I love this time of year blue skies, warm sunshine, the ever changing beautiful leaves and the wineries will be hopping!!
During the first couple of weeks in October harvest will still keep everyone busy in the vineyards and as one wine colleague said "Does anyone know a sun dance" we need it.
We enjoyed meeting our Wine Maker for a Week winner Don who jumped in at each winery whenever they needed him. He's an amazing man who learned allot through out the week and everyone who met him agreed he is such a "Nice Guy".
The holidays are just around the corner so make sure to get your Holiday Shopping Spree tickets early since we have a limited amount per weekend.
See you along the trail!
|NEW Online Store!
Visit our NEW! Online Store for a collection of Cayuga Lake Wine Trail merchandise for your buying pleasure Glasses,
T-shirts and much more.
|CLWT Helps in Time of Need
Due to the terrible devastation that has taken place early last month in the Binghamton and Owego areas the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail sympathizes for their southern tier customers and fellow businesses. We feel as an organization it is important to make a donation to the American Red Cross /Flood Relief in their behalf.
Every year since 1998, we have sponsored at Taughannock Falls State Park, a series of summer concerts on Saturday nights. We have taken the amount procured from this past year's concert of $2,300.00 and contributed to this most worthy cause. The people of Binghamton represent one of our largest markets and we wanted to help them in appreciation for all their support to our wineries.
|Synopsis of a Wine Maker|
The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail with Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance and Greek Peak Resort ran a contest through the summer titled "Winemaker for a Week". Each entrant either had to submit a video or written submission on why they thought they would make an excellent candidate on how to be a winemaker. Our winner was unanimously chosen by all three entities, Don Schafler from Alpine, NY near Mecklenburg.
He is a veterinarian at the Cornell Vet School and his wife of 30 years, Judy Appleton is an immunologist also at Cornell. They live on a 104 acre farm where they used to raise cattle, sheep and horses and are presently raising field crops. Recently though they have speculated the thought of raising animals again and have started to raise chickens. He loves a big garden, enjoys living in Upstate NY and entertains the idea that someday he will make good wine.
Part of the package included a one week stay at the Greek Peak Resort in Cortland, the harvest experience at three wineries, a wine tour package plus visits to Corning Museum of Glass and Museum of the Earth to round out the week. His first experience took place at the Cork and Fork event in Seneca Falls where he helped with a wine and food pairing demo with new wine owner Shannon Brock from Silver Thread Winery. On Sunday at Lucas's German Fest he helped judge the best German Potato Salad contest and stomped grapes with yours truly. The idea behind the varied package was to give the person a full spectrum on what it means to be a wine maker in the Finger Lakes.
The first winery he went to visit was Long Point Winery located on the east side of Cayuga Lake. Here he emptied out one year aged wine from wine barrels, to a tank and then washed out the barrels for reuse. The wine from the tank will go back into the barrel for more oak aging to bring out the berry characteristics says Gary Barletta, owner of Long Point Winery. Don commented as he climbed the tank to see how full it was "The wine smells so good".
It was a beautiful picturesque day as Don and Dan, vineyard manager of Long Point strolled through the vineyards to see if the Chardonnay was ready to pick. Here Dan explained how they go through each row and pick berries randomly to get an accurate brix (sugar) reading. After the grapes were picked they were crushed for their juice and were checked with a hydrometer to see if the juice was sweet enough, thus determining if the grapes were ready to be harvested.
At Knapp Winery, recently pressed Cayuga White juice needed the necessary yeast added to start the fertilization process with Don gladly stepping into help. At lunch time he savored an incredible wine and food pairing lunch full of robust flavors prepared by Chef John McNabb. Don started out with a roasted acorn butternut squash paired with a glass of Knapp Seyval, next he enjoyed a lamb burger paired with their Sangiovese and finally he was presented with a digestive, their Ruby Port. Don says this week has so far been astounding, comparing it to attending a Noble prize ceremony, working at the San Diego Zoo and riding in a Lear Jet which he's all done.
At King Ferry Winery on Friday, Don was lucky enough to take part in his first harvest. In the morning he and a whole crew hand-picked Chardonnay, back breaking work but very rewarding. In the afternoon he enjoyed a specialty lunch with Pete and Tacie Saltonstall the owners and he finished up the day by getting the barrels ready for a pinot noir vintage by preparing and soaking the barrels. All in all the week for Don was stellar.
|Holiday Shopping Spree|
Experience the Warmth of the Holidays while sampling fine wines and special holiday treats.
VISIT ALL 16 WINERIES and start at any of the four Starting Point Wineries listed below. More Fun! Less bumper to bumper traffic.Take Home:
- 1 Souvenir wineglass per person
- 1 Grapevine wreath
- Unique ornaments from each winery
- Shopper's Card: $5.00 off a $35.00 wine purcahse at each winery
- Holiday recipes.
Visit King Ferry, Long Point, Montezuma or Six Mile Creek wineries only on Friday afternoon to start out your weekend right.
On either Saturday you can start at 9:00am at King Ferry or Long Point wineries only.
Special Holiday Packages are available that include accommodations in Auburn, Ithaca, Seneca Falls and Waterloo, tickets to our event and transportation. Click here for all details.
Friday, 1 - 5 PM
Event takes place at these wineries:
Six Mile Creek
Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM
Event takes place at all 16 Wineries.
Tickets can also be purchased at any area Wegmans.
Designated Driver tickets available.
October 1 Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, Experience the Harvest Crush. Harvest is in full swing! Join us for exciting demonstrations of harvesting equipment. Watch grapes being pressed into juice and enjoy a fresh sample. www.cayugaridgewinery.com
October 8 & 9 King Ferry Winery/Treleaven, Harvest Festival.
Celebrate the essence of October with music, food, and fine wine tasting! www.treleavenwines.com
October 15 Knapp Vineyards, Finger Lakes Harvest Wine Dinner.
It is time for our bounty of Finger Lakes ingredients to be put to bed. Our vineyards are being harvested and the fruits of our labor will be at the table. Roasted pumpkin bisque, wild mushrooms, locally grown tomatoes and delicious fruits is just a peek of what this dinner has in store. Executive chef, John McNabb prepares yet another scrumptious menu paired with elegant Knapp wines and wines from our friends at Zigibe Vineyards and sister winery Glenora Wine Cellars. Call us for reservations at 800-869-9271.
October 22 Goose Watch Winery, Chestnut Festival
Enjoy chestnuts harvested right at Goose Watch. Sample fresh chestnut delicacies, homemade ice cream and more while listening to LIVE music.(12pm-5pm). www.goosewatch.com
October 23 Buttonwood Grove Winery, Annual Harvest Festival
Live music, piping hot chili dishes, hayrides through the "spooky" vineyards, wine specials, Halloween treats, pick your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch. Fun for the entire family! (12-5pm) www.buttonwoodgrove.com
October 29 , September 30 Bellwether Hard Cider, Halloween Cider for Grownups. Let our "Witches Brew" and other Halloween treats cast a spell on you! www.cidery.com
October 29 Americana Vineyards, 9th Annual Halloween Spooktacular. After hours Halloween party. Fee. www.americanavineyards.com
October 30 Knapp Vineyards, Hallo-wine Spooktacular Celebration. Knapp Winery invites all to come in costume. Best costume judges by the end of the day gets great Knapp gifts! Party is all day from 11 AM - 5 PM. Best place to stop before the costume parties begin! www.knappwine.com