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Ravines WIne Cellars isn't just one of the best places in the Finger Lakes to buy wine, it's now a place to get a great meal!
The Ravinous Kitchen opened in 2015 with small plates which paired perfectly with our wines. In 2016, Chef Scott Riesenberger joined the team as Creative Director and Chef of the Ravinous Kitchen, having previously worked at L'Esperance in the Burgundy region of France; Union Pacific, The Essex House, Gilt, and Corton in New York City; and The Haymount House in Westchester. His knowledge of and experience with a range of classical and modern cooking techniques results in a style of cooking which can be described as seasonal-contemporary American with European influences. He likes to create dishes using inspiration from the quality of local ingredients, incorporating simple cooking techniques to enhance presentation and texture.
The Ravinous Table takes place at a communal table in our Geneva tasting room where Chef Riesenberger creates a seasonal menu of beautiful courses each perfectly paired with the expressive, balanced wines of Ravines. Each meal includes multiple courses created with produce, meats, and cheeses from the orchards, fields, and dairies of neighboring Finger Lakes farms including the herbs, vines, and honey hives at Ravines.
Each dinner begins at 6:00 pm with a glass of Sparkling Brut and savory amuse-bouche. Guests then head to the wine cellar where they participate in a brief but engaging tour including a barrel tasting paired with a delicious appetizer. Service begins at 6:30 with four beautiful courses at our farm table with Chef Riesenberger guiding the guests through the courses and the wine pairings.
Past events include a Truffle Experience which featured pork & truffle pâté and truffled carbonara pasta and a Winemakers Dinner featuring Austrian Winemaker Christophe Höpler.
All seats are available by reservation only and are limited to 16 participants.
Click here for a list of upcoming events at the Ravinous Table and to reserve your seat, or call the Geneva Tasting Room at 315-781-7007.
Click here for a list of other events at the Ravinous Kitchen.
Beginning this weekend at Ravines Wine Cellars' two tasting rooms, visitors will have the opportunity to try a different kind of wine tasting.
In addition to our usual tasting of five wines, our wine and cheese pairing featuring Finger Lakes cheeses, or our chocolate pairing of wine with Hedonist chocolates, we will be offering a flight of sparkling wines: Sparkling Keuka, the new 2007 Sparkling Brut, and 2015 Ayre.
2007 Sparkling Brut ($34.95, online or in the tasting room) is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both from the Argetsinger Vineyard, and has delicate aromas of baking brioche, delicate white lilies, and a flinty minerality.
Sparkling Keuka ($19.95 at either tasting room) was released last summer as a Ravinous Club exclusive; now it is available for general purchase. This wine is a sparkling version of our popular Keuka Village White blend of Cayuga and Vignoles.
2015 Ayre ($9.95, tasting room only) is our semi-sparkling, semi-sweet interpretation of Moscato d'Asti. At only 8% alcohol, and sporting aromas of peach and orange blossoms, it's a fun way to end a tasting - or a meal!
Tastings of these wines are exclusively available with this flight.
Chef Scott Riesenberger has come up with small bites to pair with each wine.
Our tasting rooms are located at 400 Barracks Road in Geneva (on Seneca Lake), and 14630 Route 54 in Hammondsport (on Keuka Lake). For more information, and hours of operation, click here,
Sundays this winter, come to the Ravinous Kitchen for our series of events called "The Chef and the Winemaker".
Each week, join Winemaker Morten Hallgren in the Barrel Room of Ravines' winery in Geneva to taste through flights of library wines from his personal cellar. Each flight will feature old and older wines in contrast to newer vintages to demonstrate and appreciate the variation between the vintages and how the growing season affects the attributes and characteristics of the various wines. Chef Scott Riesenberger will prepare a Grazing Slate for each guest: a slate board of delicious savory foods he has created to pair with the various wines. He will explain why he has chosen the ingredients and how they pair with the wines to give guests an insight into pairing food & wine.
Each event starts at noon. The current event list:
Participation is by ticket only, and spots are limited. Call the Geneva Tasting Room at 315-781-7007 for assistance, or click each link above to purchase tickets.
Today Wine Spectator's prestigious Top 100 list was released for 2015 and Ravines 2012 Dry Riesling, a single vineyard Riesling from the amazing Argetsinger Vineyard, was on the list. This is the third time in the past five years that a Ravines Dry Riesling has made the list. Ravines Oenologist/Winemaker Morten Hallgren has always produced steely, mineral-laden Dry Rieslings since his first vintage in 2002. "The top producers at the time focused on the sweeter, German style, but I wanted to express the pure mineral and fruit side."
Sam Argetsinger, who passed away almost a year ago, was an incredible person and a passionate grape grower. His vineyard is on a very special site. His children own the vineyard now, with son, Beren, at the helm of management.
This wine is described by James Molesworth as having "taut, lip-smacking acidity [which] harnesses the core of Jonagold apple, heather, white peach and candied citrus peel notes in this ripe white, keeping this focused and energetic through the finish."
Ravines little known single-vineyard Chardonnay from the Argetsinger Vineyard will be featured in the White Wine Seminar at the Finger Lakes Wine Symposium.
Attendees of the symposium will taste cool-climate wines from around the world, try wine and food pairings and learn why wineries in New York’s Finger Lakes have gained international respect. Joshua Greene, editor and publisher of Wine & Spirits magazine, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes, which will be held June 13-14 in Geneva, New York.
“I'm excited to be visiting the Finger Lakes again. With so much emphasis on eating and drinking local, New Yorkers are blessed to have one of the world's great terroirs in our back yard—not only for wine, but for exceptional food as well. The Wine Symposium is a moment to consider Finger Lakes riesling, pinot noir and cabernet franc in the context of cool-climate wines from around the world,” says Greene.
Ravines Gold Medal-winning 2013 Dry Riesling will be poured at the Symposium kick off June 13 with a Grand Tasting of finalists from the Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge Rochester Chef, Dan Eaton of the YNN network’s “Cooking at Home” will present cooking demonstrations. The Grand Tasting will be held from 4-7p.m. at the new Visitor’s Center on Geneva’s lakefront.
The event moves to Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Scandling Center on June 14. Greene and other wine world experts will present programs that include a wine and food pairing seminar, three different cool-climate seminars and a five course luncheon prepared by Finger Lakes chefs and carefully matched with Finger Lakes wines.
For tickets and program details, go to winesymposiumfingerlakes.com.
Good Luck Restaurant in Rochester will be hosting a dinner, Forage II, featuring Ravines Wine. Local wild plants such as fiddlehead ferns, ramps & nettles, and wild ginger will serve as the building blocks of a 4-course dinner. Each course will be paired beautifully with Ravines Wine. Join owners Lisa & Morten Hallgren to experience beautiful wines paired with a meal made of local natural treasures.
Click here to purchase tickets
$75 per person
6:00 pm, dinner served at 7:00
Last weekend's "The Art of Blending" event really had the creative juices flowing down in the barrel room of the cellar! On Saturday and Sunday, guests joined Winemaker, Morten Hallgren, on a journey into the realm of winemaking as he presented the history of Cabernets from a European perspective, before they came to the New World. Morten discussed the differences in philosophies of Old World versus New World and explained why the cool climate of the Finger Lakes region is just right for producing elegant and expressive red wines.
Attendees learned about each of the three individual varietals that make up a Meritage and how each enhances the final blend as well as how the Winemaker's artistic vision and skill creates the pleasure factor in an impeccably crafted Cabernet blend. After sampling each varietal individually, guests were given the chance to experiment and create their own unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Several of our Ravinous Wine Club members who were at the event enjoyed creating their own blends so much that they suggested we let RWC members create a special "Ravinous Blend" for a future vintage! Stay tuned for more information about that potential collaboration in 2013...
Once the blending exercise was complete, guests enjoyed a vertical flight of four Ravines Meritage vintages from 2006-2009 and experienced the art of blending as they tasted and learned about the differences and sublime similarities between each vintage. A poll taken after tasting each of the four vintages concluded that the 2006 Meritage was the consensus favorite, with 2007 being a close second. The flight was accompanied by a plate of small bites paired and created to enhance the flavors of these complex wines, which included: Local Angus Beef braised overnight in Ravines Meritage with shallots and local garlic and baked in a pastry crust, Muranda Bleu Cheese on a Baguette brushed with Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil, and Hedonist Artisan Chocolates Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles infused with Ravines Meritage. The favorite pairings of the day were:
2007 - Braised Beef
2006 & 2008 - Bleu Cheese Baguette
2009 - Hedonist Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle
The weekend was a huge success. Guests loved not only learning about the history and process behind a beautiful Meritage, but having the opportunity to engage and interact by creating their own blends, voting on their favorite Ravines Meritage vintage, and pairing the wines with food. We look forward to offering more great events like "The Art of Blending" in 2013 - stay up to date on all the latest news and happenings at Ravines by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and checking our Event Calendar. Cheers!