April 28 – May 1, 2024

Application period is now open through February 22, 2024!


The FLWA’s signature event returns for four days in 2024! Join select trade and media in a unique, hands on intensive and intimate experience all about Finger Lakes Riesling. Campers are hosted in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, April 28 – May 1, 2024.

The robust four-day program includes:

  • Speed dating meet-and-greet for wineries and campers
  • Palate-setting blind tasting
  • Dinner with owners/winemakers from participating wineries
  • Hands on blending trial
  • Personal and intimate visits alongside themed tastings with participating wineries

Through a competitive application process, 24 candidates will be selected to participate in the camp experience for 2024. For those who are interested, we ask that you fill out a brief application to tell us more about you and your interest in Finger Lakes wine.

Please note that all participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the Finger Lakes, but that hotel accommodations and meals are covered as a part of program participation. If you have any questions about the application or program, please reach out to info@fingerlakeswinealliance.com.

NEW IN 2024! Riesling Camp Travel Scholarships: The FLWA prioritizes the empowerment of underrepresented communities in the wine industry. We believe that fostering inclusivity and increased access to industry resources, and advancing the presence of diversity and inclusion in our workforce, will enhance and further a more sustainable and equitable future in Finger Lakes wine.

This year, we are offering travel scholarships in service of this mission.

If you are an established wine pro or are actively seeking employment or education in the wine industry and meet the eligibility requirements for our scholarship, we’d love for you to apply! The opportunity to apply is a part of the final section of the application.

Application period is open February 8-22, 2024; selected candidates will be notified via email by mid-March.

Follow the action on social media @flxwinealliance, #flxwine, #flxrieslingcamp!

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Riesling Camp Archives – Previous Year Schedules

Participating Wineries:

Buttonwood Grove Winery
Boundary Breaks Vineyard
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
Fox Run Vineyards
Glenora Wine Cellars
Goose Watch Winery
Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard
Heron Hill Winery
Hillick & Hobbs Estate
Idol Ridge Winery
Keuka Lake Vineyards
Lakewood Vineyards
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Living Roots Wine & Co
Red Newt Cellars
Sheldrake Point Winery
Silver Thread Vineyard
Six Eighty Cellars
Thirsty Owl Wine Company
Wagner Vineyards
Weis Vineyards

Riesling Campers:

Arindam Basu, PhD; Sales at Total Wine & More, and WSET Educator at Philly Wine LLC, Philadelphia, PA
Stephanie Bazer; Buyer at Pompette Wine Shop and Musette Wine Bar and Restaurant, New York, NY
Constance Chamberlain; Founder and Principal of Wine & Co. LLC, CT
Jerry Chandler; General Manager & Wine Buyer at Bohemian Wine Bar, Wine Buyer at Exchange at 36th, and Writer, Charlotte, NC
Xingyu Chen; Founder and Creator of WineMemoir, New York, NY
Adrienne Cooper; East Coast Wine & Specialty Spirits Buyer, 67 Wine & Spirits, New York, NY
Christopher Costales; Corporate Wine Buyer & Food & Beverage Director Pauma Valley Country Club, and Writer, Temecula, CA
Julie Dalton; Wine Director & Chef Sommelier at Stella’s Wine Bar at The Post Oak Hotel, Houston, TX
Sarah Daniels; Wine Buyer, Artisan Wine Shop, Beacon, NY; Content Creator, Back Room Wines, Napa, CA; Freelance Wine Writer, based in Poughquag, NY
Abby Dunbar; Pastry Chef and Sommelier at The Krebs 1899 in Skaneateles, New York
Carlos Escudero; General Manager Le Grand Triage, New York, NY
Rafa Garcia Febles; Beverage Director and Assistant General Manager of Hav & Mar, New York, NY
Julie Gray; General Manager, Field & Main Restaurant, Marshall, VA
Scott Hoffman; Sommelier at Union Square Cafe, New York, NY
Emily Machado; Assistant Wine Manager at CoolVines Powerhouse, Jersey City, NJ
Katie McCarty; Manager & Sommelier at Maxwell Park, Washington, DC
Katie McKenna-Heveron; Owner & GM of Symposium Wine Bar, Lancaster, NY
Nicole Muscari; Founder & Content Creator/Media Wine Chic, Writer, Consultant, Forest Hills, NY
Dana Nyam; General Manager/Wine buyer at Lyon Hall, Arlington, VA
Meaghan Odum; Influencer & Sommelier, Oxford, MS
Megan Painter; Product Education Division Chief at PCLB, Springdale, PA
Jade Palmer; Wine Educator Oenophile Institute, Retail Associate at 3 Parks Wine Shop, East Point, GA
Pamela Vachon; Freelance Writer, and Educator at Murray’s Cheese, New York, NY
Kendeigh Worden; Sommelier and Wine Educator, Founder of The Grape Grind, Westerville, OH
Mary Zink; Wine Category Merchant at Wegman’s Food Markets, Rochester, NY

Participating Wineries:
Anthony Road Wine Company
Boundary Breaks Vineyard
Bully Hill Vineyards
Buttonwood Grove Winery
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
Fox Run Vineyards
Glenora Wine Cellars
Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard
Heron Hill Winery
Hosmer Winery
Lakewood Vineyards
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Living Roots Wine & Co
Red Newt Cellars
Sheldrake Point Winery
Silver Thread Vineyard
Six Eighty Cellars
Trestle 31
Wagner Vineyards
Weis Vineyards

Riesling Campers:
Brittney Abell; Wine Director at Grape Collective, Clifton, NJ
Louis Chico; Sommelier/ Server at STK in Disney Springs, Orlando, FL
Brian Combs; Beverage Director at The Lake House, Canandaigua, NY
Milja Cvorovic; General Manager at Best Bottles, Bronx, NY
Kim Cybulski; Director of NYS Wine Operations at Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, NY
Sophie Deverell; General Manager and Beverage Director at The Farm on Adderley, Brooklyn, NY
James Fairbrother; Cellar Manager at Ardesia Wine Bar, New York, NY
Alexa Ferra; Writer and Podcast Co-Host at Alexa’s Wine Diary and Pouring Over Pages Podcast, Miami, FL
Melissa Graeff; Assistant Sales Manager at Banville Wine Merchants, Alexandria, VA
Tim Hardiman; Owner and Executive Chef at The Tailor and the Cook, Utica, NY
Emily Henry; Server at Paul Brady Wine, Beacon, NY
Andrew House; Sommelier at Casa Tua, Aspen, CO
Shakera Jones; Podcaster, Host, Writer, and Wine Educator at SommTV, New York, NY
Dimitrios Karagiannis; Sommelier at Nerai, New York, NY
Kari Macknight Dearborn; Founder of Drink Better Wines + Spirits, Whitby, Ontario Canada
Zac Manning; General Manager and Corporate Trainer at black & blue Steak and Crab, Rochester, NY
Michael Markarian; Sommelier and Beverage Director at H2 Collective, Washington DC
Margot Mazur; Sommelier, Vinegrower, and Wine Writer at The Fizz, Portland, ME
Cha McCoy; Sommelier, Public Speaker, and Founder of Cha Squared Experiences, Syracuse, NY
John Olsen; Owner at The Wine Project, Georgetown, KY
Travis Padilla; Sommelier at Terroir Tribeca, New York, NY
Daniel Reisch; Senior Wine Associate at Premier Wine and Spirits, Buffalo, NY
Marc Supsic; Wine and Spirits Professional at Wine Living LLC, Glenside, PA
Amy Waller; Sommelier and Group Sales Manager at France 44 Wine and Spirits, Minneapolis, MN

Participating Wineries:
Anthony Road Wine Company
Buttonwood Grove Winery
Boundary Breaks Vineyard
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
Fox Run Vineyards
Glenora Wine Cellars
Lakewood Vineyards
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Red Newt Cellars
Sheldrake Point Winery
Silver Thread Vineyard
Wagner Vineyards
Weis Vineyards

Virtual Riesling Campers:
David Alpher; Sommelier at The Eastern, Washington DC
Brian Butterfield; Bar Director at Kindred Fare, Geneva NY
Keith Beavers; Tastings Director of VinePair
Ildy Beregszszi & Philip Chorba; Owner/General Manager & Beverage Director/Sommelier at Yes Chef Wine Bar, Astoria, NY
Swati Bose & Kabir Amir; Owners of Flight Wine Bar, Washington DC
Julia Coney; Freelance Wine Journalist & Manager at Wardman Wines, Washington DC
Elizabeth Dames; Sommelier/Dining Room Manager at Capital City Club & Owner at Wine Entwined Consulting, Atlanta, GA
Vanessa Da Salva; Sommelier, Randolph, NJ
Gabriela Davogusto; Wine Director at Clay Restaurant, New York, NY
Fred Dex; Self at Fred Dex, MS Consulting & Partner in Master and Shaker, Brooklyn, NY
Lu Diodovich; Self employed/ virtual wine tastings/ wine sales representative, Los Angeles, CA
Pete Freer; Owner of Vine & Barrel, Camillus, NY
James Gray; Director of Facilities/ Bar Purchasing Manager at Bill Grays, Fairport, NY
Wanda Mann; East Coast Editor, The SOMM Journal & Founder, Wine With Wanda.com, New York, NY
Marc Mousky; Sales Associate at Astor Wines & Spirits, New York, NY
Mary Pino; Owner of The Gilded Grape Wine & Spirits, Brooklyn, NY
Tonya Pitts; Sommelier/Wine Director at One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
Tomohio Sato; Buyer/Sommelier at Kaoru Restaurant, New York, NY
Elisabeth Schneider; Founder & Chief Normal Wine Person at Wine for Normal People, Raleigh, NC
John Sporing; Founder & Owner of A Life Well Drunk, Reston, VA
Matt Strassman; General Manager at Parkway Wine & Liquor, Rochester, NY
Bob Trimble; Founder & CEO at La Lumiere Selections, West Chester, PA
Jason Wilson; Freelance Writer & Creator of Everyday Drinking podcast, Haddonfield, NJ
Chin Young; Wine Buyer at Paulie Gees, New York, NY

This camp transitioned from in-person to virtual due to COVID-19

2020 Campers:

  1. Travis Prott – Wine Director, Tuscarora Mill Restaurant, Leesburg VA
  2. Noel Dunham – Wine Manager/Buyer, Purdy’s Wine & Liquor, Saratoga Springs NY
  3. Danielle Otero – Restaurant Experience Manager, Walt Disney Co., Celebration FL
  4. Paul Victor – Sommelier/Wine Buyer, O’Bryan’s Wine & Spirits, Cincinnati OH
  5. Max Gottesfield – Retail Wine Specialist, PLCB, Philadelphia PA
  6. Nancy Waldeck– Healthy Chef/Owner, Taste and Savor, Inc., Atlanta GA
  7. Andrew Kline – Sales Manager, Premium Wine & Spirits, Buffalo NY
  8. Kristy Wenz – Wine Writer, Bloomingdale IL
  9. Susan Ellis – GM/Buyer, Uncorked, Brooklyn NY
  10. Peter Nelson – Wine Director, Puritan & Co., Cambridge MA
  11. Micaela Tuttle – Wine & Hospitality Consultant, Nashville TN
  12. Erin McElhinney – Dining Room Mgr., Inns of Aurora, Aurora NY
  13. Robin Wright – Sommelier, NoMad, New York NY
  14. Katherine Able – Wine Assoc./Dir. of Education, Premier Wine & Spirits, Amherst NY
  15. Christopher Coker – Sommelier, Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons, Washington DC
  16. Amy Mitchell – Sommelier, Indian Accent, Jersey City NJ
  17. Eliot Rich – General Manager, Agava Restaurant, Ithaca NY
  18. Sara Lehman – Owner/Sommelier, SommInTheCity, New York NY
  19. Sabrina Schatz – Sommelier at Bobby Flay Steak, MGM Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa,
    Atlantic City NJ
  20. Lisa Jordan – Assistant General Manager, Marseille Restaurant, New York NY
  21. Erik Segelbaum – Wine Educator & Founder, SOMLYAY LLC, Washington DC
  22. Noel Dunham – Wine Manager/Buyer, Purdy’s, Saratoga Springs NY
  23. Lenn Thompson – Writer/Podcaster (The Cork Report), Long Island NY
  24. Jordan Lynn Traylor – Sommelier, City Winery, Atlanta GA
  25. Melissa McAvoy – Owner, Swirlery Wine Bar, Orlando FL
  26. Monique Soltani – Reporter & Host, WineOH TV, San Francisco CA
  27. Kevin Bratt – Concept Wine Director, Joe’s Seafood, Chicago IL
  28. Amy Zavatto – Journalist (cocktail/wine/food), New York NY
  29. Scott Zoccollilo – Wine Director, Del Frisco’s, Philadelphia PA