Archive for March, 2014

New York Ice Wine Festival at Casa Larga

Ice Wine FestivalA Mid-Winter’s Celebration  of New York Ice Wines and Cuisine

A good friend offered me a free ticket to the always sold out Ice Wine Festival. Come Hungry & Thirsty! Ice Wines produced in NY state with NY State grown grapes, in the traditional method are the stars of the festival. Along with great food from area caterers and specialty shops.

Ice WIne Festival3The Festival offers you the rare opportunity to sample and purchase these exquisite wines from all of New York’s wine regions in one location.

What is Ice Wine anyway?

It’s not legislated in New York State (as it in other countries) yet, but there is a strong movement to regulate the name so that ice wine can only be on a label only if the grapes were naturally frozen on the vine.

Icewinefestival1The secret to this wonderful treat came by accident. Leaving grapes on the vine late into the season was accidental. Panic ensued once temperatures dip below freezing and speedy harvest would frozen grapes.

Ice wine festival 2The grapes  quickly harvested and crushed before the sun thaws them yields a thick, honey-like liquid, full of concentrated fruit aromas and flavors. With white varietals (more often than not, Riesling and, in New York and Canada, the French-American hybrid, Vidal), there’s a lot of rich, ripe apricot, peach, and pear flavor, and often some spice and nuttiness.

In a normal table wine, the degree concentrated sugar levels—is usually somewhere in the 20s; ice wine is typically a minimum of 35, and sometimes higher.

Learn more .

Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road Fairport, NY 14450

March 27, 2014 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Pultneyville: Maritime History, Modern Charm

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 10.52.01 PMSituated along the east bank of Salmon Creek on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, and the well-traveled Seaway Trail. Pultneyville is a town that combines maritime history and modern charm. It is located on Lake Ontario about 25 miles east of Rochester.

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 10.42.49 PMThe Landing at Pultneyville offers unique shopping and dining experience in the midst of a historic hamlet in the Town of Williamson. The Landing is among 37 Pultneyville properties, that in 1975, became listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, with a historic district reflecting Federal, Second Empire and Greek Revival architecture.

The Landing at Pultneyville a shared space between The Pulneyville Grill and Artisans’ Loft.

Artisan's LoftWe stopped for drinks and appetizers one Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the undivided attention of the bartender who warmed us right up after a chilly hike.

The Grill has a tasty menu, but has done a great job of pairing wines with each entrée and offering special wine pairing events. There is live music summer and winter, on the weekends.

The gallery features the work of over sixty artists, on two floors of exhibition and special event space,

Just down the road is a great spot to picnic, right on the lake. B Forman Park.

March 8, 2014 at 3:53 am Leave a comment

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