The reason was the biannual Grand Event where Women for WineSense members from around the country gather to network and learn and have fun. The bonus was that the 2-year old Finger Lakes chapter put on quite a show for us!
This up-and-coming New York wine region is proving it can make excellent vinifera wines: the Cabernet Franc, dry rosé, and Riesling are exceptional. It is also home to a thriving farm-to-table movement, so it's a great place for foodies. Not to mention the area's natural beauty.
So, two recommendations: visit the Finger Lakes, and consider joining Women for WineSense (men welcome, of course).