Bloomer Creek

  • Finger Lakes, New York State, United States
Bloomer Creek
  • Bloomer Creek is one of the more experimental, idiosyncratic wineries in the Finger Lakes. I very much like the Tanzen Dame rieslings, the White Horse red, a Meritage blend, and especially the juicy, peppery cabernet francs.”        
    —Eric Asimov, NY Times

  • ...the winery that I am particularly fond of is Bloomer Creek. Kim Engle and his artist wife Debra have been growing grapes for over 30 years and, with meticulous attention to detail, have cultivated naturally balanced vineyards.”       
    —Jancis Robinson

In 1982 Kim Engle and Deb Bermingham purchased a thirty-acre farm in the Finger Lakes region, ten acres of which they planted to a variety of cool climate grapes. They named the vineyard Bloomer Creek and for the last three decades they have meticulously farmed it using organic methods.

They employ no herbicides, no irrigation, fruit is hand-harvested, and only natural native yeasts are used for fermentation. They often utilize whole clusters in their winemaking, including the whites, extended lees aging, and they allow fermentations to progress at their own rate without using temperature control.

In a part of the world where winemakers don’t often take risks, Bloomer Creek seems afraid not to and the results are wonderful. Both their whites and their reds are incredibly distinctive, age-worthy and expressive of the place and time in which they were produced. That place is the Finger Lakes, and Bloomer Creek may be the single most unique, and compelling voice in town.

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB5973-NV
Organic
Bloomer Creek Edelzwicker Pet-Nat
NV
White Blend
78% Riesling from Auten Vineyard (2020), and 22% Gewurztraminer from Auten Vineyard (2021). Gewurztraminer was picked in late September,...
United States

DB9125-20
Organic
Bloomer Creek Riesling Barrow Vineyard "Skin-Contact"
2020
Riesling
The Riesling vines were first planted at Barrow Vineyard in 2013, when the Bloomers purchased the hillside site on the east side of Seneca...
United States

DB4242-20
Organic
Bloomer Creek Riesling Auten Vineyard "Skin-Contact"
2020
Riesling
Auten Vineyard, a gently sloping site on the west side of Cayuga Lake, was first planted to Riesling in 1997, with additional vines added...
United States

DB5076-19
Organic
Bloomer Creek Cabernet Franc
2019
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc from Auten and Barrow Vineyards - vines from the hillside Barrow Vineyard off of Seneca Lake are approximately nine...
United States

DB5039-19
Organic
Bloomer Creek Cabernet Franc/Merlot "White Horse"
2019
Cabernet Franc
White Horse is Bloomer Creek's light-hearted tribute Cheval Blanc, the great Saint-Émilion blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Cabernet...
United States