2015 WINE SYMPOSIUM OF THE FINGER LAKES EVENT LINEUP Celebrating the Brilliance of Finger Lakes Wines, Wineries, and Growers



Celebrating the Brilliance of Finger Lakes Wines, Wineries, and Growers

Geneva, NY (July 30, 2015) – New York was selected as the world’s top wine region of 2015 by Wine Enthusiast magazine and its wines are increasingly being recognized for their excellence. An impressive roster of chefs, sommeliers, wine experts, and wine enthusiasts will come together to celebrate the region and what makes it so special at the third annual Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes. Scheduled for August 21-22, 2015 in downtown Geneva, NY, the event is intended to showcase Finger Lakes Wine Country as a region that offers high quality wines. By placing them in a broader perspective against benchmark wines, presenters will demonstrate just how excellent and competitive Finger Lakes wines are, with Riesling as a case in point.

The event lineup includes:

Grand Tasting - August 21, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Geneva Visitors’ and Events Center (Preceded by an invitation-only media and trade tasting)

The Grand Tasting offers consumers a chance to taste 26 award-winning Rieslings in one place, each gold medal winners at the 2015 Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge. The competition is a signature event of the Symposium, during which some of the area’s top winemakers judge their colleagues’ Rieslings. The “Best in Class” winners will be awarded trophies on this night. Winemakers will be on hand to share the experience.

Opening Session - August 22, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Smith Opera House

Experience a provocative keynote panel at one of New York State’s most historic places. The panel, entitled So what’s so great about the Finger Lakes?, will include Pascaline Lepeltier, master sommelier (the 21st woman to achieve that title in the U.S.); Steve Morgan, wine director of Formento’s in Chicago; Rob Newton, owner & chef of several popular eateries in Brooklyn, and Peter Bell, winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards in the Finger Lakes. Evan Dawson of WXXI’s Connections and author of Summer in a Glass will moderate.

Cool-climate seminars - August 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. at various downtown venues

Attendees are invited to take part in the crux of the entire event, entitled A Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear: Sparkling Wine from Around the World with the Finger Lakes’ own master sommelier, Christopher Bates. Other seminars include, Rosé: The Pink Paradigm Shift with Ron Giesbrecht, winemaker and professor; Living on the Edge: Cool-climate Reds with Steve Morgan, wine director at Formento’s in Chicago; and Should Chablis and Finger Lakes Chardonnay be mentioned in the same sentence? with Dave McIntyre, wine columnist for the Washington Post. These cool-climate seminars give attendees a fascinating look at the Finger Lakes from an outside perspective and are intended to showcase the Finger Lakes as a one of the best winegrowing regions in the world.

Winemakers’ Luncheons - August 22, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at select downtown restaurants

This unbelievable culinary line-up includes an intimate lunch with a boutique winemaker and a gregarious lunch with two of the region’s most well-known winemakers. The menus are all paired with Finger Lakes wines and winemakers will be dining with attendees, guiding this special food and wine experience. Please visit www.WineSymposiumFingerLakes.com/Program for a list of participating restaurants and menus.

Red White and Blues - August 22, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Linden Street

Featuring the Steve Grills Band, this street fête showcases some Finger Lakes wineries that make sparkling wine and delicious Cabernet Franc. Continue to celebrate the area’s love of food and wine with great music and great fun.

About the Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes

Aimed at wine enthusiasts, the annual Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes is an exquisite wine and food experience celebrating the excellence of the region’s grape growers and winemakers. Held in the heart of the Finger Lakes, in Geneva, New York, the Wine Symposium includes the Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge and a Grand Tasting Event showcasing the wines of the gold medalists, with trophies being awarded to the competition winners. During the Symposium, registrants will be immersed in two days of wine tasting and learning, alongside international experts, about the Finger Lakes American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the context of the world’s key wine producing regions. A Geneva Growth, Inc. initiative, the Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes and the Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge are the collaborative effort of Geneva Growth and the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, with support from the New York Wine and Culinary Center, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the City of Geneva. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.WineSymposiumFingerLakes.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Leslie Kroeger | leslie@winesymposiumfingerlakes.com | 315-521-7041
Melissa Buck, Marketing & Communications Specialist | Finger Lakes Wine Country