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NY Wine Festival grows in flavor, stature

Dan McIvor, left, and Kim Smith, right, of Albany, enjoy a taste of a Millbrook Winery white wine at the NY state wine festival on Sept. 24.

Dan McIvor, left, and Kim Smith, right, of Albany, enjoy a taste of a Millbrook Winery white wine at the NY state wine festival on Sept. 24. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— When the last bottle of wine finally was corked at Mirbeau this past weekend, the second year of the annual New York Wine Festival was deemed an unqualified success that drew double the crowd from last year’s event.

“We were absolutely thrilled by the turnout,” said Mirbeau general manger Christopher Pulito. “It exceeded our expectations this year and we’d love to keep on building it. The New York Wine Festival will continue to be held the last weekend of September every year — anyone who missed it or attended and wants to come again can already put it on their calendar.”

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The tasting bar at Anyela's Winery was filled all day Saturday, Sept. 24, with wine festival attendees.

The festival was held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, and featured tastings of New York wines from the Hudson Valley, Long Island and the Finger Lakes, interactive workshops, a local farmers market, artist’s exhibit, delicious food and live music. In addition to the events at Mirbeau, there also were tastings and winery tours at Anyela’s Vineyards on West Lake Road and tastings at the Village Bottle Shop on West Genesee Street.

The festival kicked off with a wine-paired dinner at Mirbeau on Friday night and concluded with a champagne brunch on Sunday morning, both of which were sponsored by Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, one of the main sponsors of the entire festival.

Susan Eisenhart, a sales associate for Dr. Frank’s who poured tastings and educated attendees on Dr. Frank’s wines all weekend, said the company was happy to be part of the event for a second year. “We’re excited to see how this event continues to grow,” she said.

More than 400 people attended the wine festival on Saturday, with both the inn at Mirbeau and the Finger Lakes Lodge sold out for wine event weekend packages, Pulito said. This doubled the number of attendees last year on the Saturday of the event.

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