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Cayuga Lake Wine Trail                       June 2011
 
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Win a $25.00

Gas Card

 

Humanitarian Efforts

 

TugBoat Wines

 

Americana/30years

 

June Events

 
Quick Links
 

 

The heat has finally arrived here in Finger Lakes Wine Country along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and I love it especially with a refreshing glass of Riesling a perfect thirst quencher.

A few wineries host weddings at their establishments for the perfect wedding romantic and exceptional, a winery is ideal.

This is the year for anniversaries with Swedish Hill celebrating their 25th last month, Lucas celebrating their 30 years for their creation of the Tug Boat wine series and Americana celebrating 30 years in existence on July 2. Let's toast all three. 

This month we're highlighting our Summer Gas card promotion and King Ferry Winery for their outstanding humanitarian efforts helping NYC children.   

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Win A $25.00 Gas Card to Visit along the

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

 

Fill out our simple and quick survey to be eligible for a $25.00 gas/gift card to use along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. One lucky person per household every Friday from June 10 to August 26 will be randomly picked. 

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King Ferry Winery Donates Compost to
"Learn to Grow NYC"

 

 

"Grow to Learn NYC" is a city-wide school garden initiative sponsored by the city council of New York and the Greenmarket system.  King Ferry Winery began selling their wines on weekends at several GreenmarketKing Ferry Tacie locations throughout the city during 2010.  One neighborhood market, Inwood, located in the northeast corner of Manhattan, just across the East River from the Bronx, became owner Pete Saltonstall's steady gig during the summer of 2010.  "The folks who attended this market were so happy to have us there!   They were simply so welcoming that they made me look forward to my time there each week.  When I heard about the school gardens initiative, I knew just what I could do to thank them for their hospitality and support of the winery. I could bring them some really great dirt!" 

 

Thom Bechtold, the vineyard manager at King Ferry Winery, has been composting the seeds, stems, and skins that are left after the grapes have been pressed, and an impressive mound of rich, black earth has been accumulating at the edge of the vineyard.  Horse manure and bedding from winery owner Tacie Saltonstall's horses is mixed with the pulpy residue (called "pomace") and aged over a year before it is used in the fields.  "I try to turn the pile monthly," reports Thom.  "When it's ready, we use it to top-dress plants, or it goes in the hole when we plant new vines, or to amend deficient soils in place of chemical fertilizers.  It also increases the organic matter in our soil, which improves soil structure.  Chemical fertilizers do nothing for the soil health."There's a little piece of the bucolic King Ferry landscape that has been transplanted to the Bronx, where it will soon be sprouting carrots and squash, and teaching city kids the many benefits of having a garden.   

 

So, with an eye on the weather scanning for rain clouds, Pete fired up his tractor on a warm April afternoon, and loaded up his pick-up truck with a ton KIng Ferry Peteor so of the "black gold" to be delivered to PS 226 in the Bronx, near our Inwood market.  The load-in was done with assistance from John Deere, but the load-out was strictly man-powered, with Pete and his son Lev unloading the truck shovelful by shovelful.  The winery's Facebook page documents this dirty drama.  The pile of earthy beauty was then moved by wheelbarrow into raised beds by parents and students during a planned work day at the school the following weekend.  School Guidance Counselor Maria Gomez reports that, "When it was time for the compost to be incorporated into the original soil, we explained to the children what was in it and where it came from, and the horse manure made a hit!"  Vegetables planted this spring will be cared for by volunteers over the summer.  When school begins again in the fall, the school should have an impressive crop to harvest and enjoy. 

 

"Learn to Grow NYC" promotes school gardens as a way to connect children to the natural world, to teach them the value and joy in hard work,King Ferry Lev to raise their test scores and spirits, and to inspire them for the rest of their life.  Ms. Gomez calls the garden a "labor of love", and says, "We have no words to express the great success of the day, and we have you to thank for the experience...driving all that distance to bring us the compost."  For more information on the program, visit www.growtolearn.org

 

 

Tug Boat 30th Birthday Bash in The Finger Lakes

 

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On Sunday, June 12th from 1:00 - 5:00, Lucas Vineyards willLucas tugboat be hosting a 30th Birthday Bash for their acclaimed TUG BOAT WINES.  High energy, live music and entertainment will be performed by ATLAS, the band formerly known as The Atlas Linen Co.  A BBQ with steamed clams and locally made wine ice cream will add to the nautical themed party.    

The event will be held rain or shine under the tents and parking is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.   No coolers permitted. 

 

Cover charge: $8 per person or $5 per Lucas Captain's Table Member.

 

 

Americana Vineyards Celebrates their 30th Anniversary with a Big Birthday Bash!

 

In 1981 a first class stamp was $.15, Ronald Regan was inaugurated, the government debt was still in the billions, and an Ithaca college professor and a nursery school teacher opened Americana Vineyards for tastings andAmer. Logo sales.  The Treble family started off with 4 types of wines, including their best seller Crystal Lake.  They did all of the bottling by hand and in the first year they produced 600 gallons of wine.  30 years later Americana Vineyards produces over 30,000 gallons of wine and they are definitely not doing it by hand.  To this day Crystal Lake remains the best seller and Americana continues to produce other original wines such as November Harvest and Indian Summer.  Steve Southworth

 Come join us on Saturday July 2nd for a day of great food, music, and fun to celebrate our 30th Anniversary.  We will be hosting an outdoor party with gourmet barbeque from the Crystal Lake Café, an outdoor bar, ice cream from the Cayuga Lake Creamery, games, and special giveaways.  Enjoy live music from Purple Valley, Radio London, and Steve Southworth and the Rockabilly Rays with a special fireworks presentation.  Admission is free and the festivities start at noon so this July 4th weekend bring your family and friends to our house and celebrate with us Americana Style.           

 

June Events

 

 

June 2    Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Sunset Music Series

Musician: Blue Skies. Join us for our summer sunset Music Series. Free live music!  Enjoy wines by the glass/bottle, house made sangria, local cheeses and other snacks.  Rain or Shine. www.sixmilecreek.com

 

 

June 3 Americana Vineyards, Friday Night Concert Series

Musician: John Dean. 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

 

 

June 4    Montezuma Winery, Olde-Tyme Rhubarb Festival & Classic Car Show
Step back in time and join us as we celebrate the rhubarb harvest season with rhubarb pies, rhubarb chili and other rhubarb treats, a BBQ, live music and wine! Antique & Classic cars of days gone by on display. Fee for food and wine.
 
www.montezumawinery.com  

 

 

June 5 Americana Vineyards, Sunday Night Concert Series Musician: The Ventilators.  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

 

 

June 9    Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Sunset Music Series Bands: Diana Leigh Jazz Du. Join us for our summer sunset Music Series. Free live music! Enjoy wines by the glass/bottle, house made sangria, local cheeses and other snacks.  Rain or Shine. www.sixmilecreek.com

 

 

June 10 Americana Vineyards, Friday Night Concert Series Musician: Pete Panek. 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

 

 

June 10 Cayuga Ridge Estates Winery, An Evening with the Copper Oven, Farmshed and Fink Farms

Copper OvenA great idea that has sprung from the minds of Mary Jane Challen Kercher and her husband Seth owners of the Copper Oven is their progressive dinners from the wine cellar to the vineyard. They will host numerous wine & food pairing locavore dinners the first one starting in June. Dinner hours:6:30-10:00pm. For more info check www.slowfoodonthego.com

www.cayugaridgewinery.com

 

 

 

 

June 11  Thirsty Owl Wine Company  "Tunes on the Terrace"
 
Enjoy Live Music  by Tucando.  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. www.thirstyowl.com 

 

 

June 12 Lucas Vineyard   1:00pm - 5:00pm Happy Birthday Tug Boat!Tog boat logo

Join us in celebrating our most popular wine's 30th Birthday with live music by ATLAS (formerly known as The Atlas Linen Co.to check them out), BBQ with steamed clams and great wine!  This event is open to the public.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Rain or Shine.  No coolers permitted. Cover Charge $8 per person or $15 per couple.  Captain's Table Members Special Cover Charge $5 per member. www.lucasvineyards.com

 

 

 

June 12 Americana Vineyards, Sunday Night Concert Series

Musician: Zydeco Trailriders.  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

 

 

 

June 16    Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Sunset Music Series            

Band: Cielle Join us for our summer sunset Music Series. Free live music! Enjoy wines by the glass/bottle, house made sangria, local cheeses and other snacks.  Rain or Shine. www.sixmilecreek.com

 

 

 

June 17--September 2    Montezuma Winery, Farmer's Market Fridays
 
Grown local, Buy Local! Purchase locally grown and produced New York State products. www.montezumawinery.com

 

 

 

 

 

June 17 Americana Vineyards, Friday Night Concert Series   

Musician: Down & Out. 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

 

June 18 Thirsty Owl Wine Company   "Tunes on the Terrac
Enjoy Live Music  by Al Liberio.  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. www.thirstyowl.com

 

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 June 18 Swedish Hill Vineyard, Scandinavian Festival
Be Swedish for a Day! Enjoy Scandinavian food(fee for food), music and unique arts & craft exhibitors while dancing around our Maypole! Many wine specials as well.  Noon to 5pm. www.swedishhill.com

 

 

 

 

June 18    Buttonwood Grove Winery, Wine, Food & Music Festival
 
Live band, barbecue with sides take-out, wine specials, ice cream & fun for the afternoon (12-5pm). www.buttonwoodgrove.com 

 

 

 

 

June 18    Knapp Vineyards, The Silk Road Wine Dinner
 
The Silk Roads from China are long remembered as ancient routes to the modern world. Embarking from east to the west to trade their spices, animals and other commodities, nothing was as astonishing to the westerners as the silk from China. Though the routes varied, the journeys included pathways through the Middle East and Europe. At Knapp we plan to replicate the journey with dishes and spices from China, Korea, India, the Middle East and Europe. Don't miss this exciting wine dinner adventure on the Silk Road at Knapp. Special wine selections from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars will be paired with this five-course dinner. Please call and make your reservations 800-869-9271. www.knappwine.com  

 

 

 

June 19    Knapp Vineyards, Father's Day Brunch

 

Knapp's Father's Day Brunch Buffet is the perfect gathering place for your entire family. Mom doesn't have to cook and dad doesn't have to man the barbecue. The buffet includes a grand brunch menu in the Knapp tradition. This feast includes a barbecue pulled pork or chicken, 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. Reserve a table for your family at 800-869-9271. www.knappwine.com

 

 

June 19 Montezuma winery  8th Annual Wildflower & Wine.

 

Bring Dad out this Father's Day and enjoy learning about wildflowers, grasslands, and the creatures of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex that need them.  Montezuma Winery and the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge will partner for this family, fun-filled event.  Event activities will be held at Montezuma Winery from 11AM - 4 PM (free admission).  Activities include scheduled bus tours of the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife displays, interactive kids' activities, petting zoo, chainsaw carving, art & craft vendors plus live music. Refreshments include a mouth-watering chicken BBQ, kettle corn, home-made ice cream by the Cayuga Lake Creamery and of course wine!  Fee for food and wine by the glass.  Don't forget to sample our award winning wines and be the first to taste our limited edition wine bottled especially for this event.  A portion of the sales of the wine will be donated to the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to continue conservation projects. www.montezumawinery.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 19 Sheldrake Point Vineyard & Simply Red Lakeside Bistro, Father's Day BBQ 

Father's Day BBQ in the garden, Chef Sam at the grill.  A bottle of Sheldrake Point estate wine makes a nice gift for Dad.  Reservations needed. www.sheldrakepoint.com

 

 

 

June 19 Americana Vineyards, Sunday 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. 4:00-6:00pm www.americanavineyards.com

 

 

 

June 23 Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Sunset Music Series

 

Band: Gary & Leeann Reynolds Join us for our summer sunset Music Series. Free live music! Enjoy wines by the glass/bottle, house made sangria, local cheeses and other snacks.  Rain or Shine. www.sixmilecreek.com

 

 

 

June 24  Americana Vineyards, Friday Night Concert Series

 

Musician: Go Gone. 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

 

 

 

June 25 Thirsty Owl Wine Company"Tunes on the Terrace"
Enjoy Live Music  by John Dean.  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. www.thirstyowl.com 

 

June 25 & 26    Cobblestone Farm Winery, 7th Annual Cherry Festival

 

Pick sweet and sour cherries from 5 1/2 acres  Savor award winning wines, a finger licking  BBQ, tasty wraps, scrumptious ice cream, Cobblestone Cherryincluding a cherry ice cream and a merlot sorbet (made from Cobblestone Farm's Merlot), and  delicious fresh-baked goods.
Discover the unique merchandise of arts and crafts vendors, offering such treasures as jewelry, hand painted glassware,  unique wood carvings, wind chimes, shabby chic, dip mixes and no-bake cheesecakes, primitive antiques, and blue decorated stoneware.  
Play carnival games, such as bean bag toss, cherry pit spitting, face painting, tattoos, pick-a-duck, and milk bottle toss, with a prize for every child (or adult). 
Experience an old-time hay ride around the property accompanied by fun filled facts and trivia about the Farm, Cayuga Lake and the area. Free admission. Rain or shine.
www.cobblestonefarmwinery.com

June 25  Knapp Vineyards, Delicious Outdoor BBQ to benefit Breast Cancer
 

Join Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant for a delicious, outdoorPink Ribbon barbecue to benefit breast cancer research! Knapp Winery is proud to support this cause and we welcome you to come and enjoy a great Smokey BBQ paired with great Knapp Wines for a worthy cause. Please call for more information at 800-869-9271.

www.knappwine.com

 

 

 

 

 

June 26 Americana Vineyards, Sunday Night Concert Series

Musician: The Cool Club.  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

 

 

 

June 30 Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Sunset Music Series

Band: Tony Famiglietti Join us for our summer sunset Music Series. Free live music! Enjoy wines by the glass/bottle, house made sangria, local cheeses and other snacks.  Rain or Shine. www.sixmilecreek.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for the Year

See you Along the Trail!

 

Cathy Millspaugh

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

800-684-5217