Seneca Wine Trail Announces 2010 Schedule

With all of its popular weekend wine and food pairing weekend events back in 2010, including the newly resurrected Pasta & Wine Weekend, the coming year will be one of the most exciting ever for fans of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. With over 34 member wineries making up the Seneca Lake Wine Trail membership, all weekend wine and food pairing events will be three days long in 2010 at all participating wineries. Paul Thomas, executive director of the wine trail, explains “With so many wineries, even with the expanded tasting room hours on Sunday, it has become clear to us that we needed to add more time to the total event duration, better enabling our customers to enjoy a maximum number of participating wineries throughout the weekend, safely. Rather than rushing around trying to visit as many wineries as possible during our events, we hope some of our patrons can take a Friday off of work, and approach the events in a more leisurely fashion.”The 2010 Seneca Lake Wine Trail event dates are as follows:Polar Passport, valid 12/7/09 – 3/31/10For only $10 this quaint booklet enables visitors and residents alike to affordably visit all participating wineries once time each, without a tasting fee. Bargain Bash, 1/9/10 – 1/18/10This non-ticketed event is a year-end clearance sale, with many wineries providing discounts on a variety of retail items, including wine. Pasta and Wine Weekend, 1/15/10 – 1/17/10. Fri 1am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pmKick start the year enjoying pasta-themed dishes paired capably with wine. Chocolate and Wine Weekend, 2/12/10 – 2/14/10. Fri 1am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pmWith no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, this consistently popular event combines wine and chocolate-themed dishes. Cruisin’ The Tropics Weekend, 3/26/10 – 3/28/10. Fri 1am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pmBeat the winter blues “cruising” the virtual tropics of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, enjoying tropically themed foods and fine wine. Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, 4/23/10 – 4/25/10. Fri 1am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pmCo-Sponsored by McCadam Cheese, this event combines the obvious match of wine and cheese. Riesling to Visit Passport, valid 5/01/10 – 8/31/10Functionally identical to the Polar Passport, bearers of this booklet receive a complimentary flight of wine samples one time each at participating wineries. November Deck the Halls Weekend, 11/19/10 – 11/21/10. Fri 1am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pmDecember Deck the Halls Weekend, 12/3/10 – 12/5/10. Fri 1am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pmCo-Sponsored by The Christmas House, located in Elmira, NY, these two event weekends are the Trail’s most popular, with attendees not only receiving a complimentary food and wine pairing at each winery they visit, but also a custom ornament to decorate their handmade grapevine wreath!Tickets will be on-sale for these events in late fall of 2009 and will be available online at senecalakewine.com or by phone at 877-536-2717. In 1986 the Seneca Lake Wine Trail was formed in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes region to attract more visitors to experience its rich history, beauty, and production of world-class wines. Today, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the largest and most active wine trails in New York State with a community of over 34 wineries, a distillery, two breweries and a meadery.

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