Cayuga Lake Wine Trail                                    April 2012
In This Issue
Say Cheese Photo winners.
Easter Brunches
Wine & Herb Festival
Gone Green
Winemaker for a Week
April Events
What a crazy spring with the temperatures so up and down who knew how to feel. One day summer like and the next winter. Last week was definitely a scare for the winery owners and vineyard managers but there appears to be no bud damage. It's the vines themselves that may have been effected. Think of them as a possible freezing water pipe, when they thaw, watch out for the burst. Everyone is keeping their fingers crossed.

With spring in the air we're happy to say that we are celebrating our 20th annual Wine & Herb Festival. This year we'll be offering our ever popular herbs plus a strawberry plant.

See you on the trail.

Cayuga Cathy  



Say Cheese Winners
Congratulations to our 3 Say Cheese Event Photo Contest Winners: 


1st Place: Most Creative-- Mark OttoSay Cheese 1 12
Specialty Wine & Cheese Basket 

2nd Place: Funniest Krissy-- CostanzoSay Cheese 2 12
A Couple Ticket to our Wine & Herb Event 

3rd Place: Cutest--Bill & Mimi SchaffnerSay Cheese 3 12
A Couple Ticket to our Wine & Herb Event 




Easter Brunches

April 8
Four Seatings 10:30. 12:00, 1:30 and 3:30  

Knapp's Easter Brunch Buffet is a great Cayuga Lake tradition. The buffet includes a grandKnapp Chef John brunch menu which includes succulent carved meats, our signature Stuffed French toast with wild berry cream cheese filling, local bacon & sausage, Eggs Benedict, pastas, seasonal vegetables and Chef John's prepared crepes, fresh fruit and dessert. Buffet hours are from 10:30am-3:00 pm. A special Easter Egg Hunt for kids is set for 1pm. Reserve a table for your family at 800.869.9271.


Buffet Menu:
Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, Fresh Pesto Aioli,
Olive & Pepper Tapenade, Horseradish Aioli
Roast Pork Loin with a Dijon Cream
Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast with Wild Berry Cream Cheese Filling
Applewood Smoked Bacon & Assorted Sausage Selections
Eggs Benedict Florentine
Field Greens Salad Bar
Chef Prepared Omelet Station
Chef Prepared Crepes
 Freshly Baked Rolls and Artisan Breads
Shrimp, Penne, & Spinach in a Lobster Alfredo
Herbed Boursin Cheese Whipped Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables Provencal
Assorted Fruit & Dessert Display
Fresh Biscotti Selections
Only $19.95 per guest + tax and gratuity
Children 10 and under $10.95, Childern 3 and under -FREE Reservations Required Seating Times:     10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm


Join everyone at Americana Vineyards for their Classic Brunch Menu on Sunday April 8 from 11:00am - 3:00pm  Here's a little bit from their delectable menu:

Buttermilk and
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes or   Brioche French Toast with whipped butter and maple syrup.Americana
Poached Eggs
Eggs Benedict
Eggs Florentine,


Shrimp and grits
Cheddar and scallion biscuit with sausage gravy
or even
Potato pancakes.

Here's a link for their full menu.


20th Annual Wine & Herb Fest


Do you love feeling the sunshine on your back, playing in the dirt and the smell of fresh herbs? Then you're not going to want to miss our next event, Wine & Herbour Wine & Herb Festival on Friday,April 27-29 or May 4-6.  We're hosting our 20th annual event and are giving away a specialty packet of wildflower seeds in addition to all those spectacular herbs including something new, a strawberry plant. These herbs as in the past few years are tenderly grown by Dickman Farms of Auburn. If you've never visited their Garden Center please do so, it will take you aback like being in a heavenly oasis of flowery wonder.  


Hours for the event are Friday 1:00pm till 5:00pm, at Montezuma, King Ferry, Long Point and Six Mile Creek wineries only. On each Saturday of the event visit the east side wineries, Long Point and King Ferry, one hour early at 9:00am. Visit all the rest of the wineries on Saturday and Sunday 10:00am till 6:00pm. Guests receive a souvenir wine glass, a plant carrier plus a garden plan and instructions.


At this event each wine is paired with an herb dish complimenting the plant each winery is giving away.Here is a list of our select herbs: Boxwood Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon W&H 1Balm, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Purple Basil, Purple Lavender, Rosemary, Sage, Stevia, a Strawberry Plant, Sweet Basil, Tarragon and Thyme. This year Swedish Hill is serving their Mexican Chicken Soup, their herb is cilantro. At Thirsty Owl Wine Co., Old "Thyme" Macaroni Salad is on the menu for they have thyme. Six Mile Creek Vineyard will be serving their Basil Hummus Recipe. Yes you guessed it their herb is Sweet Basil.


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 plants. Join us for our worry free complete travel 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: Courtyard by Marriott in Ithaca, Experience! The Finger Lakes in Ithaca,Kidders Landing Restaurant along Cayuga Lake in Interlaken and Mirabeau & Spa in Skaneateles and Rogue's Harbor Inn.

 W&H glass & herbs

Advance Sale Tickets: Single Ticket $35.00, Couple Ticket $50.00 plus handling fee and sales tax. Designated Driver tickets are available. Tickets at the door are $5 more. Order your tickets early for we have a limited amount.

For more information or to order tickets call the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail office at 1.800.684.5217, online:  www.cayugawinetrail.com or purchase at any area Wegmans.






Thirsty Owl Wine Co. Has Gone Green

We're reducing our carbon footprint...


Thirsty Owl Wine Company's newly installed solar panels went fully operational on March 21.


We are now able to take advantage of these beautiful early spring days to power both our winery & tasting room, while also feeding energy back into the grid.


TO Solar

Solar panels installed on our Tasting Room, facing south, with the "Thirsty Owl Mobile" parked in the lot.  




More panels. These are installed on "The Barn", facing west. TO Solar 2__TO Solar panel

The Inverter Stations. This is where the "magic happens."


Day One on solar, we produced 270 kw of power...nearly 30% more than we used.


Winemaker for a Week Contest

Step Into the Winemakers Boots so to speak in the Finger Lakes of New York.

Enter to win the unique opportunity to stay nestled among the vines in the wine region of New York's Finger Lakes and experience the unique opportunity to become a Winemaker for a Week sponsored by Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Greek Peak and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. 


Through the 'Winemaker for a Week' program contestants will enter to greek peak logowin a week long stay for two at  Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland, NY. Greek Peak's facility, nestled in the beautiful countryside of Cortland County, will bring you into a luxurious lodge setting with an in house spa, indoor waterpark, and brand new Adventure Center. Greek Peak is a short drive away from the  Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, one of the Finger Lakes premier locations to experience award winning wines. The winner and a guest of their choice will have the opportunity to work with premier winemakers atKF Winemaker Long Point Winery, King Ferry Winery,and Six Mile Creek Vineyard. Our winning winemaker will see and have hands on experience with the full vine to bottle process by picking the grapes, viewing and assisting in crush, lending a hand in the cellar and more! This experience will be the perfect opportunity to have any questions answered pertaining to grapes, the winemaking process, bottling, and everything in between! Don Schafler, last year's winner, pictured to the right is checking to see how full the tank is rising with the wine being siphoned from the barrels. 


Nancy Tisch will show the contestant the sales side of the wine industry. It is here that our winemakers in training will be able to pour and sample tastings at  Bet the Farm Winery and Gourmet Market.  


Here's a glimpse of the week long itinerary. To enter to win, please visit  www.winemakerforaweek.com. 



April Events

Goose Watch Winery

April 7 & 8: 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 7 & 8: SWEDISH HILL WINERY, New Vintage Days  A wonderful day to sample all of our new releases! Come and see what's new! www.swedishhill.com


April 8 AMERICANA VINEYARDS, Easter Brunch @ The Crystal Lake Café  

Choose from any of their delectable Brunch menu items. 11:00am 3:00pm www.americanavineyards.com


April 8: KNAPP WINERY & VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Easter Brunch Buffet  

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 14: HOSMER WINERY, Spring Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker.  

Enjoy tasting wines straight from the barrel and meeting the winemaker.  This is a shared event with Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery. www.hosmerwinery.com    


April 14 : CAYUGA RIDGE ESTATE WINERY, Spring Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker.  Cayuga Ridge

Meet the winemaker, taste wines straight from the barrel, and enjoy tradtitional appetizers while you visit.  This is a shared event with Hosmer. Winery.www.cayugaridgewinery.com


April 14: KING FERRY WINERY, Visit the Vintner  

Learn a little bit more about winemaking. We will have a specially prepared talk and will answer your questions about vinification.  Oh, did we mention there will be wine tasting, too? www.treleavenwines.com


April 20: KING FERRY WINERY, Spring Wine Dinner "  

Here comes the Sun" Wonderful food by Serendipity Catering 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 21: KNAPP WINERY & VINEYARD RESTAURANT, French Country Side Wine Dinner.  

Our French trained chef has chosen the Herbes de Provence to take you through a tour of the French country side. Each entrée will give prominence to an herb in the medley that is known as the Herbes de Provence. Imagine each lovely dish immersed in rosemary, lavender or other savory herbs. The casually elegant dinner will be  fragrant as wells as delicious. Each course will be paired with two wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards or Glenora Wine Cellars. Evening starts at 6:30pm with a sparkling wine reception 54.95 per person.Please call and make your reservations 800.869-9271 www.knappwine.com


April 21: SHELDRAKE POINT VINEYARD, Wine Club Exclusive Barrel Tasting.

This popular, annual event takes place in our winemaking building. It is an  in timate affair featuring tastings of our 2011 vintages in progress, taken right from   the tank  a nd barrel. Your guides will be wine grower/partner Bob Madill and wine maker David Bre  eden. 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





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Contact Info
Executive Director
Cathy Millspaugh
(800) 684-5217