By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor
That's not to say Sterling doesn't believe in my book. Obviously they do, but we want to show them that their modest expectations can be greatly exceeded.
And there are some big events coming up that will be one heck of a good time.
They're listed below, and the list of events grows almost daily it seems.
If you choose one, I hope you'll choose to join us at the New York Wine and Culinary Center for the official book launch party on Saturday, April 23 from 4-6 p.m. Winemakers Fred Merwarth of Hermann J. Wiemer and Johannes Reinhardt of Anthony Road Wine Company will be telling stories, talking about how I conned them into letting me write the stories of their lives, and pouring wine for the attendees.
That's not to say the other events won't be awesome. I'm truly excited for all of them. I just want to kick off with a strong opener to generate some momentum for the rest of the year.
I hope you can join us!
Friday, April 8
Roc City Uncorked
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
90 wineries, 30 restaurants, bakers, and brewmasters will offer tastes to the public. You can say hi to Evan and pick up a copy of Summer in a Glass!
Tickets: $50, available at Wegmans
Saturday, April 23
The New York Wine and Culinary Center, Canandaigua
Official book release party
Join Evan and winemakers Johannes Reinhardt of Anthony Road Wine Company and Fred Merwarth of Hermann J. Wiemer. Attendees will enjoy a sparkling wine reception, signed copy of the book, tasting of wines related to the book, and discussion with the dynamic Johannes and Fred!
Thursday, May 5
Barnes & Noble, Greece, NY
Friday, May 20
The Aurora Inn, Village of Aurora, Cayuga Lake
Heart & Hands theme dinner
Featuring the owners of Heart & Hands, Tom and Susan Higgins
Saturday, May 21
Heron Hill winery, Keuka Lake
Featuring Heron Hill owner John Ingle
Vertical tasting of Ingle Vineyard Riesling
Saturday, June 4
Fox Run Vineyards, Seneca Lake
Featuring Fox Run winemaker Peter Bell and assistant winemaker Tricia Renshaw
Wednesday, June 15
Union Square Wines, New York City
We’ll taste wines, discuss the people in Summer in a Glass, maybe sign some books, and have a wonderful time at a very cool place. Join us!
Thursday, June 16
Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn, NY
Tasting and talking with the winemakers from Anthony Road Wine Company
Johannes Reinhardt’s story is central to Summer in a Glass. Anthony Road has a strong relationship with Brooklyn Winery, and for this event we’ll taste wines and have a wonderful interactive discussion on the future of wines in New York!
Saturday, June 18
Sheldrake Point Vineyard, Cayuga Lake
Featuring Sheldrake Point winemaker Dave Breeden
Attendees receive a book, boxed lunch from Simply Red Bistro, and wine tasting with the author and winemaker. Evan will read a few select passages from the book to illustrate points. We expect some lively debate!
Ticket price TBA
Saturday, July 18
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, Watkins Glen
Stop by and visit Evan during the festival, or – better yet! – get a ticket to the VIP Riedel Experience, where Evan will help present wines and talk about the book! This is sure to be one of the premier wine events of the summer.
Saturday, August 6
Red Newt Bistro, Hector, NY (Seneca Lake)
Dinner and book discussion
Featuring winemaker David Whiting, chef Deb Whiting, and assistant winemaker Brandon Seager
Friday, August 26
Damiani Wine Cellars tasting room, Seneca Lake
Reception, book discussion, wine tasting and art exhibition