March 2013
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Cayuga Rdige Estate
Say Cheeeese
Wine & Herb
30th Anniversary
Winemaker for A Week
National Wine Tourism Day
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Grand Prizes!

Tickets are still available to our "Say Cheeeese" event this coming weekend. Join us for a fun-filled weekend where you can collect the cutest little wine charms you have ever seen.  


Remember all the wineries will be offering great deals on the 30th of each month throughout the year and did you hear about National Wine Tourism Day on May 11. 


See you along the trail. 


 Cayuga Cathy


Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery

Tom Challen owner of Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery has been in the wine Cayuga Ridge industry for 41 years and has owned Cayuga Ridge for the past 22. As he states, "No one succeeds solely on their own efforts and this is especially meaningful in the wine industry,  throughout the world. For thirty years the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has modeled the collective efforts and resources of its members by developing an added-value, agritourism. The grape industry produces quality wines while educating the public".

CR Here at Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, they offer great sessions where you'll learn more about wine making then you'll ever imagine. You ask yourself "What is a Vigneron"? A Vigneron is a person who cultivates grapes for winemaking. Note: the "g" is silent. Also, a vigneron is a viticulturist but not all viticulturists are vignerons, since some grapes are grown for eating or juice making. The word is of French origin so some people literally translate it to English and call a vigneron a " wine grower." Therefore: Vigneron - a winegrower, or a person who grows grapes for



This year they are offering two sessions:  


Vigneron #1....March 23/2013 Cost $100/person or $185 for both sessions, 20% off wine purchase that day.


10:00am..."In the Vineyard"
~Assess the vines Cayuga Ridge
~Pruning of the vines outside
~Discussion of pruning and trellis techniques
*Please bring pruners if you have them

*dress appropriately

11:00am..."Into the Cellar"
~Making and potting grape cuttings
~Continued discussion of viticulture

~Take home potted vine

Noon..Break for lunch - provided by Cayuga Ridge

1:00..."White Wine Blending Workshop"
~Bulk wine assessment prior to blending workshop

~Take home a bottle of your private blend

Vigneron #2....May 11/2013

Cost $100/person or $185 for both sessions, 20% off wine purchase that day.


10:00am..."Spring Vineyard Work"
~Assess the vineyard
~Grape vine tying
~Vineyard tour to witness the season begin

*Dress appropriately

Noon...Break for lunch - provided by Cayuga Ridge

1:00..."Red Wine Blending Workshop"
~Assess barrel and tank red wines for blending purposes

~Take home a bottle of your private blend

  Copper Oven
On March 16th join everyone at Cayuga Ridge with the Copper Oven for an Irish celebration. Details below in the events section.

"Say Cheeeese"

"Say Cheeeese" event on March 9th and 10th. Savor the spectacular tastes SC charms 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.


Enjoy Roasted Garlic Cheddar Biscuits at Knsapp Winery and Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce At Montezuma Winery.




Say Cheese winner 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 sucSay Cheese 1 12h 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. 

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 , by calling 800-684-5217, Event Brite or at any area Wegmans stores.



Wine & Herb Festival

Picture a flourishing herb garden in your backyard by attending our 21st Wine & Herb annual Wine & Herb Festival on April 26 through the 28 or May 3 through the 5. Here you'll receive a potted herb or veggie plant from each winery plus recipe cards as you savor herb or veggie prepared delicacies while sipping fine wines from your Wine & Herb souvenir wine glass.


Participants are eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes from: Corning Museum of Glass, Courtyard by Marriott in Ithaca, Holiday Inn in Auburn, LaTourelle Resort & Spa, Schools Out Charters, Water to Wine Tours and Watkins Glen International. 

Packages are available for both weekends. Single ticket, $40.00, Couple ticket, $60.00. DD Tickets available. 

Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 800-684-5217, or Event Brite April.


30th Anniversary Specials

Celebrate 30 years with us on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail on the 30th of each month throughout 2013 for some great deals. 

Montezuma Winery: 2 bottles of Cranberry Bog and Cayuga White with a wine bottles stu T-shirt for $30.00

Swedish Hill Winery: Buy 6 or more bottles of Svenska Red 750ml, Svenska White 750ml and Svenska Blush 750ml and get 30% off! (Can mix and match)

Cobblestone Farm Winery: 3 Cobblestone White, Red or Blush, 3 for $30.00 plus tax

Knapp Winery: 15% off a 3 bottle wine purchase

Goose Watch Winery: Get one bottle each of Snow Goose, Red Fox and Strawberry Splendor for just $30!

Buttonwood Grove Winery: 35% off a case of wine

Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery: TBA

Thirsty Owl Wine Co.: Additional 5% discount on existing wine purchase discounts

Hosmer Winery: Free samples of food

Sheldrake Point Winery: 30% off a case of wine

Lucas Vineyards: Free Tasting

Bellwether Hard Cider: 30% off case purchases

Americana Vineyards: Cayuga White Wine, 3 for $30.00 plus tax

Six Mile Creek Vineyard: Free Tasting and 10% off a wine purchase

King Ferry Winery: Buy 3 bottles of our featured wine of the month in the tasting room and receive one bottle free. Featured wine of the month

Dry Rose.

Long Point Winery: Wine and Cheese Pairing 




Step Into the Winemakers Boots in the Finger Lakes.



Enter to win the unique opportunity to stay nestled among the vines in the WM LP wine region of New York's Cayuga lake Wine Trail and experience the unique opportunity to become a

Winemaker for a Week 


The  Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Greek Peak Mountain Resort,  have teamed up to create an experience of a lifetime; the opportunity to step into the winemakers boots and become a winemaker for a week. This unique experience is part learning opportunity, part luxurious vacation, and part glimpse into the life of a winemaker.


Through 'Winemaker for a Week' contestants will enter to win a week long stay for two at  Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland, NY. Greek Peak's facility, nestled in the beautiful countryside of Cortland County, will bring you into a luxurious lodge setting with an in house spa, indoor waterpark, KF Winemaker and brand new Adventure Center. Greek Peak is a short drive away from the  Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, one of the Finger Lakes premier locations to experience award winning wines. The winner and a guest of their choice will have the opportunity to work with premier winemakers at Long Point Winery, King Ferry Winery, Six Mile Creek Vineyard and Knapp Winery. Our winning winemaker will see and have hands on experience with the full vine to bottle process by picking the grapes, viewing and assisting in crush, lending a hand in the cellar and more! Additionally the winner willhave a chance to experience the tasting room  


This experience is the perfect opportunity to have any questions answered pertaining to grapes, the winemaking process, bottling, and everything in between! It is here that our winemakers in training will be able to pour and sample tastings.  


Come and experience it first hand! Become Winemaker for a Week!


To enter to win, please visit 



National Wine Tourism Day

Wineries throughout the Finger lakes and throughout the Unites States will wine tourism day offer great events and tours to honor this most important day. Check out the website
to visit a winery near you on May 11,2013.



March Events

March 10 Six Mile Creek Vineyard, "Visitng Winery Series".   Six Mile bottles

You'll find two wineries at Six Mile Creek, the wines of course of Six Mile Creek and the wines of Rooster Hill. Enjoy wines from two distinct wineries in the Finger Lake, one from Cayuga Lake and the other from Keuka Lake.  


March 16 & 17    Cobblestone Farm Winery, St. Patrick's Irish Weekend.
Celebrate the luck of the Irish!  Enjoy fine wines paired with
complimentaryIrish fare such as Irish stew, potato leek soup and scones.  Toast the day with green wine and sample jellies, preserves, salsas, hot sauces, butters and mustards.  


March 16    Knapp Vineyards, A Viking Feast Wine Dinner Say Cheese 2 12
Leprechauns, Guinness stews, bag pipes, green clothes are not what you will expect at this lavish wine dinner.  To celebrate Irish cuisine we found that a Viking settlement in the Wood Quay area of Dublin turned out significant information on the diet of the people that lived in this area.  Beef and pork along with shellfish and poultry lavished the banquet tables of the Vikings.  Later potatoes were a staple crop for Ireland along with cabbage dishes, stews and bacon.  Expect a feast made for a Viking. 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.  


Goose Watch March 16 & 17    Goose Watch Winery, Cabin Fever Days
Winter got you down? Come out of hibernation and join us for great end of winter sales and Winemaker's Dozen Case specials! 


March 16 & 17    Swedish Hill Vineyard, Cabin Fever Days
Winter got you down? Come out of hibernation and join us for great end of winter sales and Winemaker's Dozen Case specials! 


March 16 & 17    Montezuma Winery, Luck of the Irish Mead Celebration
This St. Patrick's Day celebrate like a King at our special Mead tasting.  Mead, the drink of Irish Kings, is the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man.  During this event visitors get to sample a variety of Meads paired with a sampling of Irish foods plus learn how Mead is made. Live Irish music Saturday. Fee $10.00 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass.  


March 16 Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, The Copper Oven, Erin Go Copper Oven Braugh

Rustic Irish dining in the cellar at Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery.   Wood fired pizza and Irish fare with a twist at The Copper Oven.  Menu TBA.  Kick up your heels with live music inspired by the Emerald Isle.  Reservations required.  Call Mary Jane at 607.220.8794 or visit for more details



Buttonwood sign March 23    Buttonwood Grove Winery, Ladies Day at the Winery
Special treats for "The Ladies Day Out" with live music, pottery & jewelry vendors, chocolate & wine pairings & much more (12-5pm).  

 Knapp Chef John

March 23 Knapp Vineyards, Knapp Vineyard Restaurant Opens for the  Season.  




CR March 23    Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, Vigneron Winemaking Workshops Begin.  

What is a Vigneron? A Vigneron is a person who cultivates grapes for winemaking. Note: the "g" is silent. Also, a vigneron is a viticulturist but not all viticulturists are vignerons, since some grapes are grown for eating or juice making. The word is of French origin so some people literally translate it to English and call a vigneron a " wine grower." Therefore: Vigneron - a winegrower, or a person who grows grapes for winemaking. Vigneron #1....March 23/2013 Cost $100/person or $185 for both sessions, 20% off wine purchase that day.  



March 24 Bellwether Hard Cider, Cidermakers (Almost Annual) Get  Bellwether logo Together and Potluck Dinner.  

Join us for our annual home cidermakers' tasting and potluck. This event is free and open to everyone! Come talk cider with home cidermakers, industry professionals, cider geeks, and curious bystanders. If you make cider, please bring a bottle or two to share. We will also have a potluck meal, so bring a dish to share.        


King Ferry Tacie & Pete March 30 King Ferry Winery, Visitng The Vintner.  

Travel "off the beaten path" and visit wineries on the east side of Cayuga Lake., and enjoy some one-on-one with professional winemakers.  Bring your winemaking questions and enjoy an educational tasting at each stop.  


March 31 Knapp Vineyards, Easter Brunch  

Knapp's Easter Brunch Buffet is a great Cayuga Lake tradition.  The buffet includes a grand brunch menu which includes a carved roast turkey breast with gravy & cranberry fig chutney, French toast with wild berry cream cheese filling, bacon, sausage, Eggs Benedict, pastas, seasonal vegetables and topped with fresh fruit and dessert.  Buffet hours are from 10:30am-3:30pm.  A special Easter Egg Hunt for kids is set for 1pm. Reserve a table for your family at 800.869.9271.  



March 31 Americana Vineyards, Easter Brunch at the Crystal Lake Café
Start Easter off with a delectable brunch from the Crystal Lake Cafe's kitchen: Warm pancakes, Homemade Hot Chocolate, and lovingly-made food make for a great Easter!

delectable brunch of warm pancakes, Brioche French Toast and eggs made to order, lovingly home-made food for a great Easter!  








 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