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A Weekend of Wine, Beer, Sprits, Food and Friends in the Finger Lakes

In Northeast, Wine and Beverage by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch0 Comments

It was a longer than expected drive to the Finger Lakes in the dark rain. Our five-hour drive had become a seven-hour drive, and that’s a long distance for a weekend getaway. All was good the next morning though, as we sipped Bloody Mary’s overlooking the lake.

Bloody Mary by Honeoye Lake

Bloody Mary by Honeoye Lake

Why the Finger Lakes?

The impetus for the trip was our wine group which had decided to hit the road for a weekend getaway in the Finger Lakes. We pooled together and rented a house on Honeoye Lake, one of the smaller lakes in the winery-rich region. The house offered lots of amenities including a hot tub, piano, pool table and grill.  It also had four bedrooms and three bathrooms, which was key since there were eight of us.

House on Honeoye Lake

House on Honeoye Lake

After the dark, rainy drive, we kicked off the weekend with snacks and locally procured beer from Horseheads Brewing, Inc. Our favorites were the Hot-Jala Heim Beer with Bite (flavored with chili peppers) and Domination Ale, a barley wine.

Saturday began with a Bloody Mary bar and breakfast burritos at the house. Yep, our wine group drinks more than just wine.

Bloody Mary Bar

Bloody Mary Bar

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

Wine Tasting in the Finger Lakes

The Saturday highlight was visiting the tasting room at the New York Wine and Culinary Center in nearby Canandaigua. The name is misleading, as there was a wide variety of wine and beer from New York State to both taste and purchase.

Daryl of course opted to taste wine.  No surprise there.

Daryl Tasting Wine in the Finger Lakes

Daryl Tasting Wine in the Finger Lakes

The wines were mostly from the Finger Lakes. The late harvest Riesling was the highlight of the tasting, so we bought a bottle to enjoy later.

Wine Tasting at the New York Wine and Culinary Center

Wine Tasting at the New York Wine and Culinary Center

Mindi enjoyed trying the different New York State beers.  No surprise there either.

Beer Tasting at the New York Wine and Culinary Center

Beer Tasting at the New York Wine and Culinary Center

The New York Wine and Culinary Center is located at 800 S Main Street, Canandagua, NY 14424, United States.

We saved the serious wine tasting for Sunday, and a limousine arrived the next morning to take us around the Finger Lakes. Renting the limo was a fun experience to do with friends, but it’s not something that we would do on our own.

Wine Tasting Limo

Wine Tasting Limo

The limo driver drove us to our selected destinations which allowed us to taste a selection of wine, beer and spirits throughout the day.

Scenic Finger Lakes

Scenic Finger Lakes

Although we’re all seasoned wine drinkers, there’s always something new to learn about different varietals.

Wine Tasting with Friends at Ravines Winery

Wine Tasting with Friends at Ravines Winery

Wine Tasting with Friends at Red Newt Cellars Winery

Wine Tasting with Friends at Red Newt Cellars Winery

As much as we enjoy wine, it was fun to also taste locally distilled spirits.

Spirits Tasting at Finger Lakes Distilling

Spirits Tasting at Finger Lakes Distilling

Not to mention trying some locally brewed beers.

Beer by Seneca Lake

Beer by Seneca Lake

All this beverage tasting made us happy. Mindi even started seeing the world through wine colored glasses.

Mindi in Wine Glasses

Mindi in Wine Glasses

By the time we got back to Honeoye, the sun was setting over the lake. It was definitely different from the typical sunsets back home  in Philadelphia.

Sunset over Honeoye Lake

Sunset over Honeoye Lake

We capped the day by eating a delicious dinner grilled up at the house.

Sunday Night BBQ Dinner

Sunday Night BBQ Dinner

The four couples went our separate ways on Monday morning. The 2foodtrippers headed to The Corning Museum of Glass for a tour and to make glass flowers. We didn’t drink any more wine, as we had plenty in our car from the weekend’s excellent tastings.


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