Friday, December 03, 2010

Winemaker Wednesdays

Winemaker Wednesdays is really for one kind of person: the type of person that not only loves to drink wine, but adores learning about it, talking to people about it, experiencing it. Certainly everybody is invited to this limited series of unique, custom winery experiences, though it has been conceived for passionate, curious fans of wine, winemaking and all that goes into that. Each winery has crafted some kind of unique, or special event or activity for these days. And the programs may change from one Wednesday to the next. It is necessary for you to call the winery and make an appointment for these, and at that time you can confirm their offering. The reason an appointment is required, is because many wineries commit one or two members of their senior leadership (owner and/or winemaker or vineyard manager, oftentimes) to conduct the program, and typically those individuals have  a slew of other tasks and chores they should be doing, and appointments enable them to manage their time best. Some of these offerings have fees associated with them, most do not. Most have limited time constraints, some do not. Every Winemaker Wednesday takes place on the second Wednesday of the given month. The upcoming dates for these programs are as follows:
January 10, 2012
February 8, 2012
March 14, 2012
April 11, 2012
May 9, 2012

The following is the complete list of all participating wineries, in the same order (geographic) as in the rest of the site.

West Side East Side  
White Springs Winery Ventosa Vineyards  
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars Three Brothers Wineries  
Rock Stream Vineyards Wagner Vineyards  
Lakewood Vineyards Atwater Estate Vineyards  
Castel Grisch Winery J.R. Dill Winery  

Some of these wineries have provided a more detailed explanation of their program for Winemaker Wednesdays. When calling the winery to make your appointment, it never hurts to confirm their program offering.

White Springs Winery, 315-781-9463
Please call White Springs Winery, and ask for more information on their program.

Seneca Shores Wine Cellars, 800-588-8466
Please call the winery to make reservations for these 30-60 minutes experiences, for which there is no additional charge, and which are all led by winemaker Shawn Verity.
January-  "How Oak Influences a Wine", Tasting included bottled wine, tanks and barrels. Reservations required, no charge.
February- "Guess My Age", Tasting and discussing older Finger Lakes Rieslings with current vintage and 2011 vintage, includes tank samples.
March- Food and Wine Pairing, Taste the New Red Wine Releases with tidbits. 
April- Comparison of '10 and '11 vintages. Side by side  comparisons of several varies such as Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay.
May- Food and Wine Pairing, Taste the new 2011 Releases, paired with a variety of tid bits. 
Please call Seneca Shore Wine Cellars, and ask for Shawn, for more information on their program.

Rock Stream Vineyards, 607-243-5395
Rock Stream Vineyard's owner/winemaker/distiller, Dr. Mark Karasz, will provide a personalized wine and/or spirits tasting while providing insight into the wine making and distillation processes.   The tasting will include a brief tour of the bottling line and distillation apparatus. Please call in advance to make an appointment.   Open daily from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.

Lakewood Vineyards, 607-535-9252
January- Sit down with our winemaker and taste our reds, including a barrel sample of a 2011 wine.Lakewood Vineyards has designed a series of custom experiences for each of the Winemaker Wednesday event
February- A bubbly experience! A sit down tasting of our bubbly wines with our winemaker. He will take time to explain the process of making these special wines. 
March- How are the vines doing this winter? A member of the vineyard crew will show you how to assess winter damage in some grape varieties, followed by a tasting of the wines made from grapes from those vineyards.
April-  Our winemaker will pour some barrel samples of the 2011 vintage beside the current releases of those wines, and discuss the difference in the two.   
May- A 2011 vintage preview with tank samples or recently bottled 2011 wines poured alongside the current release of those varieties.
Please contact them directly for an appointment on the following dates between 10am and 2pm, or if you have any additional questions: 877-535-9252

Castel Grisch Winery, 607-535-9614
Please call Castel Grisch Winery, and ask for Tom, for more information on their program.

J.R. Dill Winery, 607-546-5757
A tasting with the owner, Jeffrey Dill, possibly tasting some new unreleased reds (Pinot Noir or a Cabernet blend) that aren't bottled yet, if they are available. Please call in advance to make an appointment, which are usually available from 11am - 4pm.

Atwater Estate Vineyards, 800-331-7323
Please call Atwater Estate Vineyards, and ask for Kris, for more information on their program.

Wagner Vineyards, 866-924-6378
Visit Wagner Vineyards for an unforgettable wine tasting experience. Laura Lee, owner, will take you on a winery tour showcasing the tank room and wine cellar, where you will be given the opportunity to do a barrel tasting. In addition you will receive a personalized tasting of 5 wines paired with local cheeses. Tour times are available between 11am - 3pm and require a reservation; please allow at least one hour for your tour. Tours are $10/person and are not available to groups of more than 8 people.

Three Brothers Wineries, 315-585-4432
This unique winery will offer tank tours and tastings for all days of the Winemaker Wednesdays program, led by one of the winemakers, or winery owners. There is no fee associated with this tour, though an appointment is required between 10am-5pm. Participants will receive complimentary tastings at our 3 wineries and microbrewery upon completion of the tank tour, as well as 15% off wine purchases.

Ventosa Vineyards, 315-719-0000
Or, you can always call any of the wineries listed above for more information.As wineries contribute more information about the Winemaker Wedesndays, we will continue to update this page, so check back often. Led by winemaker, Jenna LaVita, visitors will enjoy a complimentary tour and tasting, as well as tasting straight out of Ventosa's tanks and barrels. Reservations made by either Jenna or tasting room manager Tony, between 9am - 4pm, are required with this opportunity being valid for all Winemaker Wednesdays,


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