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Wine Bar Geneva Business of the month

The Geneva Business Improvement District is pleased to announce that the Microclimate Wine Bar has been awarded and named August’s Business of the Month.Microclimate wine bar owner, James-Emery Elkin, admits that when he opened on May 5th, 2012, there was no telling what came next. At 27, the Geneva High School grad was riding more on a gut feeling than any significant experience in business.  Over two years later, Microclimate has become the destination wine bar in the Upstate New York region, attracting not only locals, but visitors from the world over.Along with business partner, Stephanie Mira de Orduna, they have crafted an approach to wine that pays due homage to the Finger Lakes, while selectively pairing wines from the best known regions around the globe, as well as some lesser known locales.  With Orduna’s impressive acumen – high level training through WSET – the wine list hardly disappoints even the most particular wine drinkers.  Not only has Microclimate made regulars of the local vintner set, it makes a welcome stop for even the curious novice.  But don’t be fooled, craft beer is also served in abundance at this hideout on Linden Street.  Food offerings are a perfect compliment, limited to cheeses, cured meats, olives, almonds and Normal bread, to be sure.Elkin’s design background, gleaned from a stint living in San Francisco, can be credited with transforming the space: built in the 1860’s by William Smith. “The bones of this little hole in the wall are really what inspired the wine bar in the first place,” he says. Materials harvested from his family’s farm on West Lake Road define the character that keep people in their seats.  With the recent addition of string lights criss-crossing Linden, the invitingness is palpable. “Microclimate is a unique environment providing a variety of new and local tastings of beer and wine. It provides an atmosphere where one can enjoy an interesting conversation and some relaxation. Microclimate is a great addition to the Linden Street attractions” noted the BID’s Executive Director John Hicks.On a recent weekend in June, Microclimate and Geneva Community Projects hosted the inaugural Rose Soirée, featuring 18 local producers of dry rose wine, attracting well over 300 guests for what quickly became a signature Finger Lakes wine event, while raising several thousand dollars for the non-profit.  Microclimate also plays host on the third weekend in November to a Beaujolais Nouveau release party that has sold out each year within days. The same can be said for their wildly popular New Years Eve fete, complete with Champagne toast and live jazz.  Microclimate plays regular host to Geneva Night Out, the Speakeasy Society, Rick Hoyt’s Jazz Revue on the first Thursday of each month, as well as collaborations with the local arts organization, UG Collective.The patronage only keeps growing, with a large local following and now more than ever, thanks to a recent feature in the renowned Lonely Planet guide, visitors from every continent can be found saddled up to the bar.  “Microclimate is truly about folks from all walks conversing and sharing their story, if we are so lucky, which by the way, happens to be nicely accentuated by a glass of vino or a cold beer.”Microclimate is only closed Tuesdays; open Wed-Thu, 4:30-midnight; Fri-Sat, 4:30-1:00AM; and Sun-Mon, 5:00-10:00PM. They can be found on the web at www.microclimatewinebar.com. They are located at 38 Linden Street in the heart of downtown Geneva.Congratulations to Microclimate Wine Bar, and owners James-Emery Elkin and Stephanie Mira de Orduna, for being named the Geneva BID Business of the Month.

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