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Winter Instagramming

In the early months of the year, the region transforms into a beautiful winter wonderland. If you enjoy quieter settings and fewer crowds, or just want to escape the chaos of everyday life, you’ll enjoy a winter retreat in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Beat the winter blues with a breathtaking getaway to Finger Lakes Wine Country. There are plenty of ways to escape, relax, and rejuvenate in this cozy winter wonderland. From indoor oases to outdoor escapes, we’ve rounded up some unforgettable

Pear and Blue Cheese Galette Recipe

Monday, December 12, 2022 9:00 AM by Sara May

Pear and Blue Cheese Galette

This free-form, rustic tart straddles the line between sweet and savory, making it the perfect last course after a rich holiday dinner. Or try slicing it into thin wedges and adding it to a cheese board! Either way, don’t miss pairing it with Wagner Vineyard’s Riesling Ice Wine– the smooth, balanced sweetness of the wine plays nicely against the blue cheese and rosemary. A note about the cheese: baking it on top of the tart results in a pleasantly chewy caramelized texture, but if you prefer

Fall in Wine Country

From grape growing to production, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the largest cohesive wine trails in North America. When you visit the 27-member wineries you are guaranteed to be tasting and purchasing wine made from grapes grown in the favorable conditions surrounding Seneca Lake.

Seneca Lake is not only the largest of the glacially-formed Finger Lakes but is also the deepest lake within New York State. At 630 feet in depth, the sapphire waters of Seneca Lake make up 50% of the water in

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

Friday, November 18, 2022 1:00 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,

Summer Hot Dog Pairings with FLX Beer & Wine

Friday, June 24, 2022 9:00 AM by Sara May

Overhead Shot Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs with Grilled Mustard Slaw, paired with Lucky Hare’s Conan the Bavarian German-Style Hefeweizen

Slaw gets a major upgrade when it shares the grill with hot dogs. If you haven’t yet tried grilling cabbage, you’re in for a real treat! The smoky char from the grill softens and sweetens cabbage, and in this recipe we take it one step further by simmering the grilled cabbage in Lucky Hare’s Conan the Bavarian German-Style Hefeweizen. The aromatic clove notes in this refreshing brew

FLX Spring Salad Recipe with Wine Pairing

Thursday, May 12, 2022 9:00 AM by Sara May

Chicken Panzanella and J.R. Dill’s Sauvignon Blanc

Sara May Chicken Panzanella

Traditionally a summer salad consisting of juicy tomatoes and stale bread, panzanella makes a perfect light supper. Here we’ve swapped out the summer produce with the abundance of herbs and greens that are the hallmark of spring in the Finger Lakes. Tangy sourdough bread and creamy fresh cheese from some of our region’s finest dairies make every bite of this salad a delightful contrast in texture and flavor. The herbaceous notes of J.R. Dill’s

Unapologetically Female

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

Postcard

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.

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!

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