Kris Matthewson hails from the Finger Lakes wine region of upstate New York.  He is the proprietor and winemaker at Bellwether Wine Cellars, producers of critically acclaimed single vineyard Riesling, Pinot Noir and Rose.  Kris makes wines allowing for a true expression of Finger Lakes terroir and has been called “The Rock Star of the Finger Lakes” He also makes a mean cider.

What are you drinking now? 

German and Austrian Riesling, and Chablis from France

Favorite wine and food pairing?

Beef Tartare with Pinot Noir or Gamay

Favorite wine restaurant or bar?

Rebelle, NYC

Four Horsemen, NYC

Just A Taste, Ithaca (Finger Lakes)

Graft, Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes)

Favorite all time wine?

Dr. Burklin-Wolf Spatlese, '90's, and Weingut Heymann-Lowenstein Late Harvest Dessert Wine

Best wine under $15? 

Red: Finger Lake's Pinot Noir and Cab Franc

White:  Beaujolais Blanc

Who else is making good wine in the Finger Lakes? 

Weimer, Nathan Kendall, Ian Barry, and Chris Bates, to name a few.

Weekly Wine Sip: 

2014 Bellwether Sawmill Creek Vineyard Dry Riesling, $23

2014 Bellwether Sawmill Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir, $32

2107 Bellwether Rose of Pinot Noir, $19

Loved Them All

Sam Benrubi