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Wednesday, March 16, 2022 7:00 PM by Maiah Johnson Dunn

Ann Rafetto of Wagner Vineyards

When Ann Raffetto accepted the job as co-winemaker at Wagner Vineyards, she didn’t think about the legacy she’d leave behind. “We were just trying to work with what equipment we had and trying to make the best wine that we could,” she smiles.

“I always get a little hesitant when people say ‘first woman winemaker’,” notes Ann as she highlights her colleagues working behind the scenes. “Maybe not technically in a winemaker role, but [women] were certainly in every other aspect doing whatever

spring blooms in the vineyards in Finger Lakes Wine Country

Spring in Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of the seasons most underrated by travelers looking for an escape. But this spring, like its autumn counterpart, is abuzz with movement. The vineyards are busily being groomed and pruned, gardens are spruced up and prepped for new growth, and visitors and wine-lovers start to get a sense of what newly released wines will be available to taste and take home. Off the vineyard, as the snow melts and we welcome warmer weather, there are many great

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There are so many reasons why we love Finger Lakes Wine Country and even more reasons to visit. Here are 20 reasons you should put this perfect road trip destination at the top of your travel list this year.

  1. Finger Lakes Wine Country isn’t just an “upstate” destination. It is a state of mind. This is where you come to immerse yourself in nature, meet friendly and welcoming locals, relax, breathe, raise a glass, and repeat. Slow your pace and enjoy.
  1. It's the perfect road trip destination.

Winter Romance Couple

Since the 1300s lovers and friends have exchanged little and not-so-little nothings on February 14th in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Americans spent over $20 billion on Valentine's Day gifts in 2019 and were expected to spend a record-breaking $27.4 billion for 2020 according to the National Retail Foundation. But who needs jewelry or chocolate when you can create memories that last a lifetime?

We previously shared a great list of Romantic Gift Ideas in Finger Lakes Wine Country. From

Winter Vineyards

With the new year comes the inspiration to commit to more self-care and focus on our wellness. Luckily, Finger Lakes Wine Country offers many ways to treat yourself to an experience that can be as soothing to the mind and soul as it is to the heart and body.

Stay Inn

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The Black Sheep Inn and Spa offers a relaxing stay located in the historic and postcard-inspiring small town of Hammondsport, NY. Experience British hospitality in this beautiful Bed and Breakfast and indulge in their 100% vegan,

Romantic Gift Ideas in FLWC

Sunday, January 2, 2022 8:00 AM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

Valentine's Day Romance

It’s the season of romance and what better way to show your affection, appreciation, and love to your sweetheart than shopping local this Valentine’s season gifting a slice of the Finger Lakes.

Whether you’re a classic romantic who buys flowers and chocolates or you’re looking for something a little more personalized or unique, we’ve recommended some ideas for gift giving this sweet time of year.

Sweet Treats

There’s no sweeter gift than a sugary confections for your significant other whether

Winter Waterway

Finger Lakes Wine Country is an all-season getaway, we even like to say that there are five seasons of fun here. Winter is easily one of the most underrated seasons to visit the region and one of the quietest, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Here are just a few of the incredible outdoor activities to enjoy in Finger Lakes Wine Country in the winter.

Snowshoe Rentals

A fun adventurous activity fit for the whole family in winter is

Wines to Warm You This Winter

Thursday, December 9, 2021 11:00 AM by Maiah Johnson Dunn

Winter Wine Glass

It sneaks up on you. One day, you find yourself appreciating the heat emanating from your coffee mug. You notice your morning dog walks have become a bit more bundled. The leaves have changed to yellows, burnt oranges and reds, and the weather feels perfect for cable knit sweaters, thick socks, and cozy blankets. Suddenly it’s soup season, yule log channels return, and twinkling lights bring actual neighborhood cheer as the sounds of Mariah Carey can be heard on repeat. The holidays are back!

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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Festive Holiday Cookies with Bunny Lyons of Bunny Cakes

Few things are more fun than decorating holiday cookies and few are as talented and skilled as Bunny Lyons of Bunny Cakes, LLC in Berlin, N.J. Ms. Lyons has taken the cookie decorating scene by storm and creates the most beautiful cakes and cookies that at times, if only for a brief moment, you want to admire more than eat - a short lived struggle, of course!

Her craft has received plenty of accolades by everyone from local media to the Food Network, where she recently participated in their

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