I live in Western New York. Something that you may not know about WNY is that we have many wineries! Also, because we border Pennsylvania, there are many in the North Eastern part of PA as well. We are basically taking about the area between Buffalo, NY and Erie, PA. There are dozens of wineries in this area! They are so fun to visit...do a wine tour along the wine trails, and enjoy some wine tasting! But even if you don't want to visit a winery directly, you can purchase these local wines at stores, maybe even at stores near you!
Recently, I visited a local chain, Premier Wines, where their selection is amazing!! They have wines from all over the world, all well organized by origins...Australia, Italy, Spain, Chile, etc. Then, also broken down further for U.S. wines into states, like California and of course, New York!
|Me. Wine. Need I say more???|
I really enjoyed browsing through their many wines! I seriously spent over a hour here looking at all they had. I especially enjoyed their showcase of New York wines. What a huge selection! I saw some of my favorites, like Johnson Estate Wine, a local winery I have visited before. Many of the varieties are good, but my personal favorite is Pink Catawba. Fairly sweet, and goes so well with fresh strawberries! Also, another favorite is Bella Rosa by Merritt Winery. This one I like to enjoy with some cheese. Of course, there are many I have yet to try...I will get to them all someday lol!
|a huge selection of wines from New York State|
|One of my personal favorites! Pink Catawba by Johnson Estate|
|more wines from Johnson Estate...|
Premier Wine also had something else I found interesting...and slightly shocking lol. They had a room, separated by glass walls and a locked door...what is inside? Some of the more expensive wine I have ever seen! You were not even able to enter this room without an employee unlocking this door and escorting you in! The most expensive bottle I saw was $3,900! Many others in the hundreds and thousands too. Can we have a wine tasting of one of those, please? lol. I sure do wonder what such an expensive wine would taste like! I have a feeling I'll never find out.
|check out the prices on these! |
Ok, so back to the wine I could actually afford...I looked around for something new to try. I found a wine from Chile that sounded really good; Cabernet Merlot by Gato Negro. This is a red wine, with 13.5% alcohol per volume (actually really high). Main characteristics of this blend are the soft tannis added by Merlot and the pleasant finish from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Incredible fruit aromas of plum, raspberries, blackberries and hints of vanilla and chocolate. Excellent paired with grilled red meats, all types of cheese and ham. I can't wait to try it!!
|Making a wine selection from Gato Nego, a wine from Chile.|