|Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards|
Another weekend is upon us and this weekend happens to be one of holiday festivities in Finger Lakes Wine Country
. The Keuka Lake Wine Trail
, Seneca Lake Wine Trail
, and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
all have exciting holiday events taking place this weekend. Event goers will enjoy delicious Finger Lakes wine paired with savory and sweet dishes that are sure to warm them heart and soul. Deck the Halls on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail has sold out of tickets, but the Keuka Lake Wine Trail and Cayuga Lake Wine Trails may have tickets still available - but don't hesitate to buy as both of these events will sell out.
Take a few minutes to listen to this week's Wine Country Insider
for some other great ideas for the upcoming weekend!
Don't forget to book your Winter Wine Weekend
- great savings and a perfect getaway from the stress of the holidays. Treat yourself!
Have a great one!
We are still enjoying the stunning colors of fall in Finger Lakes Wine Country
, but the holiday season is just around the corner! While we may have a few weeks before we have to get serious about all things holiday, it's not too early to purchase your tickets to exciting events like Keuka Holidays
. In fact, these events are sure to sell out, so don't put it off.
I had the opportunity to chat with Erin from the Keuka Lake Wine Trail
about Keuka Holidays on the Escape to the Finger Lakes podcast
. Keuka Holidays takes place over the course of two weekends so event goers can choose the weekend that works best for their busy schedules. The event features wine, food, and lots of holiday cheer. Visit the eight wineries around the crooked lake and sample yummy dishes - everything from hearty stews with local root vegetables to light and sweet desserts - all paired with the award-winning wines from around the trail.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
Gather inspiration for your own holiday tables at this event. Perhaps you find a new dish you just have to share with your family or you find a wine that will pair perfectly with your secret stuffing recipe. Visiting the wineries during the holiday season is always a treat as the tasting rooms are decorated to celebrate the season.
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.keukawinetrail.com/
or call 800-440-4898.
|Heron Hill Winery overlooking Keuka Lake|
I had the chance to chat with Kitty Oliver, Marketing & PR Director at Heron Hill Winery
. Kitty was able to fill me in with some exciting harvest happenings over at Heron Hill and also give me some inside scoop about their upcoming Tunes in the Tent series this fall. Take 15-minutes to listen to this podcast
I actually had the pleasure of visiting Heron Hill at Bristol on Canandaigua Lake last week. Having been to both the Heron Hill homestead over on Keuka Lake as well as the Seneca Lake tasting room, this rounded out my Heron Hill experience in the Finger Lakes. It's a beautiful tasting room and offers visitors along the Canandaigua Wine Trail a look at the famed Ingle Vineyards (the tasting bar looks out over the gorgeous rows of grapes). Definitely a must-visit if you're over that way.
|Owner John Ingle and his wife Jo.|
Heron Hill is making some really amazing wines. The owner, John Ingle
is a true lover of the land and it's very apparent when you have a glass of his wine or even take a peak at his vineyards. He has been utilizing sustainable practices long before it was trendy. Bernard Cannac
is the winemaker and is a newer edition to the Heron Hill team. The friendly faces at Heron Hill, whatever tasting room you should visit, are always warm and welcoming. The wine speaks for itself and the view - specifically at the Keuka Lake location in Hammondsport, are spectacular.
Heron Hill is certainly a must on your list when visiting Finger Lakes Wine Country
. Every Sunday this fall they have Tunes in the Tent, live music, food, wine and beer - what's not to love?
I had the chance this week to chat with Brad Phillips, Director of Marketing at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
. Hazlitt is a name synonymous with family, history, farming, and wine in Finger Lakes Wine Country
. The winery is home to many award-winning wines including the ever-popular Red Cat
. Arguably best known for this famous furry face and the laid back beachy atmosphere, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards also continues to be recognized for their Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and other Vinifera (European) varieties.
Brad was able to fill me in on their latest endevour with the new Red Cat Cellars. Located in Naples, NY. Listen to the 15-minute podcast
and get the full story behind Red Cat Cellars below.
Due to the continuing growth and brand popularity of Red Cat wine (topping 126,000 cases per year) Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards purchased the old Widmer Wine Cellars facility in Naples, NY, from Constellation Brands in Spring 2010. The new sign is just one of the many changes that have taken place on the property. Hazlitts Red Cat Cellars has invested more than $1 million into the facility including a state-of-the-art crush area with Bucher Vaslin presses. Co-owners, Leigh Hazlitt Triner and Doug Hazlitt have also focused on aggressive grounds maintenance and property beautification; restoring the facility to a scenic focal point in the town of Naples. Hazlitts Red Cat Cellars has also recently launched East Coast Crush & Co-Pack (EC3), a functioning subsidiary company within Hazlitts Red Cat Cellars that offers bin to bottle grape crush, winemaking, co-packaging and warehousing for the beverage industry.
The new 3+ million gallon production facility not only now makes Red Cat (the No. 1-selling domestic wine in the state of New York) but also other well known Hazlitt brands such as Bramble Berry, White Cat and Cabin Fever.
We are excited to officially unveil the recent renovations made at Hazlitts Red Cat Cellars including our brand new tower sign, said Doug Hazlitt. We were careful to maintain the historic look and feel of the grounds and facility while also investing millions to invigorate and revitalize the former Widmer Wine Cellars site, he continued.
We wanted to create a sense of pride for Naples considering Widmer has a very longstanding and rich history in the region going all the way back to 1882,said Leigh Hazlitt Triner. We are thrilled to be a part of the Naples community and look forward to many more years to come.
The weekend of Sept. 24 and 25, Hazlitts Red Cat Cellars will be a corporate sponsor of the annual Naples Grape Festival. The Hazlitts Red Cat Cellars tent will offer wine tastings, logo merchandise, food and music. Held on the Naples High School grounds, the festival is from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine.
The Hazlitt family has been growing superb grapes on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, NY for over 150 years. Established in 1984, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards continues the family tradition of award-winning viticulture and wine production. In 2010, Hazlitts Red Cat Cellars was founded when the Hazlitt family purchased the 3+ million gallon Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, New York from Constellation Brands.
The familys internationally renowned wines include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Cabernet Franc. Most notably, Hazlitt is infamous for its Red Cat, White Cat and Cabin Fever some of the most popular and best-selling New York State wines available. For more information, please visit: www.Hazlitt1852.com, http://www.redcatcellars.com/
Two Finger Lakes wineries have received the prestigious honor of being named among the Top 100 Wineries of the year by Wine & Spirits
magazine. Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
and Red Newt Cellars
are both recognized in the highly anticipated 2011 list. The "Wineries of the Year" will be profiled in the winter issue of Wine & Spirits
, available on newsstands nationwide on October 12, 2011.
Each year, Wine & Spirits
magazine tastes thousands of wines. The list is built from those wineries that have delivered the best overall performances in the Wine & Spirits tastings throughout the year. The full list can be found at www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/top100
Both Finger Lakes wineries are honored by this recognition. We are glad that we can contribute to placing the Finger Lakes on the map as America's premier cold climate region, commented Fred Merwarth, Owner and Winemaker of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. It is also a great honor for the region to appear in these prestigious ranks.
Located in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country
, New York, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard stands on the western shores of Seneca Lake. The winery produces approximately 14,000 cases of wine each year. The building was designed in 1982 by an award-winning team of Cornell architects. The winemaking processes pay homage to the ancient winemaking tradition and winemaking history of Hermann Wiemers German ancestry while incorporating the best of modern practices. Wines are crafted in very small lots to focus on subtle differences between site blocks within vineyards and even clones within varieties. Small lot production, while very labor intensive, allows for more control of the final product. The natural fermentation process takes seven to eight months versus the wine industry average duration of three to five weeks.
We are very pleased to share this recognition with Red Newt Cellars, Merwarth continued. We are inspired to see so much ambition and quality surrounding us in the Finger Lakes.
Red Newt Cellars is located on the east side of Seneca Lake in the hamlet of Hector in the Finger Lakes region of New York. In addition to producing wines from east Seneca Lake vineyards, Red Newt Cellars offers innovative Finger Lakes cuisine in the Bistro by utilizing locally sourced ingredients and promoting culinary relationships between farms and restaurants. Red Newt Cellars will remain a representation of the achievements of David and Debras longtime goal to combine their efforts and expertise in the exploration of producing, and also in creating a synergy between, regional wine and cuisine.
"I would like to express how honored and humbled I feel to have Red Newt chosen as a Wine & Spirits
Top 100 Winery, said David Whiting, President and Winemaker of Red Newt Cellars. The magazine has consistently focused on finding great wines, producers, and regions -- giving attention where attention is due. In doing so, Wine & Spirits
Magazine has been a great supporter of the Finger Lakes region. Debra and I have worked with every bit of our passion over the past dozen years to make this kind of recognition possible.
Debra Whiting who passed away June 30th of this year was truly a passionate and inspirational culinary ambassador to the Finger Lakes region. As a member on the executive board of the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty, she took great pride in utilizing locally sourced ingredients for her ever-changing menu and building relationships with the local farmers and producers of the region. Unhampered by formal culinary training, her approach was to seek an expressive interpretation to every culinary challenge. The result was a culinary palate whose colors express Debras devotion to the bounty and seasons of the Finger Lakes. She would have been absolutely overjoyed at this news," Whiting shares of his beloved wife.
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard and Red Newt Cellars will be present at the celebrated Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in San Francisco October 12, 2011, the same day of the magazines release. Since its inception, the event has been produced in San Francisco, with Bay Area chefs and local artisanal purveyors serving signature specialties to complement the premier bottlings of the honored wineries, according to the events Web site.
On Sunday, September 18th from 12:30 to 4:30, Lucas Vineyards
, on the west side of Cayuga Wine Trail
, is hosting its 14th Annual German Festival
. Enjoy live music by The Enzian Bavarian Band and Dancers, grape stomping, grape pies, German food, Best German Potato Salad Contest, horse-drawn wagon rides, alphorn and polka contests, balloon art and costumes will highlight the festival. The winery will also be featuring its award-winning Rieslings and Gewürztraminer.
This event is fun for the whole family and is held rain or shine (under the tents). There is a $5 per person cover charge and children 12 and under are free. No coolers are permitted and parking is free.
For some background on Lucas Vineyards and for further information about the German Festival, listen to this 15 minute podcast featuring Stephanie Lucas Houck
For more info call (607)532-4825 or http://www.lucasvineyards.com/
We are thrilled to share that Wine Spectator
has chosen a Finger Lakes Riesling a Daily Wine Pick for today, September 7, 2011
. The Wagner Vineyards
Riesling Finger Lakes Select 2009 ($13 - click here to buy
) was featured on the Wine Spectator
web site. Senior Editor, James Molesworth, describes the wine as "a ripe version, with a range of apple, pear and quince notes that push through the plump, flattering finish. Shows good concentration. Very solid. Drink now through 2012. 1,005 cases made."
Discover more about Riesling at Wagner Vineyards in this informative video with Finger Lakes Wine & Food Ambassador, Rochelle Bilow
, and Wagner Vineyards owner and winemaker, John Wagner.
Congratulations to Wagner Vineyards!
For those of you who don't watch the Daily Grape
with Gary Vaynerchuk and have the slightest interested in wine, here is your tip of the day - do it! Gary's hard hitting commentary and entertaining idiosyncrasies will hook you in even if youre new to the wine world.
Fridays (July 8, 2011) Daily Grape episode featured a blind tasting of Rieslings under $25 from around the world. Gary V. begins the video explaining people realize that Riesling is maybe one of the most interesting varietals in the world, period. We couldnt agree more! Take a few minutes to watch the video
and hear more great Riesling observations.
This demonstrates fully that Finger Lakes wine is not only high quality but an incredible value. Visit RedNewt.com
to purchase your own bottle of Circle Riesling
. Cheers to the team at Red Newt Cellars!
Winestock is one part music festival, one part wine festival. Sprinkle in some food vendors and a beautiful setting among the vineyards by the lake and you have one perfect summer outting. Event-goers will enjoy wine sampling from 15 Finger Lakes wineries and live music from three stages. A total of eight bands will play throughout the day offering a wide range of music styles to enjoy.
Listen to the full 15-minute podcast with Erica from Three Brothers Winery
to learn more about Winestock and this must-visit winery in the Finger Lakes.
Winestock tickets are just $17 a person and are available both online
and at your local Wegmans store. Tickets will also be available at the door. All proceeds benefit the New York Wine Industry Association. Good music, good wine, good cause. We like it!
Ever wanted to be a wine judge? Now is your chance! The New York Wine & Culinary Center
is hosting the Golden Nose Award on Saturday, June 4. The Golden Nose Award
is a hands-on Finger Lakes wine competition where you can hone your wine tasting skills to choose your very favorites of the Finger Lakes wine industry.
Chrys Baldwin, Director of Education at the New York Wine & Culinary Center was the guest today on the Escape to the Finger Lakes podcast. The podcast is just 15 minutes long and is a great introduction to the New York Wine & Culinary Center and the Golden Nose Award. Use the player below to listen.
For more information on the New York Wine & Culinary Center and the Golden Nose visit http://www.nywcc.com/
Listen to more Finger Lakes Wine Country podcasts at www.FingerLakesWineCountry.com/EscapeToTheFingerLakes.aspx