January 2013
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Celebrating 30 years
Hosmer Winery
Season Pass
Mardi Gras
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February 9 & 10

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This year is a pinnacle year for us on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail as we will be celebrating 30 years as a trail here in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Thirty years ago, four wineries along Cayuga Lake knew if they wanted to increase visitation and stay prosperous they had to build the area into a destination, thus was born America's first wine trail. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail today is made up of 15 wineries, 1 cidery, 1 meadery and 4 distilleries producing products made with the highest set of standards. 


Join us this year to help us celebrate turning 30.



Cayuga Cathy


Celebrating 30 Years

Visit the wineries this year and help us observe 30 years throughout the year with a specialty 30th glass offered with our Vino Visa Coupon Book. Our Vino Visa offers coupons from each winery and other local2011 members area businesses. Make sure to watch out for our Celebrating 30 Years coupon in next month's e-newsletter.  


On the 30th of each month during 2013 each winery will offer special features to dazzle you. Keep watch for full details on our facebook page and website and help us "Toast the Trail"  

Hosmer Winery

Hosmer Winery

Each month we will highlight a winery or two to help commemorate our 30 years. The perfect place to start is with our President Cameron Hosmer of Hosmer Winery who previously served as President 20 years ago. Cameron states, "When I was asked how the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has changed over the past 20 years; two things came to mind, bigger businesses and better wines.  As a group of cooperating wineries, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail attracted many more visitors to our wineries and with years of wine making experience, has helped us to continually improve our wines to a world class level.  One thing that has not changed over the years is the common goal of providing a quality experience to our visitors".  


Established in 1985, we were among the pioneers in the blossoming wine industry. As one of the oldest growers of grapes on Cayuga Lake, we remain focused on farmland preservation, stewardship and sustainability. Hosmer wines have been estate grown and made in the classic European tradition since our inception nearly 30 years ago. Our passion for grape growing and wine making is constantly growing, as we continue to plant new varieties in order to craft new wines. This year we are especially excited as we have harvested the first crop from the Sauvignon Blanc we Hosmer wine planted in 2011 and will be releasing the wine in 2013. As active members of the Cayuga Wine Trail, we are thrilled as always to participate in special trail events with the rest of the wineries situated along this scenic land. Marti Gras, Say Cheese, Wine and Herb and Holiday Shopping Spree have continued to be an extraordinary way of introducing new  wine lovers to Cayuga Lake wineries, and we hold a special place in our hearts for the new Raspberry Meets Chocolate event this June. This is the perfect event for us to feature our three fresh raspberry infused wines, Raspberry Rhapsody, Raspberry Bounce and Raspberry Royale. Enjoy these wines as an aperitif, a dessert wine, relaxing on a warm summer day or get creative with your cooking (we suggest adding a little Raspberry Royale to you next batch of dark chocolate brownies)! 


Season's Pass 2013

The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Season's Pass is your ticket to great savings when you attend our four wine trail events. You'll receive 35% OFF the regularly ticketed price, a remarkable savings.


Season's Passes are available for a limited time and can be purchased through the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail office until February 8, 2013.  


Advance Sale Only (prior to 2/8/13)

Single Pass: $90

Couple Pass: $140

Please add 8% sales tax to all orders and a handling fee of $2.50 to all mail in orders.


Mask Mardi Gras 

February 9 & 10       

Beads, Coins and a Scavenger Hunt   


Cheese "Say Cheeeese"
March 9 & 10
Wine Charms,
Wine & Cheese pairings  



Wine & Herb Wine & Herb Festival

April 26-28 or May 3-5 

Potted Herb & Veggie Plants  



HSS bottles Holiday Shopping Spree  

November 22 - 24 or December 6-8 

Wreath, Ornaments and Shopper's Card



Mardi Gras

If you're looking for a fun time along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail you won't Mardi gras masks want to miss our 11th annual Mardi Gras event celebration. This year on February 9 & 10 the wineries invite you to our Mardi Gras engagement offering you the best time ever, New Orleans style. You'll receive a wine glass, beads at each winery, wine and food pairings plus recipe cards to help you get in that Mardi Gras mood. The fun part of this event is receiving the beads, all colors, shapes and sizes, flip flops, jester hats and palm trees just to mention a few. You'll also receive a wine glass, plus a chance to win the lucky coin for instant prizes or win one of the Grand Prizes, five in all.


MG food At this event we highlight a New Orleans Cajun style cuisine. Stop in at Long Point Winery for their Cajun Tamale Pie, this dish is a meal all by itself including cornbread. If a salad is more your style visit Hosmer Winery for their Cajun Bean Salad, a spicy dressing combined with beans and corn. On the sweeter side drop in at Cobblestone Farm Winery for their Chewy Cherry Bars. Make sure to try the succulent sweet surprises at Bellwether Hard Cider offering their Hard Cider Beignets, a perfectly delectable light puffed pastry, a New Orleans must.


As last year we will to continue to run our Scavenger Hunt for a sweet prize, one case of Cayuga Lake Wine Trail fine wines.How it works: Visit MG Queen the winery members, read the clues, mastermind the answer and place them on the Scavenger Hunt card. We'll see who will be our lucky winner this year.


We have five Grand Prizes for you to win and in order to be eligible all you have to do is visit the wineries and make sure you turn in your ticket at the end. The prizes are from these great businesses, Cobtree Vacation Rental Resort, Discovery Trail, Holiday Inn in Auburn, Schaefer Yarn and Water to Wine Tours.


Advance tickets are $25.00 per person plus handling fee and sales tax.  Designated Driver tickets are available. For tickets call 800-684-5217, order online at cayugawinetrail.com or purchase at any area Wegmans.



January Events

January 19: KNAPP WINERY & VINEYARD RESTAURANT, Southern Comfort Food Wine Dinner. Are images of fried chicken, okra, gumbo or cornbread coming to mind?  Knapp Chef John 2   The Southern Comfort Food Wine dinner is the ideal way to experience the culture of the south and to enjoy hearty dishes in the middle of winter.  Warm up to this culinary decadent feast a la Paula Dean style.   This five course dinner will be paired beautifully with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. Please purchase your tickets online to reserve your spot.  www.knappwine.com


SH wines January 19: Swedish Hill Winery, January White Wine Salebration.

Nothing chases those long winter days away like great wine! To help keep the winter blues at bay, we're having a "January White Wine Saleabration" and we're not talking towels! Our salabration involves great sales on wonderful white wines. Stock up for the winter and the Super Bowl! Also warm up with complimentary food samples on this day!



January 26: WEST SIDE CAYUGA LAKE WINERIES, Between the Lakes Winter Wine Party

Sometimes it makes more sense to hop on a wine tour between the lakes white wine bottles rather than around one lake.  The Between the Lakes event links you to participating Cayuga and Seneca Lake wineries that will offer a special tasting room savory morsel!  Anything from stews, soups, dips, and desserts.   Tasting room fees still apply but the delectable bite at each winery is free. 








 Amer concert

Enjoy music all through the winter on Friday and Sunday nights. A perfect  way to get out of the cold, listen to great tunes and enjoy fine wines! 



See You Along the Trail!!

Cathy Millspaugh 
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail