Penn Yan area businesses featured in Wine Enthusiast magazine

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Two Penn Yan Area businesses were featured in the March 2011 edition of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In an article entitled “Finger Lakes for Foodies: Exploring the true farm-to-table community” by Anna Lee C. Iijima, the Penn Yan Mercantile and Ravines Wine Cellar’s Ravinous Kitchen were featured because of their commitment to using local produce and meats.

“With the exception of coffee and sugar, every product at the Penn Yan Mercantile, a general store specializing in organic and natural products, is produced within 100 miles of Penn Yan Village, located north of Keuka Lake.

Owners Elizabeth and Daniel Hoover — who both grew up on dairy farms, raising cattle and organic produce — opened the Mercantile last May.”

“This April, Lisa Hallgren and her brother, Chef Abel Gonzalez, of Ravines Wine Cellars, will open Ravinous Kitchen, a tasting room cafe serving an array of homemade, locally sourced quiches, sandwiches and small plate items. ´

Their menu, organized according to wine pairings, is designed to highlight winemaker Morten Hallgren’s elegantly dry, Old World-style wines.”

Also mentioned in the portion on Ravines was the hickory-smoked bacon from Shirk’s Meats, a Mennonite farm on John Green Road in Dundee .