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Spring is in full swing in Finger Lakes Wine Country! As the landscape transforms in color to brilliant greens and yellows, and the flowers start to bloom, the Wine Trails are beginning to liven up, welcoming the hustle and bustle of the busy season. Summer is near and the excitement resonates throughout the region.

The month of May offers visitors many events and opportunities to explore the wines of Finger Lakes Wine Country and all the while enjoying the sunshine that is becoming increasingly

Spring has arrived in Finger Lakes Wine Country and many exciting events are starting to pop up in the region that you certainly want to add to your calendar. Although wine is a staple here, the region is home to many notable microbreweries and distilleries that use the freshest, highest quality ingredients in their products.

describe the imageA microbrewery you must not miss along the eastern shore of Seneca Lake is Wagner Valley Brewing Company. The brewery, established in 1997, is part of Wagner Vineyards,

Planning a weekend getaway to Finger Lakes Wine Country during the month of April? Spring in Wine Country is one of the most beautiful and exciting times to visit the region. The distinct Wine Trails of the three major lakes, Cayuga, Keuka, and Seneca are packed full of events to usher in this change of season. As the sun begins to shine and the landscape starts to come alive in the Finger Lakes, the timing is perfect to finally kick those winter blues and embrace the coming of summer.


The earthiness and the medium body of a Cabernet Franc makes it a perfect pairing with a classic risotto with mushrooms. We recently enjoyed this 2010 from Heron Hill Winery on the west bank of Keuka Lake. The wine retails for $15 per bottle and you can purchase the ingredients for the dinner for less than $5 per serving. In our book, that is a perfect pairing!


The gourmet mushroom risotto recipe from AllRecipes.


6 cups chicken broth, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil,

Get a #TeamRiesling button

Monday, March 11, 2013 3:00 PM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

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Did you know that the Finger Lakes is one of the premier Riesling producing regions in North America? Here is what James Molesworth, Senior Editor at Wine Spectator recently said about Rieslings from the Finger Lakes - “From dry to sweet versions, the Finger Lakes is slowly but steadily cementing its reputation as this country’s best source for Riesling.”

Are you a Riesling fan? Do you want to join Team Riesling? Simply post a tweet about Riesling using the hashtag #TeamRiesling and we will

Visiting Finger Lakes Wine Country in March? With any trip, there’s a lot to consider, especially around how to spend your time. Here’s a quick snap shot of March happenings to help you narrow down the list of possibilities – or perhaps add a few new ones.

Corning Gaffer District in Finger Lakes Wine CountryMarch 8 | Cabin Fever (Wine & Beer Tasting) in Corning's Gaffer District

March 9 | 3rd Annual War Horse Brew Fest at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates

March 9,10,20,22,23,24,29 | Elmira Jackals Hockey at the First Arena


The Finger Lakes is a world-class wine producing region that specializes in aromatic white varieties like Riesling, Gewürztraminer… and Sparkling Wine!

Bottles of Sparkling Wine aging in the cellars of Chateau Frank.

For the same reasons Rieslings thrive in the Finger Lakes – cool climate, limestone-chalk soil, and acidity balance – sparkling wines also flourish.

Winemaking techniques also play a role in the world-class taste of Finger Lakes sparkling wines. Many top

Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York is home to three wine trails; Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Each trail is a group of wineries that sit among vineyards on the sloping hills overlooking its respective lake. Each wine trail offers year-round unique food and wine pairing events, breathtaking scenery, and world-class wine.

Photo Credit: Bonnie Gustin
Keuka Lake Wine Trail
The Keuka Lake Wine Trail may be small in numbers, but it

Fall Farmers Markets

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 8:00 AM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

Looking for a Farmer's Market near you? We have compiled a list of markets and locations that will be offering up the best produce for the upcoming fall season! Take a look!
Keuka Lake/Hammondsport/Bath Region
Bath Farmers Market-Pulteney Square East 9:00-3:00PM
September 12th, 19th, 26th, and October 3rd
Branchport Farmers Market- Branchport Fire Pavilion 4:00-6:30PM
September 18th, 25th, and October 2nd
Hornell Farmers Market- Broadway Mall 9:00-6:00PM
September 14th, 21st, 28th,

Come Hear the Sounds of Fall

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:00 AM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

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 28th
Music on the Terrace at Heron Hill Winery
September 16th, and 23rd
Music at Ventosa Vineyards
September 12th, 19th, and 26th
Six Mile Creek Vineyards Sunset Concert

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