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. These are unticketed events, though additional fees may apply.
This is an unticketed event, though additional fees may apply. See below for more details. Furthermore, in many instances it is necessary for you to make an appointment with a given winery. The senior staff and/or owners oftentimes involved in Winemaker Wednesday programming are otherwise often busy in the cellar or out in the vines, hence the need for an appointment. While it should go without saying, if you are unable to visit the winery at the scheduled time, please call and let them know promptly, so the winemakers can get back to work!
Effective January 2, 2013 this is the tentative list of participating wineries.
Ravines Wine Cellars - Join French-trained Oenologist Morten Hallgren on a tour of Ravines’ state-of-the-art winery while enjoying tank samples of vibrant spring white wines and complex red wines aging in French oak barrels. Morten will describe how he uses traditional European winemaking methods to craft his elegant dry wines. $10 per person, 10-2pm (tours starting at the top of each hour). Price of ticket includes tasting of current releases in tasting room. RSVP required. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, contact the winery directly at 315-781-7007.
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars - This winery has developed custom experiences for each of the different Wednesdays as described below. There is no additional fee associated with these experiences, and an appointment is required, anytime during the winery's usual operating hours on the designated Wednesdays.
January: Wine Pairing for Cold Winter Days: Assorted grilled cheese sandwich samples paired with various wines. Vote for your favorite pairings with results posted on our www.SenecaWine.com website.
February: Taste ‘10 Reds and ‘11 Reds (from barrel and bottle) with winemaker paired with various local cheeses.
March: Taste ‘12 White Wines that are being prepared for bottling. (Compare them to ‘11 vintage whites if available)
April: Spring Celebration! Spring food and wine paring.... Join our “Spring Ugly Sweater” Contest. Prizes! Walk through the vineyards, weather dependent.
Anthony Road Wine Company - Cellar tour with either the Winemaker or Assistant Winemaker, with a flight of wines. $10/person, appointment required between 11am-3pm on each Winemaker Wednesday.
Miles Wine Cellars- Get "down 'n dirty" with Evan Miles! Spend time with Evan sampling wines produced from different areas of their extensive vineyards, enabling you to develop a more nuanced appreciation for terroir (which, among other attributes, pertains to the soil itself). $3 per person (the same as a usual tasting), appointment required, 11am-4pm on each Winemaker Wednesday.
Glenora Wine Cellars - Enjoy a special tasting in the Reserve Room where Belgian chocolates and delicious cheeses from around the world will be paired with their award winning wines. Available by appointment on the hour 11:00 am to 3:00pm each Winemaker Wednesday. There is no charge for the tasting. Please call 800-243-5513 and ask for Retail to make an appointment.
Lakewood Vineyards - This winery has developed custom experiences for each of the different Wednesdays as described below. Appointments are required, by calling 877-535-9252, and are available from 10am-2pm on each of these days. There are no fees associated with these experiences.
January 9: Sit down with one of our winemakers and taste our reds, including a barrel sample of a 2012 wine.
February 13: A romantic experience! A sit down tasting of our current releases or iced wines, and port with one of our winemakers. They will take time to explain the process of making these special wines and might even pour a tank sample of our 2012 iced wines.
March 13: 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 10: Our winemaker will pour some barrel samples of the 2012 vintage beside the current releases of those wines, and discuss the difference in the two.
May 8: A 2012 vintage preview with tank samples or recently bottled 2012 wines poured alongside the current release of those varieties.
Castel Grisch Winery- The Winemaker, Rick Evans, will present attendees with a series of wine and cheese pairings. $1/person/flight with 4 different flights to choose from, appointment required during their regular business hours.
Atwater Estate Vineyards- Enjoy a barrel and tank room tour with one of our winemakers, including sampling. Free, reservations required, available 11am-3pm each of these Wednesdays.
Red Newt Cellars - Join members of Red Newt's Winemaking Team for a series of informal yet intimate cellar tastings. Winemaker Wednesday guests will have the exclusive opportunity to preview their unreleased 2012 Single Vineyard Rieslings. The winemakers will guide guests through a spectrum of cool-climate Riesling styles and discuss the passion behind Red Newt's unique Single Vineyard experience! $10/person. Three sessions available each of the Winemaker Wednesdays, for up to 8 people each: 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Phone reservations are required. For more information and to schedule a tasting, contact the winery at 607-546-4100.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards- The Winemaker, Michael Reedy, provides participants with a personalized food/wine flight of pairings, followed by a tour of their tank room, with the option to enjoy a tank tasting or two. There is no additional fee, appointment required between 11am-4pm on each Winemaker Wednesday and participants should reserve about an hour for this entire experience.
Three Brothers Wineries & Estates- Guests joining this winery for Winemaker Wednesdays will have the opportunity to tour the cellar and wine making facilities. They will also offer complimentary tastings of their limited release wines in Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars. Reservations are required at least a day in advance.
Ventosa Vineyards- Cellar tour and barrel tasting with Winemaker Jenna LaVita. $2/person, available without an appointment between 10am-3pm during the Winemaker Wednesdays.
The following wineries are also participating in Winemaker Wednesdays. Please call them directly for more information on their offering. Their direct contact information can be found under the "Wineries" link in the top right corner of the page. Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars, Rock Stream Vineyards, Chateau LaFayette Vineyards, Red Newt Cellars.
If you have any questions this event you are also welcome to call the office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717.