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
Finger Lakes Wine Country
is a world-class wine producing region for cool climate wines like Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and ice wine. Ice wines are especially cherished in our region because they can't be made in all vintages (you need precise cold weather to freeze the grapes on the vine) and are often produced in small quantities. Ice wines are usually bottled in smaller 375ml. bottles and best enjoyed as a dessert wine. Some highly regarded ice wines producers in the Finger Lakes include Hunt Country Vineyards
, Sheldrake Point Vineyard, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Recently the 2007 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
from Hunt County Vineyards received a 95 rating
(exceptional) from the Beverage Testing Institute. Priced at $39.95 this wine is an incredible value and would make a lovely addition to a holiday meal or a perfect gift for a wine lover on your holiday list.
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
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...
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.
Download the map
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.