Wine and Geology


Experience wine of the Finger Lakes region from the comfort of your home. Join Damiani Wine Cellars and the Paleontological Research Institution for a virtual wine tasting and geological lesson presented by Glenn Allen and Dr. Warren Allmon.

This wine tasting event will take place on November 12, from 5–6 pm. Attendees will receive two bottles of wine from a Red Kit or White Kit, an informational booklet on the geological history of wine in the Finger Lakes, and a sample of shale. 

Wine making in the Finger Lakes region has a long history, going back to 1829 when Reverend William Bostwick planted vines in his rectory garden in Hammondsport, on Keuka Lake. Learn more about how the geology, topography, and soil of the region allow for more than 100 wineries in the Finger Lakes to thrive. 

With partners Lou Damiani, Phil Davis and Glenn Allen, Damiani Wine Cellars produces wines that “soften the line between feminine sophistication and bold vitality”. Hand planted in1997, Damiani Vineyard is known for their Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. Damiani Wine Cellars has four main vineyard sites, with approximately 40 acres of land under vine, and a new tasting room that hosts an event space as well as their retail outlet.

The Red Kit includes a 2019 MC2 and 2018 Meritage. Included in the White Kit is a 2018 Dry Riesling & 2018 Semi-Dry Riesling. Attendees have the option to ship the kit to their home or pick up at Damiani Wine Cellars located on Seneca Lake. Both kits are available at .

Proceeds from this event will benefit PRI. Orders must be placed 5-7 days prior to the virtual event to ensure for timely arrival. 

About the Paleontological Research Institution

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) pursues and integrates  education and research, and interprets the history and systems of the Earth and its life, to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. PRI and its two public venues  for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, are separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and  interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach.

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