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Cayuga Lake Wine Trail                       April 2011
 
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Riesling Promotions
Wine & Herb Fest
April Events
white wine 
  
Awards
 Numerous wineries have won spectacular awards this year. Congratulations to Hosmer Winery for taking Four Gold awards at the Finger Lakes Wine Competition and Thirsty Owl for taking 4 Gold awards at the Grand Harvest Awards.
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 Oh Happy Spring!!

 

April Showers may bring May Flowers but here on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail we are showered with herb and veggie plants at our Wine & Herb Fest and great Riesling Promotions.
Visit us during the months of April and May and try our award winning Rieslings that you'll find throughout the wineries along the trail.
  
See you soon!
Cayuga Cathy  

Riesling Promotions

 

Riesling month

All through the months of April and May the

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail wineries offer great 

deals on their Rieslings, the "Signature Wine"

of the Finger Lakes.Thirty great Rieslings to visit the

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

 

WWine & Herb Fest 

April 29-May 1

May 6-8 

Spring is in the air and it's wonderful splendors are upon us as you join us for our 19th Annual Wine & Herb Festival. Our event runs three days, April 29th through May 1st or May 6th through May 8th, Mother's Day. What a great way to honour Mom if she's an avid gardener. Hours are Friday 1:00pm till 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am till 6:00pm. Guests receive a souvenir wine glass, a plant carrier and sixteen herb or veggie plants especially grown by Dickman Farms of Auburn.

Start this event early on either Friday at these participating wineries, Montezuma, King Ferry, Long Point and Six Mile Creek and don't forget on each Saturday of the event at 9:00am visit the east side wineries, Long Point and King Ferry. To encourage our Wine & Herb folks to return to our fall events the Wine and Herb committee has designed our Grow and Show contests where we've placed emphasis on your culinary flair. Enter your best recipe according to the contest and see if your recipe will place within next year's Wine & Herb winery recipes. A few contests to choose from is Best Herb Bread at Montezuma's Harvest Hoedown on September 17th and Best Tasting Salsa at Knapp Winery at their Fall Fiesta on September 24th.

At this event each wine is paired with an herb or veggie delicacy, complimenting the plant that the winery is giving away. Charlie and Donna Claes remark "We've been Season Pass holders since 2000 so I guess that really makes us "regulars! This will be the eleventh year that we take advantage of Wine and Herb to get our garden started. And I think we still have some of the original herbs!"

Here is a list of our select herbs and veggies: Big Bertha Pepper, Boxwood Basil, CajunW Belle (hot pepper), Cherokee Purple Tomato, Cilantro, Fern Leaf Dill, Napa Grape Tomato, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Tarragon, Thai Basil, Thyme, White Lavender, Yellow Sweet Onion. This year Swedish Hill is serving their Taco Soup, their veggie is Cajun Belle Peppers . At Long Point Winery Italian Minestrone Soup is on the menu for they have oregano. Goose Watch Winery will be serving Garlic Pasta with Grape Tomatoes. "Can you guess what their handing out?"

Imagine being picked up in a luxury bus, touring the wineries along the wine trail and enjoying fine wines and delectable treats as you receive all your favorite herb and veggie plants. Join us for our worry free complete packages. Each package includes accommodations for either one or two night stays, transportation for 8 hours and tickets to our Wine & Herb event.

Make sure to turn in your filled out ticket at the last winery you plan to visit. Participants are eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes from: Experience! The Finger Lakes in Ithaca, Kidders Landing Restaurrant along Cayuga Lake in Interlaken and LaTourelle Resort & Spa in Ithaca.

Advance Sale Tickets: Single Ticket $35.00, Couple Ticket $50.00 plus handling fee and sales tax. Ticket sales are limited. To Order your Wine & Herb Tickets click here for April or May.

April Events

 

 

April 8   Americana Vineyards, Friday Night Concert Series Amer concertMusician: Marc Berger. 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. 6:00-8:00pm www.americanavineyards.com

 

 

April 9    Goose Watch Winery, New Vintage Days
A wonderful day to sample all of our new releases! Come and see what's new! www.goosewatch.com

 

 

April 9    Swedish Hill Vineyard, New Vintage Days
A spectacular day to sample all of our new releases!
 
www.swedishhill.com 

 

  

April 9    Hosmer Winery, Spring Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker
 
Come in try some wines from the barrel or tank from the 2010 harvest and then try some of the current vintages. Chat with ourBarrels Wine Maker Aaron Roisen. Each wine will be paired with a light food. Regular tasting fees apply.
 
www.hosmerwinery.com

 

 

April 9    Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, Spring Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker. Joint endeavor with Hosmer Winery. Meet the winemaker, Tom Challen and taste wines straight from the barrel while enjoying traditional appetizers while you visit.  www.cayugaridgewinery.com

 

 

April 10   Americana Vineyards, Sunday Night Concert Series Musician: Dave Raducha . 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. 4:00-6:00pm www.americanavineyards.com

 

 

April 14    King Ferry Winery/Treleaven, April Barrel Dinner Wonderful food by Leslie Muhlhahn Catering of Ithaca paired with our best wines, served here at the winery in our transformed barrel room. Enjoy a talk about the wines by our winemaker. Call the winery at 800-439-5271 or 315-364-5100 for price and menu; reservations required by April 1. www.treleavenwines.com

 

 

April 15   Americana Vineyards, Friday Night Concert Series Musician: Cool Club of Hector . 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. 6:00-8:00pm www.americanavineyards.com

 

 

April 16    Knapp Vineyards, Jazz Appreciation Month Wine Dinner
Do not expect music to be the main course. Music inspired foods from songs like-I Left My Heart in San Francisco featuring sourdough bread or Cry Me a River might include a salmon dish and Georgia on My Mind will dictate a peachy entrée. Whatever the song, the inspiration will be a delicious food and sound experience. Enjoy this dinner with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. Call 800-869-9271 for reservations.
 
www.knappwine.com

 

 

April 16    Sheldrake Point Vineyard & Simply Red Lakeside Bistro, Wine Club Barrel Tasting. This popular, annual event takes place in our winemaking building. It is an intimate affair featuring tastings of our 2010 vintages in progress, taken right from the tank and barrel. Your guides will be wine grower/partner Bob Madill and wine maker David Breeden. The experience includes sampling small foods with the wines to gain a better appreciation of the affinity of food and wine. Foods by Simply Red Bistro will be specially prepared to compliment the wines. $15 per Wine Club member. Place your reservations by March 31st.  There will be 3 seating times: 11 AM, 1:30 PM, or 3:30 PM. www.sheldrakepoint.com

 

April 16  Sheldrake Point Vineyard, Spring Winemaker's Dinner at Simply RedBistro. Join our winemaker, vineyard manager and winegrower at the table as they share the story behind the wines served with Chef Samantha's culinary and seasonal inspirations. Each course will be served with the wine that inspired the Chef's selection. To view the menu, click here.  $75 per person (includes tax). 5:30pm - 8pm. Begin with optional tour; followed by welcome reception and dinner. Club Members receive 10% discount. Reserve by April 7th by calling
(607) 532-9401 ext 103.
www.sheldrakepoint.com

 

April 16   Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Spirits of Spring.

Enjoy samples of refreshing spring cocktails created with specialty distilled Spirits by Battistella. Sample & purchase products from local producers including Ithaca Beer Co., Snow Farm Creamery, Lucienne's Fine Foods, Rootwork Herbals, and Cayuga Pure Organics. Special discounts, take-home recipes, and live music. 
 
www.sixmilecreek.com

 

April 17   Americana Vineyards, Sunday Night Concert Series Musician: Marc Berger . 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. 4:00-6:00pm www.americanavineyards.com 

 

April 22   Americana Vineyards, Friday Night Concert Series Musician: Purple Valley . 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. 6:00-8:00pm www.americanavineyards.com

 

 

April 24    Knapp Vineyards, Easter Brunch
Knapp's Easter Brunch Buffet is a great Cayuga Lake tradition. The buffet includes a grand brunch menu which includes a carved roast turkey breast with gravy & cranberry fig chutney, French toast with wild berry cream cheese filling, bacon, sausage, Eggs Benedict, pastas, seasonal vegetables and topped with fresh fruit and dessert. Buffet hours are from 10:30am-3:30pm. A special Easter Egg Hunt for kids is set for 1pm. Reserve a table for your family at 800-869-9271.
 
www.knappwine.com

 

 

April 24    Sheldrake Point Vineyard & Simply Red Lakeside Bistro, Easter Sunday Brunch. Chef Samantha Izzo's special menu is fit for all ages and all tastes. All breakfast choices include a basket of sweet and savory baked goods.  All eggs and meat are free range from Autumn Harvest Farms in nearby Romulus, Click here to view the menu. Reservations Required. Reserve by calling (607) 532-9401 ext 103.
 
www.sheldrakepoint.com

 

 

April 29   Americana Vineyards, Friday Night Concert Series Musician: The Lone Rangers . 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. 6:00-8:00pm www.americanavineyards.com

 

Upcoming Events for the Year

See you Along the Trail!

 

Cathy Millspaugh

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

800-684-5217