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SPECIAL EVENT | Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes 

When Wine Enthusiast ranks a region the best in the world, it is always a cause for celebration. The Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes begins on Friday, August 21, at Geneva's Visitor and Events Center (35 Lakefront Drive) with a Grand Tasting at 5 p.m. Here, attendees can sample 26 different award-winning Rieslings, the Finger Lakes' most treasured varietal. The events continue on Saturday, August 22, with an opening session at the Smith Opera House (82 Seneca Street, Geneva), and speeches from sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier; Fox Run vineyards' winemaker Peter Bell; and more on "What's so special about the Finger Lakes?" Events continue throughout the day, with seminars at a variety of locations around Geneva from sommeliers, chefs, winemakers, and viticulturists, as well as tastings available at Geneva's many bars and restaurants.

Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $40, $75 for the seminars, and $25 for the opening session. With the purchase of any higher priced ticket, admission to the opening session is free. For more information, visit winesymposiumfingerlakes.com.

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