My husband Riley likes to tell people that one of the best things about San Francisco is its escapability. Drive forty minutes north-west to Bolinas and you can surf in the sun, forty-five minutes north-east and you’ll find yourself lost among the vineyards or Napa or Sonoma, and after a couple hours northeast you’re in the mesmerizing snowy vistas of the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe.
While my heart will always belong to California’s coastline, there’s an undeniable pull to make the drive up to Tahoe for the season’s first snowfall. We may have temperate weather all year long in San Francisco, but up in the mountains you can finally experience the energizing crisp alpine air on your face, the shockingly cold snowfall in your hands, and enjoy the revitalizing aromas of pine trees all around.
And it’s that sensation of energy and revitalization that are captured in this refreshing and pure Riesling from the Finger Lakes region of New York (yes you read that right - New York). With flavors of vibrant green apple, just-ripe D’anjou pear, freshly squeezed lime, complemented by aromas of citrus blossoms, and a racy minerality, this wine would pair perfectly with your weekend in the mountains or with any one of the following recipes: