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For the love of wine: Wine tasting in paradise

I’d been to the Lodge at Glendorn — located in Bradford, Pa., just an hour’s drive away — several years ago, and thought it was one of the coolest places I’d ever stayed. Tucked into the mountainside, it served as summer retreat for a Pittsburgh coal baron in the early 20th century; for decades he built new cabins throughout acres of gorgeous property to accommodate his growing family. It’s since been turned into a high-end resort that features sporting, fine dining, and one of the most impressive wine collections I’ve ever encountered. (See more about the Glendorn here.)

I thought it might be fun to revisit and do a wine tasting. When we arrived, the weather wasn’t the best – but that gave me plenty of time to explore the wine list (although I’d term it more of a wine book).

When you find a list like the Glendorn’s, it takes a lot of time and consideration to decide what to order. It reminded me of the greatest wine list I’ve ever seen, from Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, which claims to have the largest wine cellar in the world (600,000 bottles). I went there many years ago, and it would have taken days to read through the entire book (lucky for me, my former assistant later bought me a copy as a gift, so I had more time to peruse it).

While Glendorn’s collection isn’t nearly that large, it is nonetheless a formidable offering. It is certainly one of the best wine lists within a hundred-mile radius of Buffalo. If I counted correctly, the list is 23 pages long, and jam-packed with fantastic wines in all price ranges. There must have been close to 1,000 options. If you want to experience a wine weekend in a great environment, plan a trip to Glendorn.

With so many to choose from, here are 10 recommendations from American wine producers to give you a head start. (Some vintages may differ.)

Wine tasting in paradise | Glendorn | Buffalo Magazine

2015 Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley. $94.

2011 Dr. Konstantin
Frank Semi-dry Riesling. Finger Lakes. $64.

2015 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris
Willamette Valley, Ore. $68.

2014 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley. $159.

2014 Montinore Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Ore. $78.

2012 Spring Valley Nina Lee Syrah
Walla Walla, Wash. $129.

2013 Frog’s Leap Zinfandel
Napa Valley. $102.

2012 Duckhorn Merlot
Napa Valley. $148.

2012 Frank Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvingon
Napa Valley. $142.

2011 Dominus
Napa Valley. $448. (Special occasion wine!)

Warren T. Colville is publisher and president of The Buffalo News.

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