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 National Association of American Wineries, held its annual Fall Retreat in the Finger Lakes earlier this month. The event was sponsored by the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Canandaigua-based New York Wine & Grape Foundation, with additional support from the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, based in Geneva.

According to WineAmerica, headquarters for the three-day event was the Inn at Glenora, a 30-room facility with sweeping views of Seneca Lake and the Veraisons restaurant, both affiliated with Glenora Wine Cellars.

“It was a real pleasure having our Fall Retreat in the Finger Lakes,” said Marty Clubb, chairman of the Wine Alliance board of directors and owner/winemaker of L’Ecole No. 41 in Walla Walla, Washington, where the retreat was held a few years ago. “Moving these meetings around the country is a great way to learn about the industry we serve, and the Finger Lakes was a real eye-opening experience. We’re grateful for their hospitality — and all the great wines.”

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