New York State of WINE

Wine & Cheese Pairing Workshop: New York State of WINE

Hosted by Bedales’ Wine & Cheese Specialist, Dan Belmont

Tasting on Friday, 19 October at Bedales at Leadenhall


After my first few trips, I found a road that takes me off the highway about a half hour sooner than google maps would otherwise tell me to. Tension in the shoulders from years of living and working in New York City immediately relaxes. Eventually you come over the crest of a hill and the majestic Lake Seneca sprawls out in front of you and stretches out some 60km to the horizon. I breathe easy - we made it - to the Finger Lakes Wine Region of New York State.


Yes, New York makes wine! We boast five major regions with nine American Viticultural Areas (AVA's) and ranks third in wine production in the US.


I am very excited to be a part of the campaign for these wines in the UK – I’ve chosen the wine flight for this evening to tell a story – about the people, the places and the future. Each to be paired with brilliant cheeses, all sourced from Borough Market!


We’re pouring:

Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2015

Tierce Riesling 2014


Red Hook Winery Steinertal 2013

Channing Daughters Cabernet Franc Rosato 2017


Forge Cellars Pinot Noir Classique 2015

Fox Run Cabernet Franc 2013

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When most people think of New York, majestic lakes and gently sloped vineyards are likely not the first things that come to mind. The tranquility is a far cry from the energy and buzz of NYC. However, I can close my eyes and transport myself to the vineyards of Long Island's North Fork - with the sound of coastal waters lapping the shore just a stone’s throw from the vines.


If it’s energy and buzz you're after - simply look to the wines themselves. The cool climate promotes acidity and freshness, and with flagship varietals like Riesling, Chardonnay & Cabernet Franc, New York State’s wines make for dynamic accompaniments with food. Acid-freaks rejoice!


The eclectic something-for-everyone attraction of the big city is also found in the diversity of the wine community throughout the state, from traditional to avant-garde wine producers - each with their own unabashed style. For an area with a relatively short history of producing wines for the world-stage, the increase in quality is nothing short of remarkable.  - Dan Belmont