Society of Wine Educators 42nd Annual Conference

SWE is pleased to offer evening events during our 42nd Annual Conference. Please join us each evening to network with fellow wine and spirits enthusiasts, taste the region’s flavors, and experience local dining. 

A Taste of the Finger Lakes & Dinner

waterfront walk around 

Before dinner, join your fellow conference attendees on the picturesque outdoor grounds of the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa for a tasting of local distilleries and wineries. Enjoy the summer evening while sipping some local Finger Lakes flavor. After the tasting, attendees will be invited to a sit-down dinner in the tent. 

This event will be held on Wednesday, August 15th.

The Walk-Around tasting will last from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM. Dinner is sponsored by VQA Wines of Ontario.

A Night Out in Rochester


Tonight, attendees are invited to escape the hotel to experience Rochester on their own. SWE will provide busing between the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa and Rochester's diverse and budding downtown, where attendees will be free to dine at their choice of restaurants and bars in the area.

Please note: Buses will pick up attendees from the Conference Entrance of the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa. Buses will rotate between the hotel and one location in downtown Rochester starting at 6:30 PM. The last bus will depart from the downtown pickup point at 10:15 PM sharp. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation back to the hotel after 10:15 PM. 

This event will begin Thursday, August 16th at 6:30 PM. 

Board of Directors' Gala

BOD gala dinner 

The gala will feature dinner and wines, live entertainment, and the annual raffle. Wines will be provided by the SWE Board of Directors.

Note: While evening attire is encouraged in the spirit of the event, there is not a required dress code for this event.

This event will be held on Friday, August 17th, from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM.