WATKINS GLEN — The Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese (July 12 to 14) has added a new feature to this year’s event. Festival attendees will be able to participate in wine seminars designed to aid them in finding the perfect dry wine.
“The Finger Lakes region is known for its riesling and sweeter varietals, but we also boast some amazing dry, vinifera wines as well,” explained Marti Macinski, winemaker and owner of Standing Stone Vineyards. “At our winery we have numerous customers ask about our dry wine selections and we’re looking forward to showcasing some of the region’s best during these seminars.”
The free seminars, organized by Macinski, will take place at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Attendees will learn about the history of grape growing and wine making directly from the winemakers, all while sampling the featured wines.
The morning seminars, titled “Dry Red Vinifera Wines of the Finger Lakes: Past, Present and Future,” will feature six dry red wines, including pinot noir, cabernet franc, meritage, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, saperavi, lemberger and Dornfelder. Winemakers will discuss the learning curve working with these varietals and attendees will get to taste how far the region has come.
Similarly, the afternoon seminars, “Food Friendly Dry Rieslings — the Perfect Summer Picnic Wine,” will feature six dry rieslings. In this seminar, each riesling will be paired with a different flavored Cheez-It cracker, donated by WGI sponsor Cheez-It. “With the many different flavors of Cheez-It crackers, we will have a lot of fun pairing them with the wines. These pairings will show how dry and off-dry rieslings are very sophisticated, while also being very user-friendly,” Macinski points out.
Wineries participating in the dry red seminars include Standing Stone Vineyards, Wagner Vineyards, Hazlitt 1852, Red Newt Cellars, Fulkerson Winery, Hosmer Winery, Dr. Konstantine Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Lakewood Winery and Glenora Wine Cellars. Included will be dry and off-dry rieslings from Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lake vineyards.
The hour-long seminars will take place in the Watkins Glen International Media Center and space is limited on a first come, first serve basis.
Tickets for the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy are available by calling (866) 461-7223. Gift certificates, licensed merchandise, Thunder Road Tours and tickets are available for purchase at The Shop, in downtown Watkins Glen, 2 N. Franklin St. and at www.TheGlen.com.