Get the Red Carpet Treatment that You Deserve

Get Your Tickets Now for the RIEDEL Experience During the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Riedel Package

Tasters will know how it feels to be treated like a VIP by taking advantage of the RIEDEL Experience.

If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur and enjoy being treated like a VIP treatment , then the Riedel Experience was made for you.  Fifteen different wineries will be available to RIEDEL Experience guests on Saturday and Sunday morning during the Finger Lakes Wine Festival July 16-18. The air conditioned Great Room in the track’s media center will open for VIP guest at noon on Saturday to kick off the festivities.

The wineries participating in the Walk-around VIP experience will be: Atwater, Dr. Frank’s, Lamoreaux, Wiemer, Lakewood, Glenora, Hazlitt, Shaw, Hosmer, Red Newt, Heron Hill, Chateau Lafayette Reneau, Fox Run, Ravines and Sheldrake Point.  

The doors open at noon for RIEDEL Experience guests. Georg Riedel, 10th generation of the crystal stemware family, will be on hand for a sensory evaluation from 12:30-2:30 p.m.. At 2:30 p.m.  Hors D’ oeuvres and palette cleansers will be available while the “Social Time” Jazz band performs. Participating wineries will share time with half hour intervals to discuss their exclusive vintages and processes during the 2:30-5:30 p.m. time slot. A special breakfast buffet will also be available from 9-9:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. 
Hors D’ oeuvres and palette cleansers include, mini crepes with crab and lively rungGarlic chevre, free range chicken roulades filled with cherries, pine nuts, swiss chard and parmesan, local shitake mushrooms stuffed with duck confit and Yancy's Fancy Berganost cheese, verjus curd mousse with fresh raspberries and raspberry coulis,  spinach ravioli filled with blueberries, ricotta, parmesan and basil in a roasted garlic cream sauce, and gazpacho soup shooters.

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 3.5 mile road course is a pace car
 Exclusive wine claim process/redemption and reserved parking

RIEDEL Experience tickets at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, July 16-18, are $175 per/person.

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 16th, 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 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, and do not hesitate to add the Finger Lakes Wine Festival as a friend on Facebook.

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