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  • Ex-codes officer charged in long-running Finger Lakes bar dispute

    By Don Cazentre BARRINGTON, NY -- It’s a beer drama that never seems to end. It’s been four years since an upscale food market overlooking Keuka Lake attempted to add a beer tap room and deck to its offerings. The Olney Place, on Route 54 in the Yates County town of Barrington, waged an ultimately successful legal battle with town officials and the State Liquor Authority, and even persuaded town voters to overturn a partial ban on alcohol sales. The taps began pouring beer last spring. Now, t

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  • Brutal cold has arrived, and so has the 2019 Upstate NY ice wine harvest (photos)

    By Don Cazentre Bundle up. It’s time to pick the grapes for ice wine in Upstate New York. As temperatures dipped into the single-digits in recent days, wineries from the Finger Lakes to the Thousands Islands and beyond sent brave employees into their vineyards to harvest frozen-on-the-vine grapes. These will be turned into the sweet, luscious and boldly flavored traditional version of ice wine. “It was actually a good good day -- very cold in the morning and we got everything off the vines by

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  • Rochester, NY: One of the world’s Top 10 beer destinations?

    By Don Cazentre ROCHESTER, NY -- Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, New Orleans and Austin, Texas made the cut. So did Rochester. All are ranked among the world’s Top 10 beer destinations in an annual survey at, a site devoted to beer, wine and spirits. For the 2019 list, Vinepair writer Cat Wolinski tried to find cities that are “less obvious destinations” and “beyond the usual suspects.” That means she didn’t list Portland Ore. or Portland, Maine, or any place in Colorado or Belgium. Not e

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