I learned about Shaw Vineyard on Facebook through Steve Shaw Jr. (a fellow #winelover and the son of Steve Shaw – their founder and winemaker). We exchanged a couple of messages and Nanci and I decided to pay them a visit in Himrod, New York (southwestern shore of Seneca Lake). There I found out that they are dedicated to the production wines from Vinifera grape varieties. The wines are quite unique in a sense that they have an European style, but you feel they have also a sense of “being local” (meaning: you taste in their Pinot Noir wines that they are from the Finger Lakes and not from Burgundy).
Their cozy tasting room is full of colorful paintings… like the ones above…
A walk in the vineyards showed that the grapes were healthy and ripe. They have 22 acres of vineyard on the southwestern shore of Seneca Lake with good drainage and southern exposure.
These are the grape varieties they have planted:
Whites: Riesling – Sauvignon Blanc – Gewürztraminer – Pinot Grigio
Reds: Pinot Noir – Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot
Their wines are very distinctive. Almost all of them are bottled as varietals (a wine produced from a single grape variety – see also my article “It’s a grape VARIETY, for heaven’s sake!!!“) such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Their only blend (a wine made from two or more different grape varieties) is the Keuka Hill Reserve (Bordeaux grape varieties). As far as the whites go, they produce only varietals: Chardonnay,Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio. Their Chardonnay 2006 (picture above) was one of my favorites: unoaked, crispy… and delicious!
Our hosts Steve Shaw (right) and Steve Shaw Jr. (left).
“Go visit them before the summer is over! You will have a great time” Nanci Bergamo, #winelover
And as we do on Facebook… we REALLY “liked” it!
To visit them:
Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 11 – 5
Monday – Friday 11 – 5; Saturday and Sunday 11 – 6
Saturday and Sunday 11 – 5
Luiz Alberto, #winelover