Finger Lakes/ Cayuga
Feb. 7th 2015
THE ABSOLUTE BEST FUN!!!!!!
This weekend was totally GREAT! Couples (Although Mary's husband meet up with us later) on this wine tour with a twist.
With a total of 14 wineries on the tour, we were instructed to stop at each winery taste samples of wines eat Mardi Gras inspired FOOD, and play the scavenger hunt along the way. Wine tasters got souvenir wine glasses and the designated drivers got mugs. We also got beads at each stop, a recipe card, and a chance to win more prizes.
I am not going review each winery/wine. First off, I wouldn't be able to differentiate between a bottle of thousand dollar wine and an $8- clearance bottle...likely I would pick the clearance bottle. I will note what I personally enjoyed, Secondly...I was much less TASTING wine then CHUGGING wine on this event, therefor my opinion might be slightly altered. I will however, voice my personal thoughts on the experience (that of which I remember) and suggest/encourage and rave about the best parts of this weekend!!
FIRST STOP and Registration: Long Point
( I tried to get a picture of each winery we hit..as the day went on and the wine flowed freely...I lost track of some of them.)
SECOND STOP: King Ferry Winery
Tammy and Rich checked in here, and got their wine items. Next winery was several miles away in Ithaca, NY.......this winery has a movie theater in the back. You can drink wine and catch a film. I remember this scavenger hunt clue was how many couch's are in the movie theater?
This winery had hot hard cider to try....YUMMMMY!!! We saw more and more of these kits you can buy to make hot wines with spices called mulling or mule wines. I actually enjoyed them. Popcorn Balls were the King Ferry eatable, (not sure what that has to do with Mardi Gras....but maybe..)
THIRD STOP: Six Mile Creek Vineyard.
This is where I purchased my first bottle of wine for the day...(it was gone before we got to the next winery) I cannot recall the name of the wine, but it was also the answer to the scavenger hunt.
It was to light out to see this lighting all shiny. but what a great lamp idea.!!!
FOURTH STOP: Americana Vineyards (This had to be my personal favorite and where we spent the most time.)
This winery had it all. Food, hot wine, wine slushies, FUDGE, and one very cute (I was told) server who allowed us multiple tastes...( I should have got a picture of him). This is also where we connected with some of the meet up members. Marie, June and became our companions for several future stops after Americana.
I cannot remember these ladies names, but I met them at Bolt Castle a few months ago. Great Fun!
FIFTH STOP: Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars
I should mention that the ladies in this party (including myself) were feeling quite good by this stop, and much of the rest of my wine tour story may be much more fragmented as we proceed. Bellwether had the best food items Hard Cider Beignets....these were sooooo good. This was also the first place we had an extra prize winner. I should also state that Hard Ciders RULE!!! They had a hot Hard cider that was super good!
This kitty was enjoying the attention from the patrons..
SIXTH STOP: Lucas Vineyard. (home of the Nautie wine). This winery is perhaps the most well know with some of their popular Nautie labels like Miss Chivious, Miss Adventure, and Miss Behavin.I cannot remember which one of these three ladies I liked the best, but enjoyed the several sips.
SEVENTH STOP: Hosmer Winery
There had been several wineries located in this area, so we walked to a few of them.
EIGHTH STOP: Thirsty Owl Wine Company
NINTH STOP: Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery
TENTH STOP: Toro Run
ELEVENTH STOP: Buttonwood Grove Winery
(Somewhere down there is Cayuga Lake.)
TWELFTH STOP: Goose Watch Winery
THIRTEENTH STOP: Knapp Winery and Vineyard ( I caught the sign as we were leaving across my husbands lap with a slight buzz in my head...not bad considering.)
FOURTEENTH STOP: Varick Winery and Vineyard.
Apple Butter bars was the food tasting, I can not recall much about the wines we drank, but there were dozens of dipping sauces to test that seemed to go on and on and on. I know I ate a lot of these because by that time I was STARVING.
Here are some more RANDOM strangers that I found. I really have no idea what their names were, but we all had such a great time.
Only two wineries left on the tour and it was after 5pm. Our hotel was past Swedish Hill Winery and the last stop Montezuma was past our hotel. We decided to skip Swedish Hill and hit Montezuma the following day.
WOW what a day!!! We had reservations in Seneca Falls, so we were off to the Hotel. Mary's husband meet us and we went to Abigals for dinner.
Mary and Brian left late that evening, but the following morning we made one more stop.
FIFTEENTH STOP: Montezuma Winery.