Geneva, N.Y. (AP) -- The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance is launching a monthlong series of events to debut the 2011 vintage Rieslings.
The celebration will include Riesling tasting events at restaurants, wine shops, and wineries. It's the second annual celebration of the Finger Lakes release of a new Riesling vintage.
Riesling is king in the Finger Lakes. The grape is the region's most widely planted vinifera variety with nearly 1,000 acres in production. Almost every winery produces at least one Riesling brand.
The microclimate conditions and the slate soils characteristic of the Finger Lakes make Riesling thrive there. The wineries of Finger Lakes are internationally recognized for their award-winning Rieslings.