Category: Wine & Spirits

New online wine program coming to Keuka College thanks to Hunt Country Vineyards

New online wine program coming to Keuka College thanks to Hunt Country Vineyards

Everyone knows the Finger Lakes is wine country – USA Today just named it the country’s No. 1 Wine Region. But not everyone knows what makes Finger Lakes wines special, how they’re made, or even the difference between a Traminette and a ... MORE
FLX WEEKLY: Brad Ellis & Fall Street Brewing Grand Opening (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Brad Ellis & Fall Street Brewing Grand Opening (podcast)

Brad Ellis has been in-studio before to help us taste Kobucha that he brewed in downtown Seneca Falls at Finger Lakes Kobucha. Today he joins us one week prior to the Grand Opening of Fall Street Brewing. Learn about what Brad has ... MORE
Liquor store drive-thru window damaged by vehicle in Seneca Falls (photo)

Liquor store drive-thru window damaged by vehicle in Seneca Falls (photo)

A new liquor store on Route 5&20 in Seneca Falls had some cleanup to do after a minor accident in their drive through lane. Seneca Falls Police Chief Stu Peenstra confirms that a ‘minor’ accident occurred at the drive up window. Damage ... MORE
Chamber will host ribbon cutting ceremony for Fall Street Brewing

Chamber will host ribbon cutting ceremony for Fall Street Brewing

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, January 30th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the grand opening of Fall Street Brewing Company in Seneca Falls, NY, located at 106 Fall Street. Fall Street Brewing Co., ... MORE
FLX WEEKLY: Warm Reds for winter as February arrives this weekend (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Warm Reds for winter as February arrives this weekend (podcast)

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Executive Director Katherine Chase is back in-studio for wine tasting and a preview of the weekend as we turn the calendar to February in the Finger Lakes. We’ll be sampling Warm reds for a cold month from Six ... MORE
Local brewers join fight against increasing tax rates

Local brewers join fight against increasing tax rates

New York breweries are facing a potential tax hike on beer at the end of this year, so they’re turning to congress for help. Since 2017, brewers have paid a Federal Excise Tax (FET). Currently, they operate under a recalibrated rate of ... MORE
One sweet benefit to winter weather? Ice wine

One sweet benefit to winter weather? Ice wine

Many may complain about the bitter cold, but it’s welcome at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport. Their annual ice wine grape harvest was held Wednesday. The grapes intended for ice wine are left to freeze on the vine. They’re then pressed while ... MORE
Heron Hill Winery doubles fundraising effort with EquiCenter

Heron Hill Winery doubles fundraising effort with EquiCenter

In Spring of 2018, Heron Hill Winery released their second bottling of Friends of the EquiCenter, their charity wine to benefit the EquiCenter, a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility that provides therapeutic equine activities for people with disabilities, veterans and at-risk youth located in ... MORE
Cornell Craft Beverage Institute a one-stop-shop for beverage makers

Cornell Craft Beverage Institute a one-stop-shop for beverage makers

When it comes to the science side of things involved in making craft beverages — and there are lots of them — wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries from across the state turn to the experts at Cornell Craft Beverage Institute at Cornell ... MORE
Wine leaders get taste of the Finger Lakes

Wine leaders get taste of the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region has been rated the top wine region in a USA Today readers poll two years running. Earlier this month, wine professionals from around the nation had a chance to see for themselves what all the buzz is about. WineAmerica, the ... MORE
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Constellation Brands cuts losses and sells San Diego brewery

Constellation Brands cuts losses and sells brewery it bought for $1B

In a striking reversal of course, Victor-based Constellation Brands announced Tuesday afternoon it has sold San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing just four years after paying $1 billion for the brewery. Constellation, the country’s third largest beer company, announced it had reached an agreement with ... MORE
Local craft beverage makers rally for tax reform

Local craft beverage makers rally for tax reform

In 2017 the Craft Beverage and Modernization and Tax Reform Act lowered the tax rates for breweries that produce fewer than 2 million barrels of beer a year. That act expires at the end of the year, and now local breweries are ... MORE
Exploring the history of Geneva’s beer scene

Exploring the history of Geneva’s beer scene

The Finger Lakes is known for its wine, but an event this week showcased a different flavor of local history as the Geneva Historical Society hosted a history happy hour at Lake Drum Brewing Company. Inside a jam-packed Lake Drum customers purchased ... MORE
Reality TV stars to pour drinks for charity in Skaneateles

Reality TV stars to pour drinks for charity on Friday night 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 ... MORE
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 ... MORE
New beer fest coming to Cayuga County

New beer fest coming to Cayuga County

A new beer festival this weekend will not only offer guests food, live music and samples from several state craft beverage producers, but also the opportunity to meet new people. Happening Saturday at the Springside Inn, the inaugural Owasco Lake Fall Craft ... MORE
Auburn brewery breaks ground on expansion

Auburn brewery breaks ground on expansion

When it came time to thank his staff, Marc Schulz got emotional. He and his wife, Dawn, owners of Prison City Pub & Brewery, welcomed an audience of about 50 Tuesday afternoon to 251 North St., future site of their new production ... 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 ... MORE