Rustic Roots

A trip to the Finger Lakes yields tasty surprises

The glacier-scarred landscape of the Finger Lakes region in northwestern New York is a great place to hike, ski, fish and swim. It's also the source of a number of excellent wines to quench your thirst. The sloping terrain and complex soil are hospitable to more than 80 wineries, many of which have sprung up in the past decade. And the growing wine culture has spawned quite a few decent dining possibilities. You may even find the region reminiscent of the budding Napa Valley of the late 1970s.

Grapes that thrive here are classic cool-climate growers. The best wines offer mouth-watering...

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