jason_beardsley_couple_deck_thm.jpgTickets to the 2009 event are selling briskly, get yours now! Watkins Glen, NY - The 2009 Spring Wine and Cheese Weekend, scheduled for the weekend of April 25 - 27 along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and co-sponsored by New York-based McCadam Cheese, is a unique opportunity to enjoy some remarkably innovative cheese-themed dishes, paired capably with award-winning wines. Commented Paul Thomas, executive director of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, "While the Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend is without a doubt one of our most popular events, this year we're happy to report that affordable tickets to this event are still selling at a steady pace despite the economic malaise. Whether it's the growing popularity of "locavores", individuals so committed to our planet that they strive to eat as much local food as possible, thereby diminishing their carbon footprint, or the universal fondness for this delicious combination of food and beverage, the event continues to be one of our most popular." McCadam Cheese, a cooperative of dairy farmers from throughout New York State, has generously donated the several hundred pounds of diverse cheeses that will be used in all 34 recipes at participating wineries all around Seneca Lake. The Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, like many Trail events, presents attendees with carefully considered wine and food pairings where the synergistic sum is greater than the parts. Some of the more intriguing food and wine combinations are as follows:
  • Fox Run Vineyards, Cheddar-Corn Spoon Bread
  • Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars, Spicy Cheese Spread with Roasted Peppers
  • Miles Wine Cellars, Cheese & Onion Bake - Chef William will be present, serving up one of his recipes and doing a book signing
  • Red Newt Cellars, Apple Cheddar & Bacon Scones
  • Seneca Shore Wine Cellars, Mystic White Bean Soup
  • White Springs Winery, Cabernet & Roasted Garlic Fondue
For the first time ever this "weekend" event will actually span 2.5 days, with all participating wineries open for ticket holders Friday afternoon from 1-5 pm, and then Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm. This not only helps relieve the crowds that typically throng the Trail Saturday, but also gives attendees an enhanced ability to enjoy more food and more wine, safely and responsibly, as it is spread across more time. Each ticket holder will also receive a complimentary Wine SaverTM device gift as part of their package. Potential attendees, especially those coming in from out of town, might also be interested in our many available packages that wrap up event tickets, lodging and transportation in one easy purchase. All packages are listed on the wine trail Web site. Individuals interested in participating in this event can purchase their tickets ($30 for a regular ticket, $18 for a designated driver ticket) by calling the Seneca Lake Wine Trail offices toll-free at 877-536-2717 or can purchase them via the secure site at http://www.senecalakewine.com/..  In 1986 the Seneca Lake Wine Trail was formed in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes region to attract more visitors to experience its rich history, beauty, and production of world-class wines. Today, Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the largest and most active wine trails in New York State with a community of over 34 wineries, a distillery, two breweries and a meadery. More information on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, including high resolution pictures of the Trail and our past events, are available in the wine trail's online Press Room at  http://senecalakewine.com/jc/content/section/6/212/

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