The scene at a recent barrel tasting at Macari Vineyards

Drink Local-focused wine shop gets the props, fair weather event schedule is warming up, and some nice mentions for New York wineries in various pubs.

Grape Collective – 4/14/2015
Praise for the vision, innovation and collaboration that helped lift Finger Lakes wines to world class stature.

New York Times – 4/15/2015
Wölffer Estate Vineyard on Long Island is among hotel and winery destinations that offer packages in which visitors get to blend their own wine when they tour the winery.

Napa Valley Register – 4/16/2015
Dan Berger gives Knapp a thumbs-up for their Vidal Blanc  in  a piece about why dessert wines deserve respect, and should be enjoyed.

Auburn Citizen – 4/17/2015
A quick breakdown of the economic impact numbers reported to the NY Wine and Grape Foundation and the State Brewers Association, with a view of the full study. – 4/20/2015
Favorite local wine shop that features NY products gets more kudos, about to appear in Market Watch.

New Directions to host ‘Casual Elegance’ Fundraiser – April 24th
New Directions Youth and Family Services has announced its sixth annual fundraiser. The event will showcase a variety of featured libations from Western New York distributors, wineries and breweries.

Taste of Tuckahoe Fundraiser – April 24th
Taste of Tuckahoe, an event hosted by the Tuckahoe School PTO in Southampton, NY brings together East End restaurants, breweries, and vineyards for one night of fantastic food, drink and fun.

May is Finger Lakes Wine Month
3rd annual campaign with a series of events lined up and more on the calendar every day. Also a whole harvest lug full of interviews with the winemakers involved.

Adirondack Wine and Food Festival – June 27th and 28th
Proprietors of the Adirondack Winery in Lake George have started a new festival company to organize a summer event focusing on local products. They spoke with the Albany Business Review about the entertainment and marketing opportunities it would bring.