Life in the Finger Lakes

LIFL Spring 2011

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F O O D & W I N E Perfect Couples 4th Annual Seneca Falls OutdoorArt Festival& Car Show July 31 2011 • Sunday 10-5 Artists and Artisans are invited to participate ••• E-mail for more information or call 315-568-1510 or 315-568-8204 FAST FACTS INFO PAGE 81 W story by Jason Feulner photos by Jennifer Srmack ine begs to be consumed with food, although it’s not always easy to remember that when you are tasting on a wine trail in the Finger Lakes. At most wineries crackers suffice as accompani- ment, but these little morsels, as neces- sary as they are for the tired palate, hardly allude to the joy of sipping a nicely crafted wine with a well-cooked meal. Flavors occur that neither the wine nor the food can provide on its own. In many respects, tasting and pur- chasing a wine at a local winery is just the first part of a journey that contin- ues later, at the dinner table, preferably with good company. And yet many wineries offer an opportunity to taste their wines while sampling some gastronomical creations on site, the two disciplines married in an effort to offer new opportunities for tourists and regular visitors alike. A restaurant within a winery is hardly a new concept, even in the Finger Lakes, but the combination has expanded over the past few years as wineries seek new sources of revenue in conjunction with the fine dining renaissance that has taken place among middleclass con- sumers.Wine lovers and food lovers are often one-and-the-same, and the Finger Lakes region has more to offer in the dining scene than ever before. In the next few issues of Life in the Finger Lakes, we will highlight some wine and food pairings provided by local winemakers and their culinary colleagues.We hope the descriptions trigger your imagination, especially if Ventosa Vineyards FAST FACTS INFO PAGE 81 76 ~ WWW.L I F E I N T H E F I N G E R L A K E S . C OM

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