FLWA holds Reisling Immersion Camp

The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance held a special event this past week, which highlighted some of the great things happening within the Finger Lakes wine industry. The first of it’s kind Finger Lakes Riesling Immersion Camp, which was a three day, action packed experience put together by the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance featured ten participating Wine Alliance members, as well as eight wine campers from New York City.The ten members of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, which participated in the event included: Boundary Breaks Vineyard, Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Dr. Kronstantin Frank Wine Cellars, Fox Run Vineyards, Glenora Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, Red Newt Wine Cellars, Swedish Hill Winery, and Wagner Vineyards.Finger Lakes Community College’s Viticulture Center also joined the action during the three day event, which was the scene of a benchmark tasting session led by winemakers from Fox Run Vineyards and Chateau LaFayette Reneau.The purpose of the three day camp was to provide a hands-on intensive experience all about Riesling, according to Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Executive Director Julie Caplan. She pointed out that a wide range of activities offered an experience worth duplicating in the future. Campers from New York City experienced everything from winery and vineyard tours, to blending trials, and educational sessions.Participants from New York City included: Aimée Lasseigne New — Assistant Manager at Bottlerocket, Christopher Sachs — Wine Director at Cool Vines, Christopher Struck — Sommelier at Chef’s Club by Food & Wine, Donald Killinger — Owner and Manager at Waterfront Wines NYC, Karin Torres — Wine Buyer and Owner at Corkscrew Brooklyn, Kristina Schiro — Educational Coordinator & Service Director at Corkbuzz, Matthew Rossiter — Assistant Manager at Acme Wine & Spirits, and Molly McDonald — Sommelier at Colicchio & Sons.The group enjoyed a dinner at the recently opened Kindred Fare in Geneva, which received outstanding reviews from the campers, as well as camp organizers. Speaking to FingerLakes1.com Caplan described the experience for everyone involved — like none she had ever been a part of before.It wasn’t just organizers like Caplan who were thoroughly impressed with what the camp revealed about wine in the Finger Lakes. One of the campers pointed out nearing the end of the three day excursion that “I am especially impressed by the relationship the wineries have with each other.” The camper went on, “It’s what is helping to elevate the quality of wines in the region and it certainly makes you feel like you’re coming to a special place when you’re in the Finger Lakes.”Another camper, speaking to the challenges of the industry concluded that “Knowing the stories and the people behind it, their struggles,” all play a pivotal role in making wine in the Finger Lakes something truly one-of-a-kind.Wine Camp on Social Media

First glass at Riesling Immersion Camp! We're happy to be hosting this industry group in the Finger Lakes! #flxwinecamp

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