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Opening day at del Lago Resort and Casino in Waterloo.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

Two Finger Lakes wineries set new single-day records after del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County placed orders for thousands of bottles of wine. 

Del Lago purchased 3,000 bottles — 250 cases — of Lot 99, a red wine, from Thirsty Owl Wine Company in Ovid, Seneca County. The casino also bought 3,000 bottles of wine from Glenora Wine Cellars in Yates County. 

The transactions are the largest single sales for both wineries. Del Lago will present the wine as gifts to its top guests in September, according to a news release. 

Gene Pierce, owner of Glenora Wine Cellars, said the winery was pleased that the record-setting order came from del Lago, a "community-minded partner." 

"Since it opened, del Lago Resort & Casino has been an incredible asset to our region," Pierce said. "Del Lago has truly embraced all that our area has to offer and has encouraged guests to go out and explore our area's wineries, vineyards and local businesses and for that we are very appreciative." 

Glenora and Thirsty Owl have partnered with del Lago for other events at the Tyre resort. Del Lago's Tasting Tuesdays, which are held monthly, features several craft beverage producers from central New York and the Finger Lakes region. Both wineries have offered samples of products at the event. 

While del Lago has its own bars and restaurants, casino officials have reiterated their desire to support businesses and the tourism industry in the region. 

When del Lago developed a new beer to offer exclusively at the casino, they partnered with CB Craft Brewers in Honeoye Falls. The beer is on tap at The Vine, the casino's entertainment venue. 

Jon Cupp, president of Thirsty Owl Wine Company, touted the casino's impact and how it's helped local craft beverage producers. 

"We look forward to the synergies between Finger Lakes wineries and del Lago Resort & Casino as we believe it will drive many more visitors to our region," Cupp said. 

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