Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Finger Lakes Wine Festival

This past weekend I gave a seminar on Hudson Valley Wine Country at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. Have you ever attended this festival?

I had a booth at this festival for my travel business back in 2002. I swore I wouldn't go back, but I found myself there on Saturday dropping off wine for my Sunday seminar. The reason why I didn't want to go back was because of the Saturday crowds. Like any wine festival, Sunday is the better day, it's less crowded and you can get to the wineries tables without a fight. That is the reason I chose to have my seminar on Sunday.

I arrived at the festival on Saturday around 3p and dropped off the wine for Sunday. I then entered the twilight zone...Even after 3p, we found it difficult to get to the tasting tables. We visited our friends John and Stacy McGregor, and Dr Frank before it was time to go to the tweet-up arranged by Morgan McLaughlin.
The theme of the tweet-up was 2007 reds. We tasted a variety of wines from the Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Hudson Valley. I brought with me a Whitecliff Gamay Noir and Bashakill Blue Heron (Cabernet Franc.) Wines we tasted ranged from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noirs. They all were quite good.

Morgan had all of us take a picture together. Here I am holding the two bottles of Hudson Valley Wine with the Finger Lakes winemakers.








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