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Practice swirling your wine glass. If you're coming to New York, expect to do a lot of it. The right combination of climate and geography
makes New York perfect for growing grapes—more than 35 different varieties across the state. Here are just some of the winegrowing regions you can visit:
With its ocean-cooled air, Long Island has long been associated with winemaking. Palmer Vineyards, an international-medal winner and Bedell Cellars, called one of the world’s up-and-coming stars, are among more than 40 wineries on the North Fork. In the Hamptons, on the South Fork, visit Channing Daughters Winery to taste their artisanal wines. The Tuscan architecture at Wolffer Estate also pairs well with both whites and reds.
Nestled between rivers and mountains, the Hudson Valley is one of the nation's most historic wine regions. For wines with altitude, head to Windham's mountaintop micro-winery, where you can also pick your own grapes at various times of the year.
If you're going to the Finger Lakes, stop by the New York Wine & Culinary Center, where you can learn all about the state's bounty…wine and food alike. Vineyards surrounding the lakes, such as Bully Hill and Hermann J. Wiemer, are known for sparkling wines, Rieslings and Native American varietals.
New York's distinctive wine growing regions span 500 miles from Long Island to the state's westernmost borders along Lake Erie. There's plenty to sample. Take your time to enjoy the wine, and be sure to have a designated driver.
It’s adventure on a plate and in a glass when you travel to the source at New York vineyards, breweries, farms and restaurants. For a true sense of place, and food that hits all the right notes, savour the bounty of New York State.
In New York City, you'll find some of the best dining in the world among the city's 18,000 restaurants. Your stomach shouldn't stop there. New York State is one giant tasting menu. The Hudson Valley is home to the Culinary Institute of America, where you can dine at five award-winning restaurants staffed by future celebrity chefs. In Ithaca, food connoisseurs make Moosewood a natural stop. The restaurant's known for its influential vegetarian cuisine cookbook. On the topic of famous restaurants, Anchor Bar in Buffalo is another must-stop. It's the birthplace of world-famous Buffalo Wings.
Three bikers started Dinosaur Bar-B-Q in Syracuse, and now it's a prime spot for blues music and good food. Pay a visit to Doug's Fish Fry in Skaneateles. You can eat your platter there or walk across the street for a meal by the lake. If you want something upscale, try the American menus made from local produce at The Sagamore's restaurants.
On Long Island, eat by the sea. Enjoy your meals with fantastic bottles from local wineries at gourmet restaurants like The North Fork Table or chomp on a lobster roll at Duryea's Lobster Deck.
Ever tasted an apple picked right off the tree? Or fresh sunflower sprouts or maple syrup newly made? Locally grown, fresh foods in New York simply taste better. Just stop by any of the many farmers markets you'll find in the state. With food-lovers literally going back to the roots, farmers in New York are responding to the demand for locally grown and organic foods. Statewide, there are now about 1,000 farmers selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and locally made goods at more than 300 farmers markets.
A world map of cuisines unfolds like a giant menu across the state. There are the dining dynasties of star chefs like Mario Batali and Daniel Boulud in Manhattan; blocks of authentic South Asian restaurants in Jackson Heights, Queens; and Riley’s, where hip Irish pub fare meets cozy “Cheers”-style bar in Syracuse. In the Capital- Saratoga region, a dedicated following fills the booths at Jack’s Oyster House, an Albany classic famous for its raw oyster bar.
The spotlight is glowing on lyrical destination dining like Terrapin in the Hudson Valley, where duck quesadillas and fish tacos are served with New York brews in a converted 19th-century church. In The Catskills region, outside seating and big windows with treetop views above a stream at The Bear Café is like feasting in a four-star treehouse.
Thai-high calamari and soft shell crab are highlights at Hutch’s, a chic bistro with leopard-patterned carpeting and modern art in the Greater Niagara region.
Learning the ropes
Cooking lessons and tours are like having lunchtime count as a class. Sip a Baltic beer in Brighton Beach on the Little Russia Tour or take the Chinatown Dim Sum Tour led by the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, where recreational baking, cooking and wine classes are also taught.
In the Hudson Valley, put on a chef’s coat at the Culinary Institute of America and take weekend classes or reserve a table at one of their award-winning restaurants.
In the Finger Lakes region, the dazzling New York Wine & Culinary Center is like a condensed road trip to the wine regions, beer trails and farms of New York, all under one roof. Food has the starring role in classes, at wine and beer tastings and on the palate. Near Canadaigua Lake and its scenic wine trail, the center’s stylish Taste of New York Restaurant, with a changing selection of original artwork on the walls, brings bountiful New York to the table.