Friday, June 10, 2011

Wine Country Insider for June 10-16, 2011

This weekend in Finger Lakes Wine Country is filled with Wine Trail events, BBQs and even a big 30th Birthday Party! There is no better way to enjoy the summer than to enjoy a delightful day with friends, family and a glass of Finger Lakes wine. Here are the highlights for this weekend including a preview of some upcoming summer events:

1. Barbecue at the Wineries, on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. (Also note that this event weekend repeats June 25-26.)  For this weekend event, each of the eight Keuka Lake Wine Trail member wineries offer a different barbecued dish made with a New York State rub, marinade, or sauce. Who said northerners don't know how to barbecue? We're talking some lip-smacking, sweet and tangy goodness here! And wait until you pair that barbecued treat with a glass of delicious Finger Lakes wine. You're going to love it!  There are some tickets still available for this weekend for $30 per person. Visit for more information.

2. Smokin' Summer Kickoff on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail - Speaking of slow and savory, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is also offering their spin on your favorite summer grillin' foods with the new event, Smokin' Summer Kickoff. The perfect way to jump start the summer! The event is co-sponsored by Java-Gourmet, a local company offering coffee-based sauces and rubs. Each winery on the trail will offer a grilled-favorite using a Java-Gourmet product and pair it with their award winning wine. Check out the 15-minute podcast about this exciting event.

3. Tug Boat Wines 30th Birthday Party - Lucas Vineyards on Cayuga Lake is celebrating the big birthday of their famous Tug Boat wines. Join them in a celebration next Sunday for live music, barbecue and clams (yum) and of course your favorite Lucas wines. Listen to the 15-minute podcast with Jeff from Lucas Vineyards now to learn more about this birthday bash.

4. Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians Exhibit at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art - In the 1980s, Warhol made several series of thematically related images featuring “history’s victims” including Ten Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980) and Endangered Species (1983). Cowboys and Indians (1986) was his last series on the theme. Taking his images from photographs, Warhol portrayed aggressive cowboy types: General Custer, who became famous posthumously after the battle of the Little Big Horn; Teddy Roosevelt, shown in uniform as an Indian fighter; John Wayne, the quintessential Hollywood cowboy; and even Annie Oakley, the popular Buffalo Bill Wild West sharpshooter.  In poignant contrast, he represented Indians mostly through Native American art objects (which he had photographed at the Museum of the American Indian in New York City) – a Northwest Coast Indian mask, Hopi Kachina dolls, and a Plains Indian shield. His Native portraits are the vulnerable figures of a mother and child, and Apache Chief Geronimo after his capture and exile in Florida. Come see the exhibit this weekend or now through January 16, 2012.

Go. Explore. More. >>> Over 500 unique events happening throughout the summer in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

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