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Penguin Bay WineryRomulus, N.Y. – The Sommelier Challenge is an annual competition held in San Diego that is judged entirely by panels of sommeliers, which represent some of the most esteemed restaurants in the country.  While the panel of judges are from throughout the United States, most are from some of the top restaurants in California.

Penguin Bay was awarded with two gold medals, a 91 point rating and two silver medals. The gold medal winners were the 2017 Dry Gewürztraminer and the 2015 Lemberger Pinot Noir, both of which received 91 point ratings. 2017 Dry Vidal Blanc and 2017 Dry Rosé brought home silver medals.

Wayne County Apple Tasting TourAward Winning Harvest Trail celebrates its "legal" birthday

Wayne County, N.Y. - The annual Wayne County Apple Tour celebrates its 21st birthday this fall. Since 1997, apple lovers throughout western and central New York have explored Wayne County to pick fresh apples, enjoy the fall colors, and enjoy a day of family fun. The Apple Tour tradition has grown through the years, and so has its offerings for adults. Now home to three wineries, three cideries and one distillery, there's plenty for friends, couples, and even Mom and Dad to enjoy.

Finger Lakes Best Wine RegionTops List of Ten Best Wine Regions in the United States

Pittsford, N.Y. - After four weeks of voting by the public, the Finger Lakes Region has been named the best wine region in the United States in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Award contest. The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC), the official 14-county tourism promotion agency as recognized by I Love NY, was thrilled to receive notice of this honor.

Ganondagan logoFull day of learning, foraging, harvesting, preparing and eating under the expertise of Native Chef Arlie Doxtator, Indigenous Food Advocate Angela Ferguson and many others

Victor, NY— Ganondagan’s first-ever day of culturally immersive, community culinary experience has been announced for Saturday, September 8, from 9:30 am - 7:00 pm. Participants in the “Indigenous Food Gathering and Tastings” event will experience the authentic roots, culture, and healthy traditions of the Hodinöhsö:ni’ people.

Apple Dave's OrchardCelebrate U-pick apple season in Orange County, N.Y.

Orange County, N.Y. – Autumn is the perfect time to take advantage of the colorful landscape and outdoor activities in Orange County, home to some of the best apples in New York State.  The orchards offer a wide variety of weekend activities perfect for family outings. Pumpkin patches, tractor and pony rides, corn and hay mazes, and even a little hard cider tasting, round out days of fun in the crisp Hudson Valley air. Sample more than 50 varieties of apples ripening on the trees from late August through October.

Hudson Valley Chefs ChallengeMillbrook, N.Y. – Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 8th for the Inaugural Hudson Valley Chefs Challenge taking place Saturday, September 15, from 12-4 pm at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Planning partners, Dutchess Tourism Inc., Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, and the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association are organizing the event along with challenge sponsors Millbrook Vineyards and Winery and The Valley Table. The first annual chefs challenge will feature lamb as the main ingredient.

Excelsior PR logo33rd Annual Competition Spotlights World-Class New York Wines and Ciders  

Awards Governor's Cup to Keuka Spring Vineyards, 2017 Gewürztraminer and First Ever Governor's Cider Cup to Kite & String's "Pioneer Pippin," and Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Named Winery of the Year  

Finger Lakes Currently Leading USA Today Poll for Best Wine Region, Encourages New Yorkers to Vote Through August 20

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the winners of the 33rd New York Wine Classic, a nationally recognized competition highlighting the best of New York's wine and ciders.

Tour Cayuga - Make Some WavesUSA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Poll 

Cayuga County, Finger Lakes, NY – As of Sunday, the Finger Lakes was in first place in the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice poll to decide over the next three weeks the country’s best wine region.  The top-20 nominees were chosen by a group that included a panel of experts on wine, with the winners determined by online voting.

Washington CountyWashington County, New York - July 18, 2018 - “See. Taste. Explore.” That’s the heart of a new brand designed to position Washington County as one of eastern New York’s most original and exciting destinations for those seeking to enhance their historical knowledge, take in new arts and cultural sights, and treat their tastebuds to something unique as the county itself. The fresh marketing campaign will begin this summer and serve as a driving force for Washington County’s growing momentum as a key player in the New York and New England tourism markets. 

Taste NYThruway Authority and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Continue 20-Year Tradition of Offering Travelers Access to Some of the Finest Locally Grown Produce

Interested Vendors Should Email TravelersServices@thruway.ny.gov

The Thruway Authority and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets today encouraged farmers across New York State to sign up to showcase their products at Thruway Service Areas this season. For nearly 20 years, New York State has been committed to featuring some of its finest vendors and their products at these locations. From locally grown fruits and vegetables to some of the most superb cheese and herbs in the northeast, promoting these products to travelers continues to be a priority.

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