The Finger Lakes region produces very respectable Rieslings and other Germanic white varietals - Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Ottonel, and so on. They're hard to find outside of the Northeast, but it you stumble across a Dr. Frank, Hermann Weimer, Ravines, or Lamoreau Landing Riesling on the shelves, try it out. (Finger Lakes reds are generally kind of meh, but cool climate reds, like Pinot Noir and Lemberger, are quite drinkable.If I buy a Reisling it is from the Mosel-Saar-Ruhr region of Germany, or perhaps I may try an Austrian. For a Shiraz I will generally look to Australia. Those regions do that varietal better than all others.
Meanwhile, with the snow coming down, I thought I'd break out a red - Bob's Pinotage (2011). Pinotage is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of varietal, and Bob's is a $10-ish bottle, but I'm rather enjoying it. Somewhat on the dry side, not very tannic, tart, somewhat smoky, a hint of tobacco ... really, a lot of tobacco in the scent, but subdued in the taste. You've done good, South Africa. It's interesting and different, in a good way.
Damnit. Whites are starting to compete with craft brews that I have in the fridge, and the little 24 bottle wine rack in the dining room is full. See what happens when you land a job in an AVA ...