Wine Culture

Finger Lakes Riesling Festival 2014

September 7, 2014

Finger Lakes Riesling Festival August 9-10, 2014 On a hot Sunday afternoon I attended, with a friend, the Riesling Festival along the beautiful shores Canandaigua Lake. The venue was mostly outside on the pier and in and outside of the New York State Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua. It was a great event that had more than you anticipated. To attend the event, we decided to park at the CMAC parking lot and partake in the free and short shuttle ride to the event location. This turned out to be hassle-free and would definitely do this again. We arrived… Read more

Gluten-Free Corner

July 22, 2014

Seven years ago I learned that I was gluten, dairy and soy intolerant. Having been known as an enthusiastic baker in college, this discovery stopped me in my tracks. Initially the question was: “What now?” Thankfully there are so many wonderful resources nationally, internationally, online and locally that I had everywhere to look and learn. After many mistakes, ruined recipes, and a very patient husband, my kitchen is free of my dietary enemies (except for my hubby’s treats/breads that are sequestered). With this evolving journey we have learned to eat a varied and healthy diet without sacrificing on taste. In… Read more

Bristol Harbour Restaurant

April 27, 2014

   Bristol Harbour Resort is located on the west side of Canandaigua Lake and offers spectacular views looking south over the lake.  The views are unbeatable and worth the drive there.  The resort offers overnight accommodations and is known for their spa and championship style golf course. We journeyed there for dinner near the end of March and although we could not enjoy the foliage or the outside patio we were able to take advantage of the unimpeded vista.   On this particular evening this Adirondack style lodge was busy hosting a wedding reception.  This increased the festive nature of… Read more

Wine Touring

January 4, 2014

There is nothing more idyllic that taking a drive through wine country and tasting the local fruits of the harvest with friends and family. Having visited the wine country of California and Oregon as well as the local New York and Niagara region, we would like to share some thoughts regarding wine touring. Here are some points that are worthy of consideration. Read more