Think about this for a second: California produces approximately 90 percent of wine in the United States. Where else can you find great wine outside of that region? Well look to the Finger Lakes!

New York Upstate reports that the Finger Lakes took the top spot on a list of eight worthy wine regions outside of California released by Pasted magazine. Here's what Paste had to say about the Finger Lakes:

"There are few places more scenic than rural New York, known for its cliffs, gorges and stunning hiking trails. Finger Lakes Wine Country (pictured at top) is no exception, featuring three main trails and over 50 participating wineries and distilleries. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the oldest in the U.S., established in 1983. It's also heavily awarded, boasting six Governor's Cup trophies. Festivals and pairing events are held year-round, with themes including chocolate, cheese, harvest and holiday."

The Finger Lakes is best known for so-called "cool climate" wines, which means wine made from grapes that can withstand long, cold Central New York winters. Other contenders on the list included Lake Erie Wine Country in Pennsylvania, Willamette Valley located in Oregon, and Texas Hill Country in Texas.


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