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In the Media

Jim Trezise

Category: Media

In the Media (WP 12/10/16)

"20 Most Admired" is the theme of a regular feature in Vineyard &Winery Management magazine, and in the current issue the topic of "Winery Tasting Rooms & Experiences. Two are in the Finger Lakes: Dr.Konstantin Frank Winery, and Fox Run Vineyards.

The profile of the former features both the main tasting room in Dr. Frank's former home, with a spectacular view of Keuka Lake, as well as the newly renovated space in adjacent Chateau Frank called "1886" that serves as a reserve tasting room. Built in 1886, Chateau Frank produces world-class sparkling wines, and the 1886 room hosts special tastings. (

On the next lake to the east, Fox Run's tasting room is in a renovated 1865 dairy barn overlooking Seneca Lake, with 50 acres of vineyards. A regular Food & Wine Experience featuring a locavore lunch in the barrel room, and the Café and Market (April through December) which offers local foods and homestead cheeses paired with flights of Fox Run wines, are just part of the experience. Then there's the famous Garlic Festival every August, which draws tens of thousands of visitors. (

In both wineries, there is the handiwork of iron sculptor Sam Castner, who created the tables in 1886 and a huge, 30 x 40-foot iron gate at the entrance of Fox Run which includes detail of foxes running through the forest. It's a must-see.

In the same VWM edition is an article, Opening Up About Closures by Jeff Siegel, based on interviews of various winery owners and winemakers around the country. John Martini, co-owner of Anthony Road Winery on Seneca Lake, is one of the screw cap proponents, noting that all of their wins have that type of closure. As a consumer, I totally salute that convenience as well as the preservation of quality.