In addition to live music, food and wine tasting under the tents at Mirbeau, the festival also included a five-course wine pairing dinner in the Mirbeau Dining Room prepared by executive chef Stephan Landon on Friday, a tour of Anyela's Vinyard and wine tasting at the Sherwood Inn all weekend. Seminars by Morten Hallgren, Ravines winemaker and proprietor, on the future of winemaking in the Finger Lakes and by Hart on choosing the right wine were given on Saturday. To conclude the weekend, a champagne brunch was offered at Mirbeau on Sunday.
Approximately 500 to 600 people were expected to attend the festival over the course of the weekend, said Pulino.
Mary Ellen Winkelman and sisters Lee and Andrea Turner attended the festival on Saturday. As a member of the spa, Winkelman said she wanted to come out and support the event. Their drink of choice for the afternoon? Dr. Frank's Champagne. They gave it "three thumbs up!"
For more information about Mirbeau Inn and Spa or next year's New York Wine Festival, contact Mirbeau at 685-5006.