"Rosés have truly found a home in the Finger Lakes; the grapes we work with are perfect, winemakers here love to make them, and the general public is leading the charge in appreciating them.
Especially in a region where you can truly know each winemaker personally, rosés are a wine that you can see the highly personal style behind. Dry and crisp? A heavier style? Pale or dark? Fruit driven or mineral laced? All are wonderful, and each also says something about who made it.
What cuts across all the styles, however, is the unifying principle of rosés: joy. They are all gorgeous wines, meant to be enjoyed and treasured on a warm day with friends and food. Dry rosés are truly great wines, full stop. They fly in the face of the idea that the best wines are meant to age: if only every other wine I purchased told me exactly when it would be at its best!"
- Kelby Russell, Kelby James Russel Winery
"Rosé wines are produced all around the world, but they have found a perfect place in the Finger Lakes where they are generally made from Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc or Lemberger. Sparkling or still (non-sparkling), the local rosé wines range from dry to off-dry with grapefruit, strawberry, raspberry, red currant, and floral aromas. The wine color ranges from light to dark with shades of rosé such as peach, grapefruit, mandarin, and cantaloupe.
The main method used to produce Rosé wine that effects both aroma and color is skin contact. The red grapes are pressed and the skins are left in contact with the juice for a short time (one to three days). The skins are then removed and the juice fermented in tanks.
The resulting wine is highly versatile and food friendly and can be enjoyed all year round."
- Steph Mira, Microclimate a Wine Bar