Special Wine Feature - FLX Winemakers Bare it all for a Great Cause

FLX Winemakers Calendar Cover

"Finger Lakes Winemakers Release Pin-Up Calendar to Benefit the Restaurant Industry and Expand Food Access".

Corks Out and Bottoms Up in FLXposure 2021 Calendar #givingTuesday

I'm sure many of you in the local wine biz here in the FLX are aware of this awesome cause as shared in "Edible Finger Lakes" and "New York Wine & Grape Foundation" , but if you haven't, here is a quick rundown of what it's all about along with the spectacular images from the photo shoot. Some of the participants in these fun images are represented on this group page. Great work done by Alana and Cary capturing and styling these images. Adult images contained in this post - you have been informed ...Feel free to add to the collection. Proud to be a member of the FLX wine community and call some of these cool winemakers my friend...Cheers, Michael

The FLXposure 2021 Calendar, featuring top Finger Lakes winemakers in pin-up style images, is available for purchase. The monthly wall calendar exposes 15 different winemakers from 12 different wineries. Accompanying each racy photo in the calendar is a wine pairing for a selected wine from the winery, determined and written by noted beverage professionals from around the country. All proceeds from the FLXposure 2021 Calendar will be donated to support New York food banks, restaurants and restaurant workers, coordinated through the Debra Whiting Foundation.

“With the pandemic taking a toll on the restaurant industry, a few Finger Lakes winemakers started brainstorming ideas of how we could lend a hand,” explained Kelby James Russell, winemaker at Red Newt Cellars and project ringleader. “Restaurants have done so much for the Finger Lakes wine community by championing our wines. One thing led to another, and we realized that our goofy idea for a pin-up calendar could truly do some good during this time.”

The array of suggestive photos in the FLXposure 2021 Calendar displays Finger Lakes wine production and vineyards in a new light. Photo themes include reimaginations of an iconic scene from the movie Flashdance, an Edward Weston’s iconic photo titled ‘Nude’ and a Dionysus-style Greek nymph. All images were captured by photographer Alana Ahouse, who also works in vineyard management, with stylist Cary M Becraft. James Haswell of Stomping Grounds provided layout and design expertise for the calendar.

The FLXposure 2021 Calendar is available for purchase on www.flxposure.org for $25 and a signed copy by each of the winemakers is available for $40. ***Hurry while they last*** A special gift voucher is available for $300 that includes the signed FLXposure 2021 Calendar as well as a mixed case of wine with one bottle each of the twelve wineries’ featured selection. For $2,500, a 12 person curated dinner at Yono’s in Albany is on offer, featuring all 12 wines from the calendar and a signed calendar for each guest (one available).

The FLXposure 2021 Calendar features both male and female winemakers ranging in age from 27 to 50 +. Participating winemakers include Peter Becraft from Anthony Road Wine Company, Meaghan Frank from Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, Peter Bell from Fox Run Vineyards, Alexandra Bond from Hector Wine Company, Oskar Bynke and Fred Merwarth from Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Julia Hoyle from Hosmer Winery, Liz Leidenfrost from Leidenfrost Vineyards, Kelby Russell (mastermind) and Meagz Goodwin from Red Newt Cellars, Nancy Irelan from Red Tail Ridge Winery, David Breeden from Sheldrake Point Winery (too risque for our eyes), Kim Marconi and Paige Vinson from Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, and Matt Denci from Treleaven Wines.