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Thursday, May 23, 2019
W&S 2019 Value All-Stars
Drinking well doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s proof, in the form of 46 brands you can count on for delicious wines at $20 or less. Some of them may be familiar, like Acrobat from Oregon and Fleur from California; others, like Lyrarakis from Greece or Murgo from Sicily, might be your next great find. We’ve listed three recommended wines from each producer, headed up by our favorite value in their range.
Monday, May 6, 2019
Five Under-the-Radar Regions for Your Summer Vacation
On Keuka Lake, Dr. Konstantin Frank winery dates to the 1960s and was one of the first to experiment with planting Vitis vinifera grapes in the Finger Lakes.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
These Weird Shaped Lakes Are Your Next NYC Getaway
Wild grapes had long grown in the area when champagne-maker Charles Fournier immigrated to the Finger Lakes in 1934, joined soon after by Ukrainian immigrant and researcher Dr. Konstantin Frank in 1953. The two men, and the many others who came after, saw what the Finger Lakes could become and they worked to harness the region’s unique climate and soil.
Monday, March 11, 2019
These Fine Wineries Await Your Spring Visit
And if by chance you find yourself in NYC this 1 is a must.

This is the winery credited with putting New York on the US wine-tasting map. Founded in the 1960’s by a European immigrant, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery started with an award-winning Riesling and kept growing from there. Get away on a weekend and enjoy wine perfected over 4 generations, in the hills around a beautiful lake, at New York’s most award-winning winery. Sounds right!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
What UK Sommeliers and Buyers Think of New York Wines
The panelists in The Buyer debate were all impressed by the quality and diversity of the wines they tasted.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Terroirist: Wine Reviews: American Grab Bag
If you know Finger Lakes wine, you know Dr. Konstantin Frank, a Ukrainian immigrant who contributed so much to viticulture in this country. By producing exceptional wines, and showing what Riesling could do in the Finger Lakes, he earned his spot in the canon of trail-blazing American winemakers. All these years later, the wines are still examples of excellence in American wine.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
VinePair - The World’s Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2019
#2 - The Finger Lakes proves that top-quality oenotourism exists on America’s East Coast. Riesling production leads the way, but other new and exciting bottlings — such as Dr. Konstantin Frank’s amber Rkatsiteli, Forge Cellars Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Francs from Domaine LeSeurre and Hermann J. Wiemer — are emerging all the time.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Exploring The World Of Finger Lakes Rieslings
Konstantin Frank was a driving force in the introduction of vinifera varieties to New York State and the first to plant Riesling in the Finger Lakes region. The Konstantin vineyards are among the oldest vinifera vineyards in the US.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Top Upstate NY sparkling wines for your New Year celebration
Recommended by Bob Madill of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance: "For over 30 years Dr. Konstantin Frank has had a dedicated traditional method sparkling wine program, complete with dedicated production facilities. ... The 2013 Blanc de Noirs was made from 100 percent Pinot Noir. It has been held for four years on lees (yeast). ... This Blanc de Noir is a sophisticated, weighty, classy wine with superb texture and balance. Drink now or better yet, cellar for a few years."
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Fabulous Wines from the Finger Lakes, New York
The wine region is still young even though they have been growing grapes since the late 1800 for Taylor, a major distributor at the time. The first experiences with vinifera such as Riesling started after prohibition was over in the 1950’s with researches conducted by Dr.Konstantin Frank. This is when wine activity as we know it today started for the region, supported by the 1976 New York Farm Winery Act which allowed winemakers to sell their wines to customers directly from their vineyards.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Fall Winter Newsletter
In this Issue of our Newsletter: Remembering Margrit, What's Old Is New: Amphora, The Dr. Frank Collection, Harvest 2018, Curated Wine Selections, and News & Acclaim. Click the link below to view our current. Due to the large file, it may take a few moments to load.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
East Coast Wine on the Rise
One of the largest grape revolutions took place in New York’s Finger Lakes which grew only native American grapes like Catawba or Niagara until the arrival of Konstantin Frank. Today, one only sees vinifera and French hybrid grapes planted on the lake shores.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving
The ancient white grape Rkatsiteli is native to the Republic of Georgia but also grown in the Finger Lakes region of New York thanks to Dr. Konstantin Frank, the man also credited with making Riesling commercially viable in the region. The late Dr. Frank—once denounced as something of a mad man and only later dubbed a genius—felt certain Rkatsiteli would grow well in the Finger Lakes. It’s become a signature wine for his winery near Hammondsport, N.Y., along with their Riesling of course. This is a crisp, dry, fairly light bodied white with citrus and herb notes, a bit like a Chablis with the same food-friendly attributes.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Jamie Goode' Trip To Dr. Konstantin Frank
Dr Konstantin Frank is one of the most important figures in the development of the Finger Lakes wine region. His story is a remarkable one, too. He’s most famous now for being the key figure in getting people to plant Vitis vinifera varieties in the Finger Lakes.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Travel + Leisure: Why New York Is Becoming One of America’s Best States for Wine Lovers
I decided to kick off my wine tasting in the place where quality bottlings in the Finger Lakes got started — Dr. Konstantin Frank, on the western shore of Keuka Lake. In the 1950s, this winery’s eponymous founder proved that the region could grow classic grape varieties such as Riesling and Pinot Noir. I skipped the main tasting room and headed down the road to my reservation at the serene 1886 Reserve Room, which offers a more personal experience, as well as older vintages and food pairings.
Friday, September 7, 2018
The Wine Next Door: A Manhattanite Discovers the Beauty of Finger Lakes Wines
It isn't an overstatement to say that Dr. Konstantin Frank revolutionized winemaking and ignited the "Vinifera Revolution" in the Finger Lakes. Armed with a Ph.D in viticulture and an innovative mind, Dr. Frank immigrated to the United States from Europe in 1951. Naysayers told him that the region's cold climate made it impossible to cultivate Vitis Vinifera varieties from Europe but Dr. Frank proved them wrong.
Friday, September 7, 2018
New Partnership with Thirsty Nest
We're happy to announce our partnership with ThirstyNest! Thirsty Nest is a new wedding and gift registry from our friends at Wine Enthusiast. A great place for new couples to add wines, spirits, drinkware, and bar furniture to their registry.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Beyond Napa: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now
Anyone who has lived in upstate New York is familiar with the “lake effect,” or, how the region’s long, narrow north-south Finger Lakes affect weather patterns. For grape growers, proximity to these lakes means more temperate (albeit snowy) winters and cooler summers. The region is perhaps best known for its Rieslings, but more and more wineries are making world-class Pinot Noir, as well as Gewürztraminer. It’s an easy weekend trip from New York City, and tasting rooms abound—for starters, check out Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Bloomer Creek, Anthony Road, Fox Run, and Konstantin Frank. Pair any of those with a stay at Inns of Aurora, and you’ve got a fabulous wine-filled weekend.
Friday, August 24, 2018
The Seattle Times - The Northwest might set the riesling bar, but New York’s Finger Lakes region grows some heavenly grapes, too
The Finger Lakes region of New York, a five-hour drive upstate from New York City, could be described as riesling heaven. It’s so named because of 11 long, narrow lakes that spread out below Lake Ontario.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Keuka sweeps top wine honors
This is the third time Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery was awarded as “Winery of the Year.” In 2012, its 50th anniversary year, Dr. Konstantin Frank won both the Governor’s Cup and the Winery of the Year award. It also won Winery of the Year in 2006 and the Governor’s Cup in 1997.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Vinepair - Your Guide to the Finger Lakes, the Most Exciting Wine Region on the East Coast of America
The area didn’t exist as a winemaking destination until the 1960s, when Dr. Konstantin Frank established his eponymous winery and began growing Riesling in Hammondsport, N.Y. Frank’s commitment to the grape, and the region’s wide-scale adoption of its cultivation, has turned the Finger Lakes into one of the greatest Riesling regions of the world.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Governor Cuomo Congratulates Winners of the 2018 New York Wine Classic
"New York's world-renowned wineries and cideries are second to none and help drive tourism, strengthen local economies and create jobs across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "The annual New York Wine Classic celebrates and recognizes the best of the best of our craft beverage industry, and I congratulate the winners and encourage those interested to try these world-class products for themselves."
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Wine Enthusiast - Summer Reds for When You’re Sick of Rosé
If Finger Lake reds haven’t been on your radar, now is the time. While the Riesling and Chardonnay get most of the attention, this northern New York region produces high quality red varietal wines as well. While Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir are more common, Blaufränkisch is the unsung hero of the group. Exuding black fruits, earthy minerality and pleasant herbal notes, these wines are ideal for summer sipping.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Matthew Clark Podcast w/ Meaghan Frank
We chat to Meaghan about preserving the work of her forefathers, the philosophy behind their winemaking and the 'American dream' story of Konstantin Frank who went from ridiculed for his ideas to a decade later he founding his own winery on the back of his research, growing the delicate European vinifera grape varieties in the local climate.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The Connected Table Live
Enologist Meaghan Frank shares the legacy of her great-grandfather, Dr. Konstantin Frank, who founded his namesake winery in New York State's Finger Lakes region in 1962. An immigrant from the Ukraine, Frank was the first vintner to successfully grow vitis vinifera (European grape species) in the Eastern U.S.A.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Sommeliers International - Roots Across the Atlantic
Fred Frank became a fan of GV while studying at Germany's Geisenheim Institute in the early 1980’s. “I had a relative in Vienna I visited on weekends, stopping at local cafes to enjoy the carafe wine,” leading the youth to convince his father to plant it near New York's Seneca Lake with certified virus free vines purchased from a California nursery.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Wine Roads Less Traveled
Dr. Konstantin Frank winery in New York's Finger Lakes region has long made a crisp, dry expression of Rkatsiteli that I've always considered the benchmark for this grape variety in the U.S.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
A Women's Place... Is In The Wine Industry
Meaghan Frank, now the general manager of Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars, never imagined that she would join the family business. While a student at Cornell University taking a senior course on wine, she began discovering new varietals and styles from around the world. "My dad and I really bonded over this," she says. "He was excited about my newfound passion."
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Smithsonian: "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018"
Just outside of Corning, hikers have plenty to keep them satisfied with portions of both the 950-mile Finger Lakes Trail system and the overlapping Great Eastern long-distance trail nearby. The town sits on the cusp of three rivers, making it especially popular for kayaking and canoeing. The wineries for which New York’s Finger Lakes region is known make for a sweet aprés-adventure scene. Just a half-hour drive away in Hammondsport are cellars like Dr. Konstantin Frank, with its Reisling pours and spectacular views of Keuka Lake.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Experience: Excellence - Dr. Frank Wines and The 1886 Wine & Food Experience Reviewed
They call it an experience -- allow me to go one further with modesty removed. It's the definitive Finger Lakes wine experience. We were invited to take part in the recently-launched series of events at Dr. Frank Wines - the 1886 Food & Wine Experience, in the truly unique 1886 Reserve Tasting Room (9683 Middle Road, Hammondsport), which was honestly an attraction unto itself. Simply put, if you're looking for a comprehensive winery event that incorporates an expertly-narrated flight of wines with paired foods, a guided tour of the triple-tiered building and cellar, and an intriguing educational viticulture presentation specific to one of the Finger Lakes' undisputed visionaries; this is that event to be enjoyed with your friends or significant other.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
"Where to go in New York's Finger Lakes"
We started off the New Year among some of the best places to visit in the Finger Lakes in a recent WestJet magazine article. "The Finger Lakes’ rise to winemaking powerhouse began five decades ago when Dr. Konstantin Frank discovered that the area’s cool climate was ripe for vinifera grapes, a European species that is widely considered the best type of grape for both white and red winemaking. Frank’s eponymous vineyard is still a top producer of the terrain’s signature Rieslings and boasts Instagram-worthy views of Keuka Lake."
Monday, January 1, 2018
"11 Under-$30 Bubblies to Ring in the New Year"
The Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Brut is the only U.S. sparkling wine in this recent article from Wine Spectator magazine. James Molesworth of Wine Spectator says, "Pear, apple and almond notes glide along in this medium-weight sparkler, with a rounded feel through the finish, where a kiss of brioche checks in."
Friday, December 1, 2017
2016 Gruner Veltliner Rated "91 Points" in Wine & Spirits Magazine
The Dr. Frank 2016 Gruner Veltliner was rated "91 Points" in the December 2017 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
3 Wines Rated 90 Points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Dr. Frank 2016 Rkatsiteli, 2016 Dry Riesling and 2016 Semi-Dry Riesling were rated 90 Points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate in October 2017.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
2 Wines Featured Among "Year's Best U.S. Sparkling"
The Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Blanc de Blanc was rated 92 Points and the 2012 Blanc de Noirs was rated 90 Points in the December Issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine. Both wines were featured among the "Year's Best U.S. Sparkling" in this issue. Dr. Konstantin Frank was the only New York winery featured among some of the most prestigious sparkling wine producers in the United States.
Friday, September 29, 2017
3 Dr. Frank Sparkling Wines Receive 90+ Ratings in November Issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine
In the November 2017 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 3 Dr. Frank sparkling wines received 90 + Ratings. The Dr. Frank 2012 Brut received 91 Points, the 2012 Blanc de Blancs received 90 Points and the 2012 Blanc de Noirs received 90 Points. All Dr. Frank sparkling wines are produced in the classic methode champenoise and are typically aged 4-6 years on the lees.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
"101 Best Wineries in America"
The Daily Meal’s list of “101 Best Wineries in America” was compiled by top restaurant owners, wine writers and sommeliers in the United States.  We are honored that our winery made the list!  According to the article, “Whites remain, as they have always been, the winery’s strong suit — Sacramento grocer and wine and food expert Darrell Corti, a Daily Meal Council member, describes them as ‘impeccable whites with history behind them’ — and the gewürztraminer, pinot gris, and grüner veltliner, among other wines, are all dependably good, as is the aromatic, exotic rkatsiteli, made from a grape Frank grew familiar with when he made wine as a young man in Soviet Georgia. Among the winery’s reds, lemberger and old-vine pinot noir seem to do best. Two associated wineries, the sparkling-only Château Frank and the lower-priced Salmon Run, have been added to the family.”
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Conde Nast Magazine Features Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
In a recent article from Conde Nast, the magazine notes that, "Long known for wine, there's now much more to see and do in this region undergoing a quiet--but powerful --transformation." Conde Nast also mentions Dr. Konstantin Frank as one of the top wineries to visit in the region, particularly for "outstanding rieslings and other varieties."
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
"Best U.S. Rieslings"
Out of 171 US Rieslings tasted by Wine & Spirits over the past year, only 15 were rated as exceptional and the Dr. Frank 2015 Dry Riesling was among them. The Dr. Frank 2015 Dry Riesling also scored 91 points in the same issue.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Chateau Frank Sparkling Wines to Move Under Dr. Konstantin Frank Name
Chateau Frank méthode champenoise sparkling wines produced by the Frank family since 1985 in the Finger Lakes will be moving under the Dr. Konstantin Frank brand name. Over the last thirty years Chateau Frank has come to be known as one of the most premium sparkling wine producers in the country. The Frank family believes it is now time to bring the two brands together to unify the winery message. Chateau Frank sparkling wines will gradually be rolled out under the Dr. Konstantin Frank name within the next few months.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
90+ Ratings from James Suckling
James Suckling rated the Dr. Frank 2015 Dry Riesling 93 points, the Dr. Frank 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling 91 Points and the Dr. Frank 2014 Eugenia Dry Riesling 92 points.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
90+ Ratings from Wine Enthusiast Magazine
In the July 2017 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine, the Dr. Frank 2015 Chardonnay and 2015 Gewurztraminer both received 90 point ratings.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
"Top 100 Value Brands"
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery is included among Wine & Spirits Magazine's list of "Top 100 Value Brands" in the June 2017 issue. "To make well-priced white wines in New York's Finger Lakes, it helps to have the oldest vinifera vines in the region. That's how Konstantin Frank manages to consistently put out exceptional whites at reasonable prices, like the tight, limey 2015 Dry Riesling at $15. Look also for Frank's bright, clean grüner veltliner or the rkatsiteli, always herbaceous and invigorating" - Wine & Spirits
Monday, May 1, 2017
2 Dr. Frank Wines Receive 90 Point Ratings in May Issue of Wine Enthusiast
The Dr. Frank 2015 Dry Riesling and Dr. Frank 2013 Lemberger both received 90 point ratings in the May 2017 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The winery was particularly thrilled to have received this rating for one of our red wines as white wines tend to lead the way in the Finger Lakes wine region. We believe this to be a sign of continued improvement in the quality of red wines produced in the region.
Monday, April 24, 2017
"5 Can't Miss Wines"
Fortune Magazine recently made a list of 5 “can’t miss wines” and included the Dr. Frank Grüner Veltliner among their favorites. “New York’s Finger Lakes often gets overlooked by oenophiles, but the region puts out some amazing Rieslings. Dr Frank’s is the winery that put the Finger Lake on the map for many wine drinkers and is still one of the top vintners in the area. The Riesling is good, but the $22 Veltliner, an Austrian grape that flourishes in upstate New York, is better. It’s akin to a Sauvignon Blanc with a dry citrus mouthfeel. And it’s wonderful with chicken or seafood.”
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
"Best U.S. Wine Destinations For Wine Lovers"
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery was mentioned in an April 2017 article by CBS News. "“About two million years ago, in a landscape sculpted by slow moving glacial sheets of ice, 11 long and narrow lakes were carved out. In upstate New York, the shores of these clear and deep inland lakes presented a cold weather opportunity for cultivation of “Vitis vinifera” European grape varietals. This attracted a mid-20th century viticulturist immigrant, Dr. Konstantin Frank, who used methods studied in his native Ukraine to plant on the west side of Keuka Lake. Vineyards throughout Finger Lakes AVA’s 120 wineries are often compared to those in Germany’s Rhine River region, where Riesling is also king. It’s a classic European grape that, shielded by the lake shores, withstands cold and snowy winters, producing award-winning sweet and dry wines. Other notable Finger Lakes varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc Gewürztraminer, and sparkling wines.”
Monday, January 2, 2017
"America's 500 Best Wineries"
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery was included among the best wineries of 2017 in Food & Wine Magazine's 2017 Wine Guide. The guide discusses the historical contributions of Dr. Konstantin Frank and notes, "His son Willy, and Willy’s son Frederick, in turn have proved him right, famously producing some of America’s most distinctively vibrant Rieslings, but also lovely sparkling wines and, more recently, fine, juicy reds." The Food & Wine 2017 Wine Guide also pinpointed the Dr. Frank Rkatsiteli and Riesling Reserve (currently sold out) as the winery's best wines.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Dr. Frank 2015 Dry Riesling Featured in Times Tribune
During the holiday season, the Times Tribune of Scranton, PA picked our 2015 Dry Riesling as a wine well suited for holiday meals. "For gold-standard riesling, go to the riesling forebear, Dr. Konstantin Frank whose Finger Lakes winery pioneered the variety and so much more. The Finger Lakes is one of the best places in the world for the versatile, food-friendly white grape. Dr. Konstantin Frank 2015 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling smells of white peach and honeysuckle with a clean, mouth-watering, wet stone finish." - Times Tribune
Monday, December 19, 2016
Chateau Frank Featured in "Eight Crazy Nights of Wine For Hanukkah"
In December, Wine Enthusiast Magazine chose our Chateau Frank Célèbre as the ideal wine for the eighth night of Hanukkah. The magazine said, "Congratulations! You made it to the last night, so celebrate with this extremely likeable bubble from New York producer Dr. Konstantin Frank. The bright acidity and lively foam will cut through all your fried favorites, and since the last night of Hanukkah coincides with New Year's Eve this year, you'll have a sweet taste in your mouth as you ring in 2017."
Friday, December 16, 2016
"Top 20 Most Admired Wine Tasting Rooms and Experiences"
What an honor to be included in Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine's "Top 20 Most Admired Wine Tasting Rooms and Experiences" among some of the most prestigious wine tasting rooms in the U.S. The magazine emphasized particular appreciation for our "1886 Reserve Tasting Room", which opened in 2016. The 1886 Reserve Tasting Room is perfect for those looking for a more in depth Dr. Konstantin Frank wine experience.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Rkatsiteli Among "The Best Wines of 2016"
The online wine publication, "Cheers" included the Dr. Frank 2015 Rkatsiteli among their favorite wines of 2016. "96 Points - The variety is tough to pronounce. Just call it "R Cats," and tell your customers about it. A very pale straw gold in the glass, the nose is dominated by lovely citrus notes, with a touch of minerality. The taste is bright and clean, fresh, and refreshing. For your customers looking for a change of pace from Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, this is it." - Cheers
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Four Star Rating from Hugh Johnson
Hugh Johnson, one of the top wine experts in the world gave Dr. Frank's a four star rating in the 2017 edition of his pocket wine book. A four star rating is the highest rating Johnson gives. Johnson notes Dr. Frank's as "one of the top U.S. Riesling producers" and says that the winery also producers very good Gewürztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and fine Chateau Frank sparkling.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Dr. Frank's Winery Named a "Top 100 Winery of 2016" by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Dr. Franks Included as a Wine & Spirits 2016 "TOP 100 WINERY" We are excited to have made Wine & Spirit Magazine's 2016 "Top 100 Wineries". This is among the highest honors a winery can receive in this presitiougs wine publication. We are honored to be included on the list among some of the top wineries in the world. The honor was given to us based on the number of 90 or above ratings our wines have received over the past year.
Friday, September 30, 2016
3 Dr. Frank Wines Listed Among "Top 100 Best Buys of 2016"
In addition to be named a "Top 100 Winery of 2016" by Wine & Spirits Magazine, the magazine also listed 3 Dr. Frank wines among their "Top 100 Best Buys of 2016": Dr. Frank 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling, 2014 Gewurztraminer and Chateau Frank Celebre Rose.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Dr. Frank's Featured in Wegman's Menu Magazine
A whole page in the Fall issue of Wegman’s Menu Magazine is devoted to our winery. We believe Wegman’s foods are a perfect match for Dr. Frank wines. The magazine says, “Dr. Konstantin Frank was the first to successfully introduce European wine varieties into the US northeast, realizing the challenge wasn’t the cold climate, but lack of proper rootstock. His vision, knowledge, and perseverance shaped the current landscape of New York’s Finger Lakes wine growing region."
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Wall Street Journal Features Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer
Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal featured the Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer in her recent article, "Gewurztraminer: A Rare and Rewarding Wine". Teague noted, "of wines from New York's Finger Lakes, Riesling gets much of the acclaim. But Gewurztraminer is also grown to good effect by producers like Dr. Konstantin Frank. This jucy wine is just off-dry, with a mineral note and spicy nose.
Monday, August 1, 2016
"101 Best Wineries in America"
The article says, “Whites remain, as they have always been, the winery’s strong suit and the gewürztraminer, pinot gris, and grüner veltliner, among other wines, are all dependably good, as is the aromatic, exotic rkatsiteli, made from a grape Frank grew familiar with when he made wine as a young man in Soviet Georgia. Among the winery’s reds, old-vine pinot noir does best.”
Friday, July 1, 2016
Dr. Frank's Featured in Travel Channel Article
The Travel Channel featured some of its favorite wine regions to explore on a weekend and included the Finger Lakes. It said, “next, head to Keuka Lake for a mandatory visit to Dr. Frank’s. The winery’s founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank, was the first to cultivate European vitis vinifera (wine grape) grapevines in the eastern United States.”
Sunday, March 20, 2016
90+ Ratings in Robert Parker
The Dr. Frank 2014 Riesling Reserve and 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling received high ratings from one of the world's toughest wine critic publications, Robert Parker. The Dr. Frank 2014 Riesling Reserve received a rating of 92 points and the Dr. Frank 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling received a rating of 90 point.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
90+ Ratings in April Issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine
In the April issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine, the Dr. Frank 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling was rated 92 points and the 2014 Gewurztraminer was rated 91 points.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Five 90+ Ratings in the March Issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine
In the March issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 5 Dr. Frank wines received 90 plus ratings. The Dr. Frank 2013 Late Harvest Riesling was rated 92 points, the 2014 Dry Riesling was rated 91 points, the 2014 Gewurztraminer was rated 91 points, the 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling was rated 90 points and the Chateau Frank 2010 Blanc de Blancs.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2016
Hugh Johnson, one of the top wine experts in the world gave Dr. Frank's a four star rating in the 2016 edition of his pocket wine book. A four star rating is the highest rating Johnson gives. Johnson notes Dr. Frank's as "one of the top U.S. Riesling producers" and says that the winery also producers very good Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, admirable Rkatsiteli and Pinot Noir and fine Chateau Frank sparkling.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Wine Tasting Notebook
Kevin Zraly, wine expert and founder of the famed, Windows on the World Wine course, included Dr. Frank's in his recent book. Zraly listed Dr. Frank's as one of his "favorite American producers". Zraly notes the Finger Lakes as one of the best region's for Riesling and Dr. Frank's Rieslings as some of his favorite.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Oz Clarke's "Let Me Tell You About Wine"
Oz Clarke, British wine expert, notes that the Finger Lakes is the largest and most important wine region in New York. He also says that, "The best European vines are Merlot and Pinot Noir for reds; Chardonnay and Riesling for whites". He also included a list of ten New York wines to try and included the Dr. Frank Dry Riesling on this list.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
10 American Wines to be Thankful For
Wine Enthusiast notes the Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer as a great wine for Thanksgiving. "Luscious lychee and fragrant rose notes accompany a tart cranberry sauce, and the slick minerality acts as a palate cleanser between all the dishes being passed around. It has the complexity to hold up to the turkey, and the fruitiness to sidle alongside pumpkin pie."
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Dr. Frank Dry Riesling Recommended by Bloomberg News
The Dr. Frank 2014 Dry Riesling was recommended by Bloomberg News for Thanskgiving. Writer Elin McCoy says, "This tangy, vibrant, citrusy wine is from a pioneering winery in the Finger Lakes.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Dr. Frank Dry Riesling Included Among "Wines to Know" by Karen MacNeil
"Today, the winery's experience shows, especially with temperamental varieties like riesling. The Konstantin Frank rieslings have a tactile sense of aliveness-a kind of kinetic edginess that makes them super refreshing. They are also delicate, and laced with spiciness. But more than any other quality, they demonstrate fruity concentration without weightiness" -MacNeil
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Where to Eat and Drink in the Finger Lakes
"Overlooking Keuka lake and off the main wine route, you'll stumble upon one of the oldest wineries in the region. It was founded by Dr. Konstantin Frank, who ignited the "Vinifera Revolution" in the 1960s after discovering that cold climate wasn't a barrier to growing European grape varieties and that the problem was actually the lack of proper rootstock. In 1962, he founded Vinifera Wine Cellars and quickly became famous for spectacular Rieslings. Today, the winery is still family run, by Konstantin's grandson, Frederick Frank and his daughter Meaghan Frank."
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7 Places to Put on Your Travel Bucket List if You Love Wine
"What's good in the Finger Lakes: If you are looking for something off the beaten path, try the Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York. You'll find world-class wines (riesling, in particular), unparalleled scenic views around the three lakes, and a burgeoning food scene. This is one of the wine world's best kept secrets and it won't remain this way for much longer." The article suggests visiting Dr. Konstantin Frank's and notes that it is "one of the region's most iconic labels".
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Where to Try Finger Lakes Riesling, Cab Franc and Brut
An article written by Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post recently featured Dr. Frank's and Chateau Frank as brands that could be found in the D.C. area. McIntyre said, "the Dr. Frank 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling, which is not yet available in the Washington area, won Best of Show in the 2015 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition. I'm also a fan of the winery's rkatsiteli, a crisp white made from a grape native to Georgia. Chateau Frank is a sister label, under which the winery produces consistently delicous sparkling wines in the champagne tradition.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Oz Clarke Includes Dr. Frank's In Book, "The History of Wine in 100 Bottles"
Frank's biggest triumph came when his 1961 Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese sweet wine was served at the White House. And the vines that are now making world-class wines in these beautiful lakeside vineyards are Rieslings on some of Dr. Frank's super-cold climate rootstocks, just as he had predicted, said Clarke.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Grüner Veltliner Finds a Home
In the September issue of Wines and Vines Magazine, Dr. Frank's is included among U.S. producers of Grüner Veltliner. The article discusses our Grüner Veltliner program and vineyards on the eastern side of Seneca Lake. Dr. Frank's has the largest planting of Grüner Veltliner on the east coast.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Howell: Wine tops for summer sparklers
According to Howell, most of the world's best sparkling wines are produced in cooler climates. Howell states that, "the Finger Lakes of New York also received a good dose of Mother Nature's blessing." Howell includes Chateau Frank in her line-up of sparkling wines for the summer month.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Chateau Frank Marks 30th, Toasts Pioneer
David Falchek details the grand 30th celebration that took place on the historic Chateau Frank grounds recently. Falchek discusses the special offerings at the event and the unique way that Willy Frank was able to make his mark on the Finger Lakes despite the overshadowing contributions of father, Konstantin Frank.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Chateau Frank Toasts 30 Years
Writer, John Christensen of the Chronicle Express recently attended a grand Chateau Frank 30th Anniversary celebration and details the growth of the sparkling wine brand and the superb details of the recent event held on the ground of historic Chateau Frank. At the event, it was unveiled that Chateau Frank was recently listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
King Riesling: Dr. Frank's Riesling Rules the World
"As a Riesling lover, I find this wine to be as versatile as they come. A touch of sweetness, balanced by that classic Riesling acidity and lots of rich fruit flavors, makes it easy to sip and great to pair with food. It can please any palate it meets, from dry wine lovers to sweet wine lovers," said Howell.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
"94 Points" for 2013 Late Harvest Riesling in Wine & Spirits Magazine
"This is a wine with immense complexity - a wonderland of botrytis, pine, saffron, honey, peach, apricot and smoke, all in an intricate melange. The flavors continue in a savory mode, like honey infused with garrique herbs, but what will bring you to the next sip is the energy of the wine, its brisk, assertive movement, effortlessly supporting all the richness. An impressive performance..."
Monday, June 15, 2015
"90 Points" for Dr. Frank 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling in July Issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine"
"It’s always a joy to discover a wine as enjoyable as this is priced so reasonably. Plump white peach and yellow cherry flavors are plush and pure, but braced by an exhilarating stream of lime and lemon zest. Deftly structured, and nuanced by hints of dust and mineral, this is a widely accessible yet deeply satisfying Riesling."- A.I.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Dr. Frank's Included in Decanter Article on the Finger Lakes
Howard Goldberg discusses the beauty of the Finger Lakes region as well as the quality of wines produced there in a June Decanter article. Goldberg also lays out his "perfect day in the Finger Lakes" and includes Dr. Frank's on his list of ways he would spend his day. In particular, Goldberg points at the Dr. Frank's Rkatsiteli and Chateau Frank's sparkling wines are a must.
Friday, May 15, 2015
"92 Point" Rating for our 2014 Dry Rosé in Beverage Dynamics Magazine
The Dr. Frank 2014 Dry Rosé was featured among other top Rosés in the world by Beverage Dynamics Magazine in May. The magazine gave it 92 points and said "Ripe and attractive, berry fruit on the nose is followed by a taste that's clean and bright, with a refreshing and satisfying finish."
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Yahoo! Food Says Dr. Frank Dry Rose is Perfect for Easter
Yahoo recommended Dr. Frank's Dry Rosé as a wine that pairs well with a variety of Easter foods. The article notes that this wine is "a deeply hued dry rose of Pinot Noir and is a standout". Our Dry Rosé was the only wine from the Finger Lakes on the list of mostly European producers.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Washington Post Includes Dr. Frank Dry Riesling among "5 Wines to Try"
The most familiar name in Finger Lakes Riesling, the pioneering Dr. Konstantin Frank is consistently among the best. This wine features vibrant citrus fruit, with lime zest and orange flavors, along with tree fruit such as apricots. Perfect balance, true Riesling character: superb! ABV: 12.5 percent.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Chateau Frank Celebre Featured by Time Magazine
A recent article by Time featured several wines fitting for a "date" night and the Chateau Frank Celebre was one of them. The article said, "This is a dry, delightful 'small world' sort of wine - a French-style cremant made with 100% Riesling grapes grown and crafted in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Try it with cheese as an apertif."
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Riesling Trifecta: Dr. Frank's Wins Third Top Honor for Riesling
Dr. Frank's has won three top honors for Riesling at three consecutive and prestigious wine competitions. Most recently the 2013 Riesling Reserve was named "Riesling Champion" at the Internaitonal Eastern Wine Competition. The chances of winning top honors at three consecutive competitions, is nearly impossible and the fact that Dr. Frank's did it is a strong indication of Dr. Frank Riesling quality.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
"Best White Wine" Again for 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling at Florida State Fair International Competition
It's nearly impossible for a wine to wine two top honors in two consecutive wine competitions, but the Dr. Frank 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling beat the odds and rose to the top again, this time at the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition. The Dr. Frank 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling is the winery's signature wine and one that consistently wins accolades year after year.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
2013 Semi-Dry Riesling wins "Best White Wine" at San Francisco Chronicle Competition
Out of 3,000 white wine entries at the San Francisco Chroncile Wine Competition, the 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling tied for "Best White Wine". The San Franciso Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world, so winning this top honor is truly an incredible feat.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Finger Lakes #1 in Top 10 Wine Travel Destination
"Within the world of fine wines, the Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York is a soon-to-be revealed secret. Nestled amidst bucolic farmland and the spindly glacial lakes for which the region is named, it’s home to some of the best cool-climate wines in America. Known particularly for world-class Riesling, it’s also home to an increasingly diverse array of wines, from Grüner Veltliner to Teroldego." - AI
Monday, December 15, 2014
Dr. Frank's Among "101 Best Wineries in America" According to MSN
Dr. Frank's was #29 on a listing of best wineries in America. The list included some of the most prestigious wineries in America, from California, Orgen, New York, Virgina and more. Dr. Frank's was also the highest rated Finger Lakes winery on the list.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Wine Enthusiast Magazine Names New York "Wine Region of the Year"
According to Wine Enthusiast magazine, "In recent years, interest in New York State wines has exploded. Once one of the least-recognized wine-producing states in the U.S., it's now home to some of the nation's finest and most exciting cool-climate winemaking."
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Dr. Frank Dry Riesling Wine of Choice for Thanksgiving
An article called "Who needs California? Here's a New York wine to pair with your turkey," says, "The Dr. Konstantin Dry Riesling --we've tried both the 2012 and 2013 vintages --has a lively, lemony taste that helps cut through a heavy meal, but it also has a hint of sweetness (think honey) that makes it delicious to enjoy as a stand-alone sip. At under $20, it's a solid value too."
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Global Traveler Magazine Features Chateau Frank
Global Traveler magazine included Chateau Frank among their recommended American wine brands to include at Thanksgiving. The article says, "An aperitif calls for a sparkling wine such as those of Chateau Frank of New York's Finger Lakes region, producer of Brut ($25), Blanc de Blancs ($30) and Blanc de Noirs ($30), exquisitely made from classic grapes in the traditional Champagne method."
Monday, November 10, 2014
Dr. Frank's Featured in Budget Travel Article About the Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes was featured among "26 (and Affordable!) Alternatives to Pricey Vacation Hot Spots" and Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars was listed as a "must" on a visit to the Finger Lakes. The article says, "In Hammondsport, Dr. Frank Wines, famous for its critically acclaimed rieslings, holds free tastings; bottles start at $10 (drfrankwines.com)".
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
"Best Regional Winery" in Rochester City Newspaper
Rochester has long been a Dr. Frank's city in New York State, so it's no surprise that Rochester fans voted us "Best Regional Winery" in City Newspaper's "Best of Rochester" poll. The proximity of Keuka Lake to Rochester is ideal for fans who enjoy visiting Dr. Frank's throughout the year to soak in the beautiful scenery and wines here.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Dr. Frank's Named "CNY's Best Winery"
The Syracuse area loves us! Dr. Frank's was named "CNY's Best Winery" in Table Hopping Magazine by Syracuse readers. Dr. Frank wines are widely available in Syracuse area stores and restaurants. And it's no secret that a trip out to Dr. Frank's from Syracuse is well worth the drive. We at Dr. Frank's are grateful to have such a loyal following in Syracuse!
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Semi Dry Riesling Scores "92 Points" at BTI World Value Wine Challenge
Our 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling scored "92 Points" and was named a "Top Ten White Wine $15 and Under" at the Beverage Testing Institute World Value Wine Challenge. The Dr. Frank 2012 Chardonnay scored "90 Points" and the Dr. Frank 2013 Dry Riesling scored "91 Points" at the same competition. Dr. Frank wines have done exceptionally well with 90+ ratings in 2014.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2015 Gives Dr. Frank's a Four Star Rating
The 2015 edition says that Dr. Frank’s “produces some of the best Riesling in the U.S., plus excellent Gewürztraminer, good Chardonnay, Rkatsiteli and Pinot Noir. Fine Chateau Frank sparkling”. A four star rating is the highest score Hugh Johnson gives. Dr. Frank's is the highest rated Finger Lakes winery in the book.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Dr. Frank 2011 Chardonnay Reserve Rated "90 Points" in Wine & Spirits Magazine
The Dr. Frank 2011 Chardonnay was featured among the "Year's Best Chardonnays" in the October issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine. The wine was one of the only Chardonnays featured in the issue. The 2011 Chardonnay Reserve is a small production Chardonnay that is available at the winery or www.drfrankwines.com.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Beverage Dynamics Magazine Gives "91 Point" Rating to Dr. Frank 2013 Gewürztraminer
"Demonstrating that they produce a wide range of high quality wines, the Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer has all of the class of a much more expensive Alsatian wine; depth, length and great flavors all add up to a great glass of wine."- Beverage Dynamics Magazine