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Canandaigua festival serves as a fine time for NY wine

Meg McLaughlin welcomed the opportunity to visit the New York State Wine Festival for the first time Saturday.

The Rochester resident knows there are so many wineries in the state and Finger Lakes, in particular. And with 20 New York wineries offering samples — and bottles for sale — during the two-day festival, the host New York Wine and Culinary Center served as a one-stop shopping place for old hands and newcomers alike.

“What better way to sample the wineries?” McLaughlin said.

Even a few short rain downpours on Saturday afternoon couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who came out for the festival. After all, much of the wine is dry — semi-dry, if you prefer.

The festival, which used to showcase exclusively Riesling wines and recently also offered craft beer for visitors to try, got back to its roots by focusing on wine, said Kathy Phelps, vice president of special events at Dixon Schwabl, which organizes the event.

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