March 9 & 10
Creamy Cheese Recipes
Last night, the last day in January proved to be one of the best nights I've had in a long time. My assistant Susan and I were guest chefs at Glenora Wine Cellars/Veraisons Restaurant for their Pasta night that they hold every Thursday till April. Part of the proceeds for each dinner is given to a charity of your choice and ours was the Alzheimer Association. The best part was actually cooking the dish under the watchful eye of Chef Orlando where each dish is made to order, the possibilities are endless. You can choose from 3 different pastas, five different meats or seafood, numerous veggies plus a choice of different sauces. The Vodka Cream sauce is fun to prepare because of the flames.
See you along the trail.
|Six Mile Creek Vineyard
In conjunction with our 30 years celebration we have asked wine owners to tell us their thoughts on the past years here on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.
Six Mile Creek Vineyard, located just two miles from downtown Ithaca owned by Nancy and Roger Battistella is the second highlighted winery of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Nancy says "In the 25 years we have been operating the farm winery it has had many dramatic changes. First, traffic and tourism has increased substantially, due to county tourism agencies, partnering of businesses, and marketing. Secondly, the quality of the wines produced has become very competitive compared to 25 years ago when little was known how Riesling and red wine would show. These wines have fared well due to experimentation, development of varieties best suited for the area, experienced personnel and trained winemakers. Thirdly, legislation on shipping, distillery possibilities and increased support for research and education has brought a boom to the industry".
So what is the latest happening at Six Mile Creek? The winery has warmed up the winter season with their Friday Night Music Series and Sunday afternoon "Visiting Winery Series" both of which have been big hits with both local Ithacans and travelers enjoying their trip to the Finger Lakes.
The Friday Night Music Series which runs from 5 to 7 PM each Friday evening includes local musicians such as the Pelotones, Cielle, Jim Hall, Greg McQuade, Blue Ski and many others. It is a great way to start a chilly weekend in Ithaca.
Six Mile Creeks "Visiting Winery Series" was developed to introduce customers to more than one winery on Sunday afternoons so they can avoid the sometimes snowy and slippery roads of upstate NY. Recent visiting wineries included Seneca Lake wineries Wagner and Glenora which were big hits.
Six Mile Creek is located at 1551 Slaterville Rd (Rt 89), Ithaca, NY 14850 www.sixmilecreek.com
Season's Pass 2013
Remember you only have until February 8th to purchase the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Season's Pass your ticket to great savings when you attend our four wine trail events. Mardi Gras, February 9 & 10, "Say Cheeeese", March 9 & 10, Wine & Herb Fest April 26-28 or May 3-5 and Holiday Shopping Spree November 22-24 or December 6-8.
You'll receive 35% OFF the regularly ticketed price, a remarkable savings.
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.
Join us for our 11th annual Mardi Gras event on February 9 & 10. You'll receive a wine glass, beads at each winery, wine and food pairings plus recipe cards. You'll also have a chance to win the lucky coin for instant prizes or win one of the Grand Prizes, five in all.
Bellwether Hard Cider Beignets, a perfectly delectable light puffed pastry, and Americana's Muffalatta are back. Two New Orleans must haves.
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 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 still have packages left to make your wine tour safe and pleasurable.
To win our five Grand Prizes 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.
If cheese and wine are important staples for you then you're not going to want to miss the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail's
"Say Cheeeese" event on March 9th and 10th. Savor the spectacular tastes of fine wines and creamy cheese recipes. Receive a wineglass at your starting point winery and travel along the trail to gather a wine charm from each winery.
This year the wineries will be the serving their cheesiest recipes ever. Buttonwood Grove is serving Tomato and Ricotta Salata Bruschetta, a must if you love feta cheese . This dish will be paired with their Cayuga Lake Mist. At Swedish Hill Winery stop in for Jacked up Mac and Cheese paired with their Cayuga White. Montezuma Winery
up at the north will be serving Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce with a kick. If you have a hankering for soup try the cheesy potato soup at Goose Watch Winery
paired with their Melody.
We're hosting a special "Say Cheeeese" photo contest so make sure to take all your favorite photos over the weekend and enter them via facebook or email. There will be different categories such as funniest, best wine and cheese pairing and most creative. We've fashioned that the winner who takes the best wine and cheese photo at the event will win a Specialty Gift Basket from our local creameries and wineries.
Make sure to turn in your ticket at your last winery so that you are eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes, six in all from the Discovery Trail, Experience! The Finger Lakes, Holiday Inn in Auburn, LaTourelle Resort & Spa,The Boatyard Grill and Water to Wine Tours.
Plus we are offering a selection of Say Cheese packages at various different hotels and inns in Ithaca, Auburn and Seneca Falls. Each package includes accommodations, transportation for two and two tickets to our "Say Cheeeese" event. Think of it, all the fun and none of the hassle in traveling from winery to winery. Transportation packages that include tickets to the event are also available.
Advance tickets: Single ticket $30.00 and a couple ticket is $45.00 plus handling fee and sales tax. Designated Driver tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cayugawinetrail.com
, by calling 800-684-5217 or at any area Wegmans stores.
February 2 -Montezuma Winery, Walking in a Winter Wineryland
Join Montezuma Winery and the Montezuma Audubon Center for this family event. Activities include a guided nature walk snowshoeing through a portion of the Refuge bird watching and tracking animals, a winemaker's luncheon and wine pairing and a live birds of prey presentation (snowshoe rental available or bring your own). Roast home-made marshmallows over an open fire and make your own smores for dessert. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Montezuma Audubon Center. www.montezumawinery.com
February 2 - Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant,
4th Annual Fireman's Chili "Cook-off"
Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant presents Finger Lakes Firemen's Chili Cook-Off @ Knapp. Set for Saturday February 2 from 12-4pm. All ticket proceeds benefit the participating fire departments that enter their chili for you to taste. Tickets include complimentary tasting of all chili dishes with a wine pairing. Each ticket holder gets to vote for the "People's Choice Award Winner". Wine and beer will be available for purchase. www.knappwine.com
February 9 - Americana Vineyard "Whey" Local
Join us every 2nd Saturday of each month as we welcome a local cheesemaker to our tasting room! Also receive 10% of paired wine when purchased with the local cheese of the month! February Cheese Maker: Sunset View Creamery. www.americanavineyards.com
February 14 - Americana Vineyards Valentine's Day Dinner
at the Crystal Lake Café
Looking for that special place for Valentine's day dinner? The Crystal Lake Cafe features a from-scratch menu dedicated to making your Valentine's day complete. Serving 5pm-9pm Reservations are required. www.americanavineyards.com
February 16 - Buttonwood Grove Winery,
Chocolate Cheese & Cheers.
Live music with Bob and Dee, cheese & chocolate vendors, wine specials, and fun for the afternoon!
February 16 - Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant,
Add Spice to Your Life Wine Dinner.
Piquance is the sensation you get when you taste hot or spicy food, some call it pain, but if you enjoy the intense sensations of food from Asia, India, Mexico you are likely to enjoy this menu. Peppers are not the only foods that are hot, a dollop of horseradish or an infusion of ginger can also intensify the heat in different ways. Measure the piquance in your life at Knapp Winery with this savory dinner. Each course will be paired with two wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards or Glenora Wine Cellars. Please purchase your tickets on line to reserve your spot.
February 16 & 17 - Cobblestone Farm Winery,
Sweet Sensation Weekend
Celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one. Enjoy fine wines paired with complimentary tasty treats such as cheesecake, apple pie, chocolate and brownies. It's a sweet way to enjoy the Finger Lakes!
February 16 & 17 - Swedish Hill Winery, Sweetheart of a Red Wine Sale The perfect pairing of red wine and delicious complimentary desserts is the perfect event to share with your sweetheart! Experience a range of red wines from dry to sweet, oak aged or stainless steel and find your favorite on sale with our biggest red wine sale of the year!
February 16 & 17 - Americana Vineyards, Chocolate Wine & Roses
All weekend, sample our wine while paired with romantic handmade chocolate delicacies, treat yourself to the Crystal Lake Cafe's from-scratch food, and get a free rose with any purchase! www.americanavineyards.com
February 16 - Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, The Copper Oven,
Rustic romantic dining in the cellar at Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery. Wood fired pizza and Valentine's delights from The Copper Oven. Aphrodisiac driven menu TBA. Enjoy live melodies with the one you love. Reservations required. Call Mary Jane at 607.220.8794 or visit www.thecopperoven.com for more details.
February 17: Six Mile Creek Vineyard,
Visiting Winery Series.
You'll find two wineries at Six Mile Creek, the wines of course of Six Mile Creek and the wines of Americana Vineyards. Enjoy wines from two distinct wineries in the Finger Lake both from Cayuga Lake. www.sixmilecreek.com
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!!
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail