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Finger Lakes or bust: how wineries are taking innovative approaches to changing climate

The winters of 2014 and 2015 dealt Tom and Susan Higgins, the owners of Heart & Hands Wine Co. in the Finger Lakes, a one-two punch that left them concerned about the viability of their business. It started with the fierce winter of 2014. January and February temperatures were a roller coaster ride from highs near 50, rapidly dipping down... more

Beer flows again at Olney Place in Barrington

After more than two years, customers at The Olney Place on Keuka Lake are able to drink a beer that is drawn from the taps on the bar in the tap room at Seth Olney’s deli and market. Olney learned last Friday, June 15, that his argument prevailed in a case before the Supreme Court of New York Appellate Division.... more

Labatt to feature Seneca Lake, other New York waterways in limited edition cans

Labatt USA will partner with Riverkeeper to further its efforts to sustain the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water for nine million New Yorkers. Labatt USA will make a $10,000 investment to support Riverkeeper’s efforts, which is part of a larger investment of more than $100,000 with Waterkeepers throughout the Great Lakes region. The partnership and... more

Eat, Drink and Be Murphy: Toasting heart-healthy wine, everyday

Say someone recommends a particular wine that, along with several other other lifestyle improvements, may help you to live to 100. You try it, right? And that’s what happened when this area “discovered” Sella & Mosca’s Cannonau di Sardegna, an Italian red from Sardinia that Ryan’s Wine & Spirits has been carrying since 2013. The wine was recommended by the... more

Seneca Falls 3rd annual Canal Festival

The Seneca Falls Business Association (SFBA) is inviting all groups, organizations, businesses, wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries, restaurants, arts & craft vendors, food vendors, boaters, and watercraft of any kind to participate at this year’s Canal Fest. Last year’s Canal Fest drew an estimated 18,000 visitors over the 3-day event and anticipates that the amount of visitors will grow. SFBA is... more

First annual “A Taste of Penn Yan” festival to benefit the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yates County

On June 3rd, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, the Keuka Emporium Event Venue and Penn Yan Elks 1722 will host the first annual “A Taste of Penn Yan” spring festival. The event celebrates small-town pleasures in the heart of Penn Yan, featuring tastings from some of its best restaurant​s, wineries, breweries and specialty food shops. This year, A Taste of Penn Yan is helping raising awareness and... more

WeBe Brewing of Geneva gets its first medal

WeBe Brewing has been open less than two months, but it’s already a medal winner. The craft brewery, which opened in late March, captured a bronze medal at the TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival April 28 and 29 at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills, one of the major craft beer competitions in the state. FL Times: Read... more

Montezuma Winery owners purchase Seneca County winery

The owners of Montezuma Winery recently purchased a Seneca County winery, adding to their list of wineries owned. Kings Garden Vineyard, located at 9085 state Route 414 in Lodi, is one of four wineries and distilleries owned by the Martin family, according to a press release. The family also owns Kings Garden’s neighboring property, Idol Ridge Winery and Alder Creek... more

Buttonwood Grove Winery Named March Business of the Month

Located along Cayuga Lake in Romulus, Buttonwood Grove Winery was purchased by in 2014 by David and Melissa Pittard. Under their leadership, several enhancements have been made including the expansion of the winery’s production facility, the expansion of their signature summer music series and the addition of hard cider to compliment their award-winning wines. In 2017, Buttonwood Grove Winery won... more

First anniversary celebration for Fleur De Lis Brew Works

Fleur De Lis Brew Works celebrates their first year of business May 19th from 11 am until 9 pm. The brewery marks the day with special beer releases, first-run bottle offerings and fun for its new supporters and year-long loyalists. The day-long celebration includes several draft beer releases. “All in the Family,” braggot is the headlining release. Jon Paul Partee,... more

‘A kick off to wine season’: Cayuga Wine Trail’s 26th Wine & Herb Festival

Wine tasting was abundant along nearly 80 miles of Cayuga Lake over the weekend as 14 local wineries participated in Cayuga Lake Wine Trail's 26th Annual Wine & Herb Festival. Each of the participating wineries highlighted a vegetable or an herb that helped set the scene — not only could guests take home a potted herb or vegetable, they also... more

Keep Calm and Have a Finger Lakes Beer

The craft beer scene is exploding nationwide. If you want to soak in the suds, there’s never been a better time to do so than in the past few years, and the beer expansion is showing few signs of slowing down. So, with all this good stuff to drink, how does one even start to taste? Well, with a glass... more

Auburn brewery’s pale ale lands in top 10 of national tasting

The publication that said Prison City Pub & Brewery makes the best IPA in the country has singled out yet another beer from the Auburn brewpub. Paste Magazine ranked Prison City’s Illusion of Knowledge No. 7 in a blind tasting of 151 pale ales whose results were published Monday. The beer finished ahead of entries from national breweries like Firestone... more

For NY winemakers, tariffs mean trouble

The New York wine industry is going strong. With jobs, sales and tax revenue the industry now generates more than $13.8 billion, not to mention what wine and grapes do for upstate tourism and agriculture. In Albany, lawmakers recently stamped their approval with the 2019 budget backing programs and research for wine and grapes that includes $1.023 million for the... more

Three Brothers’ suds hop to top

It didn’t take long for Three Brothers Winery to become one of those must-see stops along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail because of its reputation as the Disneyland of Finger Lakes winemakers. However, it’s gaining a growing reputation — and customer base — for its beer as well. War Horse Brewing Co., Three Brothers Wineries & Estates’ brewery, has been... more

Ribbon cutting event held at WeBe Brewing (photo)

A large crowd was present at the official ribbon cutting celebration that was co-hosted by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce at WeBe Brewing on Thursday, March 29th. Chamber staff, several board members, committee volunteers, local business owners and employees gathered to show their support at the event, which included a ceremonial ribbon cutting presentation under the Chamber’s popular Member... more

FLX WEEKLY: West side Seneca wine trailin’ & weekend warm-up? (podcast)

Join Sydney Rogers, Jim Sinicropi & Josh Durso for a round-up of your week, and a warmer weekend ahead, here in the Finger Lakes. Check out a photo gallery of a Saturday spend on the wineries along the west side of Seneca Lake, get your weekend forecast, discuss the top local news of the week and enjoy some great local... more
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