Nothing says summer like some savory grilled foods and a beautiful view. That's why the Smokin' Summer Kickoff on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
is an exciting event to look forward to this June. The Smokin' Summer Kickoff takes place June 10-12 and features products from Java-Gourmet
. Java-Gourmet is a unique local company producing coffee-based rubs and sauces. Each of the over 30 wineries along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail will offer a dish prepared with one of the Java-Gourmet products along with one or two of their wines they suggest as a pairing. To check out a list of recipes being featured at the event click here
To hear more about this exciting event listen to the 15-minute podcast now.
Sounds pretty delicious! Tickets are limited and will sell out. Purchase your tickets now to avoid missing out on this great event. Visit SenecaLakeWine.com
for tickets and more information.
Yes, thanks to wineries and restaurants that focus on the foods of the Finger Lakes and to Edible Finger Lakes
for covering the local scene. Read more...
This weekend May 6-8 is Mother's Day Weekend and the weather should be perfect. You know spring is in the air and it is time to starting planting and tending to your garden. Invite mom to visit the Finger Lakes' Cayuga Wine Trail
for it annual Wine & Herb Festival where you will receive an herb or veggie plant from Dickman Farms at each winery, a plant carrier, plus recipe cards. Enjoy herb-inspired food pairing and wine sampling as well at all sixteen wine trail member wineries.More details and to purchase tickets
or listen to our 15 minute podcast.The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail was the first organized and longest running wine trail in New York, established in 1983. Since then, the Trail has become a model for other wine trails both in New York and around the country. With 15 wineries, one cidery, one meadery, four distilleries, and countless other businesses involved, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has something for everyone.
According to the event calendar
on the Finger Lakes Wine Country Web site there are 38 different events happening around the region. Now in the second full weekend of Spring into Riesling
, check out all the special Riesling-themed events, packages and deals. In addition here are five not to miss things to do this weekend that we featured on our Friday morning "Wine Country Insider" 15 minute podcast
Lastly, don't forget to download the free Finger Lakes Wine Country travel app (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android) at FLWC.mobi
for a travel guide on the go.
The Keuka Lake Wine Trail and the new Finger Lakes Cheese Trail
are partnering on a new event deliciously titled "Artisan Wine & Cheese". Spend this Saturday and Sunday (April 9 & 10th) visiting the eight Keuka Lake Wine Trail wineries for special and educational wine and cheese parings. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online until Thursday at 5PM, at Wegmans until Friday, and at the wineries over the weekend.Purchase tickets and for more information on this tasting new event.Enjoy this video
highlighting some of the wine and cheese pairings offered over the event weekend.Read the entire event release on the Finger Lakes Wine Country Web site.
Ports and other fortified wines are made by adding grape brandy to increase alcohol content. Most ports are made from red grapes, and are sweet and strong. Typical aromas include fig, dried cherry, caramel, hazelnuts, and chocolate. Here are three ideas for how to pair port wine:
Dark chocolate. Try a piece of dark chocolate broken from a large bar (I recommend 70% cocao or higher for best results). A dark chocolate brownie, chocolate truffle, or flourless chocolate cake are wonderful partners for port, as well. Port is one of the few wines with the body and intensity to stand up to chocolate.
Spiced nuts. Add some whole mixed nuts to a pan on the stove with a little butter and brown spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove). This is a simple and healthy dessert that will bring the spiciness and nuttiness of the port to life.
Make a sauce. Port makes a beautiful reduction sauce when simmered and concentrated on the stove. You can pour the thick and syrupy sauce over meat for a main course, or over fruit, ice cream, or cheese for dessert. When you add the wine directly to the dish, you are assured of a great pairing.
Many delicious ports can be found in the Finger Lakes region. Seek out Fox Run
, Goose Watch
(which make a rare white port), Hazlitt
, and Red Newt
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.
Want to learn more about the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail and this weekend's open house? Listen to the 15-minute podcast with Christina from the Finger Lakes Wine Country team and Nancy Taber Richards of Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company.
In Finger Lakes Wine Country
, sure we love wine, but we also love cheese. As you travel along a wine trail this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 9-10), compliment your wine palette with a few stops along the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. This weekend, nine creameries will hold an open house from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
During the open house, talk with the cheesemakers and learn how cheese is made.
Also, taste fresh samples and buy products directly from the source. The taste of the Finger Lakes cheeses is exceptional -- a direct result of the attention to quality the cheesemakers apply to their processes. Many creameries only use their own milk to make artisanal farmstead cheese. They also handcraft their products. As a result, the taste of their cheeses is exceptional.
While on the farm, take a tour and say 'hello' to the animals. This little guy is a pet at Sunset View Creamery.
Open House participating creameries: Sunset View Creamery in Odessa; Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Co. in Mecklenberg; Keeleys Cheese Co. in King Ferry; Muranda Cheese in Waterloo; Lively Run Goat Dairy in Interlaken; Northland Sheep Dairy in Marathon; Sidehill Acres Goat Farm in Candor; Engelbert Farms in Nichols; and Wake Robin Farm in Jordan.