Did you know that Watkins Glen International
is only one of two road courses on the NASCAR series? (The other one, INFINEON, is located in Sonoma Wine Country.) NASCAR at The Glen has moved up on the calendar one weekend to August 11-14, 2011. If you haven't yet experienced a hard-pounding race or you are an avid fan, tickets to one of the track's races is a fan, unique gift that can be incorporated into a longer Wine Country vacation.
Lastly, tickets are also for sale for the ever-popular Finger Lakes Wine Festival July 15-17, 2011.Get tickets now.
Our day after Thanksgiving holiday tip is how to get a PALATE passport. While many people love to visit Finger Lakes Wine Country
in the summer and fall, the holiday and winter seasons offer a slower pace at the wineries and attractions. The best reason of all? over 70 winter exclusive deals and offerings in the PALATE passport available only with a Winter Wine Weekend package.
Valid November 26, 2010 - March 20, 2011: Winter Wine Weekends
offers visitors to Finger Lakes Wine Country the opportunity to extend their winter getaways and stay another day in Wine Country with great discounts and deals. Accommodations participate by offering an exclusive Winter Wine Weekend package with a deal of their choice (two night stay minimum) while also offering the guest the PALATE Passport. Attractions, wineries, and restaurants are participating with exclusive deals and experiences.
Black Friday is the perfect time to head out to the wineries in Finger Lakes Wine Country
for wine tasting and wine buying. We were just informed of this last minute Black Friday Special at Fox Run Vineyards:
BUY ONE BOTTLE OF 2007 MERITAGE, GET ONE BOTTLE OF 2007 PINOT NOIR FREE!!Fox Run Vineyards
celebrates the beginning of 2010 shopping season with this one day only give-away at the winery. Come visit and check out our other delicious, hand-crafted wines. Open Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and call 800.636.9786 for more information.Explore more in Finger Lakes Wine Country this holiday season...
The Holiday Season
is a special and memorable time to visit Finger Lakes Wine Country
. With the wineries, shops, and museums filled with holiday cheer, there are things to experience for everyone in your family. From getting the girls together for a wine trail event weekend or sharing the Crystal City Christmas tradition with your children, we hope to see you over the next six weeks. Everyday until January 1, we will share a daily holiday insight or tip with you on the blog
. Have an enjoyable and thankful holiday season!
Begin the holiday season with Corning NYs Crystal City Christmas this Saturday, November 27 which features the Centerway Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights. Enjoy a sing-a-long, lighting of the tree, and an evening parade in which The Gaffer District (Cornings arts and entertainment district) puts a unique spin on the traditional March Down Main Street where all 50 vehicles and floats are covered from tip to toe in lights!More details...
Happy Travel Tuesday! Believe it or not I have even more reasons to start planning your holiday getaway to Finger Lakes Wine Country
in this week's edition of the Travel Tuesday podcast. Your holiday vacation is super affordable when you take advantage of Winter Wine Weekends
. Packages are available starting November 26 (Black Friday), just in time for holiday shopping!
This week it's all about Corning and the Finger Lakes
. I spoke with Danille from the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau about upcoming holiday happenings. There's Keuka Holidays
for the wine lover, the Parade of Lights and Sparkle
for family fun, and you can't forget about all the great shopping!
Listen to the 15-minute podcast now to get all the inside scoop on holiday fun.
For more information visit http://www.corningfingerlakes.com/
, become a fan of Corning & the Finger Lakes on Facebook
, and follow them on Twitter.com/corningfl
Thanks for listening to the Travel Tuesday podcast
. Much more holiday fun next week with holiday wine pairing tips just in time for Thanksgiving!
-Christina, Your Finger Lakes Wine Country Travel Tuesday Host
Happy Travel Tuesday! Another week and another reason to love Finger Lakes Wine Country
. We have tons of information on how you can enjoy a holiday getaway to the region affordaby. Have you checked out http://www.winterwineweekdend.com/
? It's the best way to get a great deal on a getaway package to the region beginning November 26, 2010.
This week it's all about the Watkins Glen area. Deck the Halls on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
, the Watkins Glen Village Christmas celebration, and of course lots of holiday shopping and hot deals to look forward to. This week on my Travel Tuesday Show
, I chatted with Miranda from the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce
. She gave us the inside scoop about planning the perfect holiday getaway to the region and many reasons to make the trip. Listen to the 15-minute podcast below for all the info.
For more information visit http://www.watkinsglenchamber.com/
, become a fan of Watkins Glen Travel & Tourism, and follow them on Twitter
. Don't forget to check out all the Hot Stuff
on their website too.
Thanks for listening to the Travel Tuesday podcast. Much more holiday fun next week with Danielle from the Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau
about all the holiday fun happing in and around Corning and the Finger Lakes region.
-Christina, Your Finger Lakes Wine Country Travel Tuesday Host
Thanksgiving dinner is probably the most important family meal of the entire year. Whether you host a large group of family and friends at your house or accept the invitation for an intimate dinner with a few close friends, wine will likely be an important component of the meal and the experience.
While the traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu for many of us has already been determined (turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and apple pie) there is much more flexibility and fun to be had in choosing the wines to serve. We recently asked our fans on Facebook
to give us their suggestions for the best wines to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. We hope your holiday is filled with family, good times, and a few bottles of Finger Lakes wines.
Because turkey is such a versatile meat, both white and red wines are appropriate pairings. The classic choices are Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc based wines because of their lighter styles and lower alcohol levels. Finally, dont overlook fruit wines, especially if you have guests that prefer sweeter wines. (Remember though that not all fruit wines are sweet.) We recommend trying the highly popular Cranberry Bog from Montezuma Winery.
Did you know wines from the Finger Lakes offer some of the best values in the international market place? Finger Lakes wines are hand-crafted by dedicated winemakers and are of consistent, high quality. By supporting locally and domestically-produced farm products, incuding wine, you are ensuring the sustainability of farming. And that is something to be thankful for in 2010 and beyond. All wines below, except for one, retail for under $20.Some white wine recommendations from our fans:Glenora Dry Riesling
, $17.99Dr. Frank's Gewürztraminer
, $17.99Heron Hill Ingle Vineyard Riesling
, $14.99Wagner Barrel-fermented Chardonnay
, $10.99Hunt Country Late HarvestVignoles
(pair with dessert), $16.99Some red wine recommendations from our fans:Lamoreaux Landing T23 Cabernet Franc
, $14.99Ravines Pinot Noir
, $22.95Red Tail Ridge Pinot Noir
, $19.95Some fruit wine recommendations from our fans:Montezuma Cranberry Bog
, $12.49Cayuga Ridge Cranberry Essence
, $12.00Need some more wine pairing ideas?
Try this searchable Finger Lakes wine pairing guide
on Rochesters Democrat and Chronicle
Web site. Can't make it back to Finger Lakes Wine Country before the holiday?
Depending on your states direct shipping laws, most Finger Lakes wineries offer direct to consumer sales. Search our winery database
and click on the BUY WINE icons to access individual winery wine lists and online shopping carts.
It's the first week of November and the Finger Lakes Wine Country
team is getting into the holiday spirit! The leaves may still be falling, but the temperature is dipping and it's time to start thinking about holiday shopping. One of the best places to take advantage of great deals and find unique gifts for everyone on your list is in Corning's Gaffer District
Enjoy stellar savings this weekend during Holidazzle. Click here
to download your Holidazzle brochure which lists all the great deals you will receive. Get your brochure stamped when you make a purchase and be entered for your chance to win one of many gift baskets.
Holidazzle is just the beginning of an exciting holiday season. Don't forget the Parade of Lights and Sparkle
. The Parade of Lights takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 27. Sparkle is a holiday-themed street festival that is just too much fun to miss. This year it takes place on the first Saturday in December, the 4th. Don't forget to take advantage of holiday savings when you book a Winter Wine Weekend getaway!
Listen to the 15-minute podcast with Mike from Corning's Gaffer District all about these exciting holiday events. Click the player below to listen.
Fall is still in full swing, but it's not too early to start planning for holiday events. One of the marquee holiday events in Finger Lakes Wine Country
is Deck the Halls
on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Deck the Halls
takes place over two weekends, this year it is November 19th - 21st and December 3rd - 5th. The events run from Friday afternoon through Sunday at participating wineries along the trail. You receive a grapevine wreath (handmade right here in Wine Country from Finger Lakes vines) and a recipe book at your starting winery (you pick when you purchase your tickets). Then you're off around the trail collecting unique ornaments from each winery you visit while also enjoying delicious food paired with award-winning wine.
Listen to the 15-minute podcast with Christina from Finger Lakes Wine Country and Paul from the Seneca Lake Wine Trail for all the details on this exciting holiday event.
If you're on Facebook make sure you enter for your chance to win a ticket to the event
along with a $5 gift certificate from The Christmas House, the Deck the Halls
co-sponsor. You can still enter if you're not on Facebook here
. The contest ends October 22nd.
This is a very popular event, so do not delay in purchasing tickets. You can visit http://www.senecalakewine.com/
or call the office at 877.536.2717.