One of the oldest wineries in the area celebrated an expansion Friday, as Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery officially opened the doors at its Chateau Frank building.
HAMMONDSPORT - One of the oldest wineries in the area celebrated an expansion Friday, as Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery officially opened the doors at its Chateau Frank building.
Named the 1886 Reserve Tasting Room, in honor of the year the building now known as Chateau Frank was built - Dr. Frank offers customers a special experience as wines are paired with bite-sized foods created by Snug Harbor Restaurant on Keuka Lake.
“We’re combining gourmet food with these wonderful wines from the Finger Lakes,” Winery President Fred Frank said. “Right now, our rieslings and some of our neighbors are winning many, many awards and being recognized as some of the top rieslings in America.
“Snug Harbor is a wonderful restaurant right below us on Keuka Lake. It’s a nice collaboration.”
A fourth generation member of the Frank family was behind the new room.
“The 1886 concept was my daughter Meaghan’s idea,” Frank said. “She studied wine in Australia for her graduate studies.
“In Australia, they have quite a few wineries that offer these upscale VIP tasting experiences with wine and food pairings and special cellar and vineyard tours where you can really get to learn more about wine and the whole process.”
The 1886 Reserve Tasting Room was being used for storage, so the family restored it.
“It’s just been wonderful - the reception we’ve been getting from many wine professionals and tourism professionals,” Frank said. “They feel that it’s a great concept, so we’re excited to offer that here.”
For $35 ($25 for Dr. Frank wine club members) customers get a 30-minute viticultural or cellar experience - which is followed by a seated educational wine flight consisting of six Dr. Frank wines and its paired food item.
The reservation-only event is held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, as well as 2 p.m. Sunday. Through the month of July, Reislings are featured. August will feature Methode Champenoise Sparkling wines, followed by Esoteric Vareital wines in September and Cool Climate Reds in October.
“This will give folks a reason to come back a month or two months later,” Frank said. “That will make it fresh and interesting for everyone.”
The July menu features the following pairings:
n 2014 Eugenia Dry Riesling with curly endive, roasted fennel, grapefruit and cilantro oil.
n 2014 Margrit Dry Riesling with roasted vegetables, smoked gouda and sherry onion quiche with meyer lemon aioli.
n 2008 Dry Riesling (from the winery’s private library) with heirloom tomato jam, pickeled radish on a crisp crostini.
n 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling with appletouille tartlet - sliced apple and caramelized onion ratatouille baked in flaked phyllo.
n 2014 Riesling Reserve with grilled peach chutney, whipped citrus alouiette and oat scone.
n 2013 Late Harvest Riesling with white chocolate mousse, spiced apricots and toasted pecan crumble.
“It’s a great experience and we’re already getting a fantastic response,” Frank said.
To make a reservation, visit www.drfrankwines.com.