Cayuga Lake Wine TrailOctober 2012
In This Issue
Holiday Shopping Spree
Chef John's Recipe
Chef John's Recipe
FL Land Trust
Winemaker for a Week
Winemaker for a Week
October Events
Harvester at Work


With the Harvest almost over wine making hobbyists from all over the Finger Lakes are busy acquiring juice with the hopes of making their own remarkable vintage. I recently visited a hobbyist's winery at Kendal in Ithaca, a property that offers attractive accommodations on a 105 acre campus. Kendal runs by the concept that people need to be stimulated and have the choice to live as they wish pursuing the activities that matter to them most. Such a group of people who think alike and love wine have formed what they call "The Smallest Winery in Tompkins County".

I had the opportunity to meet the winemakers and their facility and actually taste last year's vintage. Their wines were remarkably clear, crisp and clean with scents of fruit and floral bouquets gracing my nose. To my wonderment my taste buds were astonished with hints of minerality in the Riesling and grapefruit in the Seyval Blanc. This venture truly makes me want to try my hand at wine making someday. Stay tuned next month to see how our winemaker of the week deals with her vineyard adventures. 

Three cheers for us, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail as we took two awards this past month. One from Trip Advisor, a Certificate of Excellence and the other from the people in Ithaca announcing us as the Best Finger Lakes Day Trip.

See you along the trail!!



Cayuga Cathy 
Americana Vineyards Spooktacular Hallowine

Everyone make sure to visit Americana Vineyards at their 10th Annual Spooktacular Hallowine event.  I love Amer Hallowine this party , plenty of food and wine, great music and everyone dressed up to the hilt.  This year's theme is Gods, Goddesses and Monsters but if you have a favorite costume outside of the theme wear it to your heart's content. Last year the theme was cartoon characters and my husband and I went as Jessie and Woody. Great shootin Tex.

This year's party is on Saturday, October 27, from 8:00pm to the Bewitchen hour, Midnight. Music by Elephant Sound, new wine release Lemberger, treats from the Crystal Lake Cafe where the food is endless plus games and prizes.

This is one party you do not want to miss so make your reservations today for I hear that their limiting attendance. If you're a Patriot's Club Member and make your reservation by October 12 you can attend for free.
Call 888-600-8067; www.americanavineyards.com  



Holiday Shopping Spree



November 16-18 

November 30-December 2 

Friday, 1:00PM-5:00PM

Saturday, 10:00AM-6:00PM

Sunday, 10:00AM-5:00PM


Snowflakes falling, the smell of pine and a crackling fire soothe us to experience the warmth of the HSS bottlesHolidays  here at our 19th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. Take home a souvenir wineglass, a grapevine wreath, a unique specialized ornament from each winery, plus holiday recipe cards. One thing you'll love unique to only our holiday trail event is our Shopper's Discount Card that can be used at each winery during the weekend for those special wine buys.


HSS 12 Visit Six Mile Creek, Long Point, King Ferry or Montezuma wineries on Friday afternoon only to start your weekend plans early. On Saturday visit King Ferry and Long Point wineries at a special time, 9:00am. Visit all 16 wineries on Saturday and Sunday. 




Accommodation and Transportation Packages are available. 


Participants will be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes from Barrister's Bed and Breakfast in Seneca Falls, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Season Pass for 2013, Corning Museum of Glass, Holiday Inn in Auburn and



Advance: Single ticket, $35.00, Couple ticket $50.00 per person plus handling fee and sales tax

DD ticket: Single ticket, $30.00, Couple ticket$45.00 per person plus handling fee and sales tax

At the door: Single ticket, $40.00, Couple ticket, $55.00 plus sales tax.




Autumn Recipe from Knapp Winery and Vineyard Restaurant


Apple Spiked Acorn & Butternut Squash Bisque with Spiced Apple Kasha

Chef John McNabb_ Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant 



2                            Acorn Squash (seeded, roasted and flesh removed)

1                            Butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and Large Diced) chef john

3 ½ c.                    Red Jacket Apple Cider

1 ½ Tbsp.              Dried Tarragon Leaves

½ t.                        Ground Coriander

¼ t.                        Ground ginger

1 t.                         Ground white pepper

¼ t.                        Ground all spice

1 t.                         Ground cinnamon

½ t.                        Ground nutmeg

1 qt.                       Heavy cream

To taste                  Kosher salt



1 ½ t.                     Stonybrook Butternut squash seed oil

1c. 2tbsp.               Red Jacket Orchards Apple Cider

1                             Red Jacket Goldencrisp apple Small diced

½ cup                     Burkett Mills buckwheat groats (Kasha)

1 ½ Tbsp.               Minced Spanish onion

½ t.                         Kosher salt

¼ t.                         Ground Nutmeg



In a medium stock pot, add diced butternut squash and add apple cider until squash is just covered. Bring squash to a rolling boil over medium to high heat and add dry spices. Cook squash until fork tender and remove from heat. Do not drain squash, as cider and spices will be needed during blending.

In a blender, puree butternut squash and boiling liquid with roasted acorn squash in small batches. * Important - When blending hot liquids or foods, loosen one corner of blender lid to prevent a vacuum effect and splashing when removing lid once blended. Once all squash is pureed with cider and spices, return to stock pot and add heavy cream. Bring to a slow simmer stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. Soup will naturally thicken and become velvety after about 20 minutes. Season with kosher salt to taste.



In a small stock pot bring apple cider to a boil. In another small stock pot, over medium-high heat, add squash seed oil and sautée minced onion and diced apple. Sautee until onion starts to become translucent. Add Kasha to onion and apple mixture and sautée for 3 minutes to toast. Add boiling cider and seasonings. Stir and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, cover and turn down meat to medium. Cook for approx. 15 minutes or until kasha is tender. Fluff with a fork and garnish soup at time of service. This is also great served cold.




NEW! Lakeshore Conservation Area


The Finger Lakes Land Trust dedicated  the VanRiper Conservation Area and the Whitlock Nature Land Trust Preserve on September 22nd. The adjacent properties, which are located in the Town of Romulus on the western shore of Cayuga Lake, feature hiking trails and lake shore access as well as extensive frontage on the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway. 


The Land Trust purchased the 65-acre VanRiper property for less than its fair market value in early 2011. The 15-acre Whitlock property-which adjoins the parcel-was donated to the Land Trust by Louisa Whitlock and her family in early 1998. Together, the VanRiper and Whitlock properties protect 1,900 feet of pristine lakeshore. The Land Trust constructed a ½ mile loop trail that provides access to the lake, as well as a parking area and interpretive kiosk.


The two properties are open during daylight hours for low-impact recreation including hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, and kayaking.   The site provides a rare opportunity to experience the shoreline of Cayuga Lake as it once was, before settlement.  The preserve is 2 miles north of Thirsty Owl Vineyards on State Route 89.


Land Trust 2 The dedication was a pleasure to attend  as we walked along the hiking trail amid trees, low lying plants and squirrels, a conservationists dream.  There were about 30 in attendance and most of us headed  down the trail where we ended up along the shore of Cayuga Lake. Both my husband and I are looking forward to kayaking next summer and ending up at this shoreline. Here we'll take a breather on the wooden bench and enjoy the scenery and as we say take time to smell the roses so to speak.  




Winemaker for a Week

Congratulations to our Wine Maker for a Week winner for this year who is Emily Brol. This coming week she'll be at 4 wineries learning all she LP winemaker can about the business the old-fashioned way, hands-on. She started her venture at Long Point Winery on Monday checking the sugar levels of the Riesling.  The readings showed 18 Brix, Gary Barletta owner and winemaker plans to wait a little longer and LP winemaker 2 hopefully end up with a higher reading. Here are a few pics as she reads the brix level( sugar reading) through the refractometer and hydrometer.

The rest of the week she'll be at Six Mile Creek, King Ferry and Bet the Farm Wineries. More on this story next month.


This promotion was in partnership with Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance and  Greek Peak resort. 



Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Takes Two Awards

The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has taken two awards this month from the people.  


The first one from Trip Advisor, we received a Certificate of Excellence because of our rating of 4.5. This awards recognizes us for our exceptional traveler ratings over the past year.  


Locally we took Best Finger Lakes Day Trip from the people in Ithaca posted in the Ithaca Times.  Here's the article. 2011 members


Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

What does one do when friends and family from out of town visit you in Ithaca? If your natural inclination is go to a bar, you're not being adventurous enough. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is open year round, with 16 stops for you to try out wine (and cider at Bellwether Hard Cider) on both sides of Cayuga (and don't forget Six Mile Creek Vineyard right in Ithaca on Rt. 79 East).

I'd suggest just getting on Route 89 and driving to get started. If you need more direction in where to go, the Cayuga Wine Trail Association has all the info at your finger tips. Executive director Cathy Millspaugh says "It's a real honor to know that the readers of the Ithaca Times feel so strongly about the Cayuga Lake Wineries. (Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, 607-869-4281, cayugawinetrail.com  Additionally Sheldrake Point Winery took Best Winery Award. 

 More info...  


October Events

October 5: SIX MILE CREEK WINERY, 25th Anniversary six mile  

It has been 25 years since Rodger and Nancy first opened the doors to the pubic at Six Mile Creek Vineyards so come help us celebrate this Friday evening, at the winery.Music by Greg McQuade, Food by Ithaca Bakery and of course great wine from Six Mile Creek.Toast 25 years with owners Nancy and Roger Battistella and the rest of the staff at Six Mile Creek. Time: 4 to 8 PM Where: Six Mile Creek Vineyards, 1551 Slaterville Road, Ithaca  



October 6: CAYUGA RIDGE ESTATE WINERY, Experience the Harvest Crush CR harvest

Harvest is in full swing!  Join us for exciting demonstrations of harvesting equipment.  Watch grapes being pressed into juice and enjoy a fresh sample. 



October 6 & 7: KING FERRY WINERY, Harvest Festival KF harvest

Experience the essence of October and the excitement of the crush at our Harvest Festival.  FREE live music, and wine and food available for a fee.  Live radio remote broadcast on Saturday morning, "Restless" will play country-rock on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5.   "Under Construction" will play classic rock on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4.



Button Melody October 7: Buttonwood Grove Winery, Columbus Day Weekend Fest

Band:  "Kickin' Back" plying 1:00-5:00pm.We will have barbecue take-out by Mary Reed-the music will be out on our patio & guests are invited to sit on the deck & enjoy wine & food.




October 15: CAYUGA RIDGE ESTATE WINERY,   Pink Ribbon

Wine and Women: Education & Celebrate- An Observation of Breast Cancer Awareness.  

An Informational event with info provided by the Ithaca Cancer Research Center. Specialty Pink Drinks are offered for $1.00 where 100% of those proceeds goes directly to the Center.www.cayugaridgewinery.com 



October 20: KNAPP WINERY & VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Cruisin with Columbus Wine Dinner    

We all know the facts- Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492. His ships were called the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, and he sailed for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand under the Spanish flag. But where did he actually travel from and where did he land? Research tells us he left Spain and landed in San Salvador on his first voyage. Determined to find the new route to the West Indies he made several other voyages, landing in Marie Galante (Caribbean Sea Island), Cap. Hatien (Haiti), St. Anne's Bay (Jamaica), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and the Bay Islands of Central America (Honduras). This wine dinner promises to be an old world adventure as our chef takes us to those ports of call through a five-course wine dinner. Each course will be paired with premium Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars wines. 6:30pm --We start with a sparkling wine reception. Order tickets online while checking out the menu. www.knappwine.com



October 20: GOOSE WATCH WINERY, Chestnut Festival   Chestnut

Enjoy freshly harvested chestnuts grown right at Goose Watch. Sample roasted chestnuts, chestnut soup and other unique foods while enjoying LIVE MUSIC!
Contact:   607-403-0029


October Button 2a27: BUTTONWOOD GROVE WINERY, Harvest Festival

Live music by Mike Shaw, piping hot chili dishes, hayrides through the "spooky" vineyards, wine specials, Halloween treats, and pick your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch. Fun for the entire family! New releases of Merlot and Riesling! www.buttonwoodgrove.com  


October 27: BELLWETHER HARD CIDER, "Halloween Cider for Grownups" Bellwether

Let our "Witches Brew" and other Halloween treats cast a spell on you!







Americana October 27: AMERICANA VINEYARDS: "10th Annual Halloween Spooktacular"  

The biggest and spookiest after hours Halloween party. Fee to attend.




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