Special Programs
Wine Tasting: Red Tail Ridge Winery
Wine Tasting
Sat, August 17th, 2013 | 5:00 pm

Event Details

Join the New-York Historical Society and Caffè Storico for A Taste of New-York Wines. Throughout the summer we will be hosting a series of Saturday wine tastings featuring vineyards from all over New York State, highlighting their products with discussion of the wine-making process and the history of the vineyards. For more information, please e-mail. winetasting@nyhistory.org.

Vineyard History

Red Tail Ridge is located on 32 acres, ten miles south of Geneva, New York, on the north-western shores of Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes Wine Regon. The winery was founded in 2004 by husband Mike Schnelle (viticulturist) and wife Nancy Irelan (winemaker). The two focus on sustainability in all aspects of vineyard, winery, finances and community, and release small production vinifera wines handcrafted from estate and purchased fruit. Irelan, who was awarded a PhD in vine genetics from UC Davis, left a career as Vice President of Viticulture and Enology R&D at Gallo. Schnelle came from a background in the financial side of the heavy equipment and construction industries and earned an M.B.A. from California State University. Red Tail Ridge’s wine production includes limited-releases of rare red wine grape, part of their Obscure Red Varietal Series. The winery has received several accolades for its dry, semi-dry and semi-sweet Rieslings.


Caffè Storico at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, New York 10024.


Wine Tasting ticket: $22 (members $20). You must be 21 or older to enjoy our tasting program.

Purchasing Tickets By Phone/In Person

To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Advance tickets may also be purchased on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk. Advance purchase is required to guarantee participation. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

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