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Beyond Riesling: New name, new focus for this year’s wine festival

The New York State Wine Festival is a celebration of wine — and for the first time this year, the festival will be showcasing all state-produced wines, not just a particular type and not from a single region.

Formerly known as the Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival, the New York State Wine Festival will take place August 12-13 at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua. Varieties from wine producers across the Empire State are invited to attend this two-day event, which will include marketplace vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and more. The event will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

“We rebranded this year’s festival, formerly known as the Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival, because we want to celebrate all wine producers across the state and highlight various wines beyond just Riesling and the new name embraces that effort,” said Kathy Phelps, vice president of special events, public relations at Dixon Schwabl. “Wine production is a $4.8 billion industry in New York, supported by more than 400 independent producers. This new name gives them all a chance to participate and gives attendees a chance to find their new favorite New York state wine.”

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