GENEVA — The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance wants to spread the word about how good local riesling grapes and wines are.

Toward that end, the third annual Finger Lakes Riesling Camp will be April 8 to 10 at 15 locations throughout the four-county area, sponsored by the FLWA.

“This innovative program will bring 16 wine influencers from various markets across the country for a three-day, hands-on, intensive and intimate riesling experience,” said Tracey Dello Stritto, executive director of the Geneva-based FLWA.

“Campers” will participate in vineyard and winery experiences, blending trials and educational session on topics related to riesling production, including single vineyard rieslings, riesling clones and riesling versatility.

Dello Stritto said the highlight of Riesling Camp is the hands-on blending trial conducted at the Finger Lakes Community College Wine & Viticulture Center in Geneva at 9 a.m. Monday, April 9. There, each camper will use various riesling components to craft his or her own individual riesling.

A blind tasting competition, conducted by the campers, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Sheldrake Point Winery to reveal the winner of the Riesling Blending Challenge.

“We are thrilled to once again showcase the magic of Finger Lakes riesling and the warmth and collaborative spirit of our member wineries and supporting area businesses,” Dello Stritto said.

“The program is designed to create Finger Lakes ambassadors in various markets and this year we will welcome campers from New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Massachusetts and upstate New York,” she added.

You can follow the campers’ journey around the Finger Lakes by following @flxrieslingcamp, @flxwine on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the camp, contact Dello Stritto a

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