In December I poured wine at the "Holidays at the Market" at the Rochester Public Market on the Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Rochester Public Market is a big marketplace in downtown Rochester that has existed for many years. The market's primary day throughout the year is Saturday, but between Thanksgiving and Christmas they are open on Sunday with a focus on holiday gifts.
A couple of the Sundays were beautiful and unusually warm. It was very nice to pour for people. However, one Sunday, I literally got blown away. There were freezing temperatures and twenty to thirty mile-an-hour gusts of wind that cleared everything off the table. No bottles were broken (that would have been truly tragic!), but that day I decided to end early.
Denise and Jim Toomey helping me at the Wine on Ice Festival in Elmira, NY in January
Denise and Jim Toomey helped me pour wine at the Wine on Ice Festival in Elmira, NY, in January. The festival is called Wine on Ice not because it is all Ice Wine, but because it takes place on the floor of the ice hockey arena in the center of town. Luckily, this year the festival was on the concrete floor instead of on top of the ice, so it wasn't too cold. It was great to meet so many people and introduce them to the new brand. Elmira is close to Keuka Lake, so I invite everyone to come visit the winery.