Courtyard Winery 2015 Chambourcin
As we approached Northeast, Pa. during our recent visit to the Lake Erie Wine Region we were greeted by the obligatory downpour. Luckily, it was brief and by the time we pulled into the parking lot of Courtyard Winery the skies had already begun to clear. I had never been to Courtyard and was eager to taste their wines. The tasting room was very well designed with two bars, one for sweet and the other for dry. The classically styled wine library is decorated with wine barrels and the walls are covered by racks of archived wines.
After tasting several of their dry Reds I decided on a wine that would be a perfect complement to picnic fare, Courtyard 2015 Chambourcin. This wine is barrel aged to help reduce the naturally high acidity of this grape. Courtyard 2015 Chambourcin is an easy drinking wine with red fruit flavors, light tannins and a smooth finish. Chambourcin pairs well with grilled meats or pasta with red sauce. The bright acidity and lighter body makes this Pa. Lake Erie wine similar to Pinot Noir in structure.
Lake Erie Wine Country stretches almost 50 miles along the southern shore of Lake Erie between Harborcreek, Pennsylvania and Silver Creek, New York. On your drive you will pass through the largest grape-growing territory outside of California and the 23 wineries that call it home. http://lakeeriewinecountry.org
Wine Library at Courtyard Winery
Wine Library at Courtyard Winery
Anyone that is contemplating a trip to the Finger Lakes Region of New York should get moving and make plans now. I say this from personal experience that the next several weeks are the perfect time to visit wine country. When you visit in the fall you will get to enjoy the excitement of the harvest while being surrounded by a landscape that is alive with the vibrant colors of autumn. A free travel app is available to help visitors enjoy many of the local attractions. The app can be found at http://FLWC.MOBI./ Driving around the area is easy because the roads are well-marked especially with signs that direct you along the wine trails. Tourists using a GPS can find numerous wineries preloaded in the “Points Of Interest” or “Attractions” setting of the unit. You can find just about anything you need to know for your trip online so why wait because winter will be here before you know it.
English: The gorge at Watkins Glen State Park, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We took a break from the Wine Trail by driving to the south end of Seneca Lake and visiting Watkins Glen. Watkins Glen is an idyllic small town that is set in a beautiful location. The town is well-known for its racetrack and the world-famous racers and their fans that flock to the area every year. There is plenty to do in Watkins Glen and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore it. Stop by the harbor and see the marina, then take a sightseeing cruise on the vintage 1934 Stroller IV to get a unique view of the lake. Watkins Glen State Park offers the chance to hike to a waterfall and surprisingly there is an entrance in the middle of town. Take a walk around the main business district and browse the eclectic shops that line the busy street. Take a break from the wineries and support the other merchants that add their own unique vibe to the region.