Monday, 19 August 2013 10:36

Local winery to participate in `Taste NY` wine seminar at NYS Fair

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Apple Cherry wine produced and bottled by Ashley Lynn Wineries. Apple Cherry wine produced and bottled by Ashley Lynn Wineries.

     Next week at the New York State Fair, New York grown and produced food and beverage products will be sampled and sold as a part of the exciting "Taste NY" experience.

     A Taste NY Trail will guide visitors throughout the fairgrounds as they taste, sample and judge a variety of New York made products from wine and beer to maple and dairy to fresh fruits and vegetables.

     Leon's Farm Market and Ashley Lynn Winery out of New Haven will be actively involved throughout the "Taste NY" experience. The winery will host a wine seminar and their products will be available in wine slushies and popular bottles.

     "We are so excited to see a local winery participate in such a huge event like the NYS State Fair" said Nancy Weber, Oswego County Farm Bureau president. "Their wine seminar will be very unique and exciting!"

     The local winery is a part of Hurlbut Orchards which is a family run farm by Leroy, Pat and sons Leon and Craig Hurlbut. The farm is a top producer of Macintosh and Cortland apples and has been concentrating their efforts on 11 blended varieties of apple wines. Some unique flavors include apple white grape, pomegranate passion and apple cranberry. Their top three bottles sold include Raspberry Rush, Peachy Keen and Elderberry Mist.

     The wine seminar hosted by Ashley Lynn Winery will include presentations on recognizing the characteristics of New York State wines such as color, nose, flavor and finish. The seminar will also include some of the best New York cheeses to determine the best pairing of the two. There will be 11 days of different wine and cheese seminars which are open to the public. Ashley Lynn Winery's seminar will be at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26. To guarantee a seat for any of these free seminars, pre-register by calling 315-487-7711, 1135.

     The New York State Fair, with the theme of "Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York," runs from Aug. 22-Sept. 2. Advance sale tickets saving 40 percent off the cost of admission are available statewide.Visit for for a full list of locations.

     For more information on Leon's Farm Market and Ashley Lynn Wineries, visit

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