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Wineries focus on New York City tastings

    FINGER LAKES—The New York Wine and Grape Foundation has organized an event to increase attention on New York wines in New York City, March 9 to 12.
    The event is called New York Drinks New York. Wines from across the state will be featured in tastings located in New York City.
    The participating wineries include Anthony Road Wine Company, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Chateau Lafayette Reneau Winery, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Fox Run Vineyards, Glenora Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Hosmer Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Pleasant Valley Wine Company, Red Newt Wine Cellars, Sheldrake Point Winery, Standing Stones Vineyards, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, and Wagner Vineyards.
    The retailers showcasing New York wine are all in New York City. Area wines will be featured during the event on specific days. For example, Astor Wines in Manhattan will be holding tastings of Atwater, Thirsty Owl, Sheldrake Point and Red Newt all on March 7. Gnarly Vines in Brooklyn will hold one tasting only, for Dr. Frank, March 10, while a Whole Foods store is offering just Fox Run tastings March 8.
    All the wineries, ranging from Niagara, Long Island, Hudson River region, the Thousand Islands and the Finger Lakes, will be represented at the event’s grand tasting Monday, March 12, in New York City.
    In preparation for the event, New York wine professionals visited the state’s wine regions, including two trips to the Finger Lakes. New York State Wine and Grape Foundation Executive Director Jim Trezise said the visits also involved local foods at the New York Wine & Culinary Center and several food-focused wineries like Heron Hill, Knapp, Red Newt, Sheldrake Point and Wagner Vineyards, topped off with a visit to the Finger Lakes Distillery.
    “The New York Drinks New York program will provide a great start to getting a larger presence for New York wines in New York City. The next challenge will be finding the money to maintain the momentum,” said Trezise.





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