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Wine & Cheese Weekend

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Lake Erie Wine Country to Host Popular Wine & Cheese Weekend Lake Erie Wine Country will kick-off the 2016 season with their annual Wine & Cheese Weekend event on April 22, 23, and 24. Ticket holders will visit any or all of 23 participating wineries where they will enjoy a special wine paired with food samples created with exquisite Yancey’s Fancy cheeses. As in the past, ticket holders will receive a food and wine pairing sample at each winery, additional wine tastes, a wine glass, recipe booklet, $5 voucher for wine purchase, and a gift. There is a diverse and delicious array of food offerings for this year’s event. Pork Verde Chili, Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheese Balls, Fruit Sushi, and Beer Cheese Fondue are but some of the food samples that can be savored along with the perfect complementary wine. "A lot of people think wine and food pairing is this difficult, mystical thing, but in the end, it's really just about finding wines and foods that you enjoy and that you think complement each other,” says Bethany Margolis of Liberty Vineyards & Winery in Sheridan, NY. “A really good pairing will make a great wine and delicious food both taste even better. For the Wine and Cheese weekend, at Liberty Vineyards & Winery, we'll be pairing our Rufus Red wine with a Chicken Parm dip. The dip includes all of the cheesy, saucy goodness you'd expect from Chicken Parmesan and features Yancey's Fancy Garlic Cheese Curds. Our Rufus Red wine has a nice smooth, fruity flavor, and while the wine is on the dry side, it does have just enough sweetness and fruitiness to complement the highly-flavorful dip without getting lost." Tickets are now on sale for the popular Wine & Cheese Weekend at only $35 per person. One ticket is good for all three days. They may be purchased online at www.lakeeriewinecountry.org before Wednesday, April 20 at 8:00 AM. Tickets are usually sold-out before this deadline, so advanced purchase is necessary. Ticket holders plan their own itinerary, enjoying each winery on a self-guided tour on Friday, April 22 from noon-5 p.m. and/or Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wine & Cheese Weekend is sponsored by Yancey’s Fancy Cheeses. www.yanceysfancy.com A ticket for your designated driver is available for only $20 and includes everything but wine. Friday and/or Sunday only tickets are only $31 each. This entitles ticket holders to enjoy all of the benefits of the event on Friday and/or Sunday only, but not on Saturday. Wine & Cheese Weekend will kick-off a busy 2016 tourist season in the region. Throughout the summer, the 24 individual wineries will host their own special events that include free concerts in the vineyards, vineyard walks, festivals, winemaker’s dinners and other exciting event offerings. “There is a multitude of fun and interesting activities at our wineries all spring and summer,” says Julie Ellis, Executive Director of Lake Erie Wine Country. “Events give people a little more incentive to come out and try our many award-winning wines while enjoying our beautiful region.” Special events for all wineries are listed at lakeeriewinecountry.org. There are also listings for lodging, dining, transportation and other area attractions. Lake Erie Wine Country, formerly known as The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, has been incorporated for more than a decade. They are a consortium of 24 wineries located on a 50-mile stretch between Harborcreek, PA and Silver Creek, NY along the southern shore of Lake Erie. The mission of this non-profit organization is to “support and to market the wine and grape industries in Chautauqua County, New York and Erie County, Pennsylvania through the promotion of excellence in wine products, in winery and associate member facilities, and in the tourism experience in the region.”

Event Details

    April 22, 2016 - April 24, 2016
    08:00 PM - 11:00 PM