Jason introduced the PALATE festival a couple weeks ago, but I have some exciting news about the upcoming food, wine and art festival in Corning, NY.

As part of PALATE's programming, I'll be co-hosting a tasting with winemaker Vinny Aliperti on Wednesday, February 18 at 11 a.m at Atwater Estate Vineyards in Hector, NY. Vinny is Atwater's winemaker and also owns Billsboro Winery in Geneva.

We'll be doing a comparative tasting of wines made from the same varieties, from the same years, by the same winemaker — but from different vineyards. It will be interesting to see how the wines differ and are similar when tasting Atwater Estate Vineyards and Billsboro Winery offerings side-by-side.

Specifically, we'll compare the following from each winery:

  • 2007 Dry Riesling
  • 2008 Dry Riesling (tank samples)
  • 2007 Cabernet Franc
  • 2007 Pinot Noir

Admission is free and exclusive for those with PALATE passes. You can purchase tickets online or call 800.813.2958.

The details haven't been hammered out yet, but it looks as though two more LENNDEVOURS contributors, Jason Feulner and Evan Dawson, may be co-hosting more tastings later in the week. Stay tuned for more information.

My blog buddy Rob over at Finger Lakes Weekend Wino will be co-hosting a tasting with his 2008 Winery of the Year, Shaw Vineyards, later in the week as well.