Love Is in the Wine: Romantic Rosés, Sparkling Delights, and Silky Reds

Love Is in the Wine: Romantic Rosés, Sparkling Delights, and Silky Reds

Find the perfect wines for Valentine’s Day & beyond

Type Virtual Tasting
Virtual platform
Tags new york state wine / valentines day / virtual tasting / wine
  • Live Online Zoom Broadcast 07 Feb, 6:00 - 7:00 pm


Join us on Wednesday, February 7 at 6 PM ET for a special virtual tasting event. Set against the backdrop of the year's most romantic holiday, this virtual tasting will offer the opportunity for wine lovers to discover captivating rosés, sparkling selections, and velvety reds. Four (4) award-winning New York wineries will showcase their selections: Wagner Vineyards, Bully Hill Vineyards, Whitecliff Winery, and Colloca Estate Winery. What wines are perfect for Valentine's Day? What pitch-perfect pairings are best suited to this time of year? Tune in online, meet the winemakers, and find out!
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Welcome to New York State

  • Territory for the curious, the open-minded, and the adventurous, where courage, ingenuity, and diversity define our wine regions.
  • From the vineyard to the glass, our passionate and pioneering people create experiences that surprise, intrigue, and satisfy.
  • The mission of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation is to promote the world-class image of New York grapes and wines from our diverse regions to responsibly benefit farmers, producers and consumers through innovative marketing, research, communication, and advocacy. To realize this, the Foundation provides a wide range of benefits, marketing programs, educational events, cost saving subsidies, and more, to the wine and grape industry as well as our business and consumer supporters.

Panelists & Special Guests

  1. Yancey Stanforth-Migliore – Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, Co-Owner
  2. Alex Jankowski – Wagner Vineyard, Vice President
  3. Will King – Bully Hill Vineyards, Brand Ambassador
  4. Dr. Chris Colloca – Colloca Estate Winery, CEO & Founder

These four wineries are from the Finger Lakes region of northwest New York, which is known for its picturesque grouping of narrow glacial lakes—some of the deepest freshwater lakes in the United States.

The Finger Lakes have become known as one of the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions in North America.

Wine #1

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery – North River Blanc de Blanc


  • Fine bubbles. Fresh brioche balanced by pear notes and a good acidity.
  • 100% Chardonnay. Only 88 cases produced.
  • Méthode Champenoise: stainless steel fermentation, followed by secondary fermentation and “sur lies” ageing in the bottle, with several years of bottle ageing before disgorging.
  • Buy now at Whitecliff’s website.
  • Available discounts: 10% off for a 24-hour period around Feb 7 at Whitelciff’s online store.

Wine #2

2021 Colloca Lake Effect Vineyard® Pinot Noir Reserve


  • Aged over 12 months in French oak Barriques, this wine underwent malolactic fermentation where it remained before bottling.
  • Elegant and luscious wine emerges with aromatics of bright red fruits on the nose, which are met with dark fruits and earthiness on the palate with a long silky finish characteristic of our terroir.
  • The wine is crafted from a small three-acre lock of Burgundian Clones 19, 115, and 667 Pinot Noir grafted on Native American Rootstock from the very first plantings of Colloca Estate’s Lake Effect Vineyard®.
  • Buy Now online at Colloca Wines website.
  • Available discounts: 15% off 3 bottles or more and Free Shipping with 6 bottles or more (no promo code needed).

Wine #3

Wagner Vineyards – 2020 Meritage


  • Meritage, a combination of the words merit and heritage (pronounced to rhyme with “heritage” rather than “garage”), is a name used by members of the Meritage Alliance meaning an American-made blend of Bordeaux varietals.
  • At Wagner Vineyards, we only bottle Meritage in exceptional vintages. This fruit-forward, oak-aged red features rich flavors, depth, and balance.
  • Full of ripe berry and black cherry with soft tannins and hints of dark chocolate all in beautiful harmony!.
  • Buy Now online at Wagner Vineyards website.
  • Available discounts: Save $15 off shipping when you purchase at least 12 bottles of 2022 Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc (91 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Best Buy).

Wine #4

Bully Hill – Sweet Walter Rosé 


  • A delightfully sweet and smooth wine made from a unique blend of Native American grape varietals.
  • Buy at the Bully Hill website.
  • Available discounts: $25 flat rate shipping when purchasing a full case of wine (mix and match the wines!) ($45 to select West Coast states). Use promo code LOVE.
  • Sweet Walter Rosé, Cherry, and Strawberry are on sale at the Bully Hill website for $7.99 from Feb 5-12.

Tasting Host, Sam Kimball

  • Sam (on the left) is a WSET-trained sommelier and co-founder of Crush Wine Experiences (formerly New York Wine Events) (est. 2006), the NY area’s #1 food & wine experience company.
  • He has traveled throughout New York frequently on excursions to some of the state’s leading wineries
  • He knows the wines, the terroir, and the history of New York winemaking.
  • As the owner of a wine retail store, he also brings added insights to the virtual tasting experience