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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 guidelines in New York State, some restaurants may have adjusted their hours, dining in options, etc. Most all restaurants are open for take out. Please call the restaurants in advance for full details.

Comfort Food - Mac n Cheese

Looking for rich and flavorful comfort food? The dining scene in Finger Lakes Wine Country offers an abundance of farm fresh eateries serving up home cooked dishes with savory ingredients fit for any season.

If you’re looking for menus filled with comfort dishes that

Cheese plate

When you’re shopping for a great wine and cheese pairing, the quest to match the right bottle with the right wheel to enjoy together can feel like a guessing game.

Sure, there are a few standard guidelines you can follow—like serving wines and cheeses with similar intensities together. A light, crisp pour of Pinot Grigio and a fresh, citrusy goat’s cheese complement each other well, and a brawny blue wedge may need a bigger-bodied red to match its pungency, for example.

Sometimes, opposite

Holiday Gazebo in Penn Yann NY

Tis’ the season for holiday movie binging! And if you are fans of holiday movies like we are, you might have noticed those Hallmark movies giving us the warm and fuzzy feels are set in charming small towns. These quaint villages are full of friendly faces and small town holiday cheer -- inevitably making your heart yearn for a white Christmas in a small town upstate.

Well, you are in luck! You can live out your holiday fantasies by visiting one of these Finger Lakes Wine Country picture-perfect

Sparkler - Pomegranate Mimosa - Wagner Sparkling Riesling - Holiday Cocktails

Perfect for the holidays or any special celebration are these 5 Easy FLX Sparkling Celebration Cocktails using the finest sparkling wines from Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Try any of these simple recipes using the region’s finest bubbly to celebrate!

Cheers!

Sparkly Raspberry

Fill your champagne glass or martini glass 3/4 full with your chilled J.R. Dill Winery

Holiday Window

The holiday season in Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of the most festive and exciting times in the region. As the weather cools and the days become shorter, the holiday spirit fills the air and the region bursts with merry surprises!

Here's the scoop on celebration-worthy wines, local arts and hand-crafted products perfect for gifting, and festive decorations and traditions. We've created this guide to help you enjoy the best of the holidays in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

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Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:00 PM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year. With a spread of family favorites, traditionally focused around a beautifully roasted turkey, this meal isn't complete without wine. We're excited to share with you why Finger Lakes wine makes the perfect addition to your holiday meals.

The Finger Lakes is a cool climate wine region. This means that our wines are bright with balanced acidity making them perfect for pairing with most any food. They tend to be lighter in body,

Upstate New York Sour Red Wine Cocktail

Next time you’re looking for a fun cocktail, try these delicious red wine cocktail recipes using Finger Lakes Wine Country's famed red varieties like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot to name a few, paired with easy to find ingredients. Cheers!

Easy & Delicious Finger Lakes Red Wine Spritzer

Scenic Drive Through Finger Lakes Wine Country

There is no shortage of scenic views in Finger Lakes Wine Country and the best way to cover the most ground and enjoy many of our sweeping and stunning landscapes is by enjoying any of these 5 scenic drives through the region.

These scenic drives will take you past some of our region’s charming towns, antique shops, museums, our lakes, wine trails, breweries, cideries, distilleries and more.

Along the way pay attention to farm stops in the countryside, many of which offer U-Pick experiences,

3 Fun Fall FLX Sangria Recipes

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:00 PM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

Fall Sangria Close Up

As the cooler fall weather and colors are welcomed to Finger Lakes Wine Country so are the flavors of the season in these 3 fun fall FLX-inspired Sangria recipes perfect for any autumn day.

All of these easy to follow recipes require hours of refrigeration before serving which vary by recipe. Be sure to plan ahead! And if you want to switch things up, we recommend using a punch bowl instead of a large pitcher.

Finger Lakes Riesling Fall Sangria

  • 2 cups of local apple cider
  • 1 bottle of Wagner

Kae Lani Palmisano Chef Patrick Higgins

Here in Finger Lakes Wine Country we pride ourselves of the farm-to-table practices deeply embedded into our every day. Visitors, and locals alike, always have access to seasonal ingredients from local farms and to the talent of tastemakers who continuously work on creating dishes that elevate us as a foodie destination.

Once such talent is Patrick Higgins, Executive Chef at Glenora Wine Cellars’ Veraisons Restaurant, who recently joined Kae Lani Palmisano, Host of WHYY-TV's Check, Please!

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