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  The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is a three-day destination event that draws an audience of close to 6,000 from Montreal to Northern New Jersey from September 11-13.

The festival provides over 250 premiere wine and food exhibitors, invitation-only, along with one-of-a kind seminars. Proceeds from the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival benefit the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's children's education program.

We are joined by Capital Region restaurateur, caterer, and the Honorary chair of this event, Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality.

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A bipartisan group of New York state legislators are calling for passage of a bill that would "rein in" the State Liquor Authority.  A local liquor store is at the center of the story.

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  Our friend John Fischer is a professor of hospitality and service management at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Mr. Fischer teaches the baccalaureate-level Beverage Operations Management, Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality, and Spirits and Principles of Mixology courses.

Wines discussed and tasted on air:
1. Les Quarte Tours, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 2014
2. Wölffer Estate Rosé, North Fork of Long Island 2014
3. Château d'Aqueria, Tavel, Rhône 2014
4. Roederer Estate, Brut Rosé, Anderson Valley NV

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We have two food and wine experts in the studio, Chef Mark Graham of Taste, and Sommelier Seaborn Jones of Angelo's 677 Prime

  It’s an exciting time for food and drink in Troy, NY and either of our next two guests would provide a great bite and beverage before or after an American Music Festival Event.

Lucas Confectionery in Downtown Troy wine bar that also features craft beer, coffee drinks, cheeses, small plates, confections and desserts. Their setting pays tribute to the building’s confectionery history, using reclamation materials to create a design inspired by the industrial era of the City of Troy. The Grocery offers a wide range of quality cured meats and artisan cheeses. Craft beer, wine by the glass, baked goods, snacks, pasta, and local sauces are also available, along with daily household items. Both Lucas Confectionery and The Grocery are owned by Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine.

  They join us along with Kelly Brown, Greg Stacy, and Paul Minbiole from Brown’s Brewing in Troy. They have been brewing and serving dependable Ales & Lagers from the Hudson Valley since 1993.

With the explosion of the craft beverage industry, advocates for economic development in Washington and Warren Counties are planning this summer to launch a regional tour as a means of connecting more tourists with locally made beer, wines, and other specialty beverages. 

John Davidson, co-owner of Davidson Brothers Brewing Co., announced this week the company produced the first brew from its new 22,000-square foot facility in Queensbury.

“Fifty barrels of our signature IPA that we brewed 17 years ago downtown,” said Davidson.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday hosted a second beer, wine, spirits — and now, cider —   summit to showcase one of the state’s few growth industries.

Food Friday Tips : Choosing Wines

Jan 16, 2014
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Tune into Food Friday this week when sommelier Dominick Purnomo, co-owner of  Yono's Restaurant and dp An American Brasserie, joins host Ray Graf to talk about wine tasting and wine pairings for your next catered affair!

The new book Hello, Wine looks to be a stress free wine education course. The short form chapters contain little sips of information, accessible recommendations, and tasting party menus.

Melanie Wagner is a certified sommelier and is also a wine writer, speaker, and teacher.

The Hudson Valley was the site for a regional Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit.

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