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  • ONE DAY ONLY Special Winter Tour - Saturday, December, 2nd

Special Tour: Sparkles & Rubies on Seneca Lake

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On this tour, guests have the opportunity to experience a curated list of Finger Lakes premium and engaging sparkling and red wines. Laura Sanders, tour guide since 2019, and current Director of Operations; has created this tour that consists of two of her favorite types of libations: sparkling wines and elegant reds. Get ready to have your socks knocked off by these fabulous wines, with a day on the Seneca Lake Banana Belt.

You will learn and taste the different ways a wine gets its bubbles: from traditional method Champenoise to trendy Pet Nats. Then discover the unique and engaging characteristics of cool climate reds, and how the microclimate of the Seneca Lake Banana Belt, in particular, has helped to ripen red vinifera grapes in our Upstate NY region.

Our first stop will be at Idol Ridge Winery, where you will meet head winemaker Phil Plummer. You will learn about the process of making wine from soil, to grape, to bottle, to glass. Phil will talk about his process of making sparkling wines and also share “some secrets” about making stunning reds.

Next we will enjoy lunch on Seneca Lake while we reminisce about all the fabulous wines and experience you just had with Phil.

After lunch we will visit Damiani Wine Cellars to explore more Sparkling wines and their award-winning reds. Expect to be impressed by the beauty and elegance of Damiani’s wines, as you taste reserve and library wines not typically available to the public.

For our final stop, we will visit Flatt Rock Wine Cellars, where you will greeted and hosted by owner and grower Dave Flatt. His 9-year lees-aged Brut is sure to impress, as well as his extended barrel and bottle-aged reds.

Add some extra sparkle to year holiday season with this gem of a tour!