Bennett Kireker is a wine connoisseur. He runs a wine club in New York with over 50 members. Wine tasting and education is one of the primary advocacies of Bennett Kireker, and New York, with its numerous vineyards, is a good starting point for those who would like to learn more about enjoying wine. He believes that New York wines are some of the best reasonably-priced wines in the market, and today, he lists some of them.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Gruner Veltliner 2015. A favorite area of Bennett J Kireker, the Finger Lakes is often overlooked by wine enthusiasts. However, the region has produced some very fine wines. While the Finger Lakes are more associated with Rieslings, the Veltliner, an Austrian grape, grows very well. Among vintners that produce Veltliners, Dr. Frank has come up with an outstanding wine that is reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc. At only $22, the 2015 Dr. Frank Veltliner pairs nicely with chicken.
Glenora Dry Riesling 2010. For Bennett Kireker, New York produces some of the best Rieslings in the world. The Glenora Wine Cellars, also located in the Finger Lakes region, produces a $12 dry Riesling that has won awards from wine growers’ associations. The 2010 vintage is crisp with hints of citrus and tropical fruits such as pineapple and green apple and has a clean finish. As a result, it goes well with spicy food, such as Chinese or Indian dishes.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards Meritage Reserve. It’s not easy for Bennett Kireker to choose one wine that will represent his home state. However, the Arrowhead Spring Vineyards Meritage Reserve might be one of the most deserving of that honor. A blended wine composed of 41% Cabernet Franc, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot, the Meritage Reserve is aged for 23 months in specially-selected oak barrels. The Niagara-based vintner Arrowhead Spring is known for its moderate temperature that helps grapes ripen earlier, and the result is a $25 wine loaded with fruity and earthy notes such as vanilla, blackberry, oak, and maple.
Lieb Cellars Bridge Lane White Blend. For Bennett Kireker, New York box wines are better than those from Napa Valley. Lieb Cellars, based in Long Island, has come up with a blended wine that stakes its claim as one of the best box wines in the market today. Consisting of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewürztraminer, it is a dry blend that does not skimp on taste. At $46 dollars a box, it’s something that you’d want to take on vacation with you.