February Preferred Pairings

February 24, 2018

This is the Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s series of more intimate, smaller wine and food pairing events. Partnering with the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance, Preferred Pairings are a series of two, one day events, February 24 or March 10. Each participating winery will be matched up with a creamery, offering ticketed attendees 3-4 delicious pairings of regional cheese paired with our members’ wines. This series of events are co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance.  Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling cheeses paired with delicious award-winning wines.  Regular tickets purchased in advance are $25 per person. Tickets can be securely purchased online via our ticketing vendor ShowClix near the bottom of this page.

Date: February 24, 2018

Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are good for only one day.

Advance Ticket Prices:
$25 per person (wine tasting ticket)
$20 designated driver ticket (non-alcoholic beverage offered)

Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets do not include lodging or transportation. Advance ticket sales end by 1:00 p.m. EST the Wednesday before the event weekend.  After that, for events that are not sold out, tickets will be available to purchase at a few designated wineries. Discount codes are not valid for tickets purchased during the event.

Event Information and Check-in:
The following wineries will be participating in this event, and will be paired with specific creameries:
Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars – Parulski Farms
Glenora Wine Cellars – East Hill Creamery
Fulkerson Winery – Engelbert Farms
Rock Stream Vineyards – Sunset View Creamery
Lakewood Vineyards – – Engelbert Farms
J.R. Dill Winery – Crosswinds Farm & Creamery
Atwater Estate Vineyards – Lively Run Goat Farm
Penguin Bay Winery – Heaven Scent Farm
Bagley’s Poplar Ridge Vineyards – Hemlock Ridge Farm
Caywood Vineyards – Sunset View Creamery

Each attendee will enjoy 3-4 delicious pairings of regional cheese paired with our members’ wines. Entire flights of wine samples are not served by each winery during the event but certainly if you’re especially enthusiastic about the samples you enjoyed initially, you will be permitted to purchase an entire flight of wine samples if you like.

To get started, ticket orders will be securely processed online through our ticketing vendor ShowClix (see below).  You will select a starting winery, this is where you will check-in any time during the event itself and receive your physical tickets.  You will be sent an email confirmation immediately after you’ve completed the transaction.

Each starting winery is given a limited quantity of tickets.  Because of this, it is even more important that groups of attendees purchase their tickets on one order, to guarantee that all attendees will have the exact same starting winery. Lastly, bundles of tickets can only be picked up by the person who purchased them.

You must start at your chosen starting winery to get checked in. As the purchaser, you will present your state-issued photo ID (driver’s license) get checked in, and their staff will have your actual tickets prepared and ready to hand you.  If there is a gift item for the event, you will pick that up as well.  Participating wineries will require that you have your actual cardstock ticket before you can begin enjoying this event. Printouts of the confirmation email from ShowClix do not qualify as tickets.

Important, Proof of I.D.: Please bring proof that you are 21 years of age or older. Each winery is individually responsible for checking the age of customers, to make sure they are at least 21 years old, so it is possible that you may be proofed at more than one winery.

As a designated driver you are a VIP and we thank you for making our events safer for your family and friends! You will be offered an alternative non-alcoholic beverage with your food sample.

Sometimes our events sell out, so you should purchase your tickets well in advance of the event itself. If you have any questions about purchasing tickets, please call the office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717.

Important group size policies:  Groups of 19 or fewer people can attend the event together without having to make appointments at the wineries.  However groups of 20 and up to 40 people will be accepted only if routed by the Trail office and only a few large groups are permitted to attend this event.  All large groups must be booked 28 days prior to the event weekend.  Few large groups are permitted and we reserve the right to limit the number of large groups and motor coaches purchasing tickets to our events to four.  Please call Glenda Stermer-Simpson toll-free to inquire about large group event details at 877-536-2717.

Event Co-Sponsors: This event is co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance, a regional non-profit consisting of over half a dozen regional creameries in the Finger Lakes, creating a variety of delicious artisanal cheeses.

Please note the complete list of our member wineries to the left (when viewing our website on a computer, not phone) are not those wineries participating in this event. The list of potential starting wineries below is also the list of participating wineries.