Long Island's new sustainability initiative got some major coverage this week in a lengthy article by Dana Nigro on Wine Spectator online. As reported previously in a couple editions of The Wine Press, a new Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW) organization is building on the work of a VineBalance program to make Long Island the first certified sustainable winegrowing region in the eastern United States. For the article, visit http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/46836. Congratulations to our colleagues on Long Island.
"Following the vines to upstate New York" was the title of a great and long piece on the BBC Travel blog, with profiles of several Finger Lakes wineries and a nice description of the regional geography that makes it so special and beautiful. And speaking of the BBC, former executive chef Carlo Peretti of the New York Wine & Culinary just left to be in a BBC TV series where he'll cook in every state. Congratulations and good luck to him.
Upstairs Bistro officially opened earlier this month at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua, with a new name, a new look, a new menu, and a new wine list. Formerly the "Taste of New York" restaurant, the Upstairs Bistro includes a bar area, main dining room, and seating on a wrap-around deck overlooking Canandaigua Lake. The decor features brighter colors and a wine bottle with flowers at each table.
The new menu includes reasonably priced starters and salads, pizzas, light fare and sandwiches, entrees, side dishes and, of course, desserts. The selection of New York beers has been expanded while the number of New York wines has been greatly reduced to 10 choices from various regions, now joined by wines from California, Chile, France, Italy, and New Zealand. The wine list, menu and other information are at www.upstairsbistro.com, which includes a "Contact" option for comments or suggestions; or email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 585-394-7070.