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Finger Lakes & The World Side-by-Side Tasting Series

Quick Details

These events have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please send an email to for more details.

  • Duration: 2 hours each
  • Event Date: Specific Fridays September- December
  • Event Time: 5PM – 7PM
  • Location: Coltivare, 235 S Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850 or virtual options available as well
  • Includes:
    • On-site events include a presentation and six wine tastings paired with curated food bites offered at each event
    • Virtual events include live Zoom feed of on-sight presentation. We will send you a list of suggested products to purchase separately to follow along and enjoy from the comfort of your home!

Join Certified Sommelier, owner of Experience! The Finger Lakes, and Wine Marketing Instructor, Laura Winter Falk, PhD, as she shares wine from across the world paired with Finger Lakes wines in this limited four-part series. Learn about the different wine regions, the presented varietals, and the stories behind each wine, while experiencing sommelier-curated, locally-sourced food pairings to complement and enhance flavors. These tastings will showcase how the terroir dramatically impacts grape varietals, creating unique and complex flavors from region to region. Each experience is designed to learn for yourselves how Finger Lakes wines hold their own alongside some of the world’s finest.


Set 1: Finger Lakes and Old World Regions Side-by-Side

Austria and the Finger Lakes 

This tasting event will focus on the cool-climate varietals grown in both the Finger Lakes and Austria, featuring Riesling, Grüner Vetliner, and Blau Frankish

Friday, September 11, 2020 – 5PM- 7PM

 Northern Italy and the Finger Lakes

Our second event in this series will focus on the wines of Northern Italy and the Finger Lakes, featuring Sparkling, Sangiovese Dry Rosé, and Teroldego

Friday, October 16, 2020 – 5PM – 7PM


Set 2: Finger Lakes and New World Regions Side-by-Side

New Zealand and The Finger Lakes

Our third event in this series brings us to the other side of the world. Explore Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir and from both regions paired with culinary bites to bring out unique flavors and the complexity of these wines.

Friday, November 13, 2020 – 5PM – 7PM

Washington State and The Finger Lakes

We conclude our tasting series with the Pacific Northwest in rugged and wild Washington State. Sample the complex flavors of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and paired with local foods grown in both regions

Friday, December 4, 2020 – 5PM – 7PM



Events will be held one Friday a month from 5PM – 7PM, September through December 2020 both on-site and virtually, and will be hosted by Experience! The Finger Lakes and the Coltivare Culinary Center. This series is expected to be both fun and educational as we enjoy learning about the characteristics of wine from both home and abroad. After the tasting, enjoy dinner at Coltivare, where each on-site wine tasting guest will receive a voucher for a complimentary dessert with the purchase of a dinner entreé that evening.