Wine Symposium Comes to Finger Lakes in 2013
Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes will be unlike any other
event in region
Geneva, N.Y. – Aimed at wine enthusiasts, the inaugural Wine
Symposium of the Finger Lakes will be a world-class wine and food experience
held in the heart of the Finger Lakes, in Geneva, N.Y., in the spring of 2013.
Attendees will learn from and taste wines alongside international experts and,
in the process, learn about the Finger Lakes American Viticultural Area (AVA)
in the context of the world’s key wine producing regions. The Wine Symposium of
the Finger Lakes is 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, the City of Geneva and the Geneva Area
Chamber of Commerce.
“The Finger Lakes is being recognized as a world-class
cool-climate winegrowing region. The stature of the Wine Symposium and Riesling
Challenge wine competition will further our reputation by establishing a
premier celebration of wine and food within the Finger Lakes,” explains Bob
Madill, co-chair of the Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes and member of the
Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.
This event, scheduled for March 23, 2013, will begin with a
structured tasting on the principles of pairing food and wine presented by
Walter Scheib, White House executive chef (1994-2005), and James Treadwell, one
of Canada’s top sommeliers and co-owner of Treadwell Farm-to-Table cuisine in
Port Dalhousie, Ontario.
Seminar programs will be presented by acclaimed industry
experts Thomas Pastuszak, wine director of The NoMad Hotel in New York City,
and Dan Berger, award-winning syndicated Los Angeles wine columnist, who will
focus on white and red cool-climate wines, respectively.
The symposium includes the inaugural Finger Lakes AVA
Riesling Challenge wine competition, to be held at the New York Wine and
Culinary Center in the weeks leading up to the symposium. Awards will be
presented to the winners of the Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge at the Wine
The luncheon will be a five-course dining experience during
which Scheib, as keynote presenter, will entertain and inform attendees about a
side of food and wine few individuals have the opportunity to experience —
cooking in the White House for two presidents, over an 11-year span and for
world leaders as well as the First Families.
Finger Lakes wineries will present a walk-around tasting of
their wines, including those named winners of the Finger Lakes AVA Riesling
“Local winery owners and area business people believe in the
ever-growing importance of the Finger Lakes wine industry, and the increasingly
prominent role it is playing as a regional driver of investment, employment and
tourism,” explains Dave Bunnell, co-chair of the Wine Symposium of the Finger
Lakes and president of Geneva Growth. “The national and international acclaim
the region’s wines are receiving go far in explaining how the Finger Lakes
region will continue its march to prominence in the world of wine.”
The Finger Lakes wine industry has been making inroads in
the national and international marketplaces, with wines from the region
recently receiving representation across the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia.
Finger Lakes wines have earned coveted international awards, and renowned
international wine writers and sommeliers have been organizing tastings in New
York City that include wines from this region.
“When coupled with advances being made regionally in the
production of beer, spirits, cheese, chocolate, sauces and other artisan foods,
there is ample evidence to support the premise that this area is indeed
enjoying a rebirth,” adds Bunnell.
The Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes is presented with
support from the New York Wine and Culinary Center, Hobart and William Smith
Colleges, the City of Geneva and the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes will take place in
the Scandling Campus Center, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.
More information about the event, including sponsorship and registration, is