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Finger Lakes Museum program on local wine industry history coming to Skaneateles

— “Vine to Wine: Savor our Finger Lakes,” the first of a two-part program series, will be presented by The Finger Lakes Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Lodge at Welch Allyn, 4355 State Street Road, on Thursday, Oct. 4.

A 45-minute documentary film will tell the stories of the hardships faced by early settlers in their unsuccessful attempts to tame wild New World grapes to make European-style wines. Their eventual success gave birth to a fledgling wine industry, which was later crippled by the Temperance Movement.

“Vine to Wine” will combine the film with period wine and juice tastings led by Finger Lakes wine expert and author, Richard Figiel, whose 1995 book, “Culture in a Glass: Reflections on the Rich Heritage of Finger Lakes Wine,” is considered a classic among books on wine and local history. Figiel also practiced sustainable farming techniques when he owned and operated his own winery from the 1980s until 2011.

The film, “Collision Course: Wine and Temperance in New York’s Finger Lakes,” was professionally produced by a group of Finger Lakes historians and wine experts. A number of regional wineries, organizations and individuals provided the resources and expertise needed to create the film.

The public is invited to attend the program. Must be 21 or older.

Pre-registration is available online at FingerLakesMuseum.org. A donation of $10 per person is requested and can be made online, or by sending a check to The Finger Lakes Museum, PO Box 96, Keuka Park, NY 14478.

For more information about The Finger Lakes Museum, visit fingerlakesmuseum.org.

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rwmurph 1 year, 6 months ago

I am the great great grandson of the Reverend William Warner Bostwick, rector of St James Episcopal Church in Hammondsport, who in 1829 started his own vineyard overlooking Keuka Lake to make wine for Holy Communion. Father Bostwick was the first person to make wine in the Finger Lakes Region. I wish I could see the 45-minute documentary film, but will be unable to do so because I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of our nation's capital. Can anyone tell me if the film mentions Father Bostwick?

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