Mirbeau Inn & Spa to Host the Inaugural New York Wine Festival, September 24-26, 2010
09/13/2010 - Skaneateles, NY
Festival is one of the First to Unite New York State’s Three Wine-Growing Regions; Events Planned for Wine Experts and the Curious Alike
Skaneateles, NY – September 13, 2010 – Vintners from the three main wine-growing regions in New York State will gather in the picturesque Finger Lakes town of Skaneateles for a weekend of wine tastings, seminars, food and music at the inaugural New York Wine Festival. Slated for September 24-26, 2010, the festival will be one of the first to bring together the fine wines of the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley and Long Island, and will feature three days of events on the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Mirbeau Inn & Spa. Online ticket sales and more information can be found on the event website at www.nywinefestweekend.com.
In addition to Mirbeau Inn & Spa, the event’s sponsors include the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce, Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau, WSYR News Channel 9 (Syracuse), Action Printwear and Eagle Newspapers.
The weekend begins Friday evening with a wine pairing dinner, limited to 55 people, to toast the festival’s opening in the Mirbeau French Steakhouse restaurant. From 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, wine seminars, vinotherapy spa treatments, wine and cheese tastings, and food vendors will tempt experts and the wine curious alike. Shuttles will transport festival-goers between the inn, the village tasting location and Anyela’s Vineyard for wine tours. Back on the Mirbeau festival grounds, participants will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite wines, the winner of which will be named the People’s Choice, while artists vie in an open-air art competition in the Monet Gardens. Live music will set a festive tone throughout the day and night. In the evening, the action moves to Mirbeau’s own Wine Bar, one of only a handful in New York with interactive wine stations that allow guests to browse and sample a variety of vintages at three different pour sizes.
A Champagne brunch on the Monet Deck starts Sunday’s festivities at 11:30 a.m., with wine tastings, cheese displays and live music continuing throughout the day. An official judges’ taste and vote culminates in the awarding of medals to the top-rated participating wines, and the festival comes to a close at 4 p.m.
Tickets range from a two-day pass ($45 purchased in advance up until Sept. 19 or $50 at the gate) to an Ultimate Wine Weekend that includes the Friday wine pairing dinner, Sunday brunch and a two-day pass for $200. A la carte tickets are also offered for the Friday dinner $120), Champagne brunch ($50), and a Sunday-only pass ($35). Overnight packages are also available and include two nights accommodations, a two-day pass to the festival, full breakfast daily, a vinotherapy spa treatment, unlimited use of Mirbeau’s Aqua Terrace, fitness center, steam and sauna rooms, tax and gratuities, and the option to participate in a wine pairing dinner. Packages start at $610* per night, based on double occupancy.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.mirbeau.com or call 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328).
The 34-room Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, NY is an intimate, year-round retreat for rejuvenation and romance, offering gracious hospitality, award-winning cuisine, and world-class spa treatments in the heart of Central New York’s Finger Lakes wine region. Steeped in elegant French country style, Mirbeau is tucked into acres of Monet-inspired gardens near the shores of Skaneateles Lake, surrounded by spruce forests, rolling hills, crystal clear lakes and more than 100 wineries. Mirbeau Inn & Spa is the only Forbes Four-Star Award winner for hotel, spa and restaurant in New York, and a AAA Four-Diamond winner. It is also distinguished by the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Top Ten Spas in the World in the categories of romance and cuisine in Spa Finder’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and Top Five Spas for Couples in the World in back-to-back years of Spa Magazine’s Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Favorites. Mirbeau was recently named one of the Top Twenty Small Resorts in the US by Condé Nast Magazine. For more information, call 877-MIRBEAU or visit www.mirbeau.com.
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*Rate is based on double occupancy. Must stay two nights, Friday and Saturday. May not be combined or used in conjunction with any other promotions, and is subject to change without notice and based on availability.
Contact: Melissa Pogue/Briana McGovern, Middleton & Gendron, Inc.