Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Visit to The New York Wine & Culinary Center

"The New York Wine & Culinary Center is designed to engage, excite and inspire the people of New York State and the world in a celebration of New York wine and food. The Center is an educational and experiential gateway to New York State's incredible wine, food and culinary industries," states the introductory material to the center's webpage.

They are right.

I recently went to the center with Pam Horn of Sterling Publishng and Peter Briggs of the George Eastman House...both friends.

We went to the tasting room where we delighted in many different wines. Each of us tried different tasting menus and single glasses. Our affable pourer was Luke.

The center is rich and lush. The tasting room is breathtaking, the gift shops attractive, the theather beautiful, the view superb, and the food excellent. And there's a state of the art kitchen where you and 20 of your closest friends can whip up a storm in the ultimate dream kitchen, assisted by experienced chefs.

At the end of the night, me and my two guests were much pleased by our foray into the New York wine world. Each of us had some favorite glasses among the many wines we tatsed. Here are a few, in no particular order:

Millbrook Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Millbrook Vineyards Merlot
White Springs Savignon Blanc
Glenora WIne Cellars Pinot Blanc
Sherwood House Chardonnay
Sheldrake Point Pinot noir
Goose Watch Lemberger
Raphael Merlot
Ravines Wine Cellars Meritage

If you go to the Finger Lakes and you don't visit the center, you're doing yourself an injustice!

New York Wine & Culinary Center
800 South Main Street
Canandaigua New York 14424
Tel (585) 394-7070 | Fax (585) 394-3037

Call for hours or dinner reservations.