In the category of “Best Finger Lakes White Wine,”  Bet the Farm Winery’s Traminette won first place.  In 2006, Owner/Winemaker Nancy Tisch began Bet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market with a vision of a place where customers could taste and purchase the best wine and food from the Finger Lakes.Bet the Farm & Aurora Inn are winners!  Cayuga County, N.Y. - The Finger Lakes Foodie Award winners were announced in a ceremony Monday, March 18th at Finger Lakes Community College and two of Cayuga County's finest were recognized for their efforts to promote local foods by using local ingredients.  The contest, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Food Revolution, began last fall with nominations sought in such categories as best ‘locavore' restaurant, best restaurant menu , best local beer and wine, best local food events, and best local food products and ingredients.   In January, the nominations were narrowed down by the voting public to two finalists in each of the 14 categories. The winners were selected through online voting. In the category of "Best Finger Lakes White Wine,"  Bet the Farm Winery's Traminette won first place.  In 2006, Owner/Winemaker Nancy Tisch began Bet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market with a vision of a place where customers could taste and purchase the best wine and food from the Finger Lakes. Her commitment to quality and to sourcing her grapes locally is evident in the 2011 Traminette. This white grape is a Cornell hybrid of Gewurztraminer. Similar to its parent grape, Traminette yields a wine with floral and lychee aromas, tropical fruits on the mid-palate and hints of spice on the finish. Bet the Farm's Traminette has consistently won awards since 2007, including Best in Class for the 2009 vintage at the 2010 NY Governor's Cup. Also recognized as a finalist at the awards ceremony was the Aurora Inn in the category of "Best Locavore Restaurant Menu in the Finger Lakes."   The Inn's award-winning cuisine takes its cue from seasonal local bounty and highlights produce from area farms as well using locally sourced cheeses, meats, beer and wine.   The Foodie Awards grew out of an Iron Chef style culinary competition with Finger Lakes chefs that was organized by the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, the offical tourism promotion agency for Ontario County.  For more information on the Finger Lakes Food Awards and the Finger Lakes Food Revolution visit http://www.fingerlakesfoodrevolution.com/

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