continues its annual celebration of garlic in 2013 during the first weekend in August. The festival dates this year are August 3rd and 4th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. This trademark event never disappoints and always draws immense crowds of garlic and wine enthusiasts because truly, who doesn’t love garlic? And secondly, who doesn’t love garlic and wine? Combine them with the magnificent location of Fox Run Vineyards overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake and the result is a joyous and delicious experience that cannot be beat.
The two-day festival includes a multitude of components from cooking demonstrations and garlic tastings to live music and entertainment and even a live flameworking demonstration by a flameworker from the Corning Museum of the Glass. The Fox Run Beverage Barn offers Fox Run estate wines by the glass as well as water and soft drinks. Admission and parking are free for the event. Many of the area’s top artisan garlic growers and chefs will be in attendance to offer garlic growing, storing, and cooking advice to festival goers. Tents filled with vendors from across the region are a staple at the festival. You can find anything from baked goods, local cheeses, flowers, vegetables, and coffee to art, pottery, jewelry, and more.
To ensure that you have your fill of garlic, acclaimed Chef Tony Gullace of Max Rochester will serve a menu of garlic-inspired foods that pair perfectly with Fox Run wines. The Tasting Room and the Café & Market will be open each day as well.
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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.
Tomorrow, lend your eyes, ears and wine palate to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes will present The Brass Menagerie, a hand-picked quintet of the regions finest brass players. Performing in the Visions of the West gallery, this concert perfectly blends visual and performing arts. A wine tasting session will feature Hector Wine Company. Seating is limited, so reserve yours today!
Musicians' Choice Chamber Music featuring, The Brass Menagerie
Friday, January 27, 2012
7:00 p.m. - Wine Tasting Featuring Hector Wine Company
7:30 p.m. - Concert in the Visions of the West Gallery
$25 Adults, $5 Students
For tickets, please call 607-936-2873 or visit www.osfl.org.
Chatting more with Paul Thomas, Executive Director of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
1. What is the history of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail?
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail was formed in 1986 to help better market their member wineries, as a consolidated destination, pooling their resources and creating various wine and food pairing events, among other tactics, to help introduce more people to our excellent wines and wineries.
2. Why visit the Seneca Lake Wine Trail in the winter?
While our region is traditionally viewed as a summer or fall destination, with many assuming the industry hibernates in the winter, the reality is that the winter is the *best* time for fans of our wineries to visit. During the winter you are more likely to encounter owners and senior staff, who are busy in the vineyards during the busy summer/fall seasons, and with far fewer people visiting the region, the tasting rooms are quiet, giving visitors a terrific opportunity to enjoy leisurely conversations with staff while sampling their award-winning wines.
3. What events do you have and how do I get tickets?
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail helps manage and promote several, themed wine and food pairing weekend events, hosted by most of our member wineries. For example, our next event is the Pasta & Wine Weekend, taking place January 13-15, followed by our Chocolate & Wine Weekend event February 10-12. Detailed descriptions of all our events can be found on our website at senecalakewine.com which is also were e-tickets to all our events can be securely purchased.
4. Are there packages available for the events or for general wine tasting experiences?
We create very limited numbers of packages for all our wine and food pairing weekend events. Each package is a little different, but all of them are comprised of tickets for two to the event, transportation all day Saturday of the event, and accommodations for two for both Friday and Saturday nights. Our packages are a great way to simply, and safely enjoy our events.
5. What is the best wine and food pairing youve had recently?
My family and I harkened in the new year with a sushi party! We bought all the ingredients, including the raw tuna and salmon, at our local Wegmans with each of us making a few custom rolls of various ingredients. We then paired the sushi with a chilled bottle of zesty LakewoodVineyards Gewürztraminer, and my favorite specific pairing was between that wine and my tuna/avocado/carrot/bell pepper sushi roll. Clean and delicious.
6. What do you love about the Finger Lakes Wine Country region?
I love the.... pairing of our uniquely complex cultural and culinary experiences with our beautiful, bucolic and genuine environment. Real people, creating really beautiful and delicious things and all without the overpriced hubbub of a metropolis. Here in the Finger Lakes I can enjoy a world class meal at the Red Newt Bistro on Seneca Lake, with at least one of the hundreds of wines they serve, enjoy visiting the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, and finish off my day with a live performance by They Might Be Giants at Ithacas State Theatre. It doesnt get any better than that.
The husband and wife team at Boston-based French Oak TV visited four wineries in Finger Lakes Wine Country last spring after discovering the region's wines at the 2011 Boston Wine Expo. Damiani Wine Cellars, Fulkerson Winery, Red Newt Cellars and Ravines Wine Cellars are featured in the four part series. If these videos inspire you to take trip this winter to the Finger Lakes, all four wineries are participating in our Winter Wine Weekends
Halloween weekend is upon us and if you're like me you've been carving pumpkins, sipping hot cider, and stocking up on plenty of your favorite candy. Despite all of this Halloween themed fun I'm still without a costume for this weekend's festivities! On the way into the office this morning my head was spinning with easy and affordable costume ideas. I've narrowed it down a few choices - all wine themed, naturally! I figured that there are likely Finger Lakes Wine Country
fans like me out there in need of some inspiration, so here you go. Easy, affordable, wine-themed Halloween costumes.
1. A bunch of grapes.
Head to a local party store or craft store and pick your favorite color (green, purple or red) balloons, some green felt, and safety pins. Ahead of time you will want to make your leaves. Using a large piece of green felt, cut a hole in the middle (where your head will go) and then cut the remaining fabric around the hole into leaf shapes. Make sure you make them large enough to stand out against the large balloons. For an added touch, grab an old headband, wrap it in scrap green felt and then hot glue a few green leaves to it. When you're ready to go, get dressed in tights/leggings/sweatpants and long sleeve shirt/sweatshirt. You can either go with all black, which is likely the easiest to find last-minute, or a color that matches your grapes. Now you'll definitely need a friend to help you blow up and pin the balloons on. If you're headed to a party you may want to do this step once you've arrived because traveling in a car - especially driving - will be near impossible! This costume will also make sitting down a bit of a challenge. So - if you're not traveling and don't mind standing around, this is an easy and fun costume.
2. Bacchus, The God of Wine.
A perfect option for the wine loving guy, this costume is easy to pull together and super comfy! All you need is a solid color flat sheet, a different solid color piece of fabric, safety pins, fake grapes and grape leaves, green and gold fabric remnants, some crafting wire or even pipe cleaners to use as the base of the crown. Now men, depending on how warm it is or how daring you are, you can choose to wear whatever you like under the sheet. If you want to be authentic you can wear a pair of gym shorts and your favorite flip flops or sandals. Now, think back to the frat house and drape your flat sheet around you to create the one shoulder toga look. You can either belt the toga with some gold or white rope - or let it hang. Now drape the fabric over your other shoulder and either tuck the ends into the belt or simply tie it together on the other end. (This other piece of fabric isn't totally necessary) Now for the crown, just form the wire or pipe cleaners in a circle to fit your head. Wrap green and/or gold fabric around it tightly using hot glue to secure it. Now glue small grape bunches, grape leaves, and any other charms you find at the craft store to the crown. On the easy-o-meter, this one definitely wins! This costume could also be great for women.
3. Grape Stomping Lucy.
We all know everyone loves Lucy, and having just celebrated the 100th anniversary of her birth, this is a perfect way to pay homage to Americas favorite redhead. All youll need is a long (preferably blue) peasant skirt, an off-the-shoulder white blouse, a thick belt, and a white or printed handkerchief or scarf. Besides the classic outfit, another key is the hair and makeup. While you may not be lucky enough to be a natural redhead, you have three choices wig, temporary dye, or just go with what you got. Make sure you pull your hair back in that classic Lucy coif with lots of curls peeking out from the front of your scarf. A defined cat eye and bright red lips are a must! This is a fun, feminine and classic costume that is sure to be a hit.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars launched a new wine club called the Dr. Frank Wine Club that will encompass all three of the winerys brands: Dr. Frank, Chateau Frank and Salmon Run. The Dr. Frank Wine Club celebrates the outstanding wines that Dr. Frank Wine Cellars has been producing since 1962. The new club is set to be one of the most diverse clubs in the Finger Lakes as it allows customers to receive a combination of Dr. Frank, Chateau Frank and Salmon Run wines. The diverse offerings of the club consequently provide customers with a chance to experience the joys of sparkling wines and wines made from both old and young vines.
Club benefits are many and include two bottles of wine shipped every other month, 20% off wine purchases online and in the winerys gift shop, free shipping for orders of a case or more, a complimentary gift with the first shipment, access to new release and limited release wines, members only wine specials and an invitation to the annual Dr. Frank Wine Club picnic. Wine Club members are ambassadors of our winery by telling their friends about our wine, events and their great experiences here, said Frederick Frank, President of Dr. Frank Wine Cellars.
Located on Keuka Lake a few miles north of Hammondsport, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars has long been associated with the New York wine revolution. Its founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank, helped pioneer the introduction of the European vitis vinifera grapevines in the eastern United States. For his contributions in the American wine industry he was inducted into the Wine Spectators Hall of Fame. Now in its third generation, Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars continues as New Yorks most award-winning winery since 1962.
Dear Wine Lovers:
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This spring Finger Lakes Wine Country
welcomed Ray and Summer of French Oak TV
to experience the region and our fine wines. French oak TV is a show on Brookline (MA) Access Television (BATV) that features wine, beer and spirits discussed with local experts as well as visits to breweries, vineyards, specialty stores and restaurants in the Boston/Brookline area.
Their first segment from their trip features Damiani Wine Cellars
on the east side of Seneca Lake. Damiani Wine Cellars - Rooted in the Art of Viticulture
from French Oak TV
.Look for new segments featuring Red Newt, Fulkersons, Ravines, and Fox Run in the coming days!
Chateau Frank, the sister winery of Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars
, scored a 90 Point rating in the August issue of Wine and Spirits Magazine
for its 2006 Blanc de Blancs
Among the twenty five Finger Lakes wines that scored exceptional ratings in the same magazine issue, Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Blancs was the sole sparkling wine to score such a high rating. This sparkling wine was made in the traditional Blanc de Blancs style and shows crisp acidity accompanied by rich pear, honeysuckle, lemon and ginger aromas with a soft vanilla finish.
Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Blancs also scored a 91 Point rating from the Beverage Testing Institute this month. In addition to these high ratings, the 2006 Blanc de Blancs won gold medals at the Tasters Guild International and Los Angeles International wine competitions.
Chateau Frank is the sister winery to Dr. Konstantin Franks Vinifera Wine Cellars and was started by Dr. Franks son, Willy. While Dr. Konstantin Frank pioneered growing the noble European grape varieties in New York, Willy Frank spearheaded New Yorks sparkling wine revolution using traditional methods and classic grapes. Chateau Franks award-winning sparkling wines have been served at the White House, New Yorks Governors Mansion and more.
Congratulations to Chateau Frank!