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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:00 AM

FEBRUARY 14, 2015

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Camille Campanaro
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Tickets on Sale for 7th Annual New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival
A Perfect Gift for Wine and Food Lovers
Fairport, NY - Tickets are on sale at the Casa Larga Vineyards wine shop, online and at Wegmans for the New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival, hosted again this year by Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport, New York. In its seventh year, the festival features a culinary experience with foods that are inspired by or infused with ice wine.

This annual festival celebrates and showcases award-winning ice wines that are made in the traditional German eiswein method. In order to qualify as a true ice wine, the wines must be produced from grapes that have been frozen on the vine, not picked and then artificially frozen. Because harvesting is dictated by Mother Nature, the harvest often occurs on short notice in late December or early January. The frozen grapes must be picked and pressed within hours of the first sustained freeze. Because of this labor-intensive and weather-dependent process, very few wineries even attempt to make ice wine. In fact, fewer than 30 of the 400 wineries in New York State qualify as true ice wine producers. On Saturday, February 14, 2015, many of these wineries will converge at Casa Larga Vineyards to sample and sell their ice wines.

A highlight of the festival is its culinary experience. Guests will sample ice wine-inspired cuisine made by RIT's Brick City Catering. The self-owned and operated catering company is part of RIT's larger Dining Services. Attendees will have a chance to sample each of the Brick City creations, along with other gourmet foods and products at the festival.

A host of indoor and outdoor activities round out the festival: ice wine and food pairings, horse-drawn sleigh rides, barrel toasting, winery tours, seminars, winter walks in the vineyards and blackjack. Attendees will also receive a complimentary gift bag and commemorative glass with admission and a complimentary package valet service will be available to help with purchases.

Tickets are available in time for the holidays for $55 each at Wegmans, the Wine Shop at Casa Larga and online at casalarga.com through December 31, 2014. Tickets will be sold for $65 each starting January 1, 2015 and at the door. For group sales, call Cathy Fabretti at 585-223-4210 x121. For event updates and more information, visit http://www.casalarga.com/Events/NYIWCF or follow NY State Ice Wines on Facebook.


About Casa Larga
Located in Fairport, NY, Casa Larga Vineyards is one of New York's premier wine producers, highly regarded for its production of award-winning, world-class Ice Wines. Casa Larga produces a wide range of wines, including Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling and other proprietary wine blends. For more information call (585) 223-4210 or visit www.CasaLarga.com.