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Finding the Finger Lakes’ oldest winery at the southern end of Keuka Lake

Finding the Finger Lakes’ oldest winery at the southern end of Keuka Lake
At the southern end of Keuka Lake, two miles from Hammondsport in the tiny town of Urbana, is the oldest winery in the Finger Lakes region. The Pleasant Valley Wine Company dates back to 1860. Back in the day, they were so big they had their own post office in the winery. A railroad track was built on the grounds... more

Reality TV stars to pour drinks for charity on Friday night in Skaneateles

Reality TV stars to pour drinks for charity in Skaneateles
Two reality TV stars and a Hollywood actor will appear at a celebrity fundraiser in Central New York this weekend. Tom and Katie Schwartz of “Vanderpump Rules” fame and actor Daniel Baldwin will help pour drinks at The Krebs in Skaneateles on Friday night starting at 5 pm. No tickets or cover is required; proceeds from the event will benefit... more

FLX WEEKLY REVIEW: Union Block in Penn Yan, Vineyard View Winery, Crooked Tusker Distillery & Dr. Konstantin Frank (video)

FLX WEEKLY REVIEW: Union Block in Penn Yan, Vineyard View Winery, Crooked Tusker Distillery & Dr. Konstantin Frank (video)
A review of dinner at the new Union Block Restaurant in Penn Yan and stops at Vineyard View Winery in Penn Yan, Crooked Tusker Distillery and Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in Hammondsport. This segment originally appeared in our episode of FLX Weekly on FingerLakes1.com on October 9, 2019. . more

Pumpkin chuckin’ and wine at Varick Winery in Seneca County

Pumpkin chuckin’ and wine at Varick Winery in Seneca County
From September through October, you can head to Varick Winery in Romulus to chuck pumpkins. The pumpkin chuckin’ opens at 9:30 a.m. on weekends ONLY! It works by putting pumpkins inside giant slingshots and aiming them at different targets. Large groups who are planning to attend are asked to call ahead of time at 315-549-8797. Continue reading from WSTM-TV more

Finger Lakes Distilling debuts a 10+ year-old malt whiskey

Finger Lakes Distilling debuts a 10+ year-old malt whiskey
The new McKenzie Single Malt Whiskey, according to those behind it, is a 10.5 year old expression made from 100% malted barley, 75% of which was grown in New York State. It is a whiskey the distillery worked on early on, given that they just had an onsite celebration tied to having their tasting room open in 2009 (Finger Lakes... more

Winery on Keuka Lake host event to benefit community leveled by Hurricane Dorian

Winery on Keuka Lake host event to benefit community leveled by Hurricane Dorian
As brand development manager for Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Tambi Schweizer is a familiar face to many in the Finger Lakes wine industry. Those colleagues came out to support her last month, when the Steuben County winery on the west side of Keuka Lake hosted a concert that raised money for Hope Town, one of the communities in the... more

Twisted Rail Brewing opens gorgeous facility in former Geneva theater

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It’s been a long time since this former movie theater hosted a premiere. It will again on Friday when Twisted Rail Brewing Co. opens its doors on Exchange Street, showing the public to its new flagship location in the former Regent Theatre that features a tasting room with three different levels, a stage for performances, a full kitchen with a... more

PHOTO GALLERY: Oktoberfest in Geneva draws crowd from around the region

PHOTO GALLERY: Oktoberfest in Geneva over the weekend
– Photos by Gabriel Pietrorazio An undergraduate student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pietrorazio has written for the Town Times of Watertown, Connecticut and Finger Lakes Times in Geneva, New York. He’s currently a reporter for FL1 News, and can be reached at gabriel@fingerlakes1.com.     more

Tribute planned to late winemaker John Brahm

Tribute planned to late winemaker John Brahm
A tribute is planned to honor one of Ontario County’s pioneering winemakers, the late John Brahm. Brahm, co-founder and winemaker at Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery in South Bristol, died in March after an accident at his home in Naples. He was 76. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, the official tourism-promotion agency for the county, said it will honor Brahm at... more

CB Craft Brewers evicted, owes $73,000 to property owner

CB Craft Brewers evicted, owes $73,000 to property owner
CB Craft Brewers, the soon-to-close craft brewery in Honeoye Falls, was evicted from its building following an Aug. 20 court hearing. Court records obtained by the Democrat and Chronicle indicate owner Mike Alcorn and his company, Custom Brewcrafters Inc., owe $73,035.68 in lease payments, legal fees and other assorted costs to Monroe Village Associates LLC, the property owner and developer. That total includes $70,915.68 for... more

FLX WEEKLY: Labor Day Weekend in the Finger Lakes & Katherine Chase from Cayuga Wine Trail in-studio (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Labor Day Weekend in the Finger Lakes & Katherine Chase from Cayuga Wine Trail in-studio (podcast)
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Executive Director Katherine Chase in in-studio to taste some wine and help preview the Labor Day Weekend ahead in the Finger Lakes as the unofficial end of summer arrives. Katherine will look at Chardonnay “oaked” versus “unoaked” as we compare the difference after tasting Thirsty Owl Chardonnay and Buttonwood Grove Unoaked Chardonnay. . more

18th Annual Federweisser Festival coming to Anthony Road on Sept. 21

18th Annual Federweisser Festival coming to Anthony Road on Sept. 21
Anthony Road Wine Company is hosting their 18th annual Federweisser Festival on Saturday, September 21 from noon to five. The festival is a celebration to kickoff the 2019 harvest season. Federweisser- a partially fermented, frothy, young, wine made from the first fruits of the harvest- will be flowing all afternoon. The celebration will feature traditional German fare including bratwurst, sauerkraut,... more

Cayuga County winery wins Riesling Winery of the Year; others honored

Cayuga County winery wins Riesling Winery of the Year; others honored
Two recent wine competitions have yielded several awards for Cayuga County wineries, including a Riesling distinction for one producer. Colloca Estate Winery in Fair Haven was named the 2019 New York Riesling Winery of the Year at the New York International Wine Competition held May 5 in Manhattan. The ninth annual competition received more than 1,300 entries from 23 countries,... more

Finger Lakes Region in the running for ‘Best Wine Region’, ‘Best Wine Festival’ designations

Finger Lakes Region in the running for ‘Best Wine Region’, ‘Best Wine Festival’ designations
The Finger Lakes Region is once again in the running for USA Today’s America’s “Best Wine Region” and “Best Wine Festival” competitions. The region earned the “Best Wine Region” designation in 2018. Anyone can vote once a day, every day, until the contests close on Monday, August 12 at noon. The Finger Lakes Wine Region has 140 wineries and tasting... more
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