Cayuga Lake Wine TrailJuly 2012
In This Issue
Cayuga Lake Wineanthlon
Gas/Gift Card
Boat Access
Goose Watch Winery
Sheldrake Point Winery
Montezuma Winery
Knapp Winery
July Events
Wine Tasting


Summer is in full swing here on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and a whole lot of fun awaits you. Summer events like All Inked Up, Jammin with the Animals and my personal favorite the Chocoholics Celebration. For the music lover you can attend concerts from Thursday through Sunday at either a winery or Taughannock Park. Other ways to entice you to visit are the wine specialty dinners, the farmer's markets, artists creations and on a hot day those refreshing  wine slushies. Especially visit us from July 27 through August 12 for the Cayuga Lake Wineathlon in order to collect all 16 winery buttons.

There is something for everyone on the trail and we hope to see you having the time of your life. Share photos and comments on facebook and twitter. We love to hear from you.

Cayuga Cathy
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Cayuga Lake Wineanthlon


Soon the world will be watching one of the most community minded events in history, the 30th Summer Olympics, in London, England. Over two-thirds of Americans will watch Team USA strive for excellence in hopes of achieving the Gold.


From July 27 through August 12 the wineries on the  

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail will participate in our own Cayuga Lake Wineathlon. During this time period every time you make a $30.00 wine purchase you'll receive a winery button for you to hang onto or exchange while you're along the trail.


crew buttonJoin the fun and camaraderie of experiencing a wonderful day enjoying fine wines and collecting the whole set of 16 buttons. Remember you have a little over two weeks or three weekends to collect your buttons and sign-up to be eligible for a case of Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Gold Medal winning wines.




Gas Card Promotion

Gas prices are lowering but just think you can even lower them even more or spend it another way by joining our -eclub and filling out our survey. To date we have picked 5 winners to our Gas/ Gift Card with 9 more weeks to go.  


Here are the winners so far:

Michael Monroe-Pine City-NY

Sandrine Forgeron-Philadelphia, PA

Amy Lang- Hemlock, NY

Leslie Cortright- Sauquoit, NY

Liz Scotland- Albuquerque, NM 


To be eligible all you need to do is join our e-club through our website and fill out the survey or if you already have joined fill out our survey below or in our August e-newsletter. We have had a great response so far so make sure to join in the fun and see how lucky you are.  The promotion, is a $25.00 gas/gift card and our Vino Visa Coupon Book containing coupons from all 16 wineries and other local businesses given out every Friday from now till August 31st. 


Here's the survey, Good Luck! 


Boat Accessible Wineries

A few weekends ago I had a very remarkable opportunity here in Finger Lakes Wine Water to Wine boatCountry and one I hope that you too can experience. I was able to join a group on the Water to Wine Boat Tours that runs on Cayuga Lake. It was a beautiful sunny day with a perfect breeze, blue skies dotted with a few white fluffy clouds, picturesque.



I met some great people on the boat who were all set to enjoy the sun, lake and wine. Two ladies were from Pittsburgh and were on the boat because their husband and fiancée were fishing in the Cayuga Lake Bass Tournament. As Loretta Berger says, "Simply fantastic! A novice wine drinkers answer to exploring the vineyards at Cayuga Lake." Her friend Kristen Laney mirrored her response by saying, "The Water to Wine winery tour was the perfect way to experience Cayuga Lake and its vineyards. Winery hopping by boat can't be beat. We'll be back to the Finger Lakes for sure".  


As we headed towards our first winery, Sheldrake Point we were able to dock and walk upShel glass to the winery to taste our first set of wines. We were able to try 5 different wines from either one of their flights and of course I fell in love with their new oaked Waterfalls Chardonnay.  A bottle of their floral Gewürztraminer and Cabernet Franc also went home with me.


LP BarrelsAfter the Sheldrake visit we were off on the boat for a trip across the lake to Long Point State Park for our picnic lunch. I had never been to that park before, quite lovely with remarkable views. Our next winery stop was  

Long Point Winery.Since there were so many of us, fourteen all together; they picked us up in three cars for a caravan. Russ, one of the tasters at the winery, drove us and gave us our tasting, a choice of five of either a white or red wine, my favorite, their Cabernet Sauvignon.


Back on the boat we then crossed the lake again and headed to Thirsty Owl. As we pulledTO up we had to wait at the dock that was full with other boaters. They pick you up in their jeep to take you on a ride that felt like you were headed off for a safari around the vineyards, a hilarious venture. We proceeded upstairs for a private tasting and their Meritage was a hit.




There are six wineries all together that offer boat accessibility. The other three are Buttonwood Grove Winery, Knapp Winery and Goose Watch Winery. If you can't just walk to the winery, give them a call when you arrive and they will pick you up. Other water boat tours are available on Cayuga Lake, for listings check out our  

Tours & Transportation listing, on our website, under What's Along The Trail.




Goose Watch Winery Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Celebrate Goose Watch's 15th Anniversary with a day packed full of excitement! We'll Goose Watchstart the morning off at 10am with a HUGE wine sale, then party into the afternoon with LIVE music by the Funky Blu Roots band starting at 2pm, and fun activities till 6pm! Admission is free but Thurston's BBQ and Cayuga Lake Creamery will be there for you to purchase food! Click here for more information. Some of our Classic Cars on display!


Sheldrake Point Winery 15th Anniversary

This summer marks the 15-year anniversary of the day Sheldrake Point was first planted Sheldrakewith vines!


Grab your picnic blanket and lawn chairs and join us for the celebration!  Enjoy the picturesque views of Cayuga Lake and our vineyard full in bloom while you dig your feet in the grass and groove along with the music.  Our favorite local duo Bob and Dee will start the show off with an eclectic mix of music featuring violin and guitar, followed by the Binghamton-based band Driftwood who blends folk, rock and bluegrass into one for an experience unlike any other.  


  • Complimentary slices of birthday cake will be available along with a splash of ice wine!
  • Local cheeses and wines by the glass and bottle will be available for purchase.
  • Ice cream for purchase provided by Cayuga Lake Creamery.


Montezuma Winery Releases New Product

Montezuma winery releases their newest product Baby Bogs and Tadpoles.


Mont baby bogMontezuma Winery has released single serving size bottles of their popular FaMOnt fat frog redt Frog Red Tadpoles) and Cranberry Bog (Baby Bogs) wines.  The 187 milliliter bottles are plastic, UV-protected, unbreakable, recyclable and great for picnics, concerts or taking on the boat.


You can purchase them at the winery or you can find them at various liquor stores throughout New York State. www.montezumawinery.com 



Knapp Winery Announces New Labels

This year Knapp Winery and Vineyard Restaurant is celebrating their 30th AnniversaryKnapp labels with a brand new look. Each of their bottles now has a new label to signify a beginning of a new era. There may be a new look adorning that bottle but remember it's their same great wine, favorites like Pasta Red, Chardonnay, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Niagara and Superstition. The labels have an artistic flair sure to please everyone's eye. www.knappwine.com



July Events

July 7: GOOSE WATCH WINERY, 15th Anniversary CelebrationGoose Watch Winery

Happy Anniversary to us! Goose Watch turns 15 years old this year. To help us celebrate we will have a HUGE SALE! We will also be featuring LIVE MUSIC, and some of our Classic Cars on display!Contact:  Lindsay Case , 607-403-0029 www.goosewatch.com


HennaJuly 7: COBBLESTONE FARM WINERY, All Inked Up Tattoo & Piercing Event

All Customers before 12pm receive $ 5 off any $30 Purchase! First 10 people to get all Inked up Receives a Special Gift! AMAZING TATOO ARTISTS ~ HENNA EXPERTS~TAROT READING~LIVE BAND~GREAT FOOD~LOCAL VENDORS~ www.cobblestonefarmwinery.com



July 8: SHELDRAKE POINT WINERY, Gewurztraminers of the Finger LakesShel  

Get to know the grape and the wine that is hard to pronounce but easy to distinguish! Winemaker Dave Breeden's love for the grape will be evident as together you taste through a variety of regional styles, side by side. $25 per person/$10 per Wine Club Member. Reservations required by June 30th. Seating limited to 20. www.sheldrakepoint.com


Mont. BBQJuly 14: THIRSTY OWL WINE COMPANY, Bastille Day BBQ  

Barbeque specials at the Bistro.   "Tunes on the Terrace" Enjoy Live Music Distilled Saturdays (and select Sundays) 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM www.thirstyowl.com


July 21: KNAPP WINERY, Sailors Feast Wine Dinner
6:30pm --We start with a sparkling wine reception.   
Venue: Vineyard Restaurant Red sky at night, sailors delight, red sky in morning sailors warning. Sailors feast promises to be quite the wine dinner treat! Poseidon will be proud. Hard not to give-away the main ingredient for this event, but think cod, turbot, bass, and snapper. Your plates will be loaded with seafood with accompanying side dishes that include ingredients from the bounty of the seas. This extravagant meal will be paired with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellar wines. Please call and make your reservations 800.869.9271



Button MelodyJuly 28: BUTTONWOOD GROVE WINERY, Jammin with the Animals Day  

Farm Day at the winery! Live music, photos with Melody (our Scottish Highland cow), picnic food, Melody wine specials & more! www.buttonwoodgrove.com 



July 28: COBBLESTONE FARM WINERY, Celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day   Indulge your sweet tooth with complimentary milk chocolate treats. www.cobblestonefarmwinery.com





Mont clamsJuly 28: MONTEZUMA WINERY, Summer Clam Jam

There's a beach party and clam bake in the wetlands of Montezuma Winery?  That's right! Wear your flip flops and bring a beach chair and kick back to the rock and roll music of the Castle Street Band.  The admission price gets you a feast of raw or steamed clams, BBQ chicken, Italian sausage, clam chowder and more! Pre-paid reservation only $40/person or $20/person for non-clamers (drinks and ice cream not included).  If you're not too full from all of the great food, play some of the beach party games for prizes or cool off from the summer heat with an ice cream from The Cayuga Lake Creamery or a frozen wine slushie. www.montezumawinery.com




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See You Along the Trail!!
Cathy Millspaugh
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail