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Check out the Watkins Chamber's blog

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce maintains a timely blog regarding ongoing activities and themes in our region.

Here are some of the recent ones:

--Celebrate the Season: 5 Ways in the Finger Lakes:

https://watkinsglenchamber.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/celebrate-the-season-5-ways-in-the-finger-lakes/

--Shop Small -- Have a Big Impact:

https://watkinsglenchamber.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/shop-small-have-a-big-impact/

--5 Things to Do in Cooler Weather:

https://watkinsglenchamber.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/5-things-to-do-in-cooler-weather/

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Here is some other tourism news (all of which can be found, with links to articles on the Chamber's Visitor News page -- https://www.watkinsglenchamber.com/resources/visitor-info/news):

--Farm Sanctuary recognized on Flipkey’s list of where to “Travel and Give Back with These Top Volunteer Vacations.
--Expedia names Watkins Glen, New York one of the 55 Most Beautiful Destinations in the world.
--Four Schuyler County attractions are USA Today 10Best Award Winners!
--Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel voted Best Waterfront Hotel in the Nation
--Fourth of July fireworks in Watkins Glen
--Watkins Glen area businesses awarded Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor

Friday on Franklin has full Aug. 4 slate

Special to The Odessa File

WATKNS GLEN, July 27, 2017-- If you’re looking to get out and about, the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce says it has just the event for you!

Friday on Franklin is the “first Friday” event series hosted by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce on -- you guessed it -- the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. August 4th is the next such event!

Participating businesses include:

--Watkins Glen Wine & Spirits featuring tastings of local spirits by Finger Lakes Distilling.
--Franklin Street Art Gallery featuring wine tasting by Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars.
--Watkins Glen Promotions featuring wine tasting by Fulkerson Winery.
--Colonial Pottery and Creamery featuring beer tasting by Heavily Brewing Company and samples from Ithaca Popcorn Company.
--Famous Brands featuring wine tasting by Lakewood Vineyards and JR Dill Winery.
--Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce with locally-roasted coffee tasting (and sales) from Seneca Sunrise Coffee.

Aside from the local beverages to sample, attendees will also find live music by The Sweats from 6-8 p.m. in the courtyard between Glen Mountain Market and GRAFT wine + cider bar. Plus the event will feature live welding by Barbie the Welder (weather permitting).

Want to join in the fun? It’s $10. Check-in at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce (214 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen) at the start of the event, where you can also enter to win four free tickets to the next Friday on Franklin.

This event series is organized by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Elmira Savings Bank. For more information, visit: www.watkinsglenchamber.com/friday-franklin.

Fabrizi will become FLTA Board Chair

Special to The Odessa File

PENN YAN, Dec. 20, 2016 -- With the New Year, Heather Davidson’s term as Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance Board Chair will end along with the Vice-Chair term on FLTA’s Executive Committee.

Coleen Fabrizi of Corning’s Gaffer District will become the new Chair effective at the January Board Meeting on January 16, 2017. Alongside Fabrizi will be John Socha representing Yates County and the Showboat Motel taking over as vice-chair. Sarah Wiles and Gene Pierce will retain their positions as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Heather Davidson will remain on the Executive Committee as the Past Chair to round out the Executive Committee.

The Board of Directors currently consists of 18 voting representatives, one representative from each of the 14 counties that make up the Finger Lakes and four At Large representatives. For a full list of FLTA Board Members, visit fingerlakes.org/about-the-region/about-us.

The only member of the FLTA Board of Directors whose term is ending is Bonnie Hays of Historic Palmyra. The Nominating Committee is still in search of an appropriate representative from Wayne County to replace Hays.

Although FLTA Executive Committee and board members are selected by the Nominating Committee, any partner can participate in the FLTA Marketing Committee that sets the direction of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance marketing efforts. If an organization wants to become a partner business, it can call the FLTA offices at 315-536-7488 or email the Director of Sales, Marianne Rosica-Brand, at MarienneR@FingerLakes.org.

Founded in 1919, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance is recognized as one of the first destination-marketing organizations in the United States. FLTA is an association of private-sector attractions, tourism-related businesses and partnering county tourism offices working together to enhance and promote visitor businesses for the 9,000 square-mile Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Chateau LaFayette Reneau earns Cup win

Special to The Odessa File

HECTOR, Dec. 1, 2016 -- Chateau LaFayette Reneau won a Jefferson Cup for its 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling at the recent 17th Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition, which took place in Kansas City, Missouri on November 17 and 18.

With the addition of this recent award, winemaker Tim Miller celebrates a career total of five Jefferson Cups during his tenure at Chateau LaFayette Reneau.

"We are honored to receive the Jefferson Cup for our 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling,” said Miller. “As a winemaker, I'm proud to produce consistent, award-winning wines, and proud to be recognized by the Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition."

The Jefferson Cup is an invite-only wine competition in which over 700 wines are pre-selected to be judged, culminating with the awarding of the prestigious Jefferson Cups. The estate-grown and bottled 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling received one of five Jefferson Cups awarded to a white vinifera wine in the competition, and was one of two Finger Lakes wines to earn a Jefferson Cup. Twenty-four in total were awarded to vinifera and non-vinifera red, white, and dessert wines across nine states. For more information, visit http://thejeffersoncup.com/.

Glenora wins honors at Calif. competition

Special to The Odessa File

DUNDEE, Nov. 15, 2016 -- Glenora Wine Cellars has received an award for its 2015 Dry Riesling, which won both a Double Gold and "Best White Vinifera" honors at the 2016 American Wine Society (AWS) Commercial Wine Competition on November 2-3 in Costa Mesa, California.

The AWS is the largest consumer-based wine education organization in the United States and its Commercial Wine Competition is one of the longest running wine competitions in the country.

“I am pleased that our Dry Riesling received this very respectable recognition from the American Wine Society,” said Steve DiFrancesco, Winemaker at Glenora Wine Cellars. “The grapes for this wine were sourced from Glenora Farms, Dalrymple Farms, and Zugibe Vineyards on Seneca Lake, and Sunrise Hill Vineyard on Cayuga Lake, resulting in a blend that highlights the pleasing aromatic flavors that are making wines from the Finger Lakes famous."

In addition to the 2015 Dry Riesling accolades, Glenora Wine Cellars received the following awards:

Silver -- 2015 Black Diamond Express
Bronze -- 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Pinot Blanc

To learn more about the American Wine Society, visit. www.americanwinesociety.org. For a complete listing of competition results, visit www.awscompetitions.com.

Chamber holds wine, tourism summit

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, May 6 -- The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated travel and tourism in Schuyler County with the Schuyler Summit in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week on May 5, 2016.

Date: Thursday, May 5
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, 214 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY.

National Travel and Tourism Week -- America's annual salute to travel and tourism -- was established by a congressional resolution in 1983. This week of events serves to champion the power of the travel and tourism industry. Travel and tourism professionals from across the nation work throughout the week to promote the contributions their travel markets and organizations make to the U.S. economy. The travel community marks the event in a number of ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local governments.

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce offered several informative seminars as part of an entire day of programming. Seminar timing and topics included:

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Best Practices for Trip Advisor presented by Brittany Gibbs, Tourism & Marketing Manager of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.
9:45-10:45 a.m.: Hiring Summer Staff presented by Peter Honsberger, Owner of The Great Escape & Everything Ice Cream.
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Best Practices for Social Media presented by Brittany Gibbs, Tourism & Marketing Manager of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.
1:15-2:15 p.m.: Chamber Membership 101 for Tourism-Based Membership presented by President/CEO Rebekah LaMoreaux and Membership Services Manager Meredith Williams of the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce.

Members and non-members alike were invited to attend one seminar, two seminars, or the entire day of programming. Members could attend the Schuyler Summit at no charge. There was a $5 fee per non-member per seminar, plus a $5 fee for lunch. The event culminated in a celebratory toast and cake at 2:30 p.m.

Maryland man wins Cover Photo Contest

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 21, 2015 -- The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce has named Mickey Coviello of Baltimore, Maryland the winner of its 2016 Travel Guide Cover Photo Contest. Coviello's photo features the iconic Triple Cascades in Watkins Glen State Park, one of the most visited state parks in New York.

This image will grace the cover of 125,000 copies of the Official 2016 Watkins Glen and Schuyler County Travel Guide. The contest was launched on the Visit Watkins Glen and Schuyler County Facebook Page over the summer. Entries came from across the state and the country; overall, 24 photos were entered.

After reaching over 22,000 people on Facebook, the three photos with the most “likes” moved onto the next round. The Tourism Committee of the Chamber then voted to select the cover.

Said Coviello upon learning that his photo was selected: “I’m honored and humbled. A big thanks to everyone who voted for my photograph. Everyone should visit Watkins Glen State Park and marvel at the beauty of hundreds of thousands of years of natural evolution.”

Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Marketing Manager Brittany Gibbs, who oversees production of the travel guide, said she is thrilled with the cover selection.

“This beautiful image of Triple Cascades will certainly lure potential visitors to pick up this guide while they no doubt wonder, ‘Where is this incredible place?!’" she said. "It will certainly inspire visits to Schuyler County. The timing could not be better for Watkins Glen State Park to make the cover, given that it was voted one of the top three state parks in the country earlier this year by USA Today. Recognition of our hometown park has never been greater and I’m especially excited to see how the rest of the travel guide comes together behind this beautiful photograph.”

The Official 2016 Watkins Glen and Schuyler County Travel Guide will be available on March 31, 2016.

Old traditions, new ideas at Finger Lakes Cheese Trail and Sunset View Creamery

Special to The Odessa File

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail winds its way through the forested hillsides and sloping vineyards of the Finger Lakes. The Trail started in 2010 as a way to bring tourists and visitors to the farms that were producing cheese in the region. Trail organizers patterned things after the wine trails, though the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail covers a much larger geographic region.

There are two types of farms on the Trail -- “destination” and “non-destination” -- as some farms aren't equipped to have visitors. Currently, there are 11 farms on the Trail, with 6 being destination farms (Engelbert Farms in Nichols, Muranda Cheese Co. in Waterloo, Shtayburne Farm in Rock Stream, Side Hill Acres in Candor, Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery in King Ferry and Sunset View Creamery in Odessa). The non-destination farms participate in the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival, which was held at Sunset View Creamery in July.

Sunset View Creamery, one of the formative members of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, started in April of 2004. The creamery was created as a way to try and save a family farm. Milk prices were extremely low at the time and cash reserves had been used up for expenses. As owner/operator Carmella Hoffman says, “We thought that the value-added commodity of cheese-making just might be what could help save the farm.” And it did. As Carm says, “We opened to the public on May 1, 2004 and have been going ever since.”

Beyond the immediate desire to save the family farm, the idea to open a creamery was a dream child of Carm’s. She loves to cook and develop things and for her, starting a creamery seemed to combine the best of both worlds. So, after going to Morrisville State College for an intensive four-day training, Carm admits, “I was hooked. I came home and did a ton of research online and talked to people to see what the best way to proceed was. Of course, being a new venture, finding funding was interesting, but we finally did and construction began on December 1, 2003. We watched as Silverline Construction built the base, poured concrete in the coldest winter we had experienced, and by April 1, 2003, they were done and we were ready to move in and get started.”

But Sunset View Creamery is more than just cheese. They truly offer a great visitor experience. Carm’s passion for farm, family, and her knack for telling stories is evident in the smiles of her visitors. She says, “The best part of running the creamery is meeting the people who stop by and giving them a little insight into farming “our way.” We love the teaching aspect of the job -- both about cheeses and about the farming operation.”

As Sunset View Creamery begins to grow and change, so do their events and ideas. New on the docket this year are their “Toasted Cheese Sandwich Saturdays.” They will begin with a trial run on Saturday, June 6 (which also happens to be the first Open House of the season on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail). Toasted cheese sandwiches will be made to order with a variety of different breads, cheeses and toppings. Gluten-free options will be available, too! For $5.00, you will receive a sandwich with your choice of cheese and breads, a bag of chips, and iced tea, lemonade or coffee.

Carm doesn’t do anything solely for herself or her business. Fittingly, her Toasted Cheese Sandwich Saturdays will be a fund-raiser for the Food Bank, and will feature breads made by the Village Bakery in Montour Falls. Of the $5.00 cost of the sandwich, $2.00 will go directly to the Food Bank. Toasted Cheese Sandwich Saturdays will take place on June 6, June 13, July 11, August 8 and September 5.

Simon Simek once said, “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” While one can be certain that Carm’s job has plenty of stress, one can also be certain that she is driven by her passion for the region, her belief in the importance of the farming heritage, and her willingness to showcase these things to visitors from near and far.

Glenora hires Assistant Winemaker

Special to The Odessa File

DUNDEE, Jan. 23, 2016 -- Glenora Wine Cellars has announced the hiring of Sean Gilchrist as Assistant Winemaker.

Gilchrist is a graduate of Villanova University and currently working toward his Winemaking Certificate through the University of California, Davis. He most recently served as Harvest Assistant Winemaker at Hyde de Villaine in Napa, California and as an Intern with ROAR/August West wines in San Francisco, where he produced a small batch of Pinot Noir under a personal label.

“Sean’s youth and enthusiasm are invaluable as Glenora strategizes for the future,” said Gene Pierce, owner of Glenora Wine Cellars. “We look forward to utilizing Sean’s previous experiences and approach toward winemaking to grow our red program.”

Prior to his work in California, Gilchrist traveled throughout the world working in hospitality and interning at wineries, including By Farr Winery in Geelong, Australia, Terroirs in London, and Domaine Dujac in Morey St. Denis, France.

Regarding his new position, Gilchrist said the following: “As the region continues to evolve, so does Glenora, and I’m excited to join a team that continues to innovate and push boundaries in the industry. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from Steve DiFrancesco as well, whose wealth of experiences with various climate conditions and production techniques over 25 years in Finger Lakes is endless.”

Glenora Wine Cellars, a pioneer in the Finger Lakes wine industry, has been producing award-winning wines for over 36 years. Owners Gene Pierce and Scott Welliver also own Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant on Cayuga Lake. Knapp is a boutique winery with 60 acres of some of the oldest vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region, producing grapes for a variety of Knapp wines since 1982. In 2013 Pierce and Welliver purchased Chateau LaFayette Reneau on the east side of Seneca Lake. The 120-acre property contains 51 acres of meticulously maintained vinifera plantings. Pierce and Welliver maintain the three wineries as separate entities, each having its own distinct and unique identity.

Glenora starts 9th annual Pasta Nights

Special to The Odessa File

DUNDEE, Jan. 11, 2016 -- Glenora Wine Cellars has started its Ninth Annual Celebrity Guest Chef Pasta Nights at Veraisons Restaurant. The Thursday night series began on January 8, and continues until April 30.

Every Thursday, local celebrities will don aprons to prepare and serve guests fresh dishes of pasta from the pasta buffet station. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the charity of the Chef’s choice each evening. At the conclusion of the series, Glenora Wine Cellars matches the donation to the charity that brings in the most patrons.

Glenora Wine Cellars has donated close to $12,000 to local charities through the program.

On the horizon: 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the series, which will bring a season-long celebration, with details to come throughout 2015.

Guests receive a fresh garden salad, a bread basket at their table and unlimited trips to the pasta station. The Celebrity Chefs, with help from Veraisons staff, create fresh custom-made dishes of pasta from a selection of homemade sauces and ingredients, including an array of meats, fresh vegetables, garlic and herbs.

Pasta Night at Veraisons is offered Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling 1-800-243-5513. The cost is $17.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Luckenbach promoted at Hazlitt's Cider Tree

Special to The Odessa File

HECTOR, Jan. 11, 2016 -- Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards has announced the promotion of Jon Luckenbach as Sales Representative for Hazlitt's Cider Tree product.

Luckenbach's focus as Sales Representative will be in the New York State market and will encompass handling distributor relations, sales, tastings and events.

"Luckenbach's experience as Hazlitt's Red Cat Cellars Assistant Tasting Room Manager afforded him excellent product knowledge and made him an excellent fit for the new position," said General Manager Dan DeBell.

Luckenbach joined the team at Hazlitt's Red Cat Cellars in July 2012 as a part-time Tasting Room Sales Associate and became full time by the end of the year. In August 2013, he was promoted to Assistant Tasting Room Manager. While in his Tasting Room Manager position, DeBell said, Luckenbach managed the tasting room staff, inventory, and tasting room sales, and demonstrated his enthusiasm for learning Hazlitt products.

His commitment, skill set, and drive to sell, DeBell said, were recognized as an asset in the development of the Cider Tree sales team. "I am excited to have the opportunity to help drive the Cider Tree salesforce in New York State," said Luckenbach. "The cider market is booming and we have a hot product to introduce."

The growth of the Cider Tree brand has been brisk since its introduction in spring 2014. The expansion of the sales team will support the continued growth of the brand in new markets such as Pennsylvania and Massachusetts in 2015.

About Cider Tree:
Cider Tree is a 6.6% ABV hard cider made with 100% New York State apples. All the packaging materials are produced in New York State. The product, gluten free, is produced with fresh pressed apples and champagne yeast. Cider Tree is a product of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and produced at Hazlitt's Red Cat Cellars. For more information visit: www.HazlittCiderTree.com.

Lt. Gov. tours Finger Lakes, names Governor's Cup winners

Chateau Lafayette Reneau captures top award

Special to The Odessa File

HECTOR, Aug. 13, 2015 -- A tour of Finger Lakes wineries and distilleries led Wednesday by Lieutenant Goernor Robert J. Duffy highlighted Governor Andrew Cuomo's annual Governor’s Cup program, culminating in the presentation of the 2014 Governor's Cup to Hector's Chateau Lafayette Reneau during a dinner at the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen.

The Finger Lakes Wine and Craft Beverage Tour, organized to promote New York State’s beverage industry and boost tourism to the State’s growing number of wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries in Upstate New York, included stops at Finger Lakes Distilling, Damiani Wine Cellars and Chateau Lafayette Reneau, and provided State and local leaders, wine industry professionals, restaurateurs and tourism officials a first-hand look at how New York spirits and wines are produced.

“New York is home to some of the world’s finest wines, beers, spirits and ciders, an industry that supports thousands of jobs in all corners of this state and is an important partner to our agricultural and tourism sectors,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement released to media. “I’m proud of this state’s efforts to promote and support New York’s beverage industry, which has only grown stronger, creating new jobs and stimulating the economy. Also, I congratulate today’s Governor’s Cup winner and the other awardees for their victories in this increasingly competitive contest.”

“The wine and craft beverages produced in New York State are some of the best in the world, and this industry has seen unparalleled growth over the past several years with Governor Cuomo’s support,” Lieutenant Governor Duffy said. “Beverage producers are creating jobs, stimulating the economy and expanding tourism as New York’s wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries continue to become world-renowned destinations. I applaud all of today’s winners, who have created outstanding wines and craft beverages, all of which the Finger Lakes should be incredibly proud of.”

At the Governor’s Cup Competition awards ceremony, which followed the Tour, Duffy presented the 2014 Governor’s Cup to Chateau Lafayette Reneau for its 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling.

The Cup is a large silver chalice, recognizing the “Best of Show” or top prize from 863 entries in the annual New York Wine & Food Classic wine competition, organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. In addition, Macari Vineyards & Winery from Long Island won the “Winery of the Year” award.

Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, said, “The New York Wine & Food Classic is known as 'The Oscars' of New York wine, and the Governor's Cup Wine Tour just enhances the prestige. Governor Cuomo has transformed the business climate for our industry, and this is just one example. We join him and Lieutenant Governor Duffy in congratulating the winners.”

This year's competition included 835 wines, 20 hard ciders and eight spirits from across the State. The awards were based on blind tastings by 22 expert judges -- four from California, 10 from New York, seven from other states and one from France. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 22 judges for the Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.

New York is now home to more than 600 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries. The State ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production, second in apple production, has the second most distilleries and is home to three of the 20 top-producing breweries in the United States.

New York’s beer, wine, spirits and cider industry continues to have a tremendous impact on the State’s economy. Between manufacturing, agriculture, distribution and retail, in 2012 the industry had a combined economic impact of more than $27 billion and employs more than 85,000 people. (National Beer Wholesalers Association; New York Wine & Grape Foundation) According to a recent study commissioned by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, the full economic impact of New York grapes, grape juice and wine in 2012 was $4.8 billion for New York State.

Since 2011, the number of farm wineries has risen by nearly 50%, from 195 to 291 today. In addition, the number of farm wineries opening branch offices, authorized by legislation signed by Cuomo in 2011, has increased by 97%, from 29 to 57, and the number of wineries has also increased, from 52 in 2011 to 76 today, for a total 46% growth.

The Governor also announced the following winners from the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic competition:

--Specialty Wine Champion (wines made from fruits other than grapes or honey)
King Ferry Winery 2013 Apple Mystique

--Best Limited Production Wine (wines produced with fewer than 100 cases)
Sheldrake Point Winery 2013 Late Harvest Riesling

--Best Spirit
Hidden Marsh Distillery Judd’s Wreckin Ball Corn Whiskey

--Best Cider
Kaneb Orchards 2014 St. Lawrence Cider

The "Best of Category" awards, all eligible for the Governor's Cup, went to:

--Best Sparkling Wine
Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2005 Brut Seduction, Methode Champenoise

--Best White Wine
Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling, Estate Bottled

--Best Rose Wine
Anthony Road Wine Company 2013 Rosé of Cabernet Franc

--Best Red Wine
Macari Vineyards & Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc

--Best Dessert Wine
Idol Ridge Winery 2014 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

The "Best of Class" awards, which are given to Double Gold or Gold medal wines in classes of at least seven wines, went to:

--Best Oaked Chardonnay
Coffee Pot Cellars 2013 Chardonnay

--Best Unoaked Chardonnay
Martha Clara Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay

--Best Overall Chardonnay
Martha Clara Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay

--Best Gewürztraminer
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2013 Gewürztraminer, Estate Bottled

--Best Dry Riesling
Wagner Vineyards 2012 Riesling Dry, Caywood East Vineyards Estate Grown

--Best Medium Dry Riesling
Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling, Estate Bottled

--Best Medium Sweet Riesling
Barnstormer Winery 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling

--Best Sweet Riesling
Wagner Vineyards 2012 Riesling Select, Estate Grown & Bottled

--Best Overall Riesling
Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling, Estate Bottled

--Best Sauvignon Blanc
Hosmer Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

--Best Pinot Grigio
Swedish Hill Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio

--Best Grüner Veltliner
Three Brothers Wineries & Estates 2013 Grüner Veltliner, Estate Reserve

--Best Vinifera White
Seneca Hayes Wine Cellars 2012 Riesling-Gewürztraminer

--Best Other White Vinifera Varietal
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery 2013 Tocai Friulano, Proprietor’s Special Reserve

--Best Cayuga
Lucas Vineyards 2013 Cayuga White

--Best Traminette
Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2013 Traminette

--Best Vidal
Swedish Hill Winery 2013 Vidal Blanc

--Best Vignoles
Anthony Road Wine Company 2013 Vignoles

--Best Cold Climate White Varietal
Tug Hill Vineyards 2013 LaCrescent, Estate Grown

--Best Hybrid White
Lucas Vineyards 2013 Harbor Moon

--Best Niagara
Lucas Vineyards Miss Behavin

--Best Vinifera Rose
Anthony Road Wine Company 2013 Rosé of Cabernet Franc

--Best Catawba
Woodbury Vineyards Foxy Blush Renard

--Best Native Blush
21 Brix Winery Thirsty Elephant

--Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

--Best Merlot
Osprey’s Dominion Vineyard 2010 Reserve Merlot

--Best Pinot Noir
Ventosa Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir

--Best Cabernet Franc
Macari Vineyards & Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc

--Best Lemberger
Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard 2012 Change

--Best Syrah
Billsboro Winery 2012 Syrah

--Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal
Fulkerson Winery 2013 William Vigne Dry Zwiegelt

--Best Vinifera Red
Harbes Vineyard 2012 Red Blend

--Best Vinifera/Hybrid Red
Buttonwood Grove Winery Redbud

--Best Other Red French-American Varietal
Johnson Estate Winery 2012 Chambourcin, Estate Grown

--Best Cold Climate Red Varietal
Thousand Islands Winery 2012 Frontenac

--Best Hybrid Red
Lakewood Vineyards 2013 Long Stem Red

--Best Concord
21 Brix Winery Ella’s Red

--Best Fruit
King Ferry Winery 2013 Apple Mystique

--Best Cider
Kaneb Orchards 2014 St. Lawrence Cider

--Best Spirit
Hidden Marsh Distillery Judd's Wreckin Ball Corn Whiskey

--Best Ice Wine
Idol Ridge Winery 2014 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

--Best Vinifera Sparkling White
Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2005 Brut Seduction, Methode Champenoise

Photo in text: Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy (File photo)

Racing Research Center honored
by Society of Automotive Historians

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 7, 2013 -- The Society of Automotive Historians has presented the International Motor Racing Research Center with its James J. Bradley Distinguished Service Award.

The award honors the work of libraries and archives whose mission is to preserve motor vehicle resource materials.

"We are so pleased to be honored with the SAH Bradley Award," Center President J.C. Argetsinger said. "This award, from our peers of archivists and historians, is a gratifying affirmation of the work we're doing at the Center."

The award was presented at the SAH annual meeting and awards banquet Oct. 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Michael Argetsinger, a member of the Center’s Governing Council, accepted the award.

The award was established in memory of James J. Bradley, noted curator of the National Automotive History Collection at the Detroit Public Library. The award was first presented in 1982.

The Society of Automotive Historians was founded in 1969 to encourage research, preservation, recording, compilation and publication of the historical facts concerning the development of the automobile and related items, from inception to the present throughout the world. It has a worldwide membership of 1,000 and has active chapters in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

To learn more about the SAH, visit its website at www.autohistory.org.

The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials.

For more information about the Center’s work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044. The Center also is on Facebook at International Motor Racing Research Center.

Photo in text: Automobile industry insider and author/historian Karl Ludvigsen speaks at the International Motor Racing Research Center on April 13, 2013. Free monthly talks are offered by the Center as part of its mission to preserve the history of motorsports. (Photo provided by the IMRRC)

Pierce, Welliver purchase Hector winery

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HECTOR, Oct. 16, 2013 -- Gene Pierce and Scott Welliver, owners of Glenora Wine Cellars (Dundee) and Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant (Romulus), have recently completed the purchase of Chateau LaFayette Reneau in Hector from Richard and Betty Reno.

“When Scott and I learned that Dick and Betty were considering the sale of Chateau LaFayette Reneau," said Pierce, "we saw it as a great opportunity for us, having watched the growth of the winery over the past 28 years. Its prime location on the southeastern shore of Seneca Lake, and the excellent reputation of its wines, vineyards and staff all added to the decision to purchase the winery. Knowing the Renos and their dedication to the winery and commitment to the industry were major factors as well.”

Pierce and Welliver say they plan to maintain the three wineries as separate entities, continuing with each having its own distinct and unique identities. Visitors at Chateau LaFayette Reneau can expect the same great wines and the same standard of excellence in customer service, said Pierce.

Pierce and Welliver plan to expand the Chateau LaFayette Reneau vineyard acreage, as well as the distribution of its wines. “The increased awareness of the Finger Lakes Region and its wines provide an ideal environment for the growth of Chateau LaFayette Reneau,” said Pierce.

Chateau LaFayette Reneau was established in 1985. During the past 28 years its wines have received national and international recognition for superior quality in such events as The Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition, Riesling DuMonde, and the Governor’s Cup.

Photo in text: From left: Governor Andrew Cuomo, Scott Welliver and Gene Pierce during the governor's visit to Glenora on Aug. 13.

Glenora is utilizing an egg-shaped tank

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DUNDEE, Oct. 2, 2013 -- Glenora Wine Cellars recently purchased a concrete egg-shaped tank from Burgundy, France to use in its wine production. It will be used instead of the standard stainless steel tank or oak barrel.

The egg shape was designed by Michel Chapoutier from the Rhone Valley of France. The egg shape, similar to the clay amphora wine jugs from the Roman Empire, eliminates dead corners and ensures a continuous flow of the fermenting wine.

Glenora is the first winery in the Finger Lakes to use the concrete egg.

Gene Pierce, co-owner of Glenora Wine Cellars, became intrigued by the concrete eggs when he first saw them on a trip to the Rhone Valley last spring.

“I am very excited to have the unique opportunity to work with the concrete egg,” said Steve DiFrancesco, Glenora winemaker. “We are christening the egg with Pinot Blanc, which is grown by Scott Welliver, co-owner of Glenora Wine Cellars. Our plan is to leave the wine in contact with the yeast lees until February.”

A benefit to using the egg, says Glenora in a press release, "is that there is a tiny amount of oxygen exchange, which will allow extended yeast contact without the danger of reduced, naturally occurring sulfur aromas. The size and insulating properties of the concrete design will eliminate the need for artificial temperature control during fermentation. The egg will allow similar richness and body in the wine as barrel fermentation without adding oak flavors or tannins."

The egg holds 184 gallons, or about 77 cases.

This limited release Pinot Blanc will be available for tasting and sales in early summer of 2014.

Glenora Wine Cellars has been producing award-winning, high-quality wines for over 35 years. In 1977 it was the first winery to open on Seneca Lake. Today a 30-room inn (Inn at Glenora) and a gourmet restaurant (Veraisons) join the winery on a 40-acre estate.

Photo in text: Glenora Wine Cellars co-owner Gene Pierce, left, and winemaker Steve DiFrancesco with the new tank. (Photo provided)

Hazlitt, Atwater vineyards honored

Roadside signs cite conservation commitment

HECTOR, July 26, 2013 -- Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, owned by Doug Hazlitt and Leigh Hazlitt Triner, and Atwater Estate Vineyards, owned by Ted Marks, were each presented with an Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) "Farmers Partnering to Protect Our Environment" roadside sign Thursday recognizing their exemplary conservation of natural resources and commitment to environmental protection.

The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District presented the sign awards during the Schuyler County Farm Bureau summer picnic attended by over 200 people and held at Atwater Vineyards.

Elaine Dalrymple, Conservation District Field Manager, thanked the farmers for their stewardship efforts that exemplify the value of family farms to the environment, the local economy and the community. She said that for farmers, the rural landscape “is not just a place, it’s who we are.”

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, located in the Town of Hector, has been an active farm in Schuyler County for over 160 years, with 140 acres of vineyards presently in production along both Seneca and Canandaigua Lakes.

Dalrymple said that Hazlitt 1852 is known for its efforts to prevent erosion and enhance soil organic matter through the use of permanent sod, cover crops, mulch, and compost in vineyard row middles and through the protection of headlands.

"The AEM program helped us install many of the best management practices that we use and we will continue to participate since the program promotes the environmental protection goals that keep our farm viable,” said Doug Hazlitt. In accepting their award, both Leigh and Doug said that John Santos, their vineyard manager, has spearheaded the environmental protection efforts in their vineyards and deserves most of the credit. Hazlitt and Triner also operate one of the largest wineries in New York State.

Atwater Estate Vineyards is also located in the Town of Hector and has been in the family since 1999. It has 50 acres in grape production growing 16 different varieties. It also uses permanent sod and mulch in its row middles to prevent erosion and keeps headland areas vegetated.

In accepting the award for Atwater, Marks thanked the Farm Bureau and other farmers for their support. “I did not know anything about farming when I started 14 years ago, and without the help of my neighbors, I would not have made it,” he said, adding: “Seneca Lake is our lifeblood. Most vineyard operators know this and do all they can to protect the lake. Farms are the major land use in our county and protecting water quality ensures that they remain a vital part of life here.”

Katie Marks, Ted’s daughter, operates the successful winery on the farm and Chaz Coney is the vineyard manager. Also recognized were Bob Tamborelli and Mike Betts, who help manage the vineyards.

The Schuyler County Farm Bureau and the Schuyler County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board are co-sponsors of the awards with the Conservation District. AEM is a statewide program with over 10,000 farms voluntarily participating. To learn more about the AEM program in Schuyler County, visit www.schuylerswcd.com or call the Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District at 535-0878.

Photo in text: Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and Atwater Estate Vineyards owners and managers with their AEM sign awards. From left: Bob Tamborelli, vineyard crew, Atwater Vineyards; Mike Betts, vineyard crew, Atwater; Doug Hazlitt and Leigh Hazlitt Triner, owners of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards; John Santos, vineyard manager, Hazlitt 1852; Ted Marks, owner of Atwater Estate Vineyards; Chaz Coney, vineyard manager, Atwater; and Katie Marks, winery manager, Atwater. (Photo provided)

Notarfonzo promoted in State Park Region

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BURDETT, June 13, 2013 -- Kathie Notarfonzo of Burdett was recently promoted to Assistant Regional Director of the Finger Lakes State Park Region.

The Finger Lakes Region oversees 21 active facilities (12 with swimming, 11 with camping, and 12 with marina/boat launches), six gorges, and many miles of trails.

Notarfonzo -- a 1985 graduate of Watkins Glen High School -- started her career in 1986 as a secretary at Finger Lakes Regional Headquarters in Trumansburg and has moved through various positions throughout her career, including Health and Safety Officer and facility manager of the Ithaca area parks. She is a graduate of RIT with an OSHA certification.

Notarfonzo also manages Exercise Enterprise, a Watkins Glen health and fitness center. She is married with three sons.

Photo in text: Kathie Notarfonzo (Photo provided)

Debra Whiting Foundation dinner set

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HECTOR, May 28, 2013 -- Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro is slated to host a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 to support the Debra Whiting Foundation and to celebrate Debra's vision and commitment to the wine, food, farms, families and community of the Finger Lakes.

Debra Whiting (pictured at right) was, Red Newt points out, "a visionary chef in the Finger Lakes wine growing region. Her passion was not just the food as it appeared on the plate, but the food as it grew on local farms." During the 12 years that she led the culinary team at Red Newt Bistro, she was a leader in the development of farm to table relationships that blossomed with the burgeoning wine industry of the Finger Lakes.

“This year we are continuing to focus our efforts on defining the cuisine of our region,” said Brud Holland, Red Newt Bistro Executive Chef. “We do this by collaborating with our Finger Lakes farmers, other winemakers, and chefs that share our same passion.”

On June 1st, Holland is joining forces with Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars Executive Chef Orlando Rodriquez to not only prepare the wine and food for the dinner, but also to pay tribute to Whiting, who died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the New York Thruway on June 30, 2011.

“Working private events and other dinners with Debra in the past was great; anytime we were cooking together we always had a fun time,” says Rodriguez. “To be one of the first guest chefs to put on this fundraising dinner in her name is such an honor.”

In the same of spirit of collaboration, Holland echoes “for me, it is exciting to work with other chefs like Orlando; sharing ideas, techniques, and experiences – it's what keeps us inspired.”

The evening will feature an announcement of the first agriculture grant to a local Finger Lakes farm, introduction of 2013 culinary scholarship applicants, and a silent auction. The cost to attend is a $100 donation to the Foundation.

Tickets may be purchased at debrawhitingdinner.eventbrite.com.

Photo in text: Debra Whiting

Atwater plans Tasting Room in Watkins

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WATKINS GLEN, April 11, 2013 -- Atwater Estate Vineyards, a 13-year-old winery located in Burdett, plans to open a tasting room on Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.

“Watkins is quickly becoming an exciting tourist location and has great plans for its future that warrant new and innovative stores,” said Ted Marks, owner of Atwater

The Tasting Room by Atwater, as the new business will be called, will be at 204 North Franklin Street, across from the new Nickels Bar B Que and next door to the Glen Mountain Market and Bakery.

“Being within one block of the Harbor Hotel and the waterfront, the location is going to offer the tourists and residents an opportunity to taste local wines in the late afternoon and evenings,” said Marks.

The Tasting Room by Atwater will be open from 12 noon until 8 p.m. most evenings, especially during the tourist season.

“Our intention is not to run a ‘bar’ but to provide residents and visitors tastings of local wines offered by the smaller boutique style wineries located within the Finger Lakes Region," said Marks. "We will also be featuring and tasting Apple Ciders made in the area, especially those from Bellwether Cidery located on Cayuga Lake.”

Marks said that in addition, The Tasting Room by Atwater will carry artisan cheeses made by local creameries.

“It is important that local wineries, cideries, cheese makers, and distilleries all work together to promote our local farms and their products," he said. "The new and exciting attitude by Governor Cuomo toward farm products grown within New York State has made all this possible for us to market these items together.”

The Atwater winery is located at 5055 Route 414, Burdett . It currently employs 10 workers on an 80-acre farm and produces 16 different wines from its vineyards. The winery was recently awarded several gold medals for Rieslings, and consistently receives high ratings for red wines .

Assuming all licenses are approved by New York State and local agencies, The Tasting Room by Atwater hopes to open before Memorial Day weekend. Three full-time and four part-time positions will be created for the new venture.

Photo in text: The storefront of the planned tasting room. (Photo provided)

Grant will help fund digitization of
Racing Center's Grand Prix materials

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WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 31, 2012 -- The International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen has received a grant to fund the digitization of United States Grand Prix materials.

The $7,000 grant from the South Central Regional Library Council in Ithaca will support the Center’s commitment to making materials in its collections more easily available to the public.

Center President J.C. Argetsinger said the materials of which digital copies will be made include 20 years of race programs, some 200 photographs and some 200 pages of race results. Some of the materials are not now available to the public from any other source.

The United States Grand Prix had a home at Watkins Glen for 20 years, from 1961 through 1980. The first Formula One Grand Prix race was run at the Glen on Oct. 8, 1961.

“This matching grant will give the Center’s digitization effort a big boost,” Argetsinger said. “The staff is especially excited that results of our efforts to preserve the history of motorsports will be easily available from another source. We appreciate that this grant will help to widen our audience.”

Once digitized, the Grand Prix materials will be accessible through the Center’s website at www.racingarchives.org and through New York Heritage at www.nyheritage.org, a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York.

The Racing Research Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1999 and located in Watkins Glen, also home of the Watkins Glen International race track. It is recognized as a world-class leader in the collection of materials representing the documentary heritage of amateur and professional motor racing worldwide.

The New York Heritage website provides free access to more than 160 distinct digital collections, totaling hundreds of thousands of items. The collections in New York Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books and more.

The Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Grant will be administered by the South Central Regional Library Council.

The Library Council is one of nine Reference and Research Library Resources Councils in New York. As a multi-type library consortium, the Council serves 69 members across 10,000 square miles in the counties of Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates.

Glenora Wine Cellars wins Gold

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DUNDEE, Oct. 9, 2012 -- Glenora Wine Cellars recently won Gold medals from The Beverage Testing Institute -- during the 2012 World Value Wine Challenge -- for its 2011 Riesling, 2011 Seyval Blanc, 2011 Gewürztraminer, and 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé. In addition, its 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé won “2012 Best Rosé Wine under $15.”

“We are very pleased and honored to be recognized by the BTI for our recent entries in the World Value Wine Challenge,” said Steve DiFrancesco, wine maker at Glenora Wine Cellars. “Our winemaking style respects the vineyards, with flavors that are expressive of carefully ripened grapes. These wines are a tribute to our grape growers, vineyard managers, and Mother Nature herself.”

The Beverage Testing Institute uses double blind tastings to judge the wines. The panels consist of screened and trained professionals who all have an extensive wine-related background.

Glenora Wine Cellars has been producing award-winning wines for over 33 years. In 1977 it was the first winery to open on Seneca Lake. Today the property offers a 30-room inn (Inn at Glenora) and a gourmet restaurant (Veraisons) adjoining the winery on a 40-acre estate.

Sahlen's renews sponsorship with WGI

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WATKINS GLEN, July 3, 2012 -- Sahlen’s Packing Company, Inc. has announced a multi-year renewal of its partnership with Watkins Glen International as title sponsor of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Grand-Am Road Racing Series event.

Currently the longest consecutive title sponsorship at The Glen, this season marks the 10th year of this partnership. The latest annual race was run last weekend.

“Joe Sahlen and Sahlen Packing Company are strong supporters of The Glen and sports car racing,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “As a native of Western New York, it is great to have a regional brand prominently represented at The Glen. We look forward to continuing to work with Joe and his team to keep the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen one of the premier events of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule.”

Sahlen's Packing Company, a leading producer of meat products in Western New York, is known for its hot dogs, sausages, and deli meats. It was founded in 1869 in Buffalo.

Work starting at future Visitor Center

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WATKINS GLEN, June 28, 2012 -- Renovation work has begun at the site of the future Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

The former home of the Seneca Lake General Store at 214 N. Franklin St. in Watkins Glen is now empty, with the first phase of the Center renovation process just beginning.

The Chamber hired Hunt Engineers of Horseheads to design the layout of the new Chamber home right after plans for the Center were announced in December. General contractor. for the job is Kermit Cutter Construction, which is headquartered in Newfield.

“It’s been a long time in the making," said Rebekah LaMoreaux, Chamber president & CEO, "but our staff, board of directors, members and community are all very excited.”

The need for a bigger and more modern facility has grown over the years. Last year, 17,813 tourists paid a visit to the current 1,700-square-foot Visitor Center – and with growing numbers, a small greeting center without a public restroom was deemed no longer sufficient.

The new location is 5,100 square feet. It will include two public restrooms, a conference room, and five offices for Chamber staff. It will also feature special displays that are representative of the region, and which will be revealed at a ribbon cutting ceremony, expected in September..

According to the 2011 Oxford Economics Company’s report, The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York, travelers have the following impact in Schuyler County:

* Travelers Spend - $30,884,000 (an increase of 13% over 2010)
* Labor Income - $11,931,000
* Local Tax Revenue - $1,716,000
* State Tax Revenue - $1,882,000

“The Oxford report confirms that Schuyler County continues to be a world-class destination, and we must strive to continue the expansion of our efforts to further improve this reputation,” said Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn. “As we embark on new initiatives such as lakefront development and the construction of a new Visitor Center, our standing will only increase. While we have made great gains, we are in the infancy stage of what our tourism economy will ultimately be.”

Added Vicki Schamel, Chairwoman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors: "Being in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Watkins Glen is poised to be a very vibrant town for tourism and the economy."

Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Photos in text: The exterior and interior of the future Visitor Center. (Photos provided)

Hazlitt 1852 appoints DeBell as GM

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HECTOR, June 21, 2012 -- Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards has hired Daniel DeBell as General Manager.

DeBell comes to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards with 20 years of management experience. Through his career he spent time in key roles in business development, marketing, project management and production efficiency.

"We are thrilled to have Dan join our senior management team and bolster our management expertise," said Leigh Triner, Co-CEO of Hazlitt. "Our company's rapid growth and acquisition of Hazlitt's Red Cat Cellars in Naples, NY necessitated we increase our organizational leadership. Dan is a perfect fit for us."

"I am really excited about the growth potential of the business, the commitment of the people and the amazing products," said DeBell, adding: "I look forward to being a significant part of the future of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars."

A native of Ithaca, DeBell earned a degree in Applied Economics, Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University. He currently lives in Trumansburg with his wife Michelle, four dogs, three cats and 32 horses.

About Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards & Hazlitt's Red Cat Cellars:

The Hazlitt family has been growing grapes on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake for over 150 years. Established in 1984, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards continues the family tradition of award-winning viticulture and wine production. In 2010, Hazlitt's Red Cat Cellars was founded when the Hazlitt family purchased the 3 million gallon-plus Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, New York from Constellation Brands.

The family's wines include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Cabernet Franc. Most notably, Hazlitt is famous for its Red Cat, White Cat and Cabin Fever -- some of the most popular and best-selling New York State wines available. For more information, visit: www.Hazlitt1852.com, www.redcatcellars.com or www.redcatwine.com.

 

 

 

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