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Unveiling New York’s Hidden Gem Artisan Wine and Spirits with Pascale's Wine & Liquors

Mon, Jul 10, 23


Introducing Nick's New York State hidden gem wine and spirit producers: Finger Lakes Distilling, Cooperstown Distillery, Forge Cellars, and Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery. From traditional craft methods to sustainable practices, each producer unveils a unique story and flavors that captivate the senses. Visit Pascale's Wine & Liquors at 105 Towne Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066 for the best selection of wines and spirits, and ask our helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable staff any questions you may have.

Finger Lakes Distilling

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Located in the idyllic Finger Lakes region, Finger Lakes Distilling understands the importance of handcrafted spirits, firmly rooted in traditional methods. With two visible production stills, their distillery pays homage to the charm of Scottish whisky distilleries. Distinctively, Finger Lakes Distilling, in collaboration with local farmers, exclusively uses locally sourced fruits and grains, showcasing the region's agricultural bounty.

From their award-winning whiskies to flavorful vodkas and liqueurs, their exceptional spirits are crafted with care. Don't miss their unique whiskey aging process, as some of their whiskies are finished in casks sourced from local wineries, resulting in a homage to the Finger Lakes' rich winemaking heritage.
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Cooperstown Distillery

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In Cooperstown, you'll discover Cooperstown Distillery, a testament to the art of artisanal distilling. Embracing predominantly New York State grains, this distillery nurtures community partnerships with local farmers. Immerse yourself in the grain-to-bottle process, witnessing the meticulous craftsmanship firsthand.

Within their collection, Cooperstown Distillery offers a standout product inspired by baseball history. Explore their Doubleday Bourbon, paying homage to Abner Doubleday, the renowned creator of the game. Encased in a collectible Abner Doubleday Baseball Decanter, this bourbon crafted by their skilled distiller guarantees a smooth, refined experience akin to fine, aged bourbons.
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Forge Cellars

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Forge Cellars invites us to embrace the Finger Lakes region through the lens of Riesling and Pinot Noir. As a small, artisanal producer, Forge Cellars passionately crafts wines that exemplify the perfect balance of minerality, aromatics, and fruit. Founded by three devoted friends, including renowned French Winemaker-Grower Louis Barruol, they adhere to traditional methods, ensuring every step of the winemaking process receives meticulous attention.

Their commitment to purity translates into limited sulfur use and refraining from fining or filtering their red wines, allowing the terroir of the Finger Lakes region to truly shine. Experience the diversity of the region through their collection of thoughtfully crafted wines.
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, an iconic pioneer in the Finger Lakes wine region, holds a rich legacy. Planted in the Eastern United States by Dr. Konstantin Frank himself, the estate vineyards feature the oldest Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir vines in the region. With a focus on traditional winemaking methods, the winery produces highly acclaimed wines showcasing the Finger Lakes' distinct heritage.

Through gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks using select German yeasts, they create extraordinary white wines. For their red wines, they employ a cold soak and manual punch-downs during fermentation, ensuring optimal extraction. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery's commitment to experimentation is evident in their use of amphorae and clay vessels for aging, imparting a unique complexity to their wines without additional flavors. Explore their wines to uncover the true potential of the Finger Lakes region.
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The History of Wine and Spirits in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region holds a storied history in wine and spirits production. Established in the early 19th century, European immigrants recognized the region's viticulture potential due to its unique microclimate, deep lakes, and well-drained soils. They planted grapevines and nurtured wineries, laying the foundation for today's thriving industry.

Among the pioneers, Pleasant Valley Wine Company, founded in 1860, became one of the largest wineries in the United States, renowned for its sparkling wines. Additionally, Bully Hill Vineyards, established as the Great Western Winery by Walter S. Taylor in 1962, elevated the prominence of the Finger Lakes region in the global wine industry. These early success stories set the stage for the region's continued growth.

Ventosa Vineyards, established in 2003, demonstrates the Finger Lakes' expertise in producing fine wines, particularly those made from native Italian grape varieties such as Riesi.

Further contributing to the region's legacy, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery introduced vinifera vines to the Finger Lakes, sparking a new era of winemaking. Since then, craft distilleries like Finger Lakes Distilling and Cooperstown Distillery have garnered accolades for their innovative spirits, contributing to the Finger Lakes' reputation as a powerhouse in the wine and spirits industry.


Pascale's Wine & Liquors celebrates the dedication of Finger Lakes Distilling, Cooperstown Distillery, Forge Cellars, and Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery to growing New York State's reputation as a world class wine and spirits producer. Visit us at 105 Towne Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066 to explore their impressive selection and ask our helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable staff for any inquiries of special orders we can procure. Join us in raising your glass to the rich flavors, history, and unwavering passion that define New York State's local beverage scene.

By Alden Morris