Preferred Pairings series offers serious wine and cheese lovers a chance to pair artisanal cheeses with reserve wines at select wineries

Finger Lakes, N.Y. - The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail has partnered with the Seneca Lake Wine Trail for a third year to host a series of intimate wine and cheese pairing events this winter. Preferred Pairings is a series of three monthly events where the creameries of the Cheese Trail pair with different members of the Wine Trail to offer select pairings of reserve wines and artisanal cheeses to their audience. The first in this series is February 28, from 10:00am-5:00pm, and pairs
10 wineries with 9 of the Cheese Trail's member creameries.


The events work similar to a Wine Trail event, in that each event in the series is ticketed, and attendees begin their day at their designated starting winery. But that's where the similarity ends. Instead incorporating the entire Wine
Trail into the course of a weekend, the Trail has been split into three groups, with each group playing host to the creameries of the Cheese Trail a different month this winter -- February, March and, this year, May.


At the each host winery, their visiting cheesemaker will be on hand to discuss their farm, their process and their cheeses. A winery representative will also be on hand to discuss their winery, their process and their wines. Together the two
partnered businesses will offer paired samplings to the attendees. Here are a few highlights from February's pairings:

  • Keeley's Cheese Co. will be featuring their very limited edition morbier-style cheese
    with a layer of edible ash in the middle. In February, this cheese will be paired with Anthony Road Winery's '13 Dry Rosé of Cab Franc, '12 Art Riesling and '13 Semi-Sweet Riesling. Guests will get to choose two of the three wines to pair with this cheese. In addition, there will be three wines paired with Keeley's Across the Pond, and again guests can choose two.
  • At Belhurst, guests will find the cheeses of two creameries: Side Hill Acres Goat Farm and Shtayburne Farm. The winery will pair four wines with the cheeses two with the goat cheese and two with the cows' cheese: Shtayburne Blueberry Jack with their Dry Rose and Garlic Cheddar with their Dry Riesling; and Side Hill Acre's Cinnamon Goat with their Red and Rosemary Goat with their Knight.
  • This is the first year the Cheese Trail's newest member, Heaven Scent Farms, will be
    participating in the event. They will be pairing their jacks with Three Brothers Wineries & Estates' wines. The three pairings available here are: Heavenly Scent' Jack with the '13 Chardonnay, the Dill Jack with the '13 Merlot and the Devilish Jack with the 1° of Riesling.

The winery will have those wine and cheese pairings available in a special packaged deals for attendees. Attendees can also buy the wines and cheeses separately should they prefer.

Tickets to each event are in the series are limited to approximately 200 per event, or 20 per winery, and are only $20 per person in advance.

The pairings for February 28 are:

Zugibe Vineyards / 4 Tin Fish FarmThree

Brothers Wineries & Estates / Heaven Scent Farm

Ventosa Vineyards / Muranda Cheese Co.

Ravines Wine Cellars / Crosswinds Farm & Creamery

Belhurst / Side Hill Acres Goat Farm & Shtayburne Farm

White Springs Winery / Kenton's Cheese Co.

Fox Run Vineyards / Muranda Cheese Co.

Serenity Vineyards / Sunset View Creamery

Seneca Shore Winery / Sunset View Creamery

Anthony Road Winery / Keeley's Cheese Co.

Tickets for all three events in the series are available in advance through the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Prior to the May Preferred Pairings event is Wine Trail's popular Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, April 24-26. This event is also co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, and will feature the Trail's cheeses in dishes at the wineries all weekend

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About the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is comprised of 13 working, family dairies throughout the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. They offer a variety of artisan cheeses, including cheddars, goudas, chevres, brie and mozzarella. While a few of the farms do not have visitor hours, most do and encourage visits throughout the year. Trail members' cheeses are available at their farms, local shops and farmers markets, and several wineries and restaurants throughout the Region. Each year, the Trail hosts Open Houses at their farms, and encourages the public to come visit and tour the farms.

They also host the popular Finger Lakes Cheese Festival each July, currently set at member farm Sunset View Creamery in Odessa, which is a family focused event that gives cheese lovers an opportunity to visit with all the members on one farm for one day, while enjoying a wide variety of events, classes and demos.  They also participate in many community and regional events throughout the year. People can learn more about the trail at or on their Facebook page, Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.

About the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

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 the largest and most active wine trail in New York State with a
community of over 30 wineries, a distillery, three breweries, a hard cider producer and a meadery. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail's member wineries have won hundreds of national and international medals and are recognized as world class
producers of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Honey Wines (Meads).

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Carol Fingar