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Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Newsletter

February 2011

Mardi Gras
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Join us this year for a
 New Orleans style Mardi Gras with Beignets, Jamblaya and a King's Cake. BEADS, BEADS, and more BEADS
plus our first Scavenger Hunt.
 
March 5 & 6 

 

$25.00 PP

 

 
Greetings! 

 

Romance is in the air as you visit the wineries the first two weekends of this month along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Take your special someone to taste lusciuos red wines, special desserts and of course chocolate. There'll be concerts, a Valentine's Brunch and a Fabulous Dinner. Check out the details in our February Events page below.


This month we're highlighting Long Point Winery located on the east side of Cayuga Lake in Aurora where you can find one of their newest wines Rubitage.

 

In March we're hosting two events our popular Mardi Gras event and a New event "Say Cheese" where we're partnering with the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.


Hope to see you at both.

 

 

 

Cayuga Cathy

 


Long Point Winery

 

A quiet January has given Gary Barletta, winemaker at Long Point Winery, time to pamper his 2010 vintage wines. Their estate grown Riesling will again be introduced as a Dry and Semi-Dry just in time for the warmer months ahead.  The staff and customers are anxiously awaiting the release of their estate grown Pinot Grigio that was hand nurtured once again by Dan Stevens.  

 

In 2010 Gary tried his hand at producing a blend  consisting ofred wine red varietals in unique combinations, 55 %Merlot, 27%Cabernet Sauvignon, 9%Cabernet Franc and 9%Syrah.    Rubitage, as it is called has proven to be a huge success with their red wine lovers, with its nuance flavors of dark berry fruit, black berry currants and a hint of eucalyptus. This wine pairs nicely with prime rib.

 

Another wine released and almost sold out of, is their 2008 Barbera. (Not to worry the next vintage is aging nicely)  This wine, reasonably priced and  soft on the palate is  extremely popular with Italian Wine lovers.  For those individuals looking for that dryer Port, Long Point Winery has a fortified Zinfandel called Amazin.  Say no more, the name says it all

The tasting room is stocked, and the view from the tasting room gets more beautiful each day.  

The Barlettas hope to see you soon.

 www.longpointwinery.com

Mardi Gras

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March 5 & 6

Saturday & Sunday  10:00AM-5:00PM

 

Feel the Luck of the Irish at this year's Mardi Gras event.  You'll receive Mardi Gras Beads, a chance to pick the lucky coin plus participate in a scavenger hunt.

 

At all of our events, you receive a wine glass, wine and food pairings and recipe cards. This year new to our event is our Scavenger Hunt.

 

Take part and play in our first Scavenger Hunt to win ourwhite wine bottles version of a Pot of Gold, 1 case of Gold Medal Winning Wines.

 

Surely you'll be dancing a jig if you're one of the lucky participants to win one of our Grand Prizes from Barrister's Bed and Breakfast in Seneca Falls, Country Inn & Suites in Ithaca or Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn.

 

Advance tickets: $25.00 per person plus handling fee and sales tax.  Designated Driver tickets: $20.00 per person plus handling fee and sales tax. At the door: $30.00 plus sales tax.

 

How it works: Visit the 16 winery members along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, read the clues and either figure out the answers or find the objects at the winery. See how many answers you can get right. Let the Hunt begin!

 

We have quite a selection of Mardi Gras packages this year from hotels in Ithaca, Seneca Falls and Auburn ranging from $230.00 to $375.00 for a one night stay and $310.00 to $600.00 for a two night. Think of it all the fun and none of the worry in driving around. Check out our Wine Trail Packages button on our site www.cayugawinetrail.com  

 

 

"Say Cheese"

 

March 26 & 27 10:00am -5:00pm

 

Savor the spectacular tastes of artisan cheese and fine wines along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Receive a wineglass lanyard at your Cheesefirst starting point winery and travel along the trail for an experience of wine and food pairings.

 

We're hosting a special "Say Cheese" contest so make sure to take all your favorite photo shots over the weekend and enter them via facebook or email. The winner who takes the best wine & cheese photo at the event will win a Specialty Gift Basket from our local cheeseries and wineries.

 

Advance tickets: $15.00 per person plus handling fee and sales tax. Designated Driver tickets: $10.00 per person plus handling fee and sales tax. At the door $20.00 plus sales tax.

www.cayugawinetrail.com

 

February Events

 

February 4    Americana Vineyards, Friday Evening Concert
Performance by: Down and Out. Friday: 6-8 PMAmer concert
Stop by and enjoy some wine available by the glass or bottle and food from the café while you sit back and listen to some of our local and touring musicians.
www.americanavineyards.com

 

February 5    Swedish Hill Vineyard, Sweetheart of a Red Wine Sale
Surprise your special Valentine with some of our delicious Reds! Samples of our award-winning wines will be available for tasting along with some luscious desserts. Numerous red wine discounts. Stock up and save! (12pm-5pm).
www.swedishhill.com

 

February 5    Goose Watch Winery, Be Mine with Red Wine
Surprise your special Valentine with some of our delicious Reds! Samples of our award-winning wines will be available for tasting along with some luscious desserts. Numerous red wine discounts. Stock up and save! (12pm-5pm
www.goosewatch.com

 

February 5    Montezuma Winery, Walking in a Winter Wineryland
Join Montezuma Winery and the Montezuma Audubon Center for this family event. Activities include a guided nature walk through a portion of the Refuge, bird watching and tracking animals, a winemaker's luncheon and a wine pairing and a live birds of prey presentation (snowshoe rental available or bring your own). Roast homemade marshmallows over an open fire and make your own smores for dessert. Reservations required. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Montezuma Audubon Center www.montezumawinery.com

 

February 6    Americana Vineyards, Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Performance by: The Ventilators
Sunday: 4-6 PM
Stop by and enjoy some wine available by the glass or bottle and food from the café while you sit back and listen to some of our local and touring musicians.
www.americanavineyards.com

 

February 11    Americana Vineyards, Friday Evening Concert Series
Performance by: Marc Berger
Friday: 6-8 PM
Stop by and enjoy some wine available by the glass or bottle and food from the café while you sit back and listen to some of our local and touring musicians.
www.americanavineyards.com

 

February 12    Knapp Vineyards, Dinner with your Valentine
No other celebration brings out as many grand gestures of romance as St. Valentine's Day. Roses, chocolates, cards, are simple gestures of a typical Valentine Celebration. Why be typical? Bring your Valentine to Knapp Vineyard Restaurant where you can enjoy a relaxing comfortable dinner especially made for two with fantastic Knapp wine while our executive chef plays Cupid with his love for inspired food. Call 800-869-9271 for reservations.
www.knappwine.com

 

February 12    Buttonwood Grove Winery, Chocolate, Cheese & Red Wine
Buttonwood red wines specials, wine & cheese pairings with delicious local cheeses & special gourmet chocolate treats, live guitar & easy listening music. (12-5pm)
www.buttonwoodgrove.com

 

February 12 & 13    Americana Vineyards, Chocolate, Wine & Roses Valentine's Weekend
Sample decadent chocolate paired with our delicious wines. Rose for your sweetheart with wine purchase. Saturday & Sunday concerts.
Valentines Brunch @ the Crystal Lake Café from 11p.m.-3p.m. Call for reservations.
www.americanavineyards.com

 

February 12 & 13    Cobblestone Farm Winery, Sweet Sensation Weekend
The sweetest sweets for your sweetheart. www.cobblestonefarmwinery.com

 

February 13    Americana Vineyards, Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Performance by: Blue Skies
Sunday 4-6 PM
Stop by and enjoy some wine available by the glass or bottle and food from the café while you sit back and listen to some of our local and touring musicians.
www.americanavineyards.com

 

February 18    Americana Vineyards, Friday Evening Concert Series
Performance by: Dee Specker
Friday: 6-8 PM
Stop by and enjoy some wine available by the glass or bottle and food from the café while you sit back and listen to some of our local and touring musicians.
www.americanavineyards.com

 

February 19    Knapp Vineyards, Taste of Tuscany
Inspired by the flavors of Italy, our chef will take your palate through a mouth-watering journey of Tuscan villages and the port city of Naples. Olive oils, nutmeg, garlic, basil, anchovies are a sampling of the typical Italian ingredients weaved through the dishes in this five-course meal. Olives, Bolognese sauces, homemade ravioli are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes to expect. Cheese and wine play a major role in this cuisine, and wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars will be in abundance. We invite you on our delicious journey to Italy. Call 800-869-9271 for reservations.
www.knappwine.com

 

February 20    Americana Vineyards, Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Performance by: Dave Reducha
Sunday: 4-6 PM
Stop by and enjoy some wine available by the glass or bottle and food from the café while you sit back and listen to some of our local and touring musicians.
www.americanavineyards.com

 

February 25    Americana Vineyards, Friday Evening Concert Series
Performance by: Cool Club of Hector
Friday: 6-8 PM
Stop by and enjoy some wine available by the glass or bottle and food from the café while you sit back and listen to some of our local and touring musicians.
www.americanavineyards.com

 

February 26    Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Winter Wine Speak at the Creek
Wine Education
for either the novice or the professional wine drinker. Salute!
www.sixmilecreek.com

 

February 27    Americana Vineyards, Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Performance by: Purple Valley. Sunday: 4-6 PM
Stop by and enjoy some wine available by the glass or bottle and food from the café while you sit back and listen to some of our local and touring musicians.
www.americanavineyards.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the first organized and longest running wine trail in the Unites States, comprised of 16 members including 15 wineries, a cidery, a meadery and four distilleries. These wineries have won over 5,000 national and international medals and six "Governor's Cups", with winery members being titled "Winery of the Year" three years in a row. 
 
Sincerely,

Cathy Millspaugh
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

www.cayugawinetrail.com