|Visitors in the tasting room.|
The faciity, which opened November 6, 2010, at 237 South Cayuga Street, set itself the task of helping promote local wine tourism. While continuing that mission, it is changing its hours, increasing the number of board members but, unfortunately, reducing the size of its staff.
The facility has had 12,000 visitors for its tastings and educational programs, as well as to use its event space.
According to a statement from the board, interim help is being provided by board members and their respective organizations and board members are recruiting volunteers to assist with events. Hirings will be considered in 2012.
The 3,000-square-foot center now is open at noon Wednesdays through Sundays, and closes at 9 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 p.m. Sundays. It had been open Tuesdays through Sundays until 7 p.m.
Its wine bar remains open on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., with live music from 6 to 8. Other information about the Ithaca facility is available online. Phone: (607) 882-9633.
By the way, don't confuse this Finger Lakes Wine Center with an identically-named facility at the Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens in Canandaigua. Such is life in New York's wine world.