The 8th annual New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival will take place on Saturday, February 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Casa Larga Vineyards (2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport). The winter celebration will feature ice wine created by wineries from across the state, delicious cuisine, and sleigh rides. Traditionally a German delicacy, ice wine (eiswein) is created by leaving grapes on the vine through the winter months to freeze. Freezing reduces the amount of water in the grapes, producing a sweeter, more concentrated juice when they are pressed.
Guests can sample ice wine (as well as non-ice wine, beers, ciders, and spirits), Valentine-themed foods infused with ice wine, and desserts, and shop for goods from exhibitors around the large ballroom. Tickets are $65 and available at Wegmans, the Casa Larga Wine Shop, and online at casalarga.com. For a complete menus and more details about the festival, visit NYIceWineFestival.com.