Christopher Bates, a master sommelier and chef/owner of the FLX Table restaurant in New York’s Finger Lakes region, offers an easy way to prepare food for guests to share right after they arrive. Video by Jamie Germano Jamie Germano and Tracy Schuhmacher Read the full article &gt…(Read More)

FLX Wienery and FLX Table, Geneva, New York Why He Won This Master Sommelier is a Finger Lakes change agent: focusing on Syrah and Cabernet Franc instead of the usual white varieties at his Element Winery; operating a fancy hot dog stand (FLX Wienery) with an inappropriately excellent wine list; and launching a new 12…(Read More)

Christopher Bates has taken a circular route home opening Element Winery in the Finger Lakes with his father Bob in 2005. Originally from the Finger Lakes region he worked in the hospitality industry for fifteen years after graduating the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. His stints include General Manager & Executive Chef of Hotel Fauch…(Read More)

It was already a dinner experience unlike any other. Warmth radiated from the open kitchen. A farmhouse table under a canopy of hanging box-planters of cascading herbs held a runway of wines. Smokiness wafted from bone broth being poured into ceramic saucers. From artistically rural décor to tempting aromas drifting out of the…(Read More)