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BIGGER PICTURE: Food and Wine Experience

This is the time of the year when a combination of forces come together and make the Finger Lakes region one of the world’s go-to places.

The convergence of fall colors, warm days, cool nights and annual grape harvest has created a tourism destination that ranks up there with the best.

That might explain the rapid increase in new wineries, breweries and distilleries that now dot the lakeside landscape of Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga lakes.

Now you can add hard cider producers to the list too.

There were five Finger Lakes wineries in 1975; 25 in 1985; 98 in 2010 and over 130 today, according to statistics kept by the Wine and Grape Foundation. In addition, the state wine industry generates $4.8 billion in economic activity annually.

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