use of insecticides or herbicides in the vineyards for over 20 years.

There is an onslaught of quality wine emerging from this region, and it’s only getting better. Share these wines with friends, paired with local produce, and experience what’s been going on here in New York. Beautiful, local, and alive wines!

Cabernet Franc does well in the Finger Lakes, especially in the hands of Bloomer Creek. The fruit is spiced and peppery, while the tannins are soft and gentle. Notes of bright cranberry, red apple, and black pepper. Vegetable garden, dried flowers, and new leather. Have with seared venison, grilled portobello mushrooms, or a hearty salad with ripe heirloom tomatoes.
The Black Cap is modeled after the Edelzwicker wines of Alsace (a term for noble blend). Bloomer’s is a blend of  55% Cayuga White (a local Finger Lakes grape), about 30% Gewurztraminer, and 15% Riesling. The wine is perfect for Thai food, Alsatian bacon and onion flambé, or smoked trout. Notes of grapefruit, apple peel, with a petrol, light raw honey thing going on. The finish is nice and dry with chamomile tea and yellow flowers coming through.