Thursday, April 7, 2011

New Artisan Cheese and Wine Weekend on Keuka Lake April 9-10

Photo of Keuka Lake by Lida Rose
Bookmark and Share  Enjoy two Finger Lakes Trails in one delicious weekend. The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail joins the Keuka Lake Wine Trail on April 9 -10 for Artisan Cheese and Wine Weekend, a new event celebrating local producers. While driving along Keuka’s beautiful hillsides, attendees will find warm hospitality at each of the eight wineries with the addition of a regional cheese maker at each location.

One ticket allows attendees to visit all eight wineries at a relaxed pace over the weekend. Included in the ticket price are special wine and food tastings at each winery, complementing the cheeses of their visiting producer. The cheese producers will offer samples, have artisan cheeses for sale, and will chat about the process of making these exceptional cheeses. Enjoy dishes such as aged cheddar soup, Buffalo chicken dip, and cheese empanadas.

The Keuka Lake Wine Trail strives to provide a high-quality, lively experience where guests can expect to feel satisfied by our food and stimulated by the conververation. This event collaboration with the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is sure to provide a tasty and informative culinary weekend.

“Look forward to lots of variety!” says Rose Marie Belforti owner of Finger Lakes Creamery LLC, “We make the only farmstead Kefir cheese of its kind in the western hemisphere, as far as we know. The Kefir culture allows us to make cheeses with a myriad of tastes from nutty and creamy, to zesty flavor, to a Roquefort-inspired hot blue.” With summer entertaining right around the corner, return home inspired to create the ultimate local cheese plate. For those who enjoy the region’s famed Rieslings, look forward to tasting cheeses to pair specifically with this wine.

For the value packed weekend price of $25 per person, attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass, thirty-two wines to taste, food samples and artisan cheese samples. Designated driver and Sunday-only discounted tickets are available. Event hours are Saturday 10AM – 5PM and Sunday 11AM – 5PM. Tickets may be purchased by calling (800) 440.4898, or through Friend the Keuka Lake Wine Trail on Facebook and receive event updates and previews. All ticket holders are entered to win a one-night stay for two at the Inn at Esperanza Mansion, including a sightseeing cruise aboard the Esperanza Rose, and a bottle of wine from each winery on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail.

The Keuka Lake Wine Trail located in Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York was established in 1985 and today includes: Heron Hill Winery; Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars; Stever Hill Vineyards; Hunt Country Vineyards; Keuka Spring Vineyards; Barrington Cellars; McGregor Vineyard Winery and Ravines Wine Cellars.

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