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Lenz lining up samples for its Merlot World Classic

PECONIC, Long Island — If Merlots are your thing, circle Saturday, September 15, on your social calendar. That’s the date for the 23rd annual Merlot World Classic.

The event is run by the folks at the Lenz Winery, who have collected more than 60 different merlots from around the world for sampling.

Admission is $50 per person, or $25 for Lenz subscribers. In either case, a 10% discount is being offered on all tickets purchased by September 1. Tickets are available by calling the Lenz tasting room at (631) 734-6010. The winery is located at on Main Road (Route 25) in this Suffolk County community.

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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in Tasting Event, Wine


‘Taste of Summer’ to fete LI wines, foods

OLD BETHPAGE VILLAGE — Taking in many of Long Island’s wineries in one day can be a daunting task. But a new event will gather plenty of them in one spot for a day, making sampling a snap.

The first “Taste of Summer” event, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. in the Fairgrounds Barn in Old Bethpage Village, will offer more than 100 new-release and featured wines from more than 30 Long Island wine producers.

In addition, products grown on the East End will be paired with the wines by chef Tom Schaudel, co-owner of the new Jewel Restaurant in Melville.

Tickets are $75 for general admission, $100 for VIP which allows early entry. They are available online.

Old Bethpage Village is a 209-acre recreated mid-19th Century American village, with an assortment of homes, farms and businesses.

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Westchester Food & Wine Festival selling out

WHITE PLAINS — If you’ve been planning to attend Westchester Magazine‘s annual Food & Wine Festival, you’ve already been shut out of several events.

The event, scheduled for this Thursday through Sunday, will be under a huge, 250-foot tent located at Court and Main street in White Plains. Vehicular traffic will be prohibited on Court. Parking will be available at many nearby municipal garages including The Galleria, Ritz-Carlton Hotel and City Center.

The Thursday “Burgers, BBQ and Beer Bash” and Saturday evening winemakers’ dinner are sellouts, and no tickets will be available at the door.

However, there are tickets still available for the ArtsBash on Friday, the grand tastings set for Saturday and Sunday at The Ritz-Carlton, the “Sparkling Sunday Brunch,” various demonstrations, wine and spirits seminars, and other events. Ticket information and ordering are available online at various prices.

The Ritz-Carlton is located at Three Renaissance Square. Phone: (914) 946-5500.

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Sheldrake Point hosting 2 regional tastings

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OVID — The folks at Sheldrake Point are feeling very ecumenical these days. Two events are proof to that. Both are limited-seating tastings of various Finger Lakes wines in specific categories.

Dessert Rieslings: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

Sheldrake winemaker Dave Breeden will lead a blind tasting of dessert-style Rieslings, from late harvest to frozen grape examples. At least six examples produced by various Finger Lakes wineries and small foods will be provided to showcase dessert style Rieslings’ affinity with foods other than desserts. Producers’ labels will be revealed at the end.

Gewürztraminers: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8.

Breeden will lead this blind tasting as well, a followup to a similar event he hosted last year. Examples have been selcted from various producers on the west side of Seneca Lake and on Keuka Lake. The tasting will include small food paired with the wines. Producers’ labels will be revealed at the end.

Seating for both events is limited to 20 guests. Reservation deadline for the Dessert Rieslings tasting is April 25, and June 30 for the gewürztraminers tasting. Contact Antoinette at (607) 532-9401 extension 106. Admission to each event is $25 per person, $15 for club members.

Sheldrake Point is located at 7448 County Road 153 in this Seneca County community on the west side of Cayuga Lake. It also has a tasting room at 5930 State Route 414 in Hector.

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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Finger Lakes, Tasting Event, Wineries


‘Tour de Tanks’ in Finger Lakes this weekend

WILLIAMSON — Five restaurants will be part of this weekend’s “Tour de Tanks” event on the Lake Ontario Wine Trail.

The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will include tasting flights, winemakers’ tours and food samplings. “Passports” are $15 each or two for $25, which provides access to all five wineries.

Each participating winery will have a different approach to previewing its new wines. The participants:

  • Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport
  •  JD Wine Cellars at Long Acre Farm, 1342 Eddy Road, Macedon
  • Young Sommer Winery, 4287 Jersey Road, Williamson
  • Thorpe Vineyard, 8150 Chimney Heights Boulevard, Wolcott
  • Ontario Barns Vineyard, 513 Whitney Road, Ontario

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Finger Lakes, Tasting Event, Upstate


Buffalo Wine Festival a split-session day

BUFFALO — Thirty-four wineries have been signed up for the 3rd annual Buffalo Wine Festival, a two-session event scheduled for Saturday, March 31.
Because of the usually large turnout, organizers try to keep the foot traffic moving by having split sessions — 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. — at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street.

Tickets are available online, and all tickets will be mailed in advance of the event. First-session tickets are $30, second-session tickets $35. Each paid admission will include a souvenir wine tasting glass.

Participating wineries:

  • 7 Vines Winery
  • Ashley Lynn Winery
  • Atwater Estate Vineyards
  • Bagley’s Poplar Ridge Vineyards
  • Casa Larga Vineyards
  • Eagle Crest vineyards
  • Fox Run Vineyards
  • Fulkerson Winery
  • Glenora Wine Cellars
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
  • Heron Hill Winery
  • Hickory Hollow / Highland Cellars
  • Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard
  • Johnson Estate Winery
  • Knapp Winery
  • Lakewood Vineyards
  • Lime Berry Winery
  • Mazza Chautauqua Cellars
  • Merritt Estate Winery
  • Miles Wine Cellars
  • Montezuma Winery
  • Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
  • Rasta Ranch Winery
  • Red Newt Cellars
  • Sparkling Ponds Winery
  • Three Brothers Wineries
  • Thousand Islands Winery
  • Vizcarra Vineyards
  • Wagner Vineyards
  • Willow Creek Winery
  • Winery Of Ellicottville
  • Woodbury Vineyards
  • Yates Cellars

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Tasting Event, Western New York, Wine


27 spots will host ‘Between the Lakes’ wine, food tastings day

Here’s a good bet for a nice day in the Finger Lakes: The “Between The Lakes Wine & Food Day,” set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 28.

The event, which will be held at 27 wineries located on the west side of Cayuga Lake and east side of Seneca Lake, will feature local wines and foods, with tasting room fees still in effect but samples of anything from stews, soups, dips, and desserts are free with the tastings.

If you need additional information, call (800) 869-9271.

Participating wineries:

  • Americana Vineyards
  • Atwater Estate Vineyards
  • Bellwether Hard Cider
  • Buttonwood Grove
  • Cayuga Ridge Winery
  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau
  • Cobblestone Farm Winery & Vineyard
  • Damiani Winery
  • Goose Watch Winery
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
  • Hosmer Vineyards
  • Kings Garden Vineyards
  • Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant
  • Lakeshore Winery
  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
  • Lucas Vineyards
  • Montezuma Winery
  • Penguin Bay Winery
  • Red Newt Cellars
  • Sheldrake Point Vineyards
  • Standing Stone Vineyards
  • Swedish Hill Winery
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company
  • Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
  • Ventosa Vineyards
  • Wagner Vineyards
  • Zugibe Vineyards

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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Finger Lakes, Tasting Event, Wineries