, a morning news anchor for a local TV station in Rochester and the Finger Lakes editor for the New York Cork Report
, is one of the industry's great story tellers. His first book, Summer in a Glass
, celebrates the love of wine in the Finger Lakes by bringing to life the stories of the some of the newest and most progressive winemakers in the region.
Order your copy now.
While this episode about the Finger Lakes
originally aired on PBS in 2009, it is an entertaining look at our region and features interviews at Wagner Vineyards, Six Mile Creek, and King Ferry Winery.Watch the video.
The new 2011 Keuka Lake Wine Trail
brochure featuring winery profiles, maps, and event info is now available for download.
Happy wine trailing!
Looking for that last minute holiday gift for a wine lover? Amy Hoffman, of Rooster Hill Vineyards offers great ideas, ranging from Keuka Lake themed gift baskets, to the gift for every budget, to the gift for the person who has it all. Watch the video.
Writer and journalist Evan Dawson is set to release his highly anticipating book Summer in a Glass
. A perfect gift for any Finger Lakes lover on your list this holiday season. Take a sneak peek at the trailer below. For more information on Evan and to pre-order the book, click here
To watch the video click here
In the process of telling the fascinating personal stories of local winemaking compatriots, Evan Dawson has created an invaluable human chronicle of the Finger Lakes region that will warm the hearts of those who read it, while claiming a place in the history of the region. These stories will bring a new dimension to your appreciation of Finger Lakes wines. Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, co-author of Wine for Dummies
To most of us, a great Finger Lakes Wine Country wine is determined by taste. To achieve the perfect flavor, a winemaker will run a series of scientifical tests throughout the production of wine, starting with selection of the grapes and ending with bottling the finished wine.
Follow us as we talk with Steve DiFrancesco, winemaker at Glenora Wine Cellars, to learn about the chemistry behind the taste we all love to savor.
Listen to the radio blog! Join Christina as she chats with Kerry Keller of Glenora Wine Cellars and the Inn at Glenora. Find out about holiday events, such as Dosage Your Own, and great packages at the Inn.
To learn more about Glenora -- the winery, inn, or restaurant -- Glenora.com
Looking for an affordable and fun stocking stuffer? The Polar Passport, at just $12 (plus 8% tax) and valid December 6, 2010 - March 31, 2011, offers free wine tastings and wine purchase specials from 28 wineries along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.
Visit the Trail during the best time of year, the off season! The Polar Passport gives visitors a convenient and affordable way to enjoy 28 of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries. And while most people enjoy visiting the wineries during the busy summer and autumn season, the winter season is actually the best time to visit when owners, winemakers and vineyard managers are more available and are more likely to be available to chat in the tasting room. Click here to order the Polar Passport (one per person.)Get more Finger Lakes Wine Country holiday tips.
We are thrilled that a new winery has opened in Finger Lakes Wine Country
along the eastern shores of Seneca Lake down the road from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
. Hector Wine Company located at 5610 State Route 414 in Hector is co-owned Jason Hazlitt and Justin Boyette. The winery is currently offering six wines from the 2009 vintage including a Riesling, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Dry Rosé, and Soul Red (a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.) ranging from $14-$25 per bottle.
Both Jason and Justin have a strong history of grapegrowing and winemaking in the Finger Lakes. Jason's family owns Sawmill Creek Vineyard, a vineyard source for some of the mostly highly regarded Finger Lakes wines and his extended family owns the popular Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards nearby. Justin has worked as a winemaker for Red Newt Cellars and Atwater Vineyards among others. The winery's current wine production is 1,000 cases with a long-term goal of 6,000 cases in the coming years.
The tasting room is open year-round, though winter hours will take affect beginning in January. For the remainder of the year the winery's hours are Thursday - Saturday 11AM-7PM and Sunday - Wednesday 11AM-6PM. For more information call (607) 387-1045. According to Jason, a Web site is in the works but you can see more photos of the winery on their Facebook fanpage.
Budget Travel readers voted the Finger Lakes as the most beautiful wine region in the world. We are on a mission to visit places Finger Lakes Wine Country Facebook
fans recommend as their favorite "most beautifuls" and share our journey with you.
Tour 2 travels around Keuka Lake, stopping at Bully Hill Vineyards, Heron Hill Winery, Dr. Franks Vinifera Wine Cellars, Esperanza Mansion, and Garrett Memorial Chapel.
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from today's trip. You can also use the Itinerary Builder
to build your own custom adventure. Bully Hill Vineyardshttp://www.bullyhill.com/
Tasting and tours here are entertaining and informative. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.Heron Hill Wineryhttp://www.heronhill.com/
For 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. Monday - Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 12-5 p.m.Dr. Franks Vinifera Wine Cellarshttp://www.drfrankwines.com/
Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the Vinifera Revolution a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 2-5 p.m.Esperanza Mansionhttp://www.esperanzamansion.com/
A historic mansion, located in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country and surrounded by lake views, wineries, and rolling hills of vineyards. Garrett Memorial Chapelhttp://www.garrettchapel.org/
A unique find thats on the National and New York State Register of Historic Places. The Chapel is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day. Grounds of the Chapel are open from March to October from sunrise to sunset, but are occasionally closed for special events. Services are held at 9 a.m. Sunday from July 4th to Labor Day.
Budget Travel readers voted the Finger Lakes as the most beautiful wine region in the world. We are on a mission to visit places Finger Lakes Wine Country Facebook fans recommend as their favorite "most beautifuls" and share our journey with you.
Tour 1 travels around Seneca Lake, stopping at Anthony Road Wine Cellars, Fox Run Vineyards, Belhurst Castle, The Pearl of Seneca Lake B&B, and the harbor in Watkins Glen.
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from today's trip.Anthony Road Wine Cellarshttp://www.anthonyroadwine.com/
They use only grapes grown in the Finger Lakes region to create their wines. Tasting room, retail and gift shop hours: Monday Saturday 10 a.m. 5 p.m. and Sundays Noon 5 p.m. Fox Run Vineyardshttp://www.foxrunvineyards.com/
A farmer-friendly sustainable winery, that believes in well balanced vineyards. Tasting room and café: April December, serving daily 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Belhurst Castlehttp://www.belhurst.com/
Lodging, dining, spa, winery. A place filled with history, beauty and breathtaking views. Tasting room open year round, from 10 a.m. 8 p.m. The Pearl of Seneca Lake B&B http://www.thepearlofsenecalake.com/
The amenities of a fine hotel, with the privacy, freedom, and spaciousness of a country home. Harbor in Watkins Glen http://www.watkinsglenchamber.com/
A peaceful place by the water, in the heart of Watkins Glen, to watch boats set sail or purchase a sailing or dinner boat excursion on Seneca Lake.