Cayuga Lake Wine Trail                       May 2012
white wine   

In This Issue 


Wine & Herb Fest

Riesling Rocks

Gas Card  

Long Point Winery 

May Events

Quick Links


What a roller-coaster ride of spring temperatures.The vineyard managers are whizzes trying to keep up with what mother nature has to throw at them.Hopefully with the temperatures predicted to rise we will be spared from another frost. I am always amazed on how we are able to enjoy a glass of wine with all the unpredictable factors that must go successfully, in order for us to partake. Tonight uncork a bottle of vino and enjoy!!  

Cayuga Cathy  

Wine & Herb Fest, May 4-6, 2012 


We still have tickets available for this weekend's Wine & Herb Fest. Our event runs three days, May 4th the 6th for all you avid gardeners. 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 plants especially grown by Dickman Farms of Auburn.


Additionally at this event each wine is paired with an herb delicacy, complimenting the plant that the winery is giving away. Here is a

list of our select herbs: Boxwood Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Purple Basil, Purple Lavender, Rosemary, Sage, Stevia, Strawberry Plant, Sweet Basil, Tarragon and Thyme.


Here's a sampling of one of the recipes.


Greek Pasta Salad from Americana Vineyards 



½ c. red wine vinegar

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano

1 T. chopped fresh basil

 ½ tsp. dried marjoramGreek Pastat Salad

 3 T. lemon juice

 ¾ c. extra virgin olive oil

 salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Combine all ingredients for vinaigrette and whisk together. Set aside.


1 lb. orzo, cooked according to package instructions

1-14 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 quart cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 c. diced seedless cucumber

½ c. pitted kalamata olives, halved

¾ c. crumbled feta cheese

½ c. diced red onion

salt and pepper, to taste


Combine all ingredients in large bowl and toss with vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper.


Order your tickets today for a fun time along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

Riesling Rocks 

 Shel riesling

Riesling month is upon us here in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Riesling by most is considered the signature grape of the Finger Lakes. During the month of May here on Cayuga Lake join us for all the hub bub and enjoy special Riesling tastings, special offers and shipping deals.Check out all the Cayuga Lake Riesling Experiences plus the Riesling Rocks website for all the other Finger Lakes gatherings so you don't miss a thing.




Gas Card Promotion for 2012 


Gas prices again are up and down and the members of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail would like to help you pay us a visit.  This year with a $25.00 Gas Card we are offering our Vino Visa Coupon Book that offers free wine tastings, discounts and other local area business specials.  

Watch for more details in our June e-newsletter.







Long Point Winery

Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery, tells the story of Long Point Winery  by John Hartsock, who won first place at the International Gourmand Awards Ceremony held at the Folies Bergere in Paris on March 6.


The author a professor at the State University of New York at Cortland said in his LP Bookacceptance remarks "Of course I'm very honored, but this also honors the many winemakers around the world who work so hard at trying to make the best wines they can".


A human interest story, Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery follows the course of the four seasons at Long Point Winery owned by Gary and Rosemary Barletta. The winery like many in the Finger Lakes is a mom and pop operation. The winery opened in 1999 and is part of a national trend that has resulted in the rapid expansion of the number of wineries in the United States in recent years. The book additionally recounts the challenges the Barlettas faced in opening the winery as well as the successes. John Hartsock admits "The book tells of the excitement and struggle of people trying to coax from the soil a delicate product to be enjoyed in a glass".




June 3rd, Dinner at Long Point Winery  


A Specially Prepared Mediterranean Picnic by Fabio

Sunday, June 3rd at 2:00PM

$65.00 per person all inclusive

(5% discount on reservations for a table of 10)

Reservations required

315 364-6990  

LP Dinner 

Balsamic Glazed

Grilled Swordfish

Char grilled swordfish steak finished with a velvety balsamic glaze.

2010 Pinot Grigio


2010 Dry or Semi-Dry Riesling


Italian Style Grilled Lamb Kabobs

A specialty from the Italian region of Abruzzo, lamb kabobs (arrosticine) are made of marinated lamb, skewered and grilled with a special basting sauce.

2007 Merlot


2006 Cabernet Sauvignon


2010 Chardonnay



Close friend of the truducken, the porturken is an exciting combination of pork, turkey and chicken rolled together and slowly roasted with Italian seasoning and served in it own roasting sauce.

2007 Syrah


2010 Sangiovese


2010 Ciera




All courses served home style with Homemade Bread, Garden Salad,

Pasta Salad, Rosemary Potatoes and Grilled Vegetable Medley





May Events


May 6 SHELDRAKE POINT WINERY, Rieslings of the Fingerlakes  

Winemaker Dave Breeden is celebrating Riesling by leading a blind tasting of Shel Rieslingdessert style Rieslings - from  late harvest to frozen grape examples.  You will taste at least 6 examples produced by various Finger Lakes wineries and small foods will be provided to showcase dessert style Rieslings affinity with foods, not just   dessert. This is a blind tasting in which the producer's  labels will be revealed at the end-a fun way to learn!  Limited to 20 seats.  www.sheldrakepoint.com 




May 12 CAYUGA RIDGE ESTATE WINERY Season Opening of the Copper Oven Copper OvenFollowing the seasons, we prepare wood fired pizza using homegrown and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. And because our organic white clay oven runs at 750-800 degrees you get your food fast (usually in about 2-3 minutes).  Our oven is fired by a local renewable timber source and the disposables we use are either compostable or recyclable.     www.thecopperoven.com   




May 12 SWEDISH HILL WINERY, 26th Anniversary Celebration  

Take advantage of our biggest sale of the year with deep discounts on numerous wines with imperfect labels, Holiday labels, end of vintage, overstocked and or discontinued wines.  www.swedishhill.com 



Knapp Vineyard Restaurant celebrates the quiet influences of all mom's in our lives. This special buffet is a tribute for the love and tireless support they offer each day. Bring all the important women in your life to our Mother's Day Brunch feast. This savory presentation of food includes carved top round of beef or pork, French toast with wild berry cream cheese filling, Eggs Benedict, pastas, seasonal vegetables and topped with fresh season fruit. Each mother receives a complimentary glass of champagne along with a special chocolate creation from our chef's table. Four seatings available, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:oopm-  $19.95 plus tax and gratuity per person. Please call to hold your reservations 800.869.9271  www.knappwine.com 


May 13 AMERICANA VINEYARDS, Mother's Day Brunch @ The Crystal Lake Café Call for reservations (888-600-8067). Carnations for Moms!       www.americanavineyards.com 


May 19: KNAPP WINERY & VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Monte Carlo Wine Dinner Famous for its resort lifestyle, great food, grand prix's and casinos, Knapp Vineyard Restaurant is bringing a bit of Monte Carlo to the Finger Lakes. The odds are you will have a delightful time. Clams casino, Mediterranean inspired foods and seafood will make up the menu-a menu fit for a King or Queen and if your name is Grimaldi, you might want to bring along your celebrity friends. Each course will be paired with two wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards or Glenora Wine Cellars. To reserve your seats pleace purchase your tickets online.  $54.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Total of $69.80 www.knappwine.com 


May 19: KING FERRY WINERY," I Love Chocolate Day"  

Five luscious wines paired with five sinful mini-desserts! tickets available at the door $7.00 www.treleavenwines.com 




May 26: KNAPP WINERY &VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Vertical Riesling Tasting. Fun, casual and informative Riesling tasting of Knapp, Glenora Wine Cellars and Zugibe Vineyards from 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Generous appetizer to be paired with each style. 6:30pm $19.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  www.knappwine.com 




May 26 & 27: THIRSTY OWL WINE COMPANY, 10th Annual Bistro Opening Edition I of the '2012 Artist Series  

Thirsty Owl's Bistro will open for the season, and they will begin their 2012 Artist Series, where there will be a different artist featured during the Series weekends. 






 Upcoming Concerts  


Upcoming Events for the Year  


See you Along the Trail!


Cathy Millspaugh

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail