On a recent sunny Sunday morning my wife and I decided to head out to the finger lakes and drink some wine.  A close friend has recently rehabilitated an old church into a winery in Lodi, NY. 

Our good friend is Josh Parker of Eremita Winery.  We carry several of Josh’s wines. You can find out more at http://www.eremitawinery.com/
So with an inclination to drink some great NY state wine and a place to stay the night we hopped on the thruway and headed to wine county.

Although we had some excellent wines throughout the afternoon, I’m going to focus on a couple of whiskeys that we had at Finger Lakes Distilling.   We tried several different liquors, but the two that really stood out to us were the bourbon and the rye whiskeys.  At the Tailor & the Cook we have several New York State wines but very little in the way of Local Liquors.  So after tasting these two liquors we decided they should be on our menu.  From the parking lot I called the owner Brian McKenzie who away on business and had a pleasant 10 minute conversation.  We decided that it would be a good idea to pick up a case of liquor in the morning.

We had a wonderful rest of the afternoon that continued on well into the evening.  Once the wineries close, many of the industry workers head to Two Goats Brewing.  That is exactly what we did and were rewarded with great conversation and a spectacular sunset over Seneca Lake.

Early the next morning we stopped by the distillery and met the distiller, Tom McKenzie from Alabama who was hard at work.  Incidentally, he has no relation to the owner.  After a quick tour of the distillery we picked up of the liquor and we were on our way back to Utica to begin the work week.

So, if you are into whiskeys please give these new local products a shot.  I particularly like the rye but I suggest you try them both and figure it out for yourself.  While about 150 bars in NYC are carrying the product, no one in the Mohawk Valley is yet.  For more information, please visit their website at www. fingerlakesdistilling.com

So below for some photos of the Distillery…