October 2013
In This Issue
Goose Watch Winery
Bellwether Hard Cider & Wine Cellars
Holiday Shopping Spree
30th Anniversary
Winemaker for a Week
Harvest Hoopla

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Coupons from 16 wineries and other local area businesses

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Harvest is in full swing and the Harvesters have been chugging along in fine motion. This is our busiest season, in the vineyard as well as in the tasting room.

As harvest continues, Gene Pierce of Knapp Winery and Vineyard Restaurant states, "In the vineyard, we are at the point in harvest season where we've picked the early varieties and are now picking the mid-season varieties such as Chardonnay and some Rieslings.  Our 2013 brix levels (sugar levels) are where they would be in an average growing season, we are right on target".


See you along the trail!! 


Cayuga Cathy


Goose Watch Winery


Goose Watch Winery located on Rt. 89 along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is just GW sign 11 miles South of Seneca Falls and 35 miles North of Ithaca. Our winery has something just a little bit different to offer.  


Dave Peterson, owner of Goose Watch winery and Swedish Hill states, "When we started Goose Watch we wanted to make our product line different from our sister winery, Swedish Hill, as well from those of most other Finger Lakes wineries.  Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Franc are the typical Finger Lakes varietals, so instead we have concentrated on several  varietals common in the rest of the world but not so common in the Finger Lakes, such as Pinot Grigio, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon or common varietals made in different styles, such as a dry Brut Rose made from Pinot Noir, a dry Riesling Gewurztraminer blend, etc.  Then there are the historic varieties, Diamond and Isabella, or the Classic Cream Sherry.  We also made the first Finger Lakes Lemberger.  Goose Watch is a unique property with beautiful grounds and a great view, it seems fitting that we would make the wines as distinctive as the property itself."


Come experience the Chestnut Festival on October 19th from Noon - 5pm. It's the biggest celebration of the fall season at Goose Watch Winery and we're inviting you! Here we celebrate the harvest of our chestnut groves in the most delicious and fun way!


With over 17 acres of nut groves at Goose Watch Winery, and most of those are chestnuts, we have plenty to go around! Sample a mouth-watering variety of chestnut foods while listening to LIVE music by the very talented Ev n' Bri Duo! Also treat yourself to the fresh flavors from Cayuga Lake Creamery who will be featuring a Chestnut Ice Cream made from our own chestnuts! And to really get you in the fall spirit be sure to sip on some of our mulled wine that will compliment the beautiful fall foliage of Cayuga Lake! 


Admission to the Chestnut Festival is FREE to the public with food and beverage items available for purchase. We will also have bags of fresh chestnuts available for you to purchase in our gift shop along with chestnut roasting pans and other local ingredients such as maple syrup and honey!


So gather your friends and join us for the last and most delicious fall festival of the year at Goose Watch Winery!  


For more information check out our website


Bellwether Hard Cider * Wine Cellars

Bellwether Hard Cider has expanded and is now also a winery. Our new label, Bellwether Wine Cellars, is spearheaded by the son-in-law of Cheryl and Bill Barton and  the husband of Caitlin, Kris Matthewson.  


He is currently one of the winemakers at Atwater Estate Vineyards. Ted Marks, the owner of Atwater, has been incredibly encouraging and helpful in getting this project off the ground. We use the crusher/destemmer and press at Atwater (we don't have our own yet, but do plan to buy them down the line). The wine is then transferred to Bellwether where we do the rest of the the production.


Our business model focuses on producing wines from only two grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Riesling. These are two of Kris' favorite varieties and the two that he believes can grow best in the Finger Lakes. We source all of our grapes from some of the best vineyards in the Finger Lakes. The goal is to highlight the different terroir we have within the region. A Riesling from Seneca Lake can be very different from a Riesling from Keuka or Cayuga, and they hope to showcase that in their wines. 


Our first two vintages currently available are our 2011 Pinot Noir and 2012 Rieslings. Our 2012 Pinot Noir will be released along with our 2013 Rieslings next Summer. Our first vintage (2011) we produced just one wine: A Pinot Noir from Sawmill Creek Vineyard on Seneca Lake. In 2012 we added a Riesling from Sawmill Creek, as well as two Rieslings from A&D Vineyards, which lies within the bluff of Keuka Lake.  


For the 2013 vintage, we are adding two more growing partners to our project. In addition to A&D Vineyards and Sawmill Creek Vineyards, we are now working with Harlan Fulkerson at Lahoma Vineyards and John Tuller at Tuller Vineyards, both Seneca Lake growers. We are excited to work with these new growing partners and look forward to seeing what the vintage has to offer. We plan to add several more styles of wine this year, including a rose, a late harvest Riesling, and possibly even a white Pinot Noir, depending on how harvest progresses.


We have a website up at where you can find specifics on the wines. 




Holiday Shopping Spree 

Experience the scents and sights of the Holidays here at our 20th Annual Holiday  Shopping Spree  on November 22-24 or December 6-8.Take home a souvenir wineglass, a grapevine wreath, a cookie cutter ornament from each winery, plus holiday recipe cards. Special to only our holiday trail event is our Shopper's Discount Card that can be used at each winery during the weekend for all those great wine buys.


 Visit Six Mile Creek, Long Point, King Ferry or Montezuma wineries on Friday afternoon only, to start your weekend plans early. On Saturday visit King Ferry and Long Point wineries at a special time, 9:00am. Visit all 16 wineries Saturday and Sunday.


Participants will be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes from Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Season Pass-2014, Hilton Garden Inn-Ithaca, Microtel Inn and Suites-Seneca Falls, LaTourelle Hotel, Spa and Bistro and Rogue's Harbor Inn. 


Advance: Single ticket, $40.00, Couple ticket, $60.00plus handling fee and sales tax. Designated Driver tickets available. Tickets can be purchaesed online at, by phone 800-684-5217, Event Brite and at any area Wegmans.   



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!!




Winemaker for a Week

Janelle Toner-Drach the 2013 winner of the "Winemaker for a Week" contest is in the process of learning all she can about making wine this week from Sept. 30 till Oct. 4. The photo here of her is taken at King Ferry Winery where Lindsay, their winemaker is instructing her on the usage of the crusher/ destemmer in front of her.


She'll be at Long Point, Knapp, Six Mile Creek and Americana wineries the rest of the week to learn all the aspects of the wine business. This includes vineyard work, lab analysis and retail management.  




Harvest Hoopla-October

October 5
Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, Experience the Harvest Crush 
Harvest is in full swing!  Join us for exciting demonstrations of harvesting equipment.  Watch grapes being pressed into juice and enjoy a fresh sample. 


KF harvest October 5 & 6 King Ferry Winery, Harvest Festival  

Experience the essence of October and the excitement of the crush at our Harvest Festival.  FREE live music, and wine and food available for a fee.  Live radio remote broadcast on Saturday morning, "Restless" will play country-rock on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5.   "Under Construction" will play classic rock on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 


October 12 Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, Wine and Women: Pink Ribbon Education & Celebrate  

An observation of Breast Cancer Awareness.  For more info call Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery @ 607-869-5158 or check out their site. 


Knapp Rest. October 19 Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant, Up In Smoke Wine Dinner  

Smoke--it's invisible yet can put us in a trance-like state.  Remember the old cartoons that showed a cartoon character in the air following its nose to the smoke aroma from a nearby campfire?  There are restaurants that evolve from making smoked foods, and almost any food can be smoked.   So leave the decision to our chef who will smoke his own meats, fish, vegetables and even cheese.  Bring your smoking jackets.   Each course will be paired with premium Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars wines. $74.90 per person includes tax and gratuity.


October 19 Goose Watch Winery, Chestnut Festival Chestnut  

Enjoy freshly harvested chestnuts grown right at Goose Watch. Sample roasted chestnuts, chestnut soup and other unique foods while enjoying LIVE MUSIC!  Contact:  Lindsay Case , 607-403-0029 

Buttonwood Harvest October 26 Buttonwood Grove Winery, Annual Harvest Festival
Live music piping hot chili dishes, hayrides through the spooky vineyards, wine specials, Halloween treats, and pick your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch. Fun for the entire  family.

October 26 - Bellwether Hard Cider & Wine Cellars, Halloween Cider Bellwether logo for Grown ups  

Let our "Witches Brew" and other Halloween treats cast a spell on you! 


October 26 - Americana Vineyards, 11th Annual Hallowine Spooktacular  

Americana Vineyards Winery is excited to announce  their 11th annual Hallo-wine Spooktacular Halloween costume party slated for October 26, from 8:00pm to midnight. GHOULS AND GATSBY is the theme for this year's costume.  Party goers are encouraged to dress up to this theme so they can participate in the costume contest which is just one of the games taking place that evening.  There will also be dancing all night, with music from the DJs of Elephant Sound, along with great treats from the from-scratch kitchen of the Crystal Lake Cafe. Americana will be releasing their first ever Lemberger at the party as well, with complimentary tastings for the revelers.  The cover charge for the party is just $15, Industry Folk $5.00 with the guest list capped at 400. So people interested in attending should RSVP as soon as possible by calling the winery at 1-888-600-8067. However if people are members of the winery's popular Patriots Club, their case club, admission is free. 







November 2 -Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Annual Barrel Tasting Polka TO logo Party
A great Polka Party! Contact the winery for more info! 


SH bottles November 2 - Swedish Hill Vineyard, 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!  Contact:  Lindsay Case , 607-403-0029


November 2  Hosmer Winery, Bon Vivant Celebration Hosmner Barrels  

Enjoy fine wines in good company, paired with tasty gourmet treats.  Fee includes a keepsake. 

LP Barrels November 2 Long Point Winery's Annual Dinner
Hosted at Fabio's Restaurant.  Starting 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




 Amer concert

Enjoy music all through the Autumn Harvest on Friday and Sunday nights. Listen to great tunes and enjoy fine wines.

See You Along the Trail!!

Cathy Millspaugh 
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail