Sign Welcome to Wine Blogging Wednesday #50, hosted by Russ Beebe, known to many as the Winehiker. Given this alter ego, it is surely no surprise that Russ chose a "wine worthy of a hike" as his theme.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton of hiking to be had on Long Island. You see, it’s really just an overgrown sand bar jutting out into the Atlantic. But, there is a hike that I love that is still somewhat local… to my in-laws. The name of the mountain is Vroman’s Nose in Middleburgh, NY.

Nena and I hiked to the summit on my first visit to meet her family and we’ve gone regularly ever since, most recently this past spring and next, I hope, this coming Sunday.

It’s not a huge mountain or a particularly strenuous climb, but it’s beautiful at the top. It’s one of my favorite places in the world, in fact.

But what wine would we enjoy most after we get to the top? I asked Nena for her opinion, and the words "semi-dry riesling" came out of her mouth first, so that’s what we went with tonight in honor of hikes past and hikes in the future?

Well, given my love of drinking local, we did that (shocking, right?) and since the hike isn’t on Long Island, we chose a wine from a region somewhat local to Middleburgh, the Finger Lakes: Anthony Road Wine Company’s 2006 Semi-Dry Riesling ($15).

The nose is citrusy and minerally, there are also hints of peach and pineapple The palate is medium-bodied and while there is a subtle sweetness, I think the acidity is more than enough to bring balance. The peach notes are a bit more pronounced on the palate with a lemon-lime finish that lingers and ends on a light minerally note.

Thanks for the great theme and for hosting Mr. Winehiker. I think that many bottles of wines will be enjoyed in the wilderness in the future.

Stay tuned for an announcement about the next edition of WBW.