Cayuga Lake Wine TrailAugust 2012
In This Issue
Cayuga Lake Wineathlon
Gas/Gift Card
Six Mile Creek Winery
August Events
Wine Tasting


Luckily, we are finally receiving the much needed rain here in Finger Lakes Wine Country.  But we're not out of the woods yet, we still need a nice steady rain but not those awful downpours.


With the fall harvest almost upon us growers are saying they need rain spread over the next four weeks to ensure a healthy grape crop. Dave Peterson, owner of Goose Watch, Swedish Hill and Penguin Bay wineries says, "August is a key month, are we going to deal with drought-stressed vineyards or are we going to have ideal conditions going into harvest?"


Even though we all love the sun we do need some rain but only at night. So make sure to dance the rain dance right before you go to bed.


Hope to see you along the trail! 



Cayuga Cathy 
Cayuga Lake Wineathlon


With the Summer Games half way through,we the United States are in second place with 37 total Buttons medals, 18 gold, 9 silver and 10 bronze. Five short of taking first place but with more than a week left we're still in the running to place first.  


The 30th summer games are here and we are holding 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. If you haven't had a chance to collect the buttons along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail during our Cayuga Lake Wineathlon you are still in luck up until Aug. 12th or until we run out.  


Buttons 2 Join the fun that everyone is having and  experience a wonderful day enjoying fine wines and collecting the whole set of 16 buttons. Remember you have two more 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

We have only four more Fridays to give away our Gas/Gift card plus Vino Visa Coupon Book.  To date we have picked 10 winners from even as far away as New Mexico. They were planning a visit and loved the opportunity to expereince our promotion and see the Finger Lakes.  


Here are the winners so far:


June 1st Michael Monroe-Pine City-NY

June , Sandrine Forgeron-Philadelphia, PA

June 15 Amy Lang- Hemlock, NY

June 22 Leslie Cortright- Sauquoit, NY

June 29 Liz Scotland- Albuquerque, NM

July 6 Sandra Engelbrecht- Ilion, NY

July 13 Shawn Jones 

July 20 Serena Lee 

July 27 Diane O'Connor- Easton, PA 

August 3 Heidi Pitzer- Camillus, NY 


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 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! 


Six Mile Creek Vineyard

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Twenty-five years ago this summer, pioneers in the wine industry Roger and Nancy Battistella  opened the doors at Six Mile Creek Vineyards just two short miles south of Ithaca on Route 79 and have been making award winning wines and spirits ever since.

 Despite being told that their vineyard, which is adjacent to their home, was not suitable for grape production, Roger persevered and began planting vines in 1982.


Today, nearly six acres of Chardonnay, Riesling, Cayuga White, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, and Vignoles thrive at Six Mile Creek Vineyard accounting for the majority of their white wharvest Sixine production. Six Mile Creek also produces award winning red wines that are vinified in their own cellars with grapes sourced from the Finger Lakes. Their red wines include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and their Bordeaux blend Quintessence, one of my favorites. Six Mile Creek is also known for their table wines including Ithaca Red and Ithaca White which are local favorites.


Six Six years ago the Battistellas also started producing spirits made from grapes and now offer Grappa, Gin, Vodka, Limoncello and Orangecello as well. These fine spirits are a must try when you visit. The Orangecello is a citrus delight when paired with dark or milk chocolate.



August Events


August 4: SWEDISH HILL WINERY, Jack Ass Day  

A day to celebrate one of our most beloved family members-Doobie, our donkey (a real jackass)! SH Doobie Come enjoy this lively and fun event. Boogie on down to LIVE MUSIC by City Limits, enjoy BBQ foods, try your luck at some of our fun games and take advantage of huge sales in our tasting room! A great event to break loose and have some fun with family, friends and the   www.swedishhill.com


TO guitar August 4 & 5: THIRSTY OWL WINE COMPANY, Wine and All That Jazz and Edition III of the '11 Artist Series  

Stop by either Saturday or Sunday to meet Cassie and check out a selection of her beautiful boutique jewelry on display for show and sale. One-of-a-Kind necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that are classic and formal, fun and fabulous, and affordably priced. Live music 1-5pm. Innovative guitarist John Manfredi.John's style is a convergence of Jazz, Blues, Pop and Rock, and a bit of Soul. www.thirstyowl.com   


August 11: SWEDISH HILL WINERY, Wine, Paws and Claws 

Join us and some cuddly friends from Beverly's Animal Shelter for an afternoon of summer fun! Come jam out to LIVE MUSIC by Two Hour Delay, enjoy delicious barbecue foods, wines by the glass, and our NEW Wine Slushies! (Food and wine items for purchase, not included in free admission) While there's no cover charge to get in, we do encourage donations to Beverly's Animal Shelter on this evening. Hours: 3-7pm.



August 15: KING FERRY WINERY, Summer Wine Dinner 

Travel with us on a culinary adventure featuring Treleaven wines and food by Just a Taste of Ithaca!  Enjoy a leisurely dinner in an unusual atmosphere - our barrel room! - and learn a little about our wines and winemaking from our vintners, who will be on hand to share stories and technical details about the wines you're drinking.  Reservations are necessary - please call by August 5th.  Menu and price TBA. 800 439 5271 or infokfw@dreamscape.com




chef john August 18: KNAPP WINERY &VINEYARD RESTAURANT, No Kiss Goodnight Wine Dinner- Garlic Delight  

We start with a sparkling wine reception.  Venue: Vineyard Restaurant Garlic is the main event in this delightful and savory dinner. Our chef will marinate it, broil it, sauté it, infuse it, and mix it, promising an aromatic experience. Garlic aficionados will be impressed by the carefully selected varieties of garlic. For those of you that might shy away from such a delightful meal, you may consider that ole folks have always thought garlic to be the "wonder drug" and has been reported to cure everything from the common cold to the "plague". Plus it does keep vampires away. This garlic dinner will be paired beautifully with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. Please purchase your tickets online. $54.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. To call to make reservations call 800-869-9271. www.knappwine.com


SH wines August 18: SWEDISH HILL WINERY, Limited Release Weekend

Catch the fever of the beginning of harvest time and enjoy the Winemaker's dozen case specials that will be available (For every case you purchase, enjoy 15% off plus a FREE bottle of wine from our selections)! Celebrate at both Swedish Hill and Goose Watch!
Contact:  Lindsay Case , 607-403-0029 www.swedishhill.com


August 18: CAYUGA RIDGE ESTATE WINERY, Summer Peach Festival   CR winery

Nothing says summer like a peach! Celebrate our newest fruit wine, Peach Essence. Local peach farmers will be on hand, as well as local Amish with peach preserves and peach pies (fee). Plus, the rockin' band DAMDOG, will be providing tunes on the deck. www.cayugaridgewinery.com


August 18: BUTTONWOOD GROVE WINERY, Sunflowers Daze at the Winery  

Hayrides through the sunflower fields, food & wine pairings, live music, a great day for photos! www.buttonwoodgrove.com


August 25: KNAPP WINERY &VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Beef, Barrel & Blues 30th Barrels Anniversary Celebration   

Celebrate the Blues at Knapp's 30th Anniversary Celebration. Beef Brisket & Bleu Cheese on a pretzel roll served with a glass of wine from one of Knapp's oak barrels. Live Blues Music. Fee for food. www.knappwine.com 


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