Each summer, Glenora Wine Cellars welcomes reputable jazz musicians to their Vineyard Stage for the “
” summer concert series. The Vineyard Stage overlooks the lush vineyards and Seneca Lake – a perfect setting for an outdoor concert.
This year, the first concert of the series falls on Sunday, July 21st featuring the acclaimed acoustic guitarist, Peter White. This is his second appearance on the Vineyard Stage. Hailing from the UK, Peter maintains a reputation of one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists in the contemporary jazz scene. With great energy and lyricism, he combines elements of jazz, pop, and classical guitar to create a singular, yet accessible sound pleasing to all.
On August 18th, the Vineyard Stage excitedly welcomes “Jazz Funk Soul” featuring guitarist Chuck Loeb, keyboard giant Jeff Lorber, and Everette Harp on the saxophone. Well established in the contemporary jazz world, these three “greats” on the stage at once will make for a truly unbelievable afternoon. Jeff, a pioneer of the jazz fusion movement, combines traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk, and other electrified sounds. On guitar, Chuck champions contemporary jazz while Everette’s talents on the saxophone combine jazz, blues and gospel. It will be an amazing union of styles and talents.
For these events, the gates open at 12:00 p.m. with the concerts starting at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $28.00 and will go on rain or shine. There is plenty of lawn seating available for concert attendees and it is recommended to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic items although food and beverages including Glenora wines will be available for purchase all day.
July is a busy month in Finger Lakes Wine Country with various events, live music, and festivals happening each week – and of course, an endless supply of wine, food, and breathtaking views to go with. We have compiled a list of the must-attend events perfect for enjoying sweet summertime!
July 5 - Fulkerson Winery 24th Anniversary Party
July 5-7 - Sports Car Club of America Double Nationals at The Glen
July 6 - 2011 Tierce Riesling Release Party at Fox Run Vineyards
July 12-14 - Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen International
July 13-14 - Annual Elmira Street Painting Festival
July 21 - Glenora Jazz Greats at Glenora Wine Cellars
July 24 - Music, Margaritas & Sunsets with the Caribe Jazz Allstars on the Terrace at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art
July 27-28 - Alta B Weekend at Wagner Vineyards
July 27 - From Bach to Broadway Among the Barrels at Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard
July 28 - The Grapehound Wine Tour at Fulkerson Winery
Live music series are abundant at wineries during the summer months offering opportunities to enjoy the best regional musicians while taking in the gorgeous views of the vineyards and lakes. Here are some great options for live music throughout the region in July:
Café Happy Hour Series at Heron Hill Winery – Wednesdays 5-7
Music on the Blue Heron Café Terrace at Heron Hill Winery – Sundays 12:30-4:30
Pub Night at Wagner Vineyards – Fridays 8-11
Acoustic Newt at Red Newt Bistro – Thursdays 6:30-9
Tunes on the Terrace at Rooster Hill Winery – Sunday 7/7 2-4, Wednesday 7/24 7-9
for more live music and events!
From Jazz to Folk, there is a little bit of something from everyone. Take a look at the music events that Finger Lakes Wine Country has to offer during the Fall season!
Tunes on the Terrace at Thirsty Owl
September 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 29th Americana Vineyards Concert Series
September 14th, 16th , 21st, 23rd, and 28thMusic on the Terrace at Heron Hill Winery
September 16th, and 23rdMusic at Ventosa Vineyards
September 12th, 19th, and 26thSix Mile Creek Vineyards Sunset Concert Series
September 13th, 20th, and 27thKings Ferry Winery Concert Series
September 14th OSFL Opening Concert and Celebration
Drumline Live at Clemens Center
A Guest Blog by Joe Laing of El Monte RV. There can be nothing quite as appealing as taking a vacation through Finger Lakes Wine Country, a marvelous adventure through New York State, filled with delicious wine tasting as well as outdoor adventures. Relax as you drive in your RV and experience the beautiful countryside scenes and stop to sip some enchanting fine wines. Start your excursion in Corning, New York, a lovely town filled with art, culture, shopping and much more. You should make it a point to take in the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, with fabulous exhibits of the very best of the art of the American West. The little ones will enjoy themselves here too with an art trail designed just for them.
While in Corning, visit the Corning Museum of Glass. Adults and children love the Glass Innovation Center where you discover how a lot of hard work and sometimes luck brings about the glass we take for granted every day. Plus, at this museum you get the amazing chance to make your own glass and don't even need any experience to do so. Instead of buying trinkets to take back to family and friends, you can make your own souvenirs! Then head over to the Gaffer District to get in some shopping. Grab dinner out and enjoy some excellent entertainment. Need RV camping? Try the Ferenbaugh Campground where you'll find large pull-through sites. Stay connected to the outside world with their free WiFi. As you head over to Elmira, you can look forward to some fun. The Chemung Valley History Museum offers a look at the area from the viewpoint of the Civil War. If you feel you now require some exercise, at Harris Hill Park you can get out in the sun and play around with their driving range and batting cage. Take a glider ride to soar into the heavens. Next stop is Horseheads, New York, a historic village on your Finger Lakes route. Get a little shopping in at Arnot Mall. You are not far from the large numbers of wineries in this region, and you are soon going to experience some of the best wines outside of Napa Valley. Head on to Watkins Glen and a visit to Seneca Lake. Make your home base the Clute Memorial Park & Campground under the shade of the cool trees. They have swimming at the lake and provide a lifeguard to make your swim the safest. If you love waterfalls, you'll love Watkins Glen State Park. You can walk a path that provides views from all angles, even winding beneath the cascades of mountain waters. Be ready to get slightly wet as you feel the spray from Cavern Cascade. You are about to start your first wine trail! The Seneca Wine Trail has thirty-four wineries to visit on this amazing trip, and you will taste the sweetness of premium hybrid grapes as well as the delicate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As you push on, you will come to Fayette, New York and the beginning of another wine trail adventure. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail boasts a long list of fine wineries ready to welcome you. Touring and tasting couldn't be better here. Bring your camera along because the landscapes are worth some great shots. When you cut over to Canandaigua, you will find all sorts of things to keep you occupied, such as historical spots, art galleries and some wonderful dining. Of course, you have to get back on the trail the wine trail that is. As you follow the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail, you'll discover seven wineries plus restaurants and even a brewery. If you'd like to park and relax a while, find some great RV camping at the Bristol Woodlands Campground. They have large sixty by eighty-foot sites and panoramic views at which to marvel.
|Rockwell Museum of Western Art - Corning, NY|
Head on over to Keuka Lake and the Village of Penn Yan. Here the Finger Lakes region offers even more with wine history and first rate wineries. Experience the hospitality of the wineries along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Vintage, hybrid and native wines are all sure to please. This is a wonderful place to come to an end of the perfect RV trip. Your vacation has been an adventure and your wine tasting experiences have certainly been enjoyable. You may be sorry to have this trip come to an end, but you can always come back again any time and the Finger Lakes folk will welcome you with open arms. Travel in an RV so you can delight in the most convenient journey, with all the comfort and ease you can imagine. About the Author Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. You can see more great RV vacation ideas in their Monty's Musings RV Travel Blog. Also be sure to check out their RV camping pictures.
|Seneca Lake Pier in Watkins Glen|
The Copper Oven at Cayuga Ridge Winery on Cayuga Lake has quickly developed a name for itself within the food community in the Finger Lakes. Last year they created the hugely popular "Drink Finger Lakes Wine" t-shirt and just yesterday released a photo of their new placement menu that caught our attention and prompted this interview with owner, Mary Jane Challen. The Copper Oven is one of fifteen restaurants participating in the Finger Lakes Wine Country Restaurant Week
, June 18-24.
Over the last couple years, you have really been able to generate a lot of buzz from foodie and wine lovers alike with your copper oven concept. Can you tell us more about The Copper Oven. How did you come up with the idea and what your food mission is?
|Mary Jane, Seth, and Graham Challen of The Copper Oven|
The Copper Oven
came as a result of a conversation we had one day about a wood fired sauna (that we still have yet to build) in our backyard. I said to Seth, You can have your wood fired sauna as soon as I get a wood fired oven. One thing led to another, until we found ourselves talking about a wood fired pizza business connected to my familys business, Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery.
In the process, we did a bunch of research, traveled to a few places to test ovens and eventually fell in love with the one we purchased. The core of our 6,000 pound Le Panyol oven is made up of Terre Blanche (White Earth), a kaolinic clay that has been specially harvested in France since 1840 for the many special properties that make it ideal for wood fired cooking.
Over the years we have travelled to various places around the world, and the meals that always speak to us are the ones made from the freshest ingredients, using the most local produce. At The Copper Oven we strive to tell the story of the cornucopia of flavours available in the Finger Lakes. We want our guests to feel a sense of community when they visit. I think the reason we capture such a vibrant response from food & wine lovers is that they can truly feel our commitment to the Finger Lakes region.
The food mission at The Copper Oven comes from my main influences my mom and dad. From my dad I learned a love of growing things. We put together a large garden each year and many of these vegetables make beautiful pizza toppings. And from my mom I learned a love of cooking. Rustic, family style meals were always served in our home growing up. Seth and I feel very lucky to be part of the family business and to use it as an opportunity to connect to the people who grow the ingredients we use and to the people who visit us as customers.
In addition to locally sourced food and wine, you have an amazing design aesthetic. Tell us a little of the story behind the graphic design, especially the idea for the new menu.
We really have to give credit to my sister and our graphic designer, Katie Challen and to a couple of artists that weve been lucky to work with. Everything that we do from a design perspective has been inspired by an ongoing appreciation for this thing that is happening throughout the Finger Lakes region, that is much bigger than we are, and that being in business allows us to participate in.
For example, the centerpiece of the placemat/menu that well use for the 2012 season is part of a piece of art that we commissioned Alyson Thomas to create for us. Youve probably seen Alysons work before if youve visited a Williams-Sonoma in the last year or so and come across a book on their shelves titled, The Cook and The Butcher. Just like what she did in the book, Alyson is known for these amazing butchery diagrams of all kinds of funny things including dogs, pigs, pizzas, coffee and cocktails (see www.drywellart.com
for more info). The piece Alyson created for us is essentially a butchery diagram of our pizza. The art itself is beautiful and zany and entirely conveys who we are and how we are connected to this something bigger thats happening in the Finger Lakes region.
And thats exactly where my sister Katie comes in. We give her very loose instructions about what we are looking for and she comes back to us with stuff that is out of this world. In fact, already weve had customers ask for extra placemats so that they can take them home. Katie is also responsible for our advertisements in Edible Finger Lakes magazine. She created the website for our familys winery
The last integral member of our motley design crew is my husband, Seth. He created The Copper Ovens website
. He also designs the postcards we give each table at the end of their meal. He comes up with our t-shirts ideas each year as well.
Heron Hill Winery
will re-open the popular Blue Heron Café
on Friday, May 18, 2012. With panoramic views of rolling vineyards and beautiful Keuka Lake, the Café and outdoor terrace provide one of the best settings in the Finger Lakes region for savoring local wine and fresh food in a casual afternoon atmosphere. The Café opens initially Friday through Monday, regular summer hours will extend Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Menu items range in price from $3 to $12 with satisfying options like paninis, wraps, flat bread pizza, appetizers, salads, a variety of beverages and even childrens meals.
We take great pride in using only high-quality ingredients, produce is often organically farmed and many products are sourced locally. The style of the menu will remain consistent with last year, says Mike Oliver, Café Director. Overall the menu offers flavorful fare and healthy choices to please everyone
always best enjoyed with our suggested wine pairings. The Blue Heron Café also has a group menu available to bus tours and large groups. For convenience all groups are required to order in advance, a group menu is available by contacting the Blue Heron Café or on the Heron Hill Winery website.
Beginning in July, the sounds of live music fill the Blue Heron Café Terrace every Sunday afternoon through the summer. Sunday visitors are encouraged to sip, eat, relax and enjoy free live music by a rotating mix of talented area musicians. To learn about fresh-picked weekend specials and the latest Sunday music updates, like the Blue Heron Café on Facebook: Facebook.com/BlueHeronCafe.
Heron Hill Winery was chosen as one of the ten most spectacular tasting rooms in the world by Travel + Leisure! For over 30 years Heron Hill Winery has grown cold-climate Riesling and Chardonnay grapes and made elegant world-class wines on a slate hill overlooking scenic Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of western New York. The magnificent vaulted Tasting Hall overlooking vineyards and Keuka Lakes provides a beautiful backdrop for tasting our full portfolio of wine including Rieslings, Chardonnays, Vinifera reds and our popular Eclipse Series. The Gift Shop specializes in handcrafted gift items and works by local artisans, as well as locally produced food products and quality wine accessories. Heron Hill Winery on Keuka Lake also hosts weddings and events.
This year marks an important year for Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars their 50th Anniversary! In 1962, the late Dr. Konstantin Frank pioneered the "vinifera revolution" in the eastern United States, proving that the delicate European grape varieties could survive and thrive in the cool climate of the Finger Lakes.
See the man himself! The winery is working on a documentary to commemorate their incredible milestone. The piece includes video snidbits of Konstantin and the generations of family that followed in his footsteps. The full-length version will be unveiled at Dr. Franks 50th anniversary event, July 1, 2012. But, until then, feast your eyes on the teaser trailer.
The Keuka Lake Wine Trail salutes Italian cuisine March 31-April 1, 2012 with Viva Italia!. Each of the eight member wineries around Keuka Lake will prepare a rich variety of food inspired by the flavors and cooking styles from different regions in Italy. Samples of food will be served with complementing local wines. Two ticket options are available for this self-guided food and wine event. Sunday-only tickets are $19.00 per person; tickets for the full weekend are $25.00 per person. All ticket holders will receive a souvenir wine glass. Event attendees will sample a delicious variety of dishes prepared with high-quality ingredients and wineries will make recipes available to enjoy at home. A preview of the event menus includes pasta e fagioli, gorgonzola tortellini, roasted red pepper polenta, zuppa di scarola, pistachio biscotti and lemon-almond cookies. Event hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event attendees may visit all eight wineries in one day or plan an overnight stay to spend more time enjoying the areas other attractions. A list of recommended accommodations is available at www.keukawinetrail.com/plan-a-visit/. Those who purchase tickets in advance between March 1 March 29 will automatically be entered to win one of eight gift basket featuring Wegmans Italian Classics food items. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended as most events sell out. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door for a $5.00 surcharge. For all Keuka Lake Wine Trail events, conveniently purchase tickets by calling 800.440.4898, by visiting a Wegmans customer service desk or online at www.keukawinetrail.com. Large groups should contact the Wine Trail office to confirm their agenda prior to booking through a transportation company. To receive the latest event updates and previews, find the Keuka Lake Wine Trail on Facebook.Established in 1985, the Keuka Lake Wine Trail aims to provide a high-quality, lively experience where guests will feel excited by the food, wine and scenery and stimulated by the conversation. Member wineries include: Heron Hill Winery; Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars; Stever Hill Vineyards; Hunt Country Vineyards; Keuka Spring Vineyards; Barrington Cellars; McGregor Vineyard Winery; and Ravines Wine Cellars.
Beginning Monday, March 5th, Samantha Buyskes and the Simply Red crew will transform the Bistro at Red Newt Cellars into the classic Monday night venue that has served traditional southern fare with a local twist for over a decade. The Southern Night menu encompasses all of the recipes that you have come to love from Ma Ma's Comfort Kitchen like the cajun spiced, cornmeal crusted catfish and the country style pork ribs. Plus, the Bistro will be filled with live bluegrass music from local musicians. When: Every Monday starting March 5, from 5-9 p.m. Reservations: Make your reservations by calling 607-546-4100 or register online.