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The view from Keuka Spring Vineyard's patio.

Go raibh míle maith ag
(a thousand thanks to) the Wiltberger family, Judy, Len, Mark & Jeanne, for the wonderful hospitality they showed me last weekend during the book signing at their winery, Keuka Springs Vineyards.
     It was a soft day, in the rainy Irish sense, so the numbers of visitors were lower than expected but I was delighted that my books were purchased and heading off to new locations.
     If you ever go to Keuka Lake for winery tours, you must put Keuka Spring on your agenda. The team running the tastings are fun and laid back, yet knowledgeable. The Wiltbergers have a superb gift shop where you can buy locavore cheeses and other treats as well as their wines, delightful accessories and logo clothing.
     When you go, be sure to pack a picnic lunch so you can sit out on the deck to savor the glorious view, sunshine and cool breezes rushing down the vineyards as you sip one of their great wines.

P.S. Keuka Spring is celebrating its 25th year! On Aug. 15 they are having a 25th Anniversary Celebration complete with a pig roast, games on the lawn and live music. Make your reservation by Aug. 9 to attend. Tickets are $20.

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     I’ll be at Keuka Spring Vineyards this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. signing A Sudden Gift of Fate. Come enjoy the gorgeous scenery that inspired my novel, and taste some VERY fine wines (for free!) at Keuka Spring.
    The event was mentioned in yesterday’s Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

     Many people have been asking if you can visit Keuka Spring Vineyards for my book signing if you don’t have a ticket for the Keuka Lake Wine Trail barbecue at the wineries event. The answer is “Yes,” owner Judy Wiltberger said with a smile.
     I stopped by Keuka Spring last weekend to drop off signed copies of my novel and discuss the logistics of the June 26 event with Judy. Of course I returned there a couple of days later for my first tasting of the season. (Did you know Keuka Spring’s tastings are free? Not many wineries do that anymore.) I bought a few bottles including a heavenly Vignoles Dessert Wine.

     As of tomorrow, A Sudden Gift of Fate will be available for purchase at Keuka Spring Vineyards. I’m delighted that they will be carrying the book, after all Judy & Len Wiltberger’s winery provided much inspiration for this novel.
     I hope to add more wineries, soon.

Tasting Room/Gift Shop of Keuka Spring Vineyards.

I’m delighted to announce that Keuka Spring Vineyards will carry “A Sudden Gift of Fate” starting Memorial Day Weekend.
     I will also be there signing copies of the novel from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. The signing will be part of the day’s Keuka Lake Wine Trail Event, Barbecue at the Wineries. According to their web site:

…Each winery features its own barbecue dish with a special sauce, marinade or rub, all made in New York State. We’ll throw open our windows, decks and porches for you to savor the warmth and beauty of the area and to discover a myriad of possibilities for barbecue and wine. $25 per person in advance.
     It has been a delight to watch Keuka Spring’s wines evolve since they opened. They have a wonderful selection (of both whites and reds) that appeals to all palates. (If you come to the event, and enjoy dry red wine, try the Miller’s Cove or Lemberger. Clara’s Red is a sweeter, delightful “house red” wine, perfect for patio sipping in the summer.)

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"This endearing foursome, that so many readers of the first book fell in love with, face new challenges with Irish wit and a generally upbeat outlook on life. They're a group of friends that anyone would want to hang out with."
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Irish couple Fergal and Brídgeen Griffin get an intriguing wedding gift: the chance to manage a Finger Lakes winery. When they move to Keuka Lake from Queens, see the rundown winery and meet its surly winemaker, they realize it will be quite a challenge getting from grapevine to bottle.
Meanwhile their friends Maeve and Andy face a challenge of their own, separation as he pursues experimental therapy for his paraplegia.
As the two couples face the challenges ahead, will they be able to keep hope alive?

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