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Goose Watch Winery Tasting

My husband and I traveled to Lake Placid NY this past weekend for a hockey tournament he was playing in. In addition to being nestled in the beautiful Adirondacks, Lake Placid hosted both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. From bobsledding, to skiing to snowshoeing, to dog sledding, there is an abundance of winter activities to partake in. Being a tourist destination, there are also a couple of Finger Lakes wineries that have set up tasting rooms for additional exposure. In between my husband’s games on Saturday, we had an opportunity to explore the town, and stopped in to the Goose Watch Winery Tasting Room.

The Peterson Family established Goose Watch Winery in 1997, they are also the owners of Swedish Hill Winery. The estate consists of 120 acres overlooking Cayuga Lake, of which 12 acres are vineyards dedicated to grape varieties not typically grown in New York State, such as Lemberger, Pinot Grigio and Viognier. I tasted six wines total, the following are the three I enjoyed best.


Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
My favourite of the tasting, super fizzy with lively strawberry and cranberry flavours balanced by clean minerals and good acidity, making it fantastic with light dishes or sipping on its own.
12% Alcohol


Cabernet Franc Rosé 2011
A rather substantial rosé with red currant and cherry, along with zippy white peppercorn and earthy minerals on the dry finish.
11.5% Alcohol


Lemberger 2011
Intense and a good companion for earthy or meaty dishes, with black currant, black cherry and gamey elements merging into a compact finish of black peppercorn and dark chocolate notes. I absolutely love Blaüfrankisch, and this was an interesting New York State expression of the grape.
13% Alcohol

All wines produced and bottled by Goose Watch Winery
Finger Lakes
New York

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