Wine & Food
Surprisingly enough as the snow started to melt a few days ago little daffodils were starting to sprout up from the ground. Spring is on it's way and with only 17 days till all the St. Patty Day celebrations, it's a perfect time to visit the wineries and have a bit of green wine. Wishing you the Luck of the Irish.
See you along the trail!!
Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Six Mile Creek Vineyard,
owned by Nancy and Roger Battistella, is located on
Slaterville Rd., Route 79 East, just 2.5
miles from Downtown Ithaca. The winery resides in a Dutch Colonial Barn and offers a welcoming environment to sample their Finger Lakes Wines and Spirits.
Throughout the winter, Six Mile Creek hosts many different events and concerts. On Thursday afternoons, January thru March, they offer a blind tasting series hosted by their assistant winemaker, Paul King. Each week they select a different Finger Lakes grape varietal. During the tasting you sample one of Six Mile Creek's wines along with wines from other Finger Lakes wineries. Each session begins with a little background on the wine you will be tasting and how they compare.
On Friday evenings through the winter months Six Mile Creek hosts a music series. Running through March 14th the series hosts local Ithaca musicians making Six Mile Creek the perfect spot to start your Finger Lakes weekend. Enjoy a glass of Six Mile Creek's award winning wine or select from several different local beers. Local cheeses and crackers are available but feel free to bring your own snacks as well.
At the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Mardi Gras event, Six Mile Creek Vineyard will be serving Bellissimo Double Chocolate Cookies. Try the recipe out for yourself.
Bellissimo Double Chocolate Cookies
2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In the microwave or over a double boiler, melt chocolate stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from heat.
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and margarine until smooth. Beat in the egg, melted chocolate and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the chocolate mixture alternately with the milk. Drop batter by heaping teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes until cookies are puffy and slightly cracked on top. Let cool on wire racks.
These cookies pair well with Six Mile Creek's Bellissimo Wine, a new edition to their ever growing wine selection. This wine, one of their sweetest, has aromas of raspberry and sweet grapes but remains balanced with refreshing acidity and a pleasant finish. Serve well chilled.
"We are open seven days a week so whether you would like to sample some delicious wine, enjoy a glass of wine on our deck overlooking the scenic Six Mile Creek Valley or get some great recommendations from our knowledgeable staff on local restaurants and places to visit - Six Mile Creek is well worth the stop" states Peter Masse, the winery's General Manager.
There are still tickets available for this weekend's Mardi Gras
event sponsored by 98.5, Finger Lakes Radio Group
on March 1 and 2. The wineries invite you to our Mardi Gras extravaganza where 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, New Orleans style. New this year, check the Scavenger Hunt card number against the numbers listed at the winery to collect your winning prize. Win masks, hats, specialty beads, T-shirts, gift certificates to S&S Limousine and a one night stay at the Holiday Inn in Auburn. Everyone is a winner.
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 but remember to check your number located at the top of the card against the list at each winery to see what your instant prize will be.
We have six 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. A few Grand Prizes are from these great businesses Holiday Inn in Auburn , LaTourelle Hotel, Spa & Bistro in Ithaca and S& S Limousine.
Advance tickets are $30.00 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 or order on Event Brite
At all of our wine trail events this year, Ithaca Coffee Company is the official coffee being served.
Wine & Herb Fest
An edible garden full of homegrown herbs and vegetables is the perfect way to get more nutrition to your table. Here on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail join us for our 22nd annual Wine and Herb Festival on either April 25-27 or May 2-4. When you grow your own flavorful produce you can be confident that no harmful chemicals have been added to your food. Harvested at their peak you can be taking part in the farm to table movement. The herbs and veggies again this year will be harvested by Schaefer Farms from Triangle NY, 20 minutes from Binghamton.
Guests receive a souvenir wine glass, a plant carrier, plus a garden plan and instructions. Hours for the event are Friday 1:00pm till 5:00pm, at Montezuma, King Ferry, Long Point and Six Mile Creek wineries only. On each Saturday of the event visit the east side wineries, Long Point and King Ferry one hour early at 9:00am. Visit the rest of the wineries on Saturday and Sunday 10:00am till 6:00pm, seventeen in all.
At this event each wine is paired with an herb dish complimenting the plant each winery is giving away. Here is a list of our select herbs: Cilantro, Dill, Green Pepper, Italian Large Leaf Basil, Jalapeño Pepper, Lemon Basil, Oregano, Pansy, Parsley, Purple Basil, Red Cherry Tomatoes, Rosemary, Sage, Simply Salad, Summer Thyme, Tarragon, and Yellow Tomatoes.
Imagine being picked up in a luxury bus, touring the wineries along the wine trail and enjoying fine wines and delectable treats as you receive all your favorite herb plants. Join us for our worry free complete travel packages. Each package includes accommodations for either one or two night stays, transportation for 8 hours and tickets to our Wine & Herb event.
Make sure to turn in your filled out ticket at the last winery you plan to visit. Participants are eligible to win one of our seven Grand Prizes. Here are a few businesses:Holiday Inn in Auburn, LaTourelle Hotel, Spa & Bistro, and
Advance Sale Tickets: Single Ticket $40.00, Couple Ticket $60.00 plus handling fee and sales tax. Designated Driver tickets are available. Tickets at the door are $5 more. Order your tickets early for we have a limited amount.
For more information or to order tickets call the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail office at 1.800.684.5217, online: www.cayugawinetrail.com, purchase at any area Wegmans.or order from Event Brite- April or
At all of our wine trail events this year, Ithaca Coffee Company is the official coffee being served.
March 15: Buttonwood Grove Winery - Ladies Day/St. Patrick's Day
Special treats for a "Ladies Day Out!" Live music with John Dean along with jewelry, massages, cheese, chocolate, and wine specials! www.buttonwoodgrove.com
March 15: Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant - Carnival Wine Dinner
Add a little Samba to your life. We are bringing the biggest party in the world into Knapp Vineyard Restaurant by creating a carnival meal with Chef John's twist. Meats are a tradition in carnival season. You may find meats on sticks, many kinds of grilled meats, and a variety of sausages. Mingled with yucca, or fried plantain, these courses will make you want to stand up and samba. 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
March 15 & 16: Varick Winery - St. Patrick's Irish Weekend
Celebrate the luck of the Irish! Enjoy fine wines paired with complimentary Irish 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. www.varickwinery.com
March 15 & 16: Goose Watch Winery - Cabin Fever Days
Bust out of your winter blues and celebrate the upcoming spring season with wine sales and Winemaker's Dozen case specials! When you buy any case of wine, not only will you get 15% off your purchase, but you will also receive a FREE bottle of wine! www.goosewatch.com
March 15 & 16: Swedish Hill Vineyard - Cabin Fever Days
Bust out of your winter blues and celebrate the upcoming spring season with wine sales and Winemaker's Dozen case specials! When you buy any case of wine, not only will you get 15% off your purchase, but you will also receive a FREE bottle of wine! www.swedishhill.com
March 15 & 16: 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 is $10.00 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass. www.montezumawinery.com
March 19: King Ferry Winery/Treleaven Wines - Spring Open House/Visit the Vintner. Live music, vendors, crazy wine specials. www.treleavenwines.com
March 30: Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars - "Cidermakers Get 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. www.cidery.com
Enjoy music all through the Winter on Friday and Sunday nights. Listen to great tunes and enjoy fine wines.
See You Along the Trail!!
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail