NOVEMBER 2012     
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Holiday Shopping Spree
Long Point Winery
Winemaker for a Week
November Events
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Holiday Shopping Spree

There is so much to be thankful for, family, friends and all that life has to offer. With Thanksgiving fast approaching which wine will pair well with that holiday dinner.  True to form the best wine is the wine you like the best but there's always some delectable favorites that can't go unforgotten. Try our two most popular Cranberry wines on the trail, Montezuma's Cranberry Bog and Cayuga Ridge's Cranberry Essence and Cranberry Frost. For something a little bit different try Bellwether's Black Magic.  White wines are always a crowd pleaser so try your Turkey dinner with a Riesling, A Cayuga White or even a Vidal Blanc.   

See you on the Trail!

Cayuga Cathy


Holiday Shopping Spree
HSS bottles  

The scent of gingerbread cookies and the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping frenzy is almost upon us. Here on the Cayuga Lake Wine Tail we can not only help you with all of your shopping dilemmas for the perfect gift but at the same time make sure your having an outstanding time enjoying fine wines and delectable treats. Join us for our 19th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree on November 16th through the 18th or the weekend of November 30th through December 2nd. 


HSS 12 Receive a souvenir wine glass, grapevine wreath, a specialized wooden ornament from each of the sixteen wineries, wine and food pairings plus holiday recipes. A unique offer to our Holiday customers is our event weekend shoppers' card where you can save $5.00 off a $35.00 wine purchase at each winery to take care of that shopping frenzy.


"The ornaments this year are cute wooden handmade Christmas designs produced by George Perziel of Laser Arts Design" says Executive Director Cathy Millspaugh of the trail. At every event we highlight wine and food pairings plus recipes and this year is no exception.  Cobblestone Farm Winery will be tempting your sweet tooth with Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cake. Another sweet concoction can be found at Goose Watch Winery where they'll be serving their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip. For all you soup lovers we have a few to offer this year. One of them will served by  Knapp Winery and Vineyard Restaurant, Mushroom Merlot".


Another great added feature to our events is our Special Event Packages 

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Participants are eligible to win one of our five Grand Prizes by turning in their ticket at the end of the event:  

Grand Prizes:

This event sells out quickly, so reserve your tickets today! Advance tickets: Single ticket $35.00, a Couple ticket $50.00 plus handling fee and sales tax. Designated Driver tickets are available plus tickets at the door as long as the event does not sell out.  


For information and tickets, call: 800-684-5217, log onto www.cayugawinetrail.com or purchase at any Wegmans Store.




Long Point Winery Dinner

Hosted at Fabio's Restaurant located at 179 Homer Ave., Cortland.  


Start with hors d'oeuvres at 2:30pm followed by dinner at 3:30pm. $85.00 per person all inclusive. Purchase your tickets at 315-364-6990 or email at mail@longpointwinery.com   

Wine by Long Point Winery. 




Passatelli Soup with Leeks and Potatoes

2011 Vidal Blanc or 2009 Merlot


Smoked Salmon Napoleon

2011 Pinot Grigio or 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling


Third Course
Lamb Osso Buco with Ricotta Pasta

2010 Sangiovese or 2008 Syrah


Fourth Course
Roasted Veal in Tuna Sauce

2011 Dry Riesling or 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon


Cappuccino Parfait

2011 Moon Puppy



Winemaker for a Week

The following is a short synopsis of Emily Brol's wine adventure on a few Cayuga Lake wineries during the first week in October.  Emily was this year's winner of the WInemaker for a Week Contest.


I had a great week learning about the life of a wine maker.


Monday and Tuesday (morning) I was welcomed by Gary the winemaker LP winemaker 2 from Long Point winery. I learned the basics of the fermentation process of red wine as well as assisting in raking tons (literally tons, 8 tons to be exact) of Zinfandel grapes into the crusher/de-stemmer which pumped out a sloppy WM LP grape and juice mixture into 8 fermentation bins which would be created into wine several days later. I also got the grand tour through the vineyard where we tested the Riesling's sugar and pH levels to determine whether or not it was ready to come off the vine.


Tuesday and Friday afternoon I arrived at the Bet the Farm storefront located WM bet the Farm opposite Cayuga lake with a stupendous view. Kit and Ed walked me through the tasting process as well as sales of wine. I learned the S's of a successful wine tasting as well as some neat tricks to determine the age of a wine as well as its quality. Friday Stephanie, a taster from Six Mile Creek also visited and we did a dual tasting in the shop.


WM six Wednesday I headed the opposite direction to Six Mile Creek Vineyard and Distillery in Ithaca. I began with picking some of the Vidal for crushing and de-stemming in the vineyard. Later in the afternoon Paul, the winemaker and distilling expert, gave me hands on experience distilling extra wine (or any fermented product really it just needs sugar to break down) to extract the ethanol which would later be turned in to vodka, gin, limoncella or orangecello. 


Thursday and Friday (morning) I went to King Ferry Winery bright and early. I toured their much larger vineyard and collected stem samples for a nutrition study Cornell University was doing on the vines. In the late morning WM KF I met with Lindsay the winemaker. A lot was going on at the winery that day. Everything from floating the Riesling from one cooling tank to another, to doing fermentation chemistry on 12 different tanks/bins of wine to check the temperature and sugar levels. The following morning (Friday) we crushed and de-stemmed approximately 4 tons of Riesling which was immediately pumped in to the press. The press literally presses the juice out of the skins and pumps it in to a giant holding tank.


Overall the trip was great, everyone was welcoming and energetic. I learned a lot about wine; everything from how the grapes are grown in the vineyard to how the bottles are sold off the shelves.


We would like to Thank Emily for a such a vivid recollection of her visit. 



November Events


November 3: THIRSTY OWL WINE COMPANY, Annual Barrel Tasting TO polka Polka Party Come enjoy tank and barrel tastings, unique foods and a live Polka band to help you "Roll out the Barrel". Performing from 1:00-5:00pm Bob Melnyk's Polka Magic Band.Sample 2012 Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, straight from the barrel. Don't miss the final weekend of the season for the Bistro. www.thirstyowl.com


Swedish Hill Governor Cup November 3: SWEDISH HILL WINERY, Sparkling Wine & Dessert Festival   Sparkling wines and dessert wines will be featured with complimentary desserts. It's a great weekend to start your holiday shopping!  www.swedishhill.com 




 November 4: LONG POINT WINERY, 6 Course Wine Dinner   LP Barrels

 A spectacular sit down dinner paired with Long Point wines at each course. Dinner by Fabio's, held at the restaurant, located at 179 Homer Ave., Cortland. www.longpointwinery.com




Hosmer Winery November 4: HOSMER WINERY, Bon Vivant Celebration

Live Music - Barrel Tasting - Wine/Food Pairing.




November 10: KNAPP WINERY &VINEYARD RESTAURANT, 6th Annual Knapp Winery Nouveau Celebration   Join us for a special release wine direct from the barrel. Every year our winemaker chooses a wine he feels will be interesting, delicious and worthy of a try before it goes into production. It is a great treat for wine aficionados. Knapp Vineyard Restaurant also pairs some great tantalizing appetizers with this experience while music fills the air. This is a celebration not to miss, so make sure to mark your calendars. Join us. Call for more information 800.869.9271




Chef John November 17: KNAPP WINERY &VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Fire & Ice Wine Dinner  Think winter, think cozy, think warmth. Chef John McNabb, creates the sensation of fire and ice in this five course tantalizing menu. Join us for a great pre-dinner reception in our barrel room and taste this great menu with elegant wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. Please call and make your reservations 800.869.9271



December Events


December 1: KNAPP WINERY &VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Stop, Shop & Knapp Rest. Drop  Shopping all day? Need a cozy place to rest those tired feet? Need a perfect wine to sooth the shopping tension? Visit Knapp Vineyard Restaurant and rest those tired feet and have the perfect glass of Knapp wine with a scrumptious lunch.




See You Along the Trail!!

Cathy Millspaugh 
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail