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Finger Lakes sparkling & sweet wines: best new releases

Perpetual innovation is the calling card of Finger Lakes' sparkling and sweet winemaking scene, with the region's cool climate lending itself to crisp, low alcohol wines. Charles Curtis MW finds plenty to delight in.

Nathan Kendall, who makes wines under his label Nathan K and at Hickory Hollow Winery, told me: ‘If I could only make one wine in the Finger Lakes, it would be sparkling.’

He added: ‘After all, the region was founded on sparkling wines [in the 19th century]. There is no disease pressure when you don’t have to hang for ripeness, and the climate is well-suited for that—with other wines, it’s a juggling act since the weather is consistently inconsistent.’

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for nine Finger Lakes sparkling and sweet wines

PLUS see recommendations for Finger Lakes white and red wines

See Charles Curtis MW’s tasting notes and scores for nine Finger Lakes sparkling and sweet wines

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