Wine & Beer Dinners

Surrounded by rolling farmland where heritage farms cultivate wine grapes, grow organic vegetables, produce artisanal cheeses, and raise grass-fed beef, we are lucky to live in the center of a thriving farm-to-table culture. Our annual wine & beer dinner series — crafted to showcase the incredible work of our region’s winemakers, brewmasters, and farmers — has become our culinary signature. For each of these special dinners, Executive Chef Patrick Higgins (recently honored by the James Beard Foundation) creates a five-course menu, designing each unique dish to showcase and enhance the featured wine or beer pairing. During dinner, both Chef Patrick and our featured guest act as your culinary guide, revealing the story behind each sip and every bite.

Please call us at 315.364.8888 to place your reservation. These dinners make excellent gifts for friends and family who already have everything they need, and we’d be happy to put together a special gift presentation for you! With advance notice, we can accommodate almost all dietary requests and needs. Each dinner is hosted in the elegant Lakeside Room of the Aurora Inn.


Red Newt Cellars and KJR Signature Wines Dinner

With a perfect blend of the traditional and the offbeat, Red Newt Cellars and KJR Signature Wines produce quintessential Finger Lakes wines. Founding winemaker David Whiting has been attentively cultivating Riesling since the early 80s. Kelby James Russell has added his own fresh sensibility to the art and science of winemaking. Red Newt wines earn high marks in Wine Spectator, and in 2011, Red Newt was one of two Finger Lakes wineries to be ranked on Wine & Spirits’ prestigious list of top 100 wineries of the world. Join us as we taste a range of wines, perfectly paired with food that will inspire and excite the palate.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018 — pre-dinner reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; dinner is at 7:00 p.m.

$85 per adult, including tax & gratuity; please call us at 315.364.8888 for reservations

Young Lion Brewing Beer Lunch

A newcomer to the Finger Lakes brewery scene, Young Lion is woman-owned and based on the northern tip of Canandaigua Lake. With both large-and-small scale brewing experience, head brewer Phil Platz is largely responsible for Young Lion’s quickly developed reputation for thoughtfully-produced, high-quality beer. Join us for this special and sure-to-be-fun three-course lunch.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018 — pre-lunch reception begins at 1:00 p.m.

$40 per adult, plus tax & service charge; please call us at 315.364.8888 for reservations

Höpler Wine Dinner

Nestled in the Leithaberg Hills on the shores of Lake Neusiedl, the vineyards of Höpler give rise to exquisite traditional Austrian whites and reds —from Grüner Veltliner to Blaufränkisch — while celebrating the classic Burgundy varietals of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay. Join us for an evening with the ever approachable and passionate Christophe and Louise Höpler — traveling to Aurora from Austria for this special five-course dinner — as they lead us to sip by glorious sip through their story of winemaking.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 — pre-dinner reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; dinner is at 7:00 p.m.

$85 per adult, including tax & gratuity; please call us at 315.364.8888 for reservations

Please note that we take a full deposit at the time of reservation for wine dinners. Due to the intimate nature of these dinners, cancellations affect us greatly: we are unable to refund cancellations made within 48 hours of the dinner.