The Finger Lakes area of upstate New York is America's largest wine region outside of California. The steep, rocky hillsides rising up from deep, glacier-sculpted lakes provide protection from weather extremes, allowing area wineries to produce up to 85 million bottles of wine each year. In GREETINGS FROM THE FINGER LAKES, local restaurateur Michael Turback profiles the best wineries, restaurants, farms, and markets surrounding the five largest lakes, and includes interviews with the proprietors, tasting notes, and even a few treasured local recipes. Featuring contact information for each location as well as photographs of the region's picturesque landscapes, GREETINGS FROM THE FINGER LAKES is the food and wine lover's companion to this up-and-coming culinary hot spot.A food and wine guide to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, featuring profiles, tasting notes, contact information, and recipes from the area's wineries, dairies, organic farms, orchards, cafes, inns, ice cream makers, brewing companies, blueberry farms, honey producers, u-pick farms, taverns, maple syrup companies, tea rooms, cider producers, and more.Over a million tourists visit the area annually.The Finger Lakes region is New York's second-largest tourist destination, behind New York City.
About the Author
Michael Turback arrived in Ithaca, New York, at the age of seventeen to attend Cornell University - and never left. After graduation he opened Turback's of Ithaca, a restaurant whose loyalty to small local farmers and wine growers helped to popularize American regional dining. As spinoffs of the restaurant gift shop, his Made-in-New York Stores featured regional gifts and sparked the idea for NEWYORKFIRST.COM, the world's first online department store. As an author he has written single-topic books about the ice cream sundae, the banana split, hot chocolate, chocolate and coffee pairings, creative coffee drinks, and progressive gin cocktails. His 2005 book for Ten Speed Press, Greetings from the Finger Lakes: A Food and Wine Lover's Companion, is a celebration of the region's achievements in winemaking, artisan farming, and culinary invention. He is the author of the Ithaca Farmers Market Cookbook, a work that has been praised by culinary legend Alice Waters. He makes his home in the enlightened city of Ithaca, New York.
The next wave in rural chic.Travel and LeisureThe glacier-scarred landscape of the Finger Lakes region in northwestern New York is a great place to hike, ski, fish, and swim. The sloping terrain and complex soil are hospitable to more than 80 wineries, many of which have sprung up in the past decade....You may even find the region reminiscent of the budding Napa Valley of the late 1970s. Time Magazine