The Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail have created a trio of events for the first quarter of the year. The new "Preferred Pairings" events, which are one-day collaborations, will be held Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 30. For the first event, each creamery will give a brief presentation about itself from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Until 5 p.m., participants will have three or four cheese and wine pairings at each of 10 participating wineries. In some cases, one cheese may be paired with different wines; in other cases, several cheeses will be paired with wines. The cost is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door if any tickets are available. Tickets are available now online or by calling (877) 536-2717 for tickets. Starting wineries will be designated.
Tickets also are being sold for the other 2013 Seneca Lake Wine Trail events. "Deck the Halls" is $75 per couple, $65 for couples with a designated driver; $53 for a single ticket or $43 for a single designated driver. The other weekends cost $35, or $25 for designated drivers. Limited weekend packages with lodging and transportation are available on the website.
■ Pasta & Wine Weekend, Jan. 18-20. More than 30 wineries will participate in the event from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19-20. In advance, tickets cost $35, $25 for designated drivers. Advance sales end by 1 p.m. Jan. 17. After that tickets will be available for $5 more at a few designated wineries. Printable recipe books are available from the trail’s 2012 event, its 2011 event and its 2010 event.
■ Chocolate & Wine Weekend, Feb. 8-10.
■ Cruisin’ the Tropics Weekend, March 22-24.
■ Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, April 26-28.
■ Smokin’ Summer Kickoff, June 7-9.
■ Deck the Halls, Nov. 22-24 or Dec. 6-8.
In addition, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is offering a Polar Passport for $12 plus tax. Through March 31, passport holders may visit any of more than 20 participating wineries to receive a free flight of wine. The winery will stamp or mark the passport. The Polar Passport is not intended for large groups, and quantities are limited.