A few evenings ago, as I was sitting on my porch enjoying my first second glass of wine, I looked up at the sky and admired the perfectly picturesque sunset. You know, the kind that has streaks of orange, purple, pink and blue – the kind that makes you go “wow”. Wait a minute. Sunset? But it wasn’t even 8 o’clock! I could’ve sworn just yesterday it was setting at 9…
And then it hit me.
We’re well into August. And just as I was finally getting used to the 90*F heat and sweltering humidity (gotta love New York!), summer is now rapidly coming to a close. But it can’t be! Quick, where’s my swimsuit and beach towel? I need a s’more stat!
If you (like me) are desperately trying to hang on to these last few summer days and soak up as many activities (and wine) as you can, well you’re in luck! Here’s a handy-dandy guide for how to get the most out of the rest of this summer in the FLX.
For the healthy inspired:
Hunt Country Vineyards
Breathe in….and breathe out. Hunt Country Vineyards is bringing yoga to the tasting room every Thursday, and we certainly don’t mind! Get your namaste-on and then roll up your mat and grab a glass.
And for when you feel more like relaxing in yoga pants than with actual yoga, Hunter’s Red is perfect for a casual night in. Bold dark fruit flavors with mellow tannins make this ideal for couch or porch sipping!
If your type of marathon involves actual running and not just binge watching Netflix, than Wagner Vineyards might be the spot for you. They’re sponsoring a 5K race through the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve at sunset to benefit the local food pantry. How pretty! Register for the event here.
Did you know marathons consist of more than just Netflix and bowls of ice cream?? Me neither!
To celebrate your 5K victory, stop in and pick up a bottle of their Rosé of Cab Franc. Bright, crisp, fruity and dry, this rosé compliments that juicy grilled steak you’ve been drooling over. Hey, you deserve it!
For the food oriented:
Keuka Springs Vineyards
If you’re like me, you can’t pass up an opportunity to indulge on a good wine and cheese pairing. Don’t worry, Keuka Spring has you covered. Stop by on Wednesdays through August to personally sample some of their wines matched with cheeses from local creameries. We’ll see you there! (P.S. I’ll be the one stuffing my face…).
And if you’re looking to bring the pairing party home with you, we suggest Clara’s Red with a spicy cheese, like pepper jack, or some wings – yum!
Garlic. You either love it or you hate it. The die-hard fans are in luck – Knapp Winery is hosting a No Kiss Goodnight event, a 5-course meal inspired by our favorite stinky breath culprit. Enjoy a full array of garlic infused dishes accompanied by a hand-picked selection of wines. For a peak at the menu and ticket info, head over to their website here.
To get rid of that gross garlic aftertaste, try a glass of the Superstition. The bright and bold flavors of the Concord grape should mask any of those garlic fumes, and maybe even guarantee you a goodnight kiss after all!
For the wine purists:
Rated over 89 points each by Wine Enthusiast, McGregor’s 2010 and 2011 Pinot Noirs make a statement for Finger Lakes reds. McGregor is hosting Pinot Noir vertical tastings of their four estate grown Pinots every Wednesday through the end of August – so don’t wait or you’ll miss out!
If Pinots aren’t really your thing, be sure to check out their Highlands Red. Soft and velvety with bold fruits and mellow tannins, this wine goes great with BBQ ribs and is a perfect send-off to the summer weather!
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Our friends over at Hazlitt really know how to celebrate “Wine Wednesdays” – with free wine! Enjoy a complimentary tasting every Wednesday, how cool is that? And with their Oasis outdoor seating and live music, it’s worth stopping back on a nice sunny Saturday too!
For the artistically inclined:
Glenora Wine Cellars
Grab your sunglasses and saxophones, folks! Glenora Wine Cellars is hosting the Jazz Greats on August 21. Spend the day enjoying some smooth jazz music on the vineyard lawn, wineglass in hand. See here for more details.
If jazz music isn’t really your cup of tea (or glass of wine), then be sure to grab a bottle of Glenora’s Peach Passion or Pomegranate Pizzaz and make yourself some wine pops. Yep, that’s frozen wine on a stick people, and it’s delicious. See the recipes here.
Yep, that’s frozen wine on a stick people, and it’s delicious.
Casa Larga Winery
Looking for something new to do as a girl’s night out? Why not try a Girlfriend’s Paint Night at Casa Larga Winery! Paint your own wine glasses, bottles or other unique crafts while sipping on a complimentary glass by this renowned Finger Lakes winery. Classes start at 6pm sharp, so make sure you get there early to reserve a seat!
And if you’re looking to bring some Casa Larga home with you to enjoy in your brand new hand-painted wineglass, try the Lilac Hill. Refreshingly fruity and floral, with a crisp acidic finish, this wine begs to be sipped outside on a hot day!
For those looking for a change of pace:
Looking to get out and about with your four-legged furry friends? Fulkerson’s annual Woof and Wine event is just the thing for you! Local shelters and vendors will be on-site with adoptable pals and goodies for your pups, and wine and food will be available throughout the event. Plus, the money goes towards an excellent cause! See here for the details. And don’t forget to grab a bottle to take home!
Three Brothers Winery
Arguably the best decade there ever was (if you ask anyone over the age of 35), the 80’s is known for it’s music and – if I may be so bold – it’s incredibly cheezy, yet classic films. Three Brothers Winery and Estate embraces this by hosting an 80’s movie night, with the famous “Beuller” as it’s August flick. Check this out for more info!
A great summer sipper and companion to all your 80’s guilty pleasure movies (don’t worry, we won’t judge).
If you’d prefer to skip the movie, in true Beuller fashion, and enjoy your wine at home, we recommend Three Brothers Passion Feet Chardonnay. Slight sweet with earthy undertones, this is a great summer sipper and companion to all your 80’s guilty pleasure movies (don’t worry, we won’t judge).
For more events in the Finger Lakes, check out this handy schedule here, or check your local winery’s website to see what’s happening with them! And as always, we’re happy to suggest more summer wines and ways to get the most of your wines in store!
Kelsey is new to the Corning, NY region – but certainly not new to wine! She enjoys trying new recommendations and developing her palate while immersing herself in the Finger Lakes wine culture. When she isn’t working as a marketing consultant for vim & co., she enjoys exploring the Corning sites and spending her evenings with her husband watching Netflix (with wine of course!).