Riedel Crystal Offers an Exclusive Experience at Festival

Riedel Package

The new RIEDEL Ticket Package will provide the upscale VIP experience many tasters desire at this year's Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese.

Held annually at Watkins Glen International, festival organizers, RIEDEL – The Wine Glass Company, Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association along with many participating wineries, have joined together to bring a new upscale VIP experience to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, July 16-18. Participants will receive a VIP passport to enjoy a variety of exclusive experiences including a private tasting with winemakers and an exclusive sensory exploration class with Georg Josef Riedel, 10th generation of the Riedel family. This announcement was made today in New York City during a media luncheon hosted by the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association.

“Being a wine drinker myself, I am very excited to bring this experience to wine connoisseurs that attend the festival,” stated Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. “RIEDEL’s involvement will add a new level of sophistication to the popular wine festival weekend enhancing the experiences of our more serious wine drinkers. This new VIP area will also grant tasters exclusive access with the vintners to gain a better understanding of the great wines of this region.”

“The Finger Lakes Wine Festival is the largest showcase of Finger Lakes wines in the world.  Thousands of visitors from all over the United States attend and we are thrilled to now offer an intimate tasting experience at the festival,” said Morgen McLaughlin, president of Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism and Marketing Association. “It is especially exciting for the region and festival to have a partner like Riedel that is synonymous with wine and quality stemware.”

The RIEDEL Experience will be available to the first 150 participants and will be held on the second floor of the track’s media center in a room that overlooks both the track and Gatorade Victory Lane. Participants will be able to take home several RIEDEL wine glasses including the Riesling white wine glass that was launched in 2009 and made exclusively for New York’s Finger Lakes varietals.

The RIEDEL Experience includes:

 Two day VIP hard card admission to the festival and brewers garden (July 17-18)
 Breakfast on Sunday
 Saturday hor d’oeuvres/palette cleansers
 Exclusive “after-hours” access to festival wineries on Saturday
 A sensory evaluation class on Saturday with Georg Riedel, 10th generation of Riedel family
 Exclusive tasting with participating wineries and the winemakers and vintners on Saturday
 RIEDEL Vinum XL Tasting Set: including 1 of each Montrachet (Chardonnay), Riesling Grand Cru, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon and reserve bottle of wine
 Ride around the 2.45-mile road course is a pace car
 Exclusive wine claim process/redemption and reserved parking

Tickets for the RIEDEL Experience at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, July 16-18, should be purchased in advance for $175 per/person and may be ordered online on www.TheGlen.com and www.Tickets.com.  Daily Tasters can save up to $10 per ticket by taking advantage of Advance Sale prices until June 27.  Advance sale two-day taster’s passes are only $35 and weekend camping is also still available at the same price.  Wine enthusiasts looking to take advantage of the new 50/50 Payment Plan, where you can pay half now and half later, should call 866-461-7223 instead of ordering online.

Once a year, Watkins Glen International transforms from The Soul of American Road Racing into the Finger Lake’s largest tasting room, where over 600 New York wines will be sampled. The celebration kicks-off Friday evening at 6:00 pm, July 17th, with fireworks, wine, and togas at “Yancey’s Fancy Cheese Launch of the Lakes.”  Saturday and Sunday the Festival will open at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, featuring a variety of wine and food and arts and crafts from across the state, culinary classes, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, the Brewers’ Garden, pace car rides, comedy and live musical entertainment and much more. Also new in 2010, the festival is expanding their grounds to offer a new wine tasting area adjacent to the previous tasting grounds. The festival will also offered new reserved camping areas, shuttle service to area hotels, and plenty of free parking.  For information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office, toll free, at 866-461-7223, or visit the official website at www.TheGlen.com.

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