PRESS RELEASE: The Tasting Room by Atwater has opened in Watkins Glen.
The store, at 204 N. Franklin St., will feature tastings and sales of wines from all of New York's wine regions, hard apple cider from Bellwether and other cideries and New York cheeses.
Atwater Estate Vineyards opened their winery in 2000 and have always heard from the hotel and B & B owners that when their customers arrive in Watkins Glen the night before, there is very little to do, no wineries to visit until usually 10:00 AM the next morning. Most of the shops have closed for the evening and quite honestly they are disappointed.
"These are the real reasons we have just opened The TASTING ROOM in downtown Watkins Glen," explains co-owner Katie Marks. "Watkins is starting to realize what potential they have in the thousands of visitors who come to the Village to see the beauty of the Glen, go to the races and visit the wineries each and every day The lake front in Watkins Glen could be one of the most beautiful in the Finger Lakes and just look at all the pictures that feature the break wall and the gazebo on the pier right now."
Ted Marks, also co-owner went on to say: "If the Village of Watkins Glen works with the Village of Montour Falls and remove our odorous and outdated sewer plant, think of the potential for lake development for residences, restaurants and shops. What if we had a museum that recognized the auto racing history that was easily accessible and visible to these visitors? What a service we would be doing for these visitors and for the researchers of America's motor racing history using the International Motor Racing Research Center and Watkins Glen International as the foundations of a museum. I'm excited for Watkins and that is why we opened our shop on Franklin Street."
The designer of the space is Gideon Stone from HOLT Architects in Ithaca in collaboration with Katie Marks. Builders are Dan Bardeen and Bill Hunter. The unique cement bar was crafted by Nate Greenspun and iron work is by Durand VanDoren. The property was purchased from Mrs. Joshua Navone. The manager is Jessica Giles and will be assisted by Mike Atwood and Jennie Cook.
The TASTING ROOM by Atwater will of course feature all the current Atwater wines, but what will be unique in the industry is that it will also sell and taste other New York wines from throughout the nine wine regions, not just Seneca Lake or the Finger Lakes Region. They plan also to carry hard apple cider from Bellwether Farms and other local cideries and a selection of NY cheeses for sale and tasting. Other products from New York farms will also be available, depending on the season.
We are pleased to announce the release of our 2011 Cabernet Franc!
APPELLATION: Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes
VINEYARDS: Atwater Estate 100%
HARVEST DATE: Oct. 24, 2011 HARVEST BRIX: 19.2
GROWING CONDITIONS: The Finger Lakes region dealt with its most difficult growing season in recent memory. It started with a rainy April and May, but by June, warm, dry weather dominated. As the first rains arrived in August, they came as a relief, helping vines recover. But the rains continued persistently through September and the vineyards could not dry out. This has been a 'lower brix, moderate acid year' with abundant crop yields.
BLENDING INFORMATION: 100% CABERNET FRANC
PRODUCTION NOTE: Fermentation in tanks and bins.
TIME IN OAK: 9 months - American Oak
ACIDITY: 5.7 g/L pH: 3.42 RESIDUAL SUGAR: .3% ALCOHOL: 13%
BOTTLING DATE: August 28, 2012
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 116 cases
RELEASE DATE: August 9, 2013
TASTING NOTES: Cab Franc has become one of the most promising red vinifera grapes in the Finger Lakes, where our cool climate produces incredibly food friendly reds. Breathe in subtle aromas of violet and rose petal while flavors of cedar, black plum and cherry mingle on your palate.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Try this vintage with pork tenderloin stuffed with spiced pears & gorgonzola or a cedar-planked salmon with fresh dill cream.
4TH ANNUAL WINESTOCK NY SUPPORTS GROWERS AND WINERIES
The Cause: Fundraising event for the NY Wine Industry Association which advocates for the NY Wine Community
The Date: June 29, 2013 Time: Noon- 5pm
The Location: Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, 623 Lerch Road, Geneva
The Event: Dozens of NY Wineries gather for the day to promote and support The NY Wine Industry Association.
Who: Anyone who enjoys wine, food, music and fun in Finger Lakes Wine Country
A ONE DAY FESTIVAL HELD BY THE WINE COMMUNITY OF THE FINGER LAKES
Ticket Price: $20
Two dates are scheduled this summer for "The Vineyard Table".
Experience fine dining prepared table-side by acclaimed local chefs while you are nestled in Atwater's beautiful vineyards overlooking Seneca Lake. Delectable menus that focus on local and seasonal ingredients are thoughtfully paired with Atwater wines.
Meet our winemakers, learn about the chefs and the passion they bring to their table and enjoy lively conversation with friends old and new.
Whether this is an escape for you and a loved one or a great night out with friends you won't want to miss this experience. Space is limited to an intimate number of 24 people for each event, so book your experience early to guarantee your spot! These dinners sell out quickly.
SUNDAY EVENING: JULY 21, 5:00
Featuring: The Red Dove Tavern
Disclaimer: This is a rain or shine event. We will serve in Atwater's tasting room if necessary. If you wish to cancel your reservation, refunds given if notice is more than 7 days in advance of the event.