In our November/December 2014 issue, we give our “Locavore’s Guide to Holiday Gifts.” The holidays may be officially over, but we think that every season should be a “season of giving” – whether you’re buying for a loved one or just for yourself! The following wine, beer and spirits products are locally made and sure to warm you up on even the coldest Finger Lakes winter night.
Myer Farm Distillers Cayuga Gold Barrel-Aged Gin
Since this gin is aged for 10 months in the distillery’s own seasoned John Myer Whiskey barrels, it features notes of cinnamon, cardamom and Crème Brûlée. Tastes like it belongs in a party punch bowl with some orange slices and bubbly wine.$29 for a 340-ml. bottle; $39 for a 750-ml. bottle myerfarmdistillers.com
Buy a growler of your favorite local beer and once you’ve finished it you can refill it at most breweries. With so many beer makers in the area that offer growlers – including Rooster Fish Brewing, Nedloh Brewing and Wagner Valley Brewing, among others – the possibilties are nearly endless. Some breweries offer growler clubs: At Ithaca Beer, the 13th fill is free. Beer holds its carbonation in growlers for up to a week.
For a map of Finger Lakes breweries, visit fingerlakesbeertrail.com.
New York Wine Samplers
New York Wine Samplers, headed by Ports of New York‘s Frédéric Bouché, will be releasing its first wine sampler packs in February. Each set ($25+) will contain four 50-ml. bottles of wines from various Finger Lakes wineries to taste side-by-side.
Check out our current issue for more of our favorite locally made products!
Photos by Robyn Wishna