logo.gif Sip, Savor and Shop at City Winery Dec. 6 Finger Lakes Wine Country, NY: Just in time for the holiday season, New Yorkers will be able to sip New York wines, sample New York foods, and shop for both at City Winery on Sunday, Dec. 6.  The afternoon event will also feature a jazz trio led by guitarist Steve Salerno to usher in the Jazz Winterfest celebration of the Long Island Wine Council. More than 35 wineries from throughout New York State will be joined by farmers and food producers, as well as several local restaurants, to present a taste of New York and celebrate the season.  From 2 to 6 pm, consumers may sample over 100 wines from Long Island, the Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes, and other regions, and have the opportunity to purchase those they particularly enjoy. Finger Lakes wineries include Anthony Road Winery, Chateau Frank and Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Damiani Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Keuka Lake Vineyards, Shaw Vineyard, Standing Stone Vineyards, Wagner Vineyards, and White Springs Winery. Joining the wineries are Beth's Farm Kitchen, Katchkie Farm, McCadam Cheese, Mercer's Wine Ice Cream, Red Jacket Orchards, Remburgers Maple, and the New York City Watershed Agricultural Council. Several local-focused restaurants will provide samples of their cuisine, including Cool Fish (from Long Island), whose chef-owner Tom Schaudel will be on hand signing his popular book, "Playing with Fire-Whining and Dining on the Gold Coast".  Other restaurants include locavore favorites Jimmy's No. 43, North Square, and Palo Santo. The $45 ticket includes wine and food sampling, as well as a souvenir wine glass, and may be purchased at www.citywinery.com/events/40934.  City Winery is located at 155 Varick St., phone 212-608-0555, info@citywinery.com. The wineries will be showcasing Gold Medal winners from the 2009 New York Wine & Food Classic, with Finger Lakes wineries highlighting their "signature wine", Riesling. Other participating wineries include from Long Island Bedell Cellars, Bouké Wines, Brooklyn Oenology, Castello di Borghese, Duck Walk Vineyards, Laurel Lake Vineyard, Lieb Family Cellars, Long Island Meadery, Macari Vineyard & Winery, Martha Clara Vineyards, Medolla Vineyards, Onabay Vineyards, One Woman Wines & Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Raphael Vineyard, Scarola Vineyards, Sherwood House Vineyards, Sparkling Pointe, and Wolffer Estate Vineyards & Winery. Wineries from the Hudson River Region include Benmarl Winery, Brotherhood Winery, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Millbrook Winery, and Silver Stream Vineyard.. Wineries from other regions include Coyote Moon Vineyards from the Thousand Islands, and The Winery at Marjim Manor in the Niagara region. Mercer's Wine Ice Cream is a unique blend of New York milk and New York wine first created in 2003, and is now sold in many states as well as France, the Netherlands, and China.  McCadam Cheese, another product of New York milk, has won numerous national awards for quality, including "Best Cheese in America" in Wisconsin.  There will be wide range of other foods for sampling, along with recipes using local ingredients created by the restaurant chefs. The "Uncork New York!" celebration is sponsored by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation in conjunction with other organizations focused on local wines and foods including City Winery, the "edible" publications, Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, Long Island Wine Council, Pride of New York (Department of Agriculture & Markets), and Wine & Food Associates.                                                ************ Media Contact: Jim Trezise, President, New York Wine & Grape Foundation, 585-394-3620, ext. 203, jimtrezise@nywgf.org