As stated many times previously, Rochesterians have an uncanny ability to underappreciate anything and everything that is in or near Rochester. Restaurants, parks, universities, museums...nothing is safe from the devaluing of all that is local.
A perfect example is the Finger Lakes wine region. Mention of this wine region among the particularly pessimistic evokes unfavorable comparisons to California. The slightly less despondent might be willing to acknowledge the strength of local Rieslings, but always with the disclaimer that the red wines are undrinkable.
Fortunately, entities with slightly more expertise are not as harsh on our local wine region. Last year, Wine Enthusiast revealed its 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2015. Included were two destinations in France, one in Italy, one in New Zealand, one in Spain, and one in California. Also included were the Finger Lakes?! Isn't that between Rochester and Syracuse?!
In describing the region, the magazine states that "increasingly, red varieties like Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Syrah are stealing the spotlight." It appears that the cynics among us may have to look for new subject matter.