July 2013
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Thirsty Owl Wine Co.
Americana Vineyards
Summer Hours
Boat Access
Winemaker for a Week
30th Anniversary
July Events

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Happy 4th of July to everyone. This is the time for picnics, BBQ's and fireworks and let's face it the 4th wouldn't be the 4th without fireworks.  Usually if there are a few in the area, if you're like me, you'll need to see them all.

I know I'm not going to miss Americana Vineyards fireworks on July 6th.  In previous years they have been fantastic and they just keep getting better and better each year. Hope to see you on the 6th or at any of our great wineries all through the summer.

See you along the trail!


 Cayuga Cathy


Thirsty Owl Wine Co.

Thirsty Owl Wine Company located midway up the West side of Cayuga TO logo Lake, is dedicated to producing high quality wines. As part of a 150 acre estate, they have both mature plantings and several new acres planted in prime growing areas that border the lake's 300 feet plus waters. The water's ability to regulate air temperature lends to a meso climate that produces exceptional wines.


TO Jon Cupp owner of Thirsty Owl Wine Co. states, "Visitors come here to the winery to enjoy the views, the wines as well as our cuisine. The winery is 100 feet above lake level with ½ mile of lake frontage overlooking the vineyards.  We are proud of our aromatic whites such as our Pinot Gris, dry and semi-dry Rieslings and our Gewürztraminer. We also have some fine reds like our own estate grown Malbec and Pinot Noir.  The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has been a great asset to our area wineries.  It is great to work with a bunch of fellow wineries to help promote this regions wine, and let the rest of the world know how exceptional they really are".    


Thirsty Owl offers tastings, a gift shop, and a bistro which operates Thirsty Owl food seasonally. Scott Smith, their newest chef has developed his own cooking style through a wide range of culinary styles here at home and abroad through his stint as a Ranger in the US Army. There he was able to learn various different cuisines from the Caribbean and the jungles of Central America. He came back to the Ithaca area and worked at Turback's and Maxies Supper Club for a while and then ended up in Manhattan. In Manhattan at the RUB BBQ restaurant he started a special "Burger Night", grinding his own custom blend of beef and searing them on cast iron skillets. The burger was named one of the best burgers in Manhattan several times where his burgers were highlighted on local radio and television stations plus in national newspapers. He is now back here in the Finger Lakes sharing with us, all his culinary expertise.   


TO bistro On July 6th, Thirsty Owl Wine Co. extends to you, an invite, to celebrate and try a taste of their red wines, white wines while listening to the Blues, hence their Reds, Whites and Blues Celebration.  This year you'll be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Delta Mike Shaw. He kicks out high octane rockin' blues filled with funk and soul. This year's artist is Angela Cartwright from Angel Art Pottery; you'll definitely feel the need to take home a piece.


Make sure to pay a visit by land or by boat where their knowledgeable staff TO by boat offers great wine and food in a fun and friendly atmosphere, while providing the unforgettable experience of visiting an exceptional wine region.


Thirsty Owl Wine Co.

6861 Rt. 89, Ovid, NY 14521



Americana Vineyards

Americana Vineyards is a destination winery located in the heart of the Americnan barn Finger Lakes 15 minutes north of Ithaca, right between Routes 89 & 96. Americana opened its doors in 1981, and is a founding member of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. The winery originally owned by Mary Ann Treble believed in what the Finger Lakes had to offer and how everyone could all benefit.  Joe Gober, the present owner knows and feels this belief.


"The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has been an integral part in Americana Vineyards' history from the very beginning, Joe says. We at Americana have found that the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail's cooperative marketing, advertising, and inter-winery communication, in addition to well-attended trail-wide events have been invaluable in our growth as a business. We look forward to working with them in the future".  


Amer cafe Today the winery has an additional facility for private parties and a restaurant, the  Crystal Lake Cafe a from-scratch cafe for year-round dining. Americana is the only winery in the area to host two year-round musical concert series: Friday Night Happy Hour from 6:00pm-8:00pm and Sunday Afternoon Music from 4:00pm-6:00pm. During warm weather the bands play in the Pavilion on the back lawn, and in cold or inclement weather, they play in the "Small Barn." Americana produces 26 wines, many of which are nationally and internationally acclaimed, including their Chardonnay, which recently took Double Gold at the Florida International Wine Competition.  


The Fourth of July in the Finger Lakes wouldn't be complete without Amer BB Americana's Vineyards annual Fourth of July Birthday BBQ Bash, and this year promises to be the best. The winery has a full day of music, food and drink, and great fun lined up for everyone, friends, family members and even pets. The festivities start at noon on Saturday, July 6 and will go all day strong right through the full fireworks finale from Proximity Pyrotechnics that rivals any community's display!


Amer BB This year is Americana's 32nd birthday, and they've added more food, more vendors and more fun to celebrate. In addition to the great BBQ and plenty of local food and artisan vendors there will be a wine slushie and beer tent, wine specials, and a full slate of top local musical talent. Admission is just $3.00 for adults with kids and pets admitted free.


"We have five great bands playing all day, starting right at noon, each playing a two hour set, which will take us right up to our fireworks Finale at 10:00pm, "Joe outlines. The entertainment line-up for this year is:


2:00pm The Tarps
2:00-4:00pm The Purple Valley Amer birthday
4:00-6:00pm Go Gone
6:00-8:00pm Radio London
8:00-10:00pm Robin Burnette & the A Band
10:00pm Fireworks Finale


Americana Vineyards,
4367 East Covert Road, Interlaken, 14847


Summer Hours at the Wineries


Summer is upon us and some of our wineries have extended their hours to suzie & hubbie accommodate your vacation needs. Check out the list. 




Winery Summer Hours 






Boat Access Wineries


Five of our wineries offer boat access from Cayuga Lake.  

Just another way to enjoy your wine touring experience.

Goose boat dock
Goose Watch Boat Dock 



Wineries Accessible by Boat 






Winemaker for a Week


Only two weeks left to sign up and be eligible to win the Winemaker for a WM KF Week contest supported by the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Greek Peak Resort and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Don't miss out. Deadline is July 15th.  





30th Anniversary

Help us celebrate 30 years on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail by visiting us 2011 members the 30th of each month throughout 2013 for great deals and offers. Click here for the complete list. 


An additional offer: purchase two Vino Visa's and receive two of our 30th Anniversary Glasses for FREE!!




July Events

 July 5:  The Copper Oven & Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, Movie Copper Oven Night  - Come for dinner at The Copper Oven and stay for a movie under the stars. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine from Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery and enjoy a vintage 80's flick overlooking the vineyard! Bring lawn chairs or blankets - whatever keeps you cozy. Movie begins at 8:30 sharp. Free admission.   www.cayugaridgewinery.com or www.slowfoodonthego.com 


TO logo July 6: THIRSTY OWL WINE COMPANY, Reds, Whites, and Blues Celebration and Edition II of the '13 Artist Series.

Join everyone at Thirsty Owl for their Red Wine, White Wine and Blues Music by Delta Mike Shaw. Artist featured  Angela Cartwright from Angel Art Pottery.www.thirstyowl.com 



July 6:   AMERICANA VINEYARDS, Americana's Birthday Bash

Amer birthday 
A fun-filled day of tastings, concerts, and local vendors. Find us on www.Facebook.com/AmericanaWine to keep up with who's playing, visiting, and having fun!






Knapp Rest. July 13:  KNAPP WINERY, Sailors Delight, Everyone Wear White Wine Dinner - Red sky at night, sailors delight, red sky in the morning sailors take warning. Sailors feast promises to be quite the wine dinner treat!  Poseidon will be proud.  Hard not to give-away the main ingredient for this event, but think cod, turbot, bass, and snapper.  Your plates will be loaded with seafood with accompanying side dishes that include ingredients from the bounty of the seas.   This extravagant meal will be paired with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars.   Please call and make your reservations 800.869.9271  Visit Website: www.knappwine.com 


July 19:   The Copper Oven & Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, Movie CR winery Night  - Come for dinner at The Copper Oven and stay for a movie under the stars. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine from Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery and enjoy a vintage 80's flick overlooking the vineyard! Bring lawn chairs or blankets - whatever keeps you cozy. Movie begins at 8:30 sharp. Free admission. www.cayugaridgewinery.com or www.slowfoodonthego.com 


Goose Watch Winery July 20:  Goose Watch Winery, 16th Anniversary Party & Classic Car Show - Celebrate our 16 years of excellence at our Anniversary Party! Come enjoy the beautiful scenery of classic cars overlooking Cayuga Lake in addition to LIVE music and lawn games for everyone to enjoy! There is no admission fee and  we will also have wines by the glass, wine slushies, and BBQ food for you purchase!  Contact:  Lindsay Case , 607-403-0029  www.goosewatch.com

July 27:   COBBLESTONE FARM WINERY, Chocoholics Celebration Cobb logo Celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day and indulge your sweet tooth with complimentary milk chocolate treats. www.cobblestonefarmwinery.com



SH Barn July 27:  SWEDISH HILL WINERY, Wine, Paws and Claws - Drink wine and benefit the Beverly's Animal Shelter!  Each year we throw a party in their honor, and have quite a bit of fun with LIVE music, lawn games, wine slushies and BBQ food! While there is no admission fee for this event, wine and food items are for purchase and donations are appreciated for the shelter!  www.swedishhill.com






 Amer concert

Enjoy music all through the summer on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights. Listen to great tunes and enjoy fine wines.  A perfect way to get out of the heat and cool down.


See You Along the Trail!!

Cathy Millspaugh 
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail