Lamb is arguably best grilled over a wood fire and served rare or not at all, with a glass of good red wine. These three local wines are good bets:
Fjord Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc
(Double Gold and Best Cabernet Franc 2017 at the New York State Food and Wine Festival)
Winemaker notes on the 2014: “lilac, violet, blackberry preserve, baking spice, raspberry, cocoa, cassis, soft tannins, lively acidity”
Millbrook Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc Proprietor’s Special Reserve
Cabernet franc with a smidge of merlot, scent of Parma violets, taste of wild blackberries, black pepper, a bit of tartness, nice body, admirable restraint.
Whitecliff Vineyard 2016 Reserve Gamay Noir
The grape of Beaujolais shows the “happy effects of sun and soil right here” [in the Hudson Valley]. Light ruby-colored, aromatic, delicate, posies, plums, good acidity.