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Cider maker looks to branch out under Start-Up NY program

An Ontario County cider maker is taking advantage of a state economic program that provides companies the ability to operate tax-free for 10 years. Star Cider has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, Empire State Development announced. The family-owned company plans to build a new production facility and create at least five new jobs as part of its expansion.... more

Auburn bar’s beer fest to feature more than 15 local, regional breweries

Tinkers Guild’s Biggest Little Beer Fest will return for its second year from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the bar, 78 Franklin St., Auburn. Prison City Pub & Brewery and The Good Shepherds Brewing Co., both of Auburn, are among more than 15 breweries pouring at the event: The Citizen: Read More more

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,... more

Gov. Cuomo says wine trails will receive $215M

The wine and craft beverage industry is a big deal in the Finger Lakes. There are currently 13 wine trails across the State that support New York’s vital agricultural, craft beverage and tourism industries. To enhance the current wine trail system, the State Department of Transportation has invested $214.8 million in significant upgrades to the region’s roadways, bridges and culverts,... more

Seneca Falls Farmers Market celebrates Cider Week

In tribute to the Fall season and Finger Lakes Cider Week, the Seneca Falls Farmers Market will feature three local cider makers throughout the market day on Wednesday, October 4th from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Black Duck Cidery of Ovid; Lake Drum Brewing of Geneva; and Three Brothers Winery of Fayette will be at the market sampling their unique... more

Flavors: McGregor releases sparkling apple wine

Bob McGregor had an idea one day back in the early 1990s, back when nobody was contemplating producing sparkling apple wine for sale in the Finger Lakes. The winery was growing a few apple trees: a Golden Russet, Northern Spy and a few Cornell variants on Macintosh. In 1994, there was a particularly great yield of apples and McGregor asked... more

GALLERY: Saturday at the 2017 Naples Grape Festival

The 2017 edition of the Naples Grape Festival kicked off on Saturday throughout the streets of the Vine Valley image. Large crowds attended on the first of the two day annual celebration of the grape harvest on an unseasonably warm September afternoon in the southwestern Ontario County village. Check out these 61 photos below from FingerLakes1.com on Saturday in Naples... more

del Lago purchases local wine to be gifted to guests

From the start, the mission behind del Lago Resort & Casino has been to act as a gateway to the Finger Lakes region. The mission continues as the resort and casino celebrates the fall grape harvest by purchasing 3,000 bottles of wine (250 cases) from Thirsty Owl Wine Company on Cayuga Lake and 3,000 bottles of wine (250 cases) from... more

Barrington voters to decide booze sales

Selling and consuming alcoholic beverages has been a topic of many discussions in Barrington over the past few years. In November, voters in the town are likely to have a say in who can sell adult beverages in the town. Two sets of petitions have been turned in to Town Clerk Joy Perry for submission to the Yates County Board... more

Three Brothers winemaker gets every last ounce out of ESF degree

A weekend job in the tasting room of Three Brothers Wineries and Estates led Justin Paolicelli ’07 down an unexpected career path. Today, he’s the winemaker at the Seneca Lake business, which features three wineries and a microbrewery on its estate. Paolicelli graduated from ESF with a focus in plant pathology and physiology. His then-girlfriend/now wife, Erica, was working at... more

Here’s a toast to China: FLX international exports Finger Lakes wines

A father and son duo, Lance and Matthew McFetridge, are making their love of the Finger Lakes, of the wines produced there, and their connections to the Far East a new business opportunity. Working with local wineries, Keuka Spring, McGregor Vineyard, Fox Run, Boundary Breaks, and Red Newt Cellars, the McFetridges are making sure the region is represented in the... more

Winery digs into Linden Street food scene

When the small Linden Street restaurant Cebo closed earlier this year, it gave skeptics the opportunity to suggest that the success of the emerging city dining and drinking hub had been overstated. They didn’t have much of a chance to spout off. The spot at 34 Linden St. got gobbled up in no time by the folks who own Three... more

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... more

Geneva’s War Horse pulls off trifecta at biggest state beer competition ever

A brewery from Geneva and one from Brooklyn were the big winners at the first New York Craft Beer Competition. War Horse Brewing garnered the most medals with three and Threes Brewing’s was awarded two medals, including one for the best beer in the state. The winners — 45 medal-winning breweries — were announced Thursday. (Full list below.) Medals were... more

Canal Jam 2017 announced for Waterloo over Labor Day Weekend

The Second Annual Canal Jam has been announced by organizers for Waterloo this Labor Day Weekend. Last year’s event was an overwhelming success as hundreds came out to support local musicians and much more. Festival producer Lee Bieber reiterated his commitment to Waterloo by working to create a family-friendly, music-centered event over Labor Day Weekend that the entire community can... more

Heron Hill will release Riesling-Chardonnay to benefit EquiCenter

Heron Hill Winery will release their annual bottling of a Riesling-Chardonnay wine that will benefit the EquiCenter for therapeutic riding in Honeoye Falls. With each case sold, $24 will go directly to benefit The EquiCenter. The wine will be released in all three Heron Hill tasting rooms on Keuka, Seneca and Canandaigua Lake. It’s availability will begin on Wednesday, August... more

Betty Bayer & Jimmy Wilmot talk Tasting Tuesday on July 25th (video)

del Lago Resort and Casino’s next Tasting Tuesday is coming up on July 25, 2017 from 3 pm – 9 pm offering wine tasting and beer samples from over 20 local Finger Lake Region wineries and breweries. All proceeds of Tuesday’s event will benefit the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. NWHOF Co-President Betty Bayer and del Lago... more
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