PENN YAN — Summer has officially begun, and so has Keuka Spring Vineyards’ annual summer wine education series. The series begins with on Saturday, July 6, at the winery, 243 Route 54 (East Lake Road), just outside of Penn Yan on the east side of Keuka Lake. The event features a vertical tasting of award-winning Keuka Spring Chardonnay wines paired with shrimp appetizers. Tasting times are at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. and last about 1 hour.
In a vertical vintage tasting or library tasting, different vintages (or years) of the same wine varietal are compared and contrasted. At Shrimp & Chardonnay, winemaker August Deimel will lead small group tastings outside on the winery’s hillside terrace overlooking Keuka Lake (weather permitting). This is the only day of the year where past vintages of Keuka Spring Vineyards’ Chardonnay are available for purchase, and the first opportunity to taste its not-yet-released 2012 Chardonnay.
Reservations are suggested. The tasting fee of $15 includes the tasting, shrimp pairing plate, and souvenir wine glass. A special discount for Keuka Spring case club and wine club members applies. Next in the series is “Merlot and Mignon” on Aug. 3.
“We invite visitors to learn about wine concepts — how we grow the grapes here at the vineyard, how the wines we make vary from vintage to vintage, and the effect of aging on our wines, while enjoying the tasting,” says Len Wiltberger, co-owner of the winery with his wife Judy. “Our Chardonnay grapes are from the same vineyard, so nuances in winemaking style and year-to-year weather variation make a difference in the finished wine. People are fascinated by what their senses tell them and that makes it really fun.”
Owners Len and Judy Wiltberger have been committed to producing premium wines since they founded the winery in 1985.
For more information, visit KeukaSpringWinery.com, or call 536-3147 to make a reservation.