A shot of history: Last Shot Distillery brings whiskey back to Skaneateles, Onondaga County

American whiskey is back in Skaneateles and Onondaga County for the first time since Prohibition. Last Shot Distillery in Skaneateles plans to release its latest product, Skaneateles Whiskey Distiller’s Reserve, on Saturday, March 18, out of the 4022 Mill Road building adjacent to the Charlie Major Nature Trail. It’s a facility that served as the site of the Earll &... more

Local wine industry leaders recognized

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation said a big "Thank You" to several individuals and businesses at its annual "Unity Banquet" Wednesday, March 1 at the Rochester Institute of Technology Conference Center, site of Cornell Cooperative Extension's 3-day B.E.V. NY symposium. Two Yates County Seneca Lake wineries were among the honored. The "Jim Finkle Industry Award"— presented to an... more

Finger Lakes Wines and Grapes: February weather helped water table

February wasn’t too bad. It was more of the same: cold and snow, then warm and rain. Actually, there was some record warmth for Presidents’ Day week! This cycle certainly helps raise our water table, which was badly depleted last summer. And the lack of subzero temperatures is a great thing. As long as we get some more typical colder... more

Wine trail to host wine, cheese getaway

Keuka Lake Wine Trail’s seven wineries will participate in the annual Wine and Cheese Lovers Getaway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18-19. Wineries will use local cheeses in dishes paired with Keuka Lake wines. Menu highlights include tartiflette, a French potato and brie dish; roasted tomato and fennel soup with parmesan cream; antipasto skewer with tomato soup and... more

Fireworks, food, drink & ice on Saturday night at Frost Fest 2017 in Geneva (video)

The 3rd annual Finger Lakes Frost Fest was held on Saturday night at the Ramada Inn Lakefront in Geneva. It was another sold out event to benefit the Geneva Family YMCA. Frost Fest is an adult celebration of winter in the Finger Lakes featuring outdoor ice sculptures, ice bars with specialty Frost Fest martinis poured through an ice luge, live... more

Prison City Pub & Brewery wins four medals at national beer competition

Already recognized nationally for its Belgian and India pale ales, Auburn’s Prison City Pub & Brewery earned hardware for a slew of other beer styles at the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards Jan. 28 and 29 in Bend, Oregon. The Copper John is the only winner currently on tap at the five-barrel brewpub, which owners Dawn and Marc Schulz... more

Limited tickets remain for Frostfest in Geneva

Saturday night is the third annual Finger Lakes Frostfest at the Lakefront Ramada in Geneva from 5-10 pm. The event is both outside and inside with ten signature, interactive ice sculptures dominating the promenade including a huge bar made out of ice, Star Wars and Superman pieces. The total cost of the ice used to make these amazing sculptures is over... more

Finger Lakes Frost Fest just over one week away in Geneva

Bring on the ice, cold and the snow!  It’s the third annual Finger Lakes Frost Fest at the Geneva Lakefront Ramada Hotel on Saturday, February 4, 2017. An adult celebration of winter in the Finger Lakes, along the shores of Seneca Lake, Frost Fest 2017 features:  outdoor ice sculptures, ice bars with specialty Frost Fest Martinis poured through an ice luge, live... more

Finger Lakes Community College to host Vinters and Valentines

Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell, will host its Vinters and Valentines event at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. Local winemakers and FLCC viticulture students will be stationed at each table to discuss Finger Lakes wines that will be paired with a five-course meal prepared by culinary arts students. A silent auction will support the school’s viticulture and... more

Climbing Bines in Penn Yan rated ‘Best Brewery in NY’

Responding to the new wave of quality IPAs, stouts, ales, and lagers made in small craft breweries across the country, Buzzfeed, the international news and entertainment online magazine, asked Yelp, the world's premier customer review site, to pull data on the most popular brewery in every state. Yelp measured all their brewery data "using an algorithm that looked at the... more

King Ferry family re-creates corner store in Cayuga County

As a little girl growing up in the hamlet of King Ferry, Rebecca Binns remembers shopping at the Red & White grocery store on the corner of Route 90 and Route 34B. Built by Roy Tuttle Sr. as a hardware and appliance store in 1923, Lawrence and Francis Nedrow bought the building in the 1950s, transforming the space into King... more

Glenora Wine Cellars wins Knot of Best Weddings award

Glenora Wine Cellars announced on Tuesday that they had been selected as a 2017 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot. It’s the fourth consecutive year Glenora has been selected for this award, which names them to the prestigious The... more

WINNER: FLX Table named ‘best new restaurant’ in USA Today poll

It started out with 20 nominations selected by editors affiliated with the USA Today. That’s when people realized that FLX Table, a unique restaurant in Geneva had an impact. From the moment polling opened, many wondered about how long a restaurant in Geneva, New York could hang with establishments from major cities across the U.S. It was a question that would... more

No word from USA Today on whether FLX Table won poll; announcement set for Friday

Want to know whether FLX Table is the Best New Restaurant in the nation by way of an online reader poll conducted by USA Today? You’ll have to wait until Friday. So will FLX Table. Voting closed Monday afternoon, but the results won’t be announced until Friday, according to USA Today 10 Best. “Sorry! The leaderboard is closed for the... more

Ontario County student’s design will be featured on bottles of wine produced at FLCC Viticulture Center

This wine project is all in the family — the Finger Lakes Community College family, that is. Wine produced by FLCC viticulture students at the school’s Viticulture Center on Pre-emption Road will feature labels designed by student Noah Estrella of Bloomfield when it is bottled in the spring. Estrella and his classmates designed labels for a graphic design course taught... more

Upstate New York’s best brewery: And the winners are…

From double-hopped IPAs to barrel-aged sours, we tasted lots of beers on our hunt for Upstate New York’s Best Brewery. Our contest featured two of the well-known “big boys” of American craft brewing — Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown and Southern Tier Brewing in Lakewood (near Jamestown). Both have nationwide distribution, business partnerships with other major U.S. brewers, and fall easily... more
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