Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Newsletter
In This Issue
Finger Lakes Wine Country Ticket Giveaway
Holiday Shopping Spree
Riesling Awards
November Winery Events
Finger Lakes Wine Country Ticket Giveaway
Click here to have a chance to win tickets to our Holiday Shopping Spree event.
Holiday Tickets


Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here with Christmas right around the corner, how time flies. Our Annual Holiday Shopping Spree event is within the next few weeks and we still have tickets available and our complete accommodation packages. New this year each winery has created their own unique ornament, a surprise at every winery. Check out below  for a great deal available through Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Wishing everyone a Happy Turkey Day.

Cayuga Cathy

Cathy Millspaugh

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

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 Holiday Shopping Spree 

 Create those special Holiday memories by joining us at our 17th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree, on November 19 through the 21 and on December 3 through the 5. Receive a souvenir wine glass, grapevine wreath, a unique winery ornament at each of the sixteen wineries, wine and food pairings plus holiday recipes from each winery. Additionally we are offering to our ticket holders our event weekend shopper's card to help you purchase all those special holiday gifts.

Start your event weekend plans early by visiting Montezuma, Long Point, King Ferry and Six Mile Creek wineries on the Friday of the event. On Saturday mornings at 9:00am visit King Ferry and Long Point Wineries for their Early Bird Breakfast Treat Specials and then travel along the trail to visit the rest of the wineries. Other specialty recipes that you'll be able to savor include Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Chowder at Knapp Winery, Gingerbread Cookies at Montezuma Winery and Pasta Fagioli Soup at Swedish Hill Vineyard.

Another great added feature to our events is our Special Event Packages which include a one or two night stay, transportation to the wineries on Saturday only and tickets to the event. Accommodation packages range from $250.00 to $615.00 for either a one or two night stay from these great hotels and inns-- Ramada Inn, Homewood Suites and LaTourelle Inn in Ithaca; Microtel Inn, Holiday Inn, and Hotel Clarence in Seneca Falls or Waterloo; Inn at the Finger Lakes and the Holiday Inn in Auburn. Check out the package page located on our home page at cayugawinetrail.com.

Xmas treeParticipants are eligible to win one of our Three Grand Prizes: a one night stay at the Hilton Inn in Ithaca, a one night stay at Cobtree Vacation Rental Homes or a Season Pass to all of our events for 2011 compliments of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

This event sells out quickly, so reserve your tickets today! Advance tickets: Single ticket $35.00, a Couple ticket $50.00 plus handling fee and sales tax. Designated Driver tickets: Single ticket $30.00, Couple Ticket $45.00 plus handling fee and sales tax. At the door: Single ticket, $40.00, Couple ticket, $55.00 plus sales tax.

For information and tickets, call: 800-684-5217, log onto Holiday Shopping Spree Tickets or purchase at any Wegmans Store.

 Sheldrake Point Vineyard Wins Riesling Awards

Ice WineOn October 15, Sheldrake Point Winery won the award for "Best Sweet Riesling Wine in the World" for their 2008 Late Harvest Riesling.  The wine also won the distinction of the perpetual American Ambassador's trophy for Best U.S. Wine in the Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2010 (CIRC).

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This is the winery's second Canberra trophy.  The 2004 Riesling Ice Wine was awarded the "Best North American Riesling" in the 2005 competition.


Show organizers stated that 500 wines were entered in the 2010 competition and that the CIRC is the largest competition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The wines were judged by a panel of Australian and International exporters.


The Sheldrake Point win is recognition of the increasing excellence of U.S. wines on the world stage and not just from large companies, but also from relatively small wineries such as Sheldrake Point. In addition, the Sheldrake Point win points to the high quality and excellence of U.S. wines produced throughout the country, not just from regions that Australians are typically familiar with. With 44 U.S. winery entrants to the competition, the U.S. was the largest country participating in the event outside of Australia. Exports of U.S. wine are likely to reach record levels in 2010 at $1.0 billion.


Founder principal and partner, Bob Madill, exclaimed "This is wonderful news for us specifically and terrific recognition of the Finger Lakes on the world stage for all Finger Lakes Wineries to celebrate.  The Finger Lakes is moving ahead and we can be very pleased and proud of our contributions."






November Winery Events


November 5    Sheldrake Point Vineyard & Simply Red Lakeside Bistro, Harvest Winemaker's Dinner
Celebrate the region's bounty with an exquisite seasonal menu by Executive Chef Samantha Izzo, paired with superb estate wines. Winemaker, Dave Breeden; Winegrower, Bob Madill. $75/person inclusive. Reservations 866-743-5372
Tour 5:00PM, Dinner 5:30PM.



November 6    Swedish Hill Vineyard, Sparkling Wine & Dessert Festival
Champagnes and dessert wines will be featured with complimentary desserts. Start your holiday shopping! Noon - 5PM


November 6 & 7    Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, Wine, Warmth & Comfort Weekend
Get cozy with us! Enjoy hearth-baked comfort food(fee), knitting demonstrations and sip hot mulled wine. Learn how to build a warm fire. Vendors and recipes will be on hand.


November 6    Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Annual Barrel Tasting Polka Party
Come enjoy tank and barrel tastings, unique foods and a live Polka band helps us "Roll out the Barrel" for you to enjoy tank and barrel tastings.


November 7    Long Point Winery, Six Course Wine Dinner
A spectacular sit down dinner paired with Long Point wines at each course. Two seatings 1:00pm and 4:30pm Dinner by Fabio's.



November 7    Americana Vineyards, Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Performance by Blue Skies live from 4-6pm.


November 7    Hosmer Winery, Bon Vivant Celebration
Enjoy fine wines in good company, paired with tasty gourmet treats. Fee includes a keepsake.




November 13    Knapp Vineyards, 3rd Annual Nouveau Celebration
Join us for a just released wine from the barrel. Every year our winemaker picks out a wine he would love to serve from the barrel. It is a great treat for wine aficionados. Knapp Vineyard Restaurant also pairs some great tantalizing appetizers with this experience and live music fills the air. A fun celebration not to miss. Join us.. Call for more information 800.869.9271


November 14    Americana Vineyards, Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Performance by Cool Club of Hector live from 4-6pm.


November 20    Knapp Vineyards, Holiday Dinner -Our Way
With Frank Sinatra in the background, our chef John McNabb, creates a spectacular holiday wine dinner that you will not find anywhere else in the Finger Lakes. It's turkey with a twist, its stuffing with a twist, its cranberry sauce with a -you guessed it, a twist. This dinner is scrumptious and delicious and is the perfect to way to begin your holiday marathon celebrations. Call us for reservations 800.869.9271


November 21    Americana Vineyards, Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Performance by Fun Zone live from 4-6pm.


November 28    Americana Vineyards, Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Performance by Purple Valley live from 4-6pm.