• nICE time looms in Finger Lakes

28 Jan

Winter need not be a bleak time, not if you pay attention to whose imagination is working at full tilt and you’re willing to drive a few hours.

Take the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua. The Finger Lakes facility is working on the finishing touches for its 3rd annual “nICE Festival,” a celebration of ice wines and food, all New York sourced.

The event, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 26, will be more than a sit-and-watch affair. It will include cooking classes, pairings, ice sculpture demonstration and live music to go with the wine tastings.

The schedule:

  • Noon to 5 p.m. — Ice wine tasting in the tasting room and exhibit room with representatives from area wineries, accompanied by regional food favorites. Free.
  • 2 p.m. — Kitchen Quick Takes in the Hands-On Kitchen: Preparing cheese soufflé, paired with ice wine. $40.
  • 2 p.m. — Ice sculpture demonstration with Executive Chef Carlo Peretti. Free.
  • 2 to 5 p.m. — Live Music in the Taste of New York Restaurant. Free.
  • 3 p.m. — Wine and chocolate pairing in the Educational Theater, Sampling three New York wines, including one ice wine, paired with a sampling of three chocolate desserts prepared by NYWCC pastry chef Andrew. $20.
  • 4 p.m. — Ice sculpture demonstration with chef instructor Jeff Christiano. Free.
  • 5 p.m. — Winter wine and food pairing — In the Educational Theater; serving New York cheddar quiche, roast beef au jus, and spiced pumpkin pie paired with Chardonnay, Meritage and ice wines. $25 per person.
  • All day — Sweet & Savory Duo/Ice Wine Pairing — In the Taste of New York Restaurant. $15.
  • Advance registration is required, and can be done online.

    The Center is located at 800 South Main Street. Phone: (585) 394-7070.

    Check out my New York Drinks Events Calendar, the most comprehensive you’ll find anywhere.

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    Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Cuisine, Finger Lakes, Tasting Event, Wine


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