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#UncorkNWT Donates $9,755

Niagara County, NY – During this past Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12, wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail partnered with local charitable organizations to raise money and non-perishable goods.

During the annual Share the Bounty event, wineries accepted non-perishable items and/or monetary donations in exchange for wine tastings to benefit the food bank or charity of their choice. $9,755 combined was raised with over 1,000 items donated during this three-day event.

Non-profit organizations selected by wineries for this year’s event included: Hospice of Orleans, WNY Heroes, Meals on Wheels, Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue, Eastern Niagara Animal Welfare Alliance, ALS Association, Crohn and Colitis Foundation, Mario’s Pet Food Pantry, Lakeview Animal Sanctuary, Rosewell Park Leukemia Division, and the Carlton Fire Company.

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

“When we all come together, we really can do good for the community. We hope the donations the wineries collected from our generous guests will help those in need this holiday season and in the year to come.” said executive director, Cate Banks.

The wine trail’s next event, Holiday Happening, runs every weekend throughout the month of December during winery business hours. Tickets for the event are limited and include 3 tastes of wine at each member winery, a keepsake wine glass from the first winery visited, and a collectable, locally crafted wooden train ornament set. Attendees may purchase their ticket online for $50 per person, or $65 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.

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Media Contact:
Elizabeth Maute, Media Director
lizrose@niagarawinetrail.org

About Niagara Wine Trail
The Niagara Wine Trail, USA is nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe Counties in upstate New York, minutes from Niagara Falls. The wine trail, established in 2002, features member wineries, each offering a unique take on wines that everyone from aficionados to novices in the world of wine may enjoy, and other local partner member businesses. More information may be found on the trail’s website http://www.NiagaraWineTrail.org.

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Holiday Hours 2017

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.

Flight of Winery Winery: OPEN 10AM – 7PM on Saturdays for December.

11-22 Thanksgiving Eve
  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Becker Brewing open until 12am for public party
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours
11-23 Thanksgiving
  • Honeymoon Trail Winery, Open regular hours
  • Lake Ontario Winery, Open 9am-3pm
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 9am – 12pm
  • All other wineries closed
11-24 Black Friday
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours
11-25-Small Business Saturday
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours
11-26 Sunday
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours
12-24 Sunday Christmas Eve
  • BlackBird Cider Works, Open 11am – 4pm
  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Closing at 4pm
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Closing at 4pm
  • All other wineries on regular hours
12-25 Monday Christmas Day
  • All wineries Closed
12-26 Tuesday Boxing Day 
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours
12-31 Sunday New Year’s Eve
  • 810 Meadworks, Open 12pm – 2am
  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Freedom Run Winery, Open 10am – 3pm
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 12pm – 3pm
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Closing at 4pm
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours
1-1-18 Monday New Year’s Day
  • All wineries Closed
1-2-18 Tuesday    
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor, Closed
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

 

Thank You Veterans!

Thank you Veterans and Active Military! 

This Friday (and all year long!) we invite our current active military and veterans to enjoy tastings and special discounts as a small gesture of gratitude for serving our country.

Participating wineries and discounts:

 

810 Meadworks
10% off entire purchase, Year Round
ON VETERANS DAY (Observed): Free Tasting trio or single drink, plus 10% off remaining purchase

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
Free Tastings, Year Round

A Gust of Sun Winery
Free Tastings and 10% off wine purchases, Year Round

Black Willow Winery
10% off wine purchases, Year Round
ON VETERANS DAY (Observed): Free Tastings and 20% off wine purchases

Chateau Niagara Winery
Free Tastings and 10% off wine purchases, Year Round

Flight of Five Winery
10% off wine purchases, Year Round
VETERANS DAY WEEKEND: Free tastings for veterans & 1 guest

Freedom Run Winery
15% off wine purchases, Year Round

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
10% off wine purchases, Year Round
ON VETERANS DAY (Observed): Free tastings for veterans

Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards
Free Tastings and 15% off wine purchases, Year Round

The Winery at Marjim Manor
Free Tastings and 10% off wine purchases, Year Round

Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Free Tastings and 15% off wine purchases, Year Round

Schwenk Wine Cellars
5% off wine purchases, Year Round

Victorianbourg Wine Estate
10% off wine purchases, Year Round

 

Raise Your Glass for Charity!

Niagara County, NY – Every year the Niagara Wine Trail wineries partner with local food banks and charitable organizations and this year is no different. To ensure a bountiful holiday season for area residents in need, the annual Share the Bounty event, will be held Veterans Day Weekend, November 10th-12th.

Participating Niagara Wine Trail wineries will be accepting non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations in exchange for wine tastings to benefit the food bank or nonprofit organization of the winery’s choice.

Over 2,500 canned goods were donated during Share the Bounty in 2016

Share the Bounty will be held Friday from Noon – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday from Noon – 5 PM and Monday from Noon – 5 PM. Last year The Niagara Wine Trail collected over 2,500 non-perishable food items and $9,000.

The participating wineries include (Sponsored Charities and Tasting Fees may be subject to change):

  • 810 Meadworks: All tasting fees will be donated to Hospice of Orleans. Or, donate one non-perishable, non-expired food item in exchange for one taste of mead. Food items will be donated to Calvary Cupboard Food Pantry in Medina (specific needs include pasta, jelly, cereal, canned vegetables).
  • A Gust of Sun Winery: A portion of tasting fees will be donated to the WNY Heroes organization. Or, donate one non-perishable, non-expired food item in exchange for one taste of wine. Food items will be donated to a local food bank.
  • ArrowheadSpring Vineyards: All tasting fees will be donated to Meals on Wheels
  • BlackBird Cider Works: PB & J Drive: donate a jar of each and receive 3 hard cider tastings. Donations for the Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue, Inc. will also be accepted at the cidery.
  • Black Willow Winery: Tasting fees will be donated to Eastern Niagara Animal Welfare Alliance.
  • Chateau Niagara Winery: All tasting fees will be donated to the Barker Food Pantry. Canned goods will be accepted for the pantry as well.
  • Flight of Five Winery: Tasting fees donated to St. John’s Outreach in Lockport or, donate one non-perishable, non-expired food item in exchange for each taste of wine (up to 3).
  • Freedom Run Winery: Tasting fees will benefit Lockport Meals on Wheels.
  • Honeymoon Trail Winery: Donating tasting fees to ALS Association.
  • Lake Ontario Winery: Tasting fees will be donated to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
  • Leonard Oakes Estate Winery: Tasting fees will benefit Food Link.
  • Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards: Collecting canned goods or cash donations towards turkeys for the Food Pantry / Care Givers Ministry at Immaculate Conception Church of Ransomville. Also accepting donations of bags of dog food towards Mario’s Pet Food Pantry. Guests will receive one free taste for each can (up to four per guest) and 4 free tastes for each bag of dog food. All donation items must have an expiration date of 2018 or later.
  • Midnight Run Wine Cellars: Tasting fees will be donated to Lakeview Animal Sanctuary located in Sanborn, NY.
  • Niagara Landing Wine Cellars: Tasting fees will be donated to Care & Share Food Pantry in Ransomville. Or, donate a minimum of 2 non-perishable food items or PB & J for 6 wine samples.
  • Salamaca Estate Winery: Please inquire with winery
  • Schulze Vineyards & Winery: Donations will be to the Newfane Community Food Pantry as follows: $3.00 or 4 or more nonperishable items for 4 tastes.
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars: All tasting fees will be donated to the Carlton Fire Company.
  • Spring Lake Winery: Proceeds from tastings will go to Roswell Park for the Leukemia Division.
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor: Trade (1) one taste per jar of Peanut Butter or Jelly for the PB & J food drive. All cash donations will be used to purchase peanut butter and jelly for the food drive.
  • Victorianbourg Wine Estate: For each non-perishable food item donated your tasting fee will be reduced by $1 (regular tasting fee is $3, so 3 or more food items donated will earn a free tasting). All items donated will benefit the Wilson Community Food Pantry at St. Brendan-on-the-Lake Church, Wilson NY.
  • Vizcarra Vineyards: Tasting fees donated to the Gasport Zion Lutheran Church food bank.

Sponsored charities and tasting fees may be subject to change.

For a complete list of wineries, tasting fees, and additional information about the Share the Bounty event visit www.niagarawinetrail.org.

Tickets will not be sold for this event, so be sure to bring the requested non-perishable/monetary donation. Groups traveling by bus or limo must call and make reservations with each winery on their itinerary in advance of the event.

Designated drivers and nondrinker attendees are welcome at the wineries at no charge.

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Media Contact:

Elizabeth Maute, Media Director
lizrose@niagarawinetrail.org

About Niagara Wine Trail
The Niagara Wine Trail, USA is nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe Counties in upstate New York, minutes from Niagara Falls. The wine trail, established in 2002, features member wineries, each offering a unique take on wines that everyone from aficionados to novices in the world of wine may enjoy, and other local partner member businesses. More information may be found on the trail’s website http://www.NiagaraWineTrail.org.

“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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