GENEVA, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 200 brands hailing from the region, Riesling has put the Finger Lakes on the serious oenophile's map. To return the favor, the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance is hosting a "Riesling Road Show" throughout September to shine the spotlight on its star varietal. A month-long series of trade tastings celebrating the exceptional range of Rieslings produced by Finger Lakes Wine Alliance member wineries will span New York State, culminating with a restaurant takeover in NYC:
(The following are trade only events)
Wednesday, Sept. 6
- The Black Sheep, Buffalo, NY • trade tasting 7 p.m. –10 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 11
- Good Luck Restaurant, Rochester, NY • trade tasting 7 p.m. –10 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
- The Point, Albany, NY • trade tasting 7 p.m. –10 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
- Xaviars X20 on the Hudson, Yonkers, NY • trade luncheon 12 p.m. –2 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
- Pierre Loti, Chelsea (258 W 15th @ 8th Ave) • trade luncheon 12 p.m. –2 p.m.
In conjunction with the Chelsea Drinks Project, the FLWA will collaborate with Pierre Loti Wine Bar as they host eight wines from the Finger Lakes from September 24 to 30. Finger Lakes Rieslings will be featured at Pierre Loti's three locations for consumer enjoyment.
As a kick-off to the week, Wine Lovers of NYC will host a public wine tasting (open to the public, reservations are required):
Sunday, September 24
- Pierre Loti, Union Square (53 Irving Place) • sit-down Riesling tasting 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sign up for the public tasting event at Pierre Loti at Local Wine Events.com.
For an invitation to either of the Yonkers or New York City trade luncheons, contact Tracey Dello Stritto at [email protected].
The cool climate and shale-rich terroir of the Finger Lakes is ideal for cultivating the Riesling grape. Allowed to develop slowly, it produces a complex, aromatic and balanced wine. As many as 950 acres in the region are devoted to Riesling, with most producers making two or three styles, for a total of 230,000 cases.
Fourteen of these producers will showcase their wines during the Riesling Road Show (those in bold are participating in the New York City events). They include Atwater Estate Vineyards, Boundary Breaks Vineyard, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, Finger Lakes Wine Co., Glenora Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Knapp Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, Rooster Hill Vineyards, Sheldrake Point Winery, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, and Wagner Vineyards.
About Finger Lakes Wine Alliance
Founded in 2004, Finger Lakes Wine Alliance is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to increase the visibility and reputation of the Finger Lakes region, its wines and wineries. The alliance is comprised of359 members and 15 affiliated businesses and vendors, and it is guided by a board of directors comprised of principals representing all four wine trails and non-wine trail wineries of the Finger Lakes. With its glacier-sculpted landscapes, ideal microclimates and gifted winegrowers, the Finger Lakes region is home to over 100 wineries that produce exceptional cool-climate wines and world-class Rieslings. For more information, visit www.fingerlakeswinealliance.com, call 315.791.2359 or connect on Facebook or Twitter.
Finger Lakes Wine Alliance
Tracey Dello Stritto
Liz Stamp, Board Chair
SOURCE Wine Lovers of NYC