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WXXI’S TRAVEL AND CULINARY SERIES, NEW YORK WINE & TABLE VISITS LAKE ERIE, HUDSON VALLEY, THE FINGER LAKES AND MORE
Season Two Premieres Sunday, April 4 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV

Rochester, New York (March 31, 2010) – New York Wine & Table, WXXI’s television series that takes viewers on culinary journeys through New York's regions, launches it second season with seven new episodes, beginning Sunday, April 4 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable1011 and 11), and on public television stations across New York State. Hosted by nationally known television lifestyle host Susan Hunt, the series features food, wine, agriculture, restaurants, people, and landscapes from the region. The series is co-produced by WXXI and the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

In season two, Susan travels from Lake Erie’s grape region to Long Island, from the Hudson River Valley to the Thousand Islands, from the Finger Lakes to Niagara Falls. In each episode she talks with winemakers, farmers, and restaurateurs who produce some of the finest wines and foods in the world.

Episode descriptions and air dates:

Lake Erie airs Sunday, April 4 at 2 p.m.: Lake Erie’s grape region is home to the oldest and largest Concord grape growing region in the world and the largest grape growing region in the United States outside of California. Currently there are 21 wineries with many more in the planning stages.

New York City/Long Island airs Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m.: New York City is a concrete kingdom defined by the energy and execution of what’s next, whether in the world of finance, art, music, or winemaking.  Long Island has been dubbed New York's "Bordeaux". In little over a quarter of a century Long Island’s wine industry has grown from one small vineyard to 3,000 acres of vines, and over thirty wineries producing world-class wines. 

Finger Lakes – Varieties airs Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m.: The Finger Lakes grow more kinds of grapes than are found in California and possibly any other grape growing region in the world.

Finger Lakes – Following a Dream airs Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m.:  Many winemakers and chefs are staking their hopes and their trellises on the east coast. Over the last three decades, 194 new wineries have opened in New York State. 112 of those wineries are located in the Finger Lakes region. 

Hudson Valleyairs Sunday, May 9 at 2 p.m.: Food and wine traditions in the Hudson Valley are older than the United States itself. With a wine-making tradition extending back to the 17th Century, the Valley hosts America’s oldest vineyard and the oldest continuously operating winery.  Today, a new generation of specialty growers has revitalized farming and winemaking in the Valley, from black currant wine to apple vodka and apple cider.  

Thousand Islands airs Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m.: The newly created Thousand Islands - Seaway Wine Trail began its first season in 2007 and consists of three wineries, one grape nursery, and 19 vineyards.  So how can a climate that resembles the tundra in winter produce grapes suitable for wine making? The answer lies in the term “cold, hardy grapes.”

Niagara airs Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m.: Discover how a region with a rich fruit growing legacy is transforming itself into a world class wine region.

To learn more about the series, visit WXXI.org/wineandtable.

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