Yancey's Fancy Launch of The Lakes
July 12, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Join us on Friday night for Yancey's Fancy Launch of The Lakes. Enjoy free samples from Yancey's Fancy and taste from select Finger Lakes Wine Festival wineries. Dress in your best toga, enjoy live music and cap the night off with our fireworks display.
- Dress in your best toga!
- Participate in the toga parade
- Sign up for our judging contest (prizes for multiple categories)
- Yancey's Fancy cheese samples
- Wine samples from several festival wineries
- Fireworks, by Youngs Explosvies, end the evening
It's a great way to start your weekend at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival sponsored by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese!
Please note the following:
Separate admission is required for Launch of the Lakes - NOT INCLUDED in Festival Admission
VIP Experience presented by Tioga Downs
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Pricing to be announced
The VIP Experience includes two-day admission to Finger Lakes Wine Festival, in addition to the private tasting. Enjoy an exclusive VIP walk-around tasting with leading regional wineries, light entertainment and hors d'oeuvres. Take advantage of a complimentary pace car ride around the world renown Watkins Glen International road course, the exclusive wine claim process on Saturday ONLY (available before 3:30 p.m.) and take home your own reserve bottle of wine from one of the wineries listed. Park in the reserved VIP area near the Finger Lakes Wine Festival and VIP Experience entrance.
Schedule below reflects 2014 VIP Experience presented by Tioga Downs
VIP Experience takes place in The Great Room of the Watkins Glen International Media Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11 a.m. Doors open; Walk around tasting begins
1 p.m. Session 1 Wines poured
3Generations Riesling, Lakewood Vineyards, Chris or Ben Stamp
2012 Gruner Veltliner, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Tim Benedict
2011 Old Vines Pinot Noir, Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Fred Frank
2011 Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Heron Hill Winery, Bernard Cannac
1 p.m. VIP Experience Presentation begins
2 p.m. Session 2 Wines poured
2012 Caywood East Vineyard Dry Riesling, Wagner Vineyards, Katie Roller
2013 Pinot Blanc, Glenora Wine Cellars, Steve DiFrancesco
2009 Meritage, Ravines Wine Cellars, Morten Hallgren
2012 Saperavi, Standing Stone Vineyards, Marti Macinski
3 p.m. Walk around tasting; Cheese & Dessert served
4 p.m. Conclusion of VIP Experience presented by Tioga Downs
Participating wineries include: Glenora Wine Cellars, Wagner Vineyards, Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Ravines Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and Standing Stone Vineyards.
Bob Madill, founding partner of Sheldrake Point Winery (1997), Finger Lakes, NY, serves as a Brand Ambassador for Glenora family of wineries and Wine Director for Red Newt Winery & Bistro. Madill will serve as emcee for the 2014 VIP Experience. Most recently a Finger Lakes Wine Festival International Wine judge, Madill is AWS and WSET certified, and a member of the Board of International Riesling Foundation, co-chair for the Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes and chair of Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.
*Dinner begins at 5:30pm on Saturday Evening
Great Western Breakfasts
Get an early start on the day with a hearty breakfast inside the Glen Club at the always popular Great Western Breakfast. Breakfast, a special menu prepared by our Executive Chefs, served at 9 a.m. Take advantage of the omelet station. Enjoy live music. Sip mimosas on Saturday and take home a Great Western Champagne voucher on Sunday.
Available Saturday and/or Sunday