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Anthony Road Celebrating 20th Anniversary

There is a small winery in Torrey With aspirations of fame and glory. So come and dine On “dogs” and wine, Our 20th Anniversary’s the story!Anthony Road Wine Co. co-owner Ann Martini penned a limerick 15 years ago, when she and her husband, John, were celebrating the winery’s fifth anniversary. Every five years since then, she changed the number in the limerick’s last line to help the winery mark another milestone.This year marks the 20th birthday of the “small winery in Torrey” and Anthony Road is sticking with tradition as it observes the occasion: A “Dogs N Wine” picnic will be held at the winery on Aug. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The event will feature wine, food, music and fun. It will have free admission and a small fee for wine by the glass. Among the wines available will be Anthony Road’s anniversary wine, a 2008 late harvest Pinot Gris called Bellaria. The wine was released in March in a dessert wine bottle with a label from the 1990s.Anthony Road’s has attained no small measure of the fame and glory it sought from the start. Ann and John Martini opened the winery in 1990 with wines made from the grape crop planted in 1989. The winery is on the west shore of Seneca Lake in the Yates County Town of Torrey, about 10 miles south of Geneva.The winery’s first building was a renovated farm shop and the equipment was at best an eclectic collection of used and borrowed tanks and pumps and an old apple press, according to the winery’s Web site. The winery now has beautiful grounds and modern equipment for its winemaking work.Anthony Road has built its reputation over the past two decades, hitting many high points along the way. Last year, the winery’s 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling captured the prestigious Governor’s Cup, the top prize among 805 entries at the New York Wine & Food Classic competition. The Classic is known as “The Oscars” of New York State wine and is held in Watkins Glen.Competing against mostly French and German wines, Anthony Road’s 2008 Martini Reinhardt Selection Riesling Trockenbeeren, a dessert wine, was one of only seven Rieslings to receive a “Trophee d’Excellence” at the Riesling du monde in Strasbourg, France, in March.It is also an anniversary for Anthony Road winemaker Johannes Reinhardt, who joined the winery in 2000. Reinhardt is a native of Germany whose family has been in the wine business since 1438.No doubt the winery’s anniversary party will spill over into its annual harvest festival, which will be held Sept. 18. HARVEST 20l0 will feature Fritz’s Polka Band from Verona, Oneida County. Also on the menu: frothy federweisser (partially fermented grape juice), bratwursts from Rochester’s Ralf’s Market, Ann Martini’s homemade onion pie and “real German” potato salad, made by Reinhardt. Festival admission is free, with small fees for food and drink.For more about Anthony Road, call 800-559-2182 (toll-free) or 315-536-2182, e-mail info@anthonyroad.com or visit the Web site: www.anthonyroadwine.com.Anthony Road is in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country in upstate New York. Finger Lakes Wine Country is the largest concentration of wineries east of California, boasting more than 100 wineries producing world-class wine. For more information about the region, go to this Web site: www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com.

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