It’s been a long winter, but spring is finally here in the Finger Lakes Wine Country. These next couple of months are an exciting time to visit because there is so much to do! The month of May is Finger Lakes Wine Month and acts as a summer kick-off for several local businesses.

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Events
 
What better place to celebrate mom than in the Finger Lakes? With over 100 wineries, countless restaurants, and hotels & inns, you are sure to find the perfect place to make your mom feel special. Whether she’s a wine-lover, sightseer, or is just looking to have a sit-down meal with the family, the possibilities are endless to make her feel appreciated. Reservations are strongly recommended at each of the below and can be contacted by calling the numbers provided.
 
Come and enjoy an elegant buffet style brunch with live entertainment.
 
Horseheads Hilton Garden Inn Mother’s Day Buffets (607-795-1111): 7 a. -12 p. Breakfast Buffet or 1pm-4pm for the Dinner Buffet
 
Three Brothers Mother’s Day Celebration (315-585-4432): Normal winery hours.
A ticket to this event includes a passport to all three wineries and brewery on site, a specialty cupcake, your very own DIY pottery piece, unlimited photo booth access, local cheese & chocolate samplings, and live music.
 
 
Knapp Winery’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet (800-869-9271): 10:30 a.-3:30 p.
 
Ventosa Winery’s Mother’s Day Brunch (315-719-0000): Call winery for additional information and hours.
 
May Wine Trail Events
 
This month’s wine trail events really hone in on the spring theme with herbs, flowers, and plants. Each event is a refreshing reminder that warmer weather is on the way and gives you plenty of entertaining recipes, ideas, and pairings! After either of these events you will be well on your way to growing your own garden.
 
There are still some tickets available for this unique event! Come and get the seeds to start your very own herb garden while getting to sample some of the finest wines the Finger Lakes has to offer. Each ticket gets you a wine glass, garden plan, and plant carrier. At each winery you will receive a potted herb or veggie plant with recipe cards! Most wineries even have a sample of the herb-prepared cuisine that you can try. Tickets are available at participating wineries or by calling 800-684-5217.
 
Luckily, there are still some tickets left for this upcoming weekend event on Keuka Lake as well. Similar to the Cayuga Lake event, a ticket will get you a custom Keuka Lake Wine Trail glass,  a flower and herb plant (each with its own pot). Then at each of the seven wineries you get to visit you will also receive another plant! For tickets and more information visit keukawinetrail.com.
 
Corning Glass Festival
 
2300°GlassFest: May 22 5:30-7:30 p.
Kick off the annual Corning GlassFest with a fun-filled evening at The Corning Museum of Glass. Not only is this a free event and open to the public – it’s also great for all ages. The perfect family outing! There will be live music and glassblowing demonstrations along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and sodas. You will still be in Finger Lakes Wine Country, so there will be wine for purchase for the adults as well.
 
GlassFest5: May 22-25
Starting the evening of May 22 is the famous GlassFest. Enjoy three days in Corning’s Gaffer district of live glassmaking demonstrations, glass exhibits and artwork, live music entertainment, an amazing firework display, and of course lots of wine and beer tasting.
 
Live Music and Entertainment
 
With warmer weather ahead of us, there is no better way to celebrate than having a glass of wine or pint of beer outside while enjoying live entertainment. Ask any local what they like about the warmer months and live music is sure to be involved. Several wineries, restaurants, and other establishments offer weekly live entertainment events. Whether you are into blue grass and banjos or rock and guitars, somewhere is guaranteed to have what you are looking for. Listed below are just a few of the places that should not be missed for live entertainment.
 
Wagner Deck Pub Nights: starting May 23, Friday nights, 8-11 p., $3/person
Hazlitt’s Oasis:starting May 2, Friday nights, 5-8 p., No cover
Ventosa: Friday nights, 5-9 p.
 
Spring is an exciting time anywhere - but especially here in the Finger Lakes! No matter what you like to do, you are sure to find something that is your cup of tea; or glass of wine.