We had a beautiful, unseasonably warm 1st weekend in October in the area and thanks to recs from this board had a lovely time wine tasting Sunday afternoon. We started on the east side of Seneca lake, down 414 to Lamoreaux Landing (an impressive building) which had decent Chardonnay, Dry Riesling and even Cab Franc. We then headed a mile or so back up the road to funky, informal Cowlick Farm for some really refreshing, chewy gelato - limoncello flavor - he also had peach, chocolate, coffee, coconut and watermelon. Delicious cheeses too.
Back down the road we stopped in at Atwater Estates, had a picnic on the deck with a breathtaking view over the lake. Living in Napa, our biggest surprise about the Pinot Noirs and Cab Francs we tried was how pale, even anemic, they looked compared to what we are used to. Sort-of watered down in color and flavor, but drinkable. Someone explained it has to do with how much more rain they get and of course earlier picking.