Still Celebrating Summer in the Finger Lakes!

As July comes to an end and August rolls in, the celebration of summer continues throughout the Finger Lakes.   Come and raise your glass in honor of summer and in celebration of local foods, wine, and music!

Here are a few you will not want to miss…

McGregor Vineyard’s 40th Anniversary Party

Celebrate some of the oldest vinifera vines in the Finger Lakes at McGregor Vineyard’s 40th Anniversary party on the east side of Keuka Lake, Saturday, July 30 from 10:00AM until 8:00PM.  Enjoy free tastings, discounted wines, live music, and the release of the vineyard’s long-awaited sparkling wines—the 2008 Blanc de Blanc made from Chardonnay and 2008 Blanc de Noir made from Pinot Noir.  Spend the afternoon nibbling on local artisan cheeses on the patio while you sip wine and listen to the eclectic sounds of Rib Bone from 12:00PM-5:00PM.  Stay to watch the sunset over Keuka Lake with the sounds of The Jazz Stylings of Trevor Findley and Bryan J. Flood from 5:00PM-8:00PM.

Be sure to catch one of the intimate candlelit tasting tours throughout the day, led by John McGregor in the barrel room, where he will discuss the history of wine making and grape growing at McGregor Vineyard.  Light local hors’d’oeuvres prepared by Stacey McGregor will accompany the tastings.  Tours cost $10 per person (champagne flute included!), begin at 11AM, 1PM, 3PM and 5PM, and last about 45 minutes.  Reservations are not required but recommended as tours are limited to 20 people.

19th Annual Garlic Fest at Fox Run Vineyards

Welcome in August and savor the season with more live entertainment, tasty wine, and local fare featuring garlic delights at the 19th Annual Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards in Penn Yan, August 6th and 7th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM each day.  Garlic farmers, festival vendors, and the region’s best chefs will feature local garlicky goods, culinary demonstrations, and even flameworking presentations by the Corning Museum of Glass.  Don’t miss the most anticipated culinary event in the Finger Lakes!

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