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“Sips and Soups” Sundays in March 2017

Niagara County, NY – In anticipation of the Niagara Wine Trail Taste of the Trail event in April, for the month of March various wineries along the trail be hosting “Sips and Soups Sundays.” 

Each Sunday, March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, participating wineries will pair a soup with a featured wine, cider or mead.

A sample of the winery’s chosen soup is included with their tasting fee, unless otherwise specified. No tickets will be sold for this event.

Use the hashtag #SipsandSoups and share your favorite pairing throughout the month!

Tastings on Sundays are from Noon – 5pm. Reservations are recommended for groups of 6 or more. Soup samples are available in limited supply, so patrons are encouraged to come early.

March 5th Pairings & Wineries:

• Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards:
Soups from Garlocks Restaurant in Lockport:
Prime Rib Vegetable with 2012 Pinot Noir, Cream of Asparagus Soup with crisp 2012 Pinot Gris, and Danielle’s personal favorite pairing – Spicy Chicken Gumbo with Long Cliff’s Semi Sweet Riesling!
Come try the flight (3 soups, 3 wines) for just $5!

• Victorianbourg Wine Estate
Breton-style Venison, Pepper and Corn Cream Chowder: A true treat to the taste buds, this soup is an excellent pairing with our Pinot Noir.
Indulge in the hearty flavor of our Breton-style Venison, Pepper and Corn Cream Chowder soup. Our estate grown Pinot Noir’s smooth, fruity and alluring bouquet makes it ideal for food pairing and perfect for sipping.

• Midnight Run Wine Cellars
Loaded Potato Soup  paired with Sweet or Dry Niagara. Complimentary samples, and available for sale by the cup.

• Flight of Five Winery
Corn Chowder

• The Winery at Marjim Manor
Gumbo paired with Sophia’s Sunrise or Spring Lake Steuben

• Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Minestrone soup paired with Cabernet Franc Reserve.

• A Gust of Sun Winery (Ransomville & Spencerport locations)
Beef Barley Soup paired with Fedora Red

• Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
Coconut Curry Pumpkin soup paired with our Chardonnay

• Chateau Niagara Winery
Hungarian Mushroom Soup with Hungarian Style Wine-Bulls Blood.

• Lake Ontario Winery
Gumbo & shrimp and corn chowder paired with Lake Ontario Vidal Blanc

• Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
Hot Pepper wine chili paired with Rosebud Red or Merlot

• Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Herbed Carrot Soup paired with 2013 Grüner Veltliner

• Spring Lake Winery
Chicken Soup paired with our wines

• Honeymoon Trail Winery
Chicken chowder paired with Spiced white wine

March 12th Pairings & Wineries:

• Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards:
Soups from Garlocks Restaurant in Lockport:
Prime Rib Vegetable with 2012 Pinot Noir, Cream of Asparagus Soup with crisp 2012 Pinot Gris, and Danielle’s personal favorite pairing – Spicy Chicken Gumbo with Long Cliff’s Semi Sweet Riesling!
Come try the flight (3 soups, 3 wines) for just $5!

• Midnight Run Wine Cellars
Italian Pasta Soup & french bread paired with Red Storm. Complimentary samples, and available for sale by the cup.

• Flight of Five Winery
Spinach Artichoke Pesto Soup

• The Winery at Marjim Manor
Chicken Soup paired with Starlight or 100 Windows

• A Gust of Sun Winery (Ransomville & Spencerport locations)
Lemon Chicken Soup paired with DR

• Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
Tom Yum Soup Paired with our Estate Riesling

• Chateau Niagara Winery
Italian Sausage and Potato Soup with 2Amoré Wine

• Lake Ontario Winery
Turkey Sausage & Kale Soup paired with Lake Ontario Chardonnay

• Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Potato Chorizo Soup paired with 2012 Reserve Syrah

• Honeymoon Trail Winery
Beef Spaetzle paired with Full Moon & Coyote

• Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Potato bacon soup paired with Vidal Blanc

March 19th Pairings & Wineries:

• Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards:
Soups from Garlocks Restaurant in Lockport:
Prime Rib Vegetable with 2012 Pinot Noir, Cream of Asparagus Soup with crisp 2012 Pinot Gris, and Danielle’s personal favorite pairing – Spicy Chicken Gumbo with Long Cliff’s Semi Sweet Riesling!
Come try the flight (3 soups, 3 wines) for just $5!

• Midnight Run Wine Cellars
Savory Chicken Corn Chowder & fancy croutons paired with White Storm. Complimentary samples, and available for sale by the cup.

• Flight of Five
Cheddar Potato

• The Winery at Marjim Manor
Broccoli Cheese Paired with Cat’s Meow or Thursday Afternoon at 3

• A Gust of Sun Winery (Ransomville & Spencerport locations)
Taco Soup paired with Lake Mariner

• Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
Creamy Tomato Bisque with our Arrowhead Red

• Chateau Niagara Winery
Artichoke Soup with Riesling

• Lake Ontario Winery
Lobster Bisque paired with Mayer’s 1835 Hard Cider

• Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
Hot Pepper wine chili paired with Rosebud White or Semi-Sweet Riesling

• Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Cauliflower Bisque paired with 2015 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

• Honeymoon Trail Winery
Delicious Chillin’ Chili made with our Chillin’ Concord paired with our wines

• Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder paired with either Dry White Blend Aurelia or Semi Dry White Vidal Blanc

March 26th Pairings & Wineries:

• Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards:
Soups from Garlocks Restaurant in Lockport:
Prime Rib Vegetable with 2012 Pinot Noir, Cream of Asparagus Soup with crisp 2012 Pinot Gris, and Danielle’s personal favorite pairing – Spicy Chicken Gumbo with Long Cliff’s Semi Sweet Riesling!
Come try the flight (3 soups, 3 wines) for just $5!

• Midnight Run Wine Cellars
Mexican Taco Soup & Tortilla paired with Baco Noir. Complimentary samples, and available for sale by the cup.

• Flight of Five Winery
Minestrone Soup

• A Gust of Sun Winery (Ransomville & Spencerport locations)
Chicken pot pie soup paired with Chardonnay

• Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
Mushroom Bisque paired with our Rose

• Chateau Niagara Winery
Stuffed Pepper Soup with Gerwürztraminer

• Lake Ontario Winery
Loaded Potato paired with Lake Ontario Estate Red

• Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Mushroom Bisque paired with 2013 Meritage

• Honeymoon Trail Winery
Delicious Chillin’ Chili made with our Chillin’ Concord paired with our wines

• Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Roasted Red Pepper & Smoked Gouda Bisque paired with Old Barn Red

• Spring Lake Winery
Chicken Soup paired with our wines

Additional information on the wineries of the trail and a map of locations may be found at http://www.niagarawinetrail.org.

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Winter Hours 2017

For your convenience, a list of winery winter hours are below. If not listed, all other wineries are on regular business hours*.

*We recommend calling ahead or checking the winery’s website to verify hours as weather conditions may change them.

810 Meadworks

  • January-April
    Thurs 3 pm – 10 pm
    Fri 3 pm – 12 am
    Sat 12 pm – 12 am
    Sun 12 pm – 6 pm
    Also open by appointment
    Call ahead for groups of 7 or more. No limo groups after 4 p.m.

A Gust of Sun Winery

  • Ransomville (WEST) Location Hours:
  • January – March:
    Friday & Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
    Saturday: 10am – 6pm
    Other days & times by appointment
  • Spencerport (EAST) Location Hours:
  • Open year round
    Sunday–Friday: 12pm – 7pm
    Saturday: 10am – 7pm
    Open later than 7 pm by appointment or for special events

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

Black Willow Winery

  • January–March:
    Sunday – Friday: 12pm-6pm
    Saturday: 10am-6pm

BlackBird Cider Works

  • Winter/Spring (November 1–May 31):
    Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
    Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
    By appointment (716.795.3580)

Chateau Niagara Winery

  • January – April:
    Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm – 5pm
    Call (716) 957-2338 for additional hours

Flight of Five Winery

  • Winter (January – April):
    Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
    Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 12pm–6pm
    Friday & Saturday: 12pm–7pm
    Also available by appointment

Freedom Run Winery

  • January—March:
    Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 12pm–6pm
    Friday & Saturday 10am–6pm
    Closed Monday & Tuesday

Honeymoon Trail Winery

  • Winter hours may vary, please call ahead (716) 438-3255

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

  • January – April:
    Sunday–Friday: 12 pm–6 pm
    Saturday: 10 am–6 pm

Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards

  • December–May:
    Monday: 12pm–4pm
    Friday & Saturday: 10am–6pm
    Sunday: 12pm–6pm

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars

  • January – April:
    Sunday–Friday: 12 pm–6 pm
    Saturday: 10 am–6 pm

Schulze Vineyards & Winery

  • January–April:
    Sunday–Friday: 12pm–6 pm
    Saturday: 10 am–6 pm

Spring Lake Winery

  • November – April:
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
    During the week by appointment

Schwenk Wine Cellars

  • January–April:
    Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm–5 pm

Victorianbourg Wine Estate 

  • Winter hours (January-April):
    Friday–Monday 12pm–5pm
    *please check victorianbourg.com for all other days

Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms  

  • January—May:
    Mon—Tues: Closed
    Wed—Thurs: 12pm – 6pm
    Fri—Sat: 11am – 9pm
  • Winter Food Service:
    Fri & Sat: 5pm – 9pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10am – 2pm

2017 Schedule and Season Passbook

Niagara County, NY – The 2017 event schedule for the Niagara Wine Trail, USA is now posted on the trail’s website. Advance tickets for the February, April, and June 2017 events are currently on sale. The July Niagara USA Wine Festival and Fall/Winter events will go on sale in the coming months.

In 2017, the wine trail has kept all of the popular events on their schedule. In 2016 the trail added an extra week to the “Be Mine with Wine” chocolate and wine pairing event. The extra weekend was a perfect opportunity for couples and groups of friends to explore the wine trail at a leisurely pace. The two weekends allows for guests who may be traveling far to choose which of the four dates is best for them, given that weather can be inclement that time of the year. Be Mine with Wine runs February 11th-12th and 18th-19th, making it a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In addition to chocolate samples, this year some wineries will be offering chocolate-themed dessert samples with their wine tastings.

The very popular April “Taste of the Trail” wine and food pairing event is back again, with half of the wineries participating each of the two weekends in April, 22nd-23rd and 29th-30th. Attendees can purchase tickets for just one of the weekends for $25 in advance, or both weekends at a discounted rate of $40 in advance, plus tax.

For those seeking to visit multiple events in 2017, and save $70 or more, the wine trail has released an Event Season Passbook with vouchers for all 7 of their ticketed trail events. The vouchers are valid for one single ticket for each event, including both weekends of the Taste of the Trail event in April, and the Niagara USA Wine Festival in July. Other events included are Be Mine with Wine, Wine and Cheese, Harvest Festival, Hallowine, and Holiday Happening (which sold out in 2016). The Season Passbook is $150 plus shipping online, valued at over $220. Discounts are given for multiple qualities purchased. The trail encourages the sharing of the booklet amongst friends and family. Availability of the passbook is limited.

More information and the complete 2017 schedule may be found on the Niagara Wine Trail’s website: http://niagarawinetrail.org/category/events/. Season Passbooks and advance tickets may be purchased in the online store here: http://www.store.niagarawinetrail.org/

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Contact:

Elizabeth Maute, Media Director
e-mail: lizrose@niagarawinetrail.org

Thousands Raised for Local Non-Profits During Wine Trail Event

Niagara County, NY – Wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail partnered with local charitable organizations recently over Veterans Day weekend, November 11-13. The annual event gives back to the surrounding communities of the wine trail, spanning Niagara, Monroe, and Orleans counties, and including Erie County, where many visitors to the wineries originate.

During the Share the Bounty event, wineries accepted non-perishable items and/or monetary donations in exchange for wine tastings to benefit the food bank or nonprofit of their choice. During this three-day event over 2,500 non-perishable items were collected and over $9,500 combined was raised.

Non-profit organizations selected by wineries for this year’s event included: Roswell Park, WNY Heroes, ASHA Farm Sanctuary, Save a Pet, Response to Love Center in Buffalo, Meals on Wheels, Niagara Hospice, Hospice of Orleans, Lakeview Animal Sanctuary, and the Orleans Community Center.

Food pantries which benefited from the non-perishable donations and monetary contributions included: FoodLink of Rochester, Caregiver’s Ministry at Immaculate Conception Church of Ransomville, Peanut Butter And Jelly Drive, Calvary Cupboard, Big, Big Table Community Café, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Newfane Community Food Pantry, Kendall Community Food Cupboard, Wilson Community Food Bank, and the Gasport Zion Lutheran Church Food Pantry.

“The Niagara Wine Trail USA and member wineries would like to thank all of the participants who visited the trail during the Share the Bounty event,” said executive director, Cate Banks. “Our guests’ generosity is certainly going to help those in need this holiday season and in the year to come.”

The wine trail’s next event, Holiday Happening, is schedule for December 3-4 and 10-11. Tickets are on sale now for $30 per person, or $55 per couple. For more information on the Niagara Wine Trail USA and the member wineries, partner businesses along the wine trail, and events, visit http://www.niagarawinetrail.org.

Hundreds of non-perishable items raised for area food banks (top left) and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive (top right).
Hundreds of non-perishable items raised for area food banks.
BlackBird Cider Works raised funds and items for the Asha Sanctuary and Newfane Food Bank.
BlackBird Cider Works raised funds and items for the Asha Sanctuary and Newfane Food Bank.
Black Willow Winery donating proceeds from Share the Bounty to the Asha Sanctuary.
Black Willow Winery donating proceeds from Share the Bounty to the Asha Sanctuary.
Jars collected for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.

 

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Contact:

Elizabeth Maute, Media Director
e-mail: lizrose@niagarawinetrail.org

Holiday Hours 2016

For your convenience, a list of the upcoming holiday hours are below.
Please also check winery hours if visiting on dates not listed below.

**Fall and Winter hours are now in effect at several locations.

11-23-16 Thanksgiving Eve

  • 810 Meadworks, open 12-10pm
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Becker Brewing open until 12am for public party
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours

11-24-16 Thanksgiving

  • Honeymoon Trail Winery, Open regular hours
  • Lake Ontario Winery, Open 9am-3pm
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 9am – 12pm
  • All other wineries closed

11-25-16 Black Friday

  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Eveningside Vineyards, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours

11-26-16 Saturday

  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

11-27-16 Sunday

  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

12-23-16 Friday

  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

12-24-16 Christmas Eve

  • BlackBird Cider Works, Open 11am – 4pm
  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 10am – 4pm
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Closing at 4pm
  • All other wineries on regular hours

12-25-16 Christmas Day

  • All wineries Closed

12-26-16 Monday/Boxing Day 

  • Eveningside Vineyards, Closed
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Midnight Run Wine Cellars, Closed
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours

12-27-16 Tuesday

  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

12-31-New Year’s Eve

  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Freedom Run Winery, Open 10am – 3pm
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 10am – 3pm
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Closing at 4pm
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours

1-1-17 New Year’s Day

  • All wineries Closed

1-2-17 Monday    

  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Midnight Run Winery, Closed
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor, Closed
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

1-3-17 Tuesday    

  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor, Closed
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

1-4th, 5th, 6th

  • The Winery at Marjim Manor, Closed

 

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