Finger Lakes Wineries and Food Banks Pair Up in Charity Event

Coming up Saturday is the first ever Wine Tourism Day.  Participating wineries across the four-county region will donate their tasting fees or a portion of their wine sales collected that day to one of three regional food banks assigned to their respective locations.  Finger Lakes Wine Country is partnering with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Food Link, and the Food Bank of Central New York for this event.  The region can share in the joy of giving back as the donations collected will stay local.  President and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Natasha Thompson says, “We are thrilled to partner with Finger Lakes Wine Country and of all the generous wineries that support our local hunger relief efforts.”  Among wine tastings, many participating wineries will offer wine and food pairings throughout the day.  Some wineries are offering visitors educational experiences. Whether it is a wine-making lesson from the winemaker or a detailed tour of the cellar or vineyards, the opportunity to learn something new is endless. 

Find out more one the website.

 

Wineries

CANANDAIGUA LAKE

Hazlitt's Red Cat Cellars

Charity: 100% of tasting fees to benefit Food Link. Available from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wine & Food Pairing: Offering Hazlitt's white wines with a variety of grilled foods.  Visitors can enjoy the pairing on our relaxing patio while enjoying live music performed by Andy Hannon & Chris Eaton. Weather permitting. Fee: $3. Available from 1– 4 p.m.
Education: Hazlitt's Red Cat Cellars Head Wine Maker will lead a discussion on wine making while providing a tank sampling from our tanks in the historic Brickstone Cellars. Free (donations appreciated for direct monetary contribution to the Food Link). Available times: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m.

Heron Hill Tasting Room at Bristol

Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Special: On May 11th, receive your choice of one complimentary bottle of wine from the Classic series with the purchase of a Prepay Wine Club Membership at any level (valid for purchases made in person, online, or by phone).

The New York State Wine & Culinary Center
Charity: 100% of tasting fees benefit Food Link
Food & Wine Pairing: Offering two New York State Grown wine and food pairing experiences:  (1.) Tasting Room: Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie pairing with New York State Wines. (2.) Upstairs Bistro: Special Food & Wine Pairing Lunch & Dinner Menu
Education: Appreciate New York State's world class Rose Wines. $15 in the Wine Spectator Theatre
Special: 10% off in our wine shop for participants
 

CAYUGA LAKE

Americana Vineyards & Winery
Charity: 100% of tasting fees benefit Food Bank of Central NY
Food & Wine Pairing: At Americana, we will welcome a local Cheesemaker from Shtayburne Farms and will be pairing our wines with his fine cheeses.
Special: In order to celebrate Wine Tourism Day we will offer free shipping for any phone-in case orders. Regular Discounts apply. Call Toll-Free 1-888-600-8067 or 607-387-6801.

Heart & Hands Wine Company

Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Bank of Central New York

King Ferry Winery
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Bank of Central New York
Special: Club pricing for all customers on May 11.

Knapp Winery
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Sample our very own chef's recipe of Pasta Red Reserve Pomodoro Sauce.  Pomodoro sauce is light blend of minced tomato, basil and garlic.  Made and paired with Pasta Red Reserve, a blend of Sangiovese, Baco Noir & DeChaunac. Pairing is complimentary. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
Education: Teaching Tannins. A guided tour of your palate, to recognize the degrees of tannins in different styled red wines.  10a.m. - 4p.m.  Tours begin every hour on the hour.
Special: Additional 5% of six bottles or more.

Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Education: Six Mile Creek will provide on-going tours throughout the day of our working distillery providing an overview of the distillation process and a free sampling of our spirits which include gin, vodka, Limoncella, Orangello and Grappa.  
Special:  Visitors on Tourism Day will receive Six Mile Creek Case Club pricing which is 5% 1 to 2 Bottles of Wine, 10% 3 to 5 Bottles of Wine, 15% 5 to 11 Bottles of Wine and 20% on case purchases or ore. Wine selections can be mixed.
 

KEUKA LAKE

Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars
Charity: A percentage of wine sales benefit Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Education: Private Tour of Chateau Frank with winery president, Fred Frank at 2:00 p.m.

Heron Hill Winery
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Special: On May 11th, receive your choice of one complimentary bottle of wine from the Classic series with the purchase of a Prepay Wine Club Membership at any level (valid for purchases made in person, online, or by phone).

Hunt Country Vineyards
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Enjoy a delicious chocolate and wine tasting at Hunt Country.  Select any four of seven Hunt Country wines with specially-paired Hedonist Artisan chocolates. $4 per person. Reservation required.  Please call 800.946.3289 to reserve.
Education: Tour our winery facilities, see the specialized equipment up-close and learn the basics of the wine-making process in a few clearly-explained steps. $3 per person, approximately 30 minutes duration.  We love questions!  For Wine Tourism Day only, every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. ; last tour leaves at 4 p.m.
Special: Cash in!  An extra $5 off a $50 wine purchase (above and beyond other discounts).  Offer valid on 5/11/13 only.

Ravines Wine Cellars
Charity: $5pp donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Wine & Food Pairing: Flight of Vivacious Spring Wines & a Dry Rose'. Enjoy a flight of newly released spring white wines:  Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Dry Rose' paired with our local farmstead cheeses and house-baked crackers.
Education: Discover Ravines' wine style:  Our French-trained winemaker expresses a style that is unique amongst Finger Lakes wines and distinctly Ravines: intricate aromatics, finely textured, restrained and balanced...with no residual sugar. 

SENECA LAKE 

Anthony Road Wine Company
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Tasting of our Rieslings: dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, MRS, Spontaneous, and Trackenbeeren. These wines will be paired with local cheeses and sauces. The Trackenbeeren will be paired with Carymo Chocolates . There will be a $10.00 fee for this scrumptious tasting!
Special: All the Rieslings will receive our regular discount program. The MRS wines (in our winemakers series) will be included for this event. They generally are not discounted.

Atwater Vineyards
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Wine & Food Pairing: Local Cheese and Riesling tastings for free
Education: Detailed Riesling Tastings (Dry, Semi and Bubble) with winemaker Kris Mathewson in the cellar at 1:30/2:30/3:30 p.m.- explaining yeast choices, soils and growing differences, winemaker influences, etc. and how they affect the end result.
Special: Purchase any of our three Rieslings, receive 15% off.

Belhurst Winery
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link

Damiani Wine Cellars
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Wine & Food Paring: Wine and Chocolate Pairing! Enjoy 4 exquisite chocolates from Preliminaires Chocolate carefully paired with 4 Damiani wines. Cost: $2 to add chocolates to your wine tasting.
Education: Learn about vineyard practices from our vineyard manager, Phil Davis. May 11, focus will be on trellis work. Advanced tickets required, for more information, call us 607-546-5557. Cost: $25/person.

Finger Lakes Distilling | Open 11 a.m. - 5.pm.
We will offer special Distillery tours on Wine Tourism Day and free tastings to Mothers on Mother's Day.
Education: Explore the inner workings of FLD on May 11th at 11:00 am. and 12:00 p.m.  Come let Master Distiller Thomas Earl entertain and educate you with his southern wit and charm as he takes you on the journey through our farm to bottle distillation process. $11 includes tour, tasting, and souvenir whiskey glass. Reservations required, tours limited to 18. Call today to reserve your spot 607-546-5510.

Fox Run Vineyards
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Sample our newly released 2012 Dry Riesling, paired with a sample of Jake’s Smoked Gouda cheese from a New York creamery, Jake’s Gouda.
Education: Offering free educational tours every hour on the hour through the vineyard and the winery showcasing the history of Fox Run and making wine in the Finger Lakes.

Fulkerson Winery
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Education: Steven Fulkerson will take visitors on a truly in-depth walking tour of the vineyards. He’ll discuss winemaking and grape growing techniques; local geologic history and why the area is so renowned for grape growing and winemaking; along with the extensive family history of the Fulkerson farm (including a stop at the family cemetery on the property). The tour concludes with a tasting. Cost is $10 per person which includes the vineyard tour, the tasting, and a coupon good for 20% off wine purchases that day. Vineyard Tours are available at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended. 
Special: Select wines on sale -- buy one bottle of wine at regular price and get a second bottle 40% off!

Glenora Wine Cellars
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Sip & Savor Wine & Food Pairing, offered 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Retail Shop $10.00/person. Chef Orlando has created a food & wine pairing that will tantalize your taste buds! Enjoy the following Pairings: Smokey bacon wrapped scallop, drizzled with Cabernet Franc reduction, paired with our Cabernet Franc; Blueberry Pulled Pork infused with Smokey Sweet BBQ sauce, paired with our Sangiovese; Guylian Dark Chocolate Mouse with Guylian Praline Hazelnut Truffle, paired with our NV Brut or Raspberry Rosé. PLUS, in the Retail Shop, we will be serving: Grilled homemade Yellow Cab Sausage with peppers & onions, with your choice of either Four Pepper Relish or Chicago Relish! Barbecued chicken breast with your choice of the following BBQ sauces: Harvest Apple, Southern Blues, Smokey Sweet, Memphis Red. $6 each
Education: Sparkling Wine Dosage Experience! Complimentary, offered on the hour from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., reservations required. This is a unique opportunity to see how sparkling wine is disgorged (that’s the technical term for removing the yeast) and dosaged (that’s how it gets its sweetness). Participants will start out the experience with a Sparkling Wine tasting of different levels of sweetness. Steve DiFrancesco, our Winemaker, will then demonstrate the step by step process. Call Kerry Keller at 800.243.5513 to reserve your experience!

Heron Hill Tasting Room
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Special: On May 11th, receive your choice of one complimentary bottle of wine from the Classic series with the purchase of a Prepay Wine Club Membership at any level (valid for purchases made in person, online, or by phone).

Lakewood Vineyards
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Wine & Food Pairing: Offering a local cheese that pairs with a featured wine on either flight for that day.
Education: Offering a 20 minute winery & vineyard (weather permitting) tour at the top of each hour from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. . Appointments for groups of 12 or more are required.

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Wine Tourism Day Flight. A showcase of five of our estate-bottled wines, paired with local cheeses. $10

Prejean Winery
Charity: 100% of tasting fees benefit Food Link
Special: 10% off on wine purchases

Red Newt Cellars
Education: Wine Tourism Day Single Vineyard Riesling Tasting, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
A Riesling focused wine education seminar with our Wine Director Bob Madill. This seminar will focus on tasting and discussing Red Newt's four unreleased single vineyard Rieslings from the 2011 vintage: Sawmill Creek Vineyards, Bullhorn Creek Vineyards, Tango Oaks Vineyard, and Lahoma Vineyards. Plus, the option to purchase these otherwise unavailable wines at a sweet price! 20/person (lasts about an hour), 12 people maximum/seminar. Reservations: rednewt.com/reserve or call 607-546-410.

Ravines Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake
Charity: $10 pp fee is donated to Food Link
Education: Cellar Tour & Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker. A walking tour through the cellar with French-trained Oenologist/Winemaker Morten Hallgren who will explain the ABC's of winemaking while he leads guests from the Crush Pad where the grapes are received, through the cellar and on to the Barrel Room where the wines are aged and finished. The tour culminates with a barrel tasting of 2012 Chardonnay and 2012 Pinot Noir paired with Finger Lakes farmstead cheeses and local artisan bread. Morning Tour: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  & Afternoon Tour: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.  Reservations are required.  Please email to events@ravineswine.com or call (315)781-7007. Tour also includes tasting of our award-winning dry wines in the tasting room.

Seneca Shore Wine Cellars
Charity: $100 or 5% of sales (whichever is greater) benefit Food Link.  No tasting fees.
Wine & Food Pairing: Samples of cheeses from the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail will be available along with cheeses available for purchase
Special: Purchase 3 bottles of Riesling and receive 15% off regular retail price.

Standing Stone Vineyards

Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Offering a flight of 3 wines, each paired with cheese, for a price of $5.00. 
Education: Offering half price barrel cellar tours on the hour, which also includes a vineyard tour, tasting 2 wines from the barrels and the regular tasting. The regular price is $15.00 per person, for this promotion it will be $7.50 per person. 
Special: Purchase 3 bottles of our "Ice Style" wines and receive a 15% discount.

Starkey's Lookout
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Starkey's Lookout will offer both a wine and chocolate and wine and cheese pairing. For $8 each guest can sample any four wines along with four preselected chocolates OR four preselected NYS cheeses.
Special: All purchases of 12 or more bottles will receive 20% off (may not be combined with any other special offers).

Three Brothers Wineries and Estates
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Offering a wine and cheese pairing in Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars- featuring a local creamery.
Education: Offering wine cellar tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  for those interested in learning more about our winery and the winemaking process.
Special: Select wines will be discounted on the day of the event.

Torrey Ridge & Earle Estate
Charity: 100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: For Earle Estates- Chocolate Brownies or Fudge Paired with Raspberry or Strawberry wine. $2.00 
Education: Tour of winery by owner and winemaker at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. $2.00/person
Special: 2-5 bottles- 5% off, 6-11 bottles 10% off, 12 or more bottles 20% off

Wagner Vineyards
Charity:  100% tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: We will offer a vertical Riesling tasting paired with local cheeses from Sunset View Creamery.  $10/ person limited to groups of 6 or less.  By appointment only. Must make reservation 7 days in advance.
Education: The above offer is a both an educational experience, as well as a food experience. Generally, people don't view Rieslings as aging wines. This tasting will teach consumers that Riesling ages beautifully!
Special:  We will be making our Library wines available to the general public for the month of May. Usually only available to Case Club Members.

White Springs Winery
Charity: 100% of tasting fees to benefit Food Link
Special: Receive 10% off your purchase of $25 or more. (Cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.)

Zugibe Vineyards
Charity: 100% of tasting fees benefit Food Link
Wine & Food Pairing: Offering a premium flight of wines delightfully paired with Muranda Cheese, CaryMo Chocolate and Stonybrook Oils for the regular price of a standard tasting fee. $3.00
Special: 15% discount on all wines purchased in the tasting room. Free shipping on all orders placed online.

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