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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

 

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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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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

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