Geneva, New York, February 4, 2014 – 
Taste cool-climate wines from around the world, try wine and food pairings and learn why wineries in New York’s Finger Lakes have gained international respect. Joshua Greene, editor and publisher of Wine & Spirits magazine, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes, which will be held June 13-14 in Geneva, New York. 

 “I'm excited to be visiting the Finger Lakes again. With so much emphasis on eating and drinking local, New Yorkers are blessed to have one of the world's great terroirs in our back yard—not only for wine, but for exceptional food as well. The Wine Symposium is a moment to consider Finger Lakes riesling, pinot noir and cabernet franc in the context of cool-climate wines from around the world,”  says Josh Greene.

Riesling has become the region’s signature wine, so the Symposium will kick off June 13 with a Grand Tasting of finalists from the Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge. Winners of the Riesling Challenge, taking place April 4, will be presented trophies in five different categories. Rochester Chef, Dan Eaton of the YNN network’s “Cooking at Home” will present cooking demonstrations.  The Grand Tasting will be held from 4-7p.m. at the new Visitor’s Center on Geneva’s lakefront.

The event moves to Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Scandling Center on June 14. Greene and other wine world experts present programs that include a wine and food pairing seminar, three different cool-climate seminars and a five course luncheon prepared by Finger Lakes chefs and carefully matched with old and new world wines.

The Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes and the Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge are 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, and the City of Geneva.
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Leslie Kroeger 315-521-7041