When Thrillist ranks wine regions, they come to City Wine Tours for help! Thrillist.com writer Matt Meltzer put together a list of the best US wine regions to visit. But he didn’t do it alone! He put together a crack team of wine sommeliers; among them is our own Wes Narron, the chief wine ambassador of City Wine Tours in Boston and New York City. Along with Narron, the experts include:
Heath Porter, owner/operator of Uvaggio, one of Miami’s best wine bars
David Boyle, head sommelier at Chandlers Steakhouse (the best steakhouse in Idaho!)
Brian Grandison, head sommelier at Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Ryan Robinson, sommelier at Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Patrick Olds, sommelier at the Four Seasons St. Louis
Daniel Toral, wine director at 50 Eggs, Inc. restaurant group
Some of the wine destinations that made the top 11 were Snake River Valley in Idaho, Walla Walla Washington, and of course Napa Valley. But if you think Napa is #1, you’d be wrong! Our faithful NY wine drinkers, might just get a pleasant surprise.
1. Finger Lakes, NY
Must-hit wineries: Get a history lesson at Dr. Frank’s before hitting Ravines or Hermann J. Wiemer
Perhaps we spoke too soon when we named the Finger Lakes the most underrated place in New York. This southern region of the Empire State is an like an SEC football team to sommeliers (that is, a powerhouse), except it actually deserves to be in everyone’s top five. “There are a lot of up-and-coming wineries there,” says Toral, “and better restaurants keep opening, as well.” In fact, since the region started blowing up a few years ago, there are now over 100 wineries in the area. And the best part? It hasn’t been overtaken by tourists and developers yet — so there won’t be horrendous crowds to fight when you visit the famous gorges at Watkins Glen State Park in the morning, and then head to the venerable birthplace of East Coast winemaking — Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars — later in the day.