The Return of Belligerent Bastard

The Return of Belligerent Bastard

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It’s back! Belligerent Bastard, our crisp, New York Diamond white was mischievously tinted green by a leprechaun just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s ready for you! Stock up before it’s gone.

At Lakeland, we’ve been celebrating the Bastard’s return, and we tipped our hats to the holiday with the Belligerent Bastard Bash on March 1.

We had a raucously good time with live music, good friends and great food. Butternut Creek Revival entertained us with their awesome acoustic folk rock. We chowed down on Lakeland Winery foodie Kathie Lilley’s Scotch eggs, mini meat pies and Reuben dip. Nothin’ Fancy Fudge, sold exclusively at Lakeland Winery, premiered its out-of-this- world fudge. Oh yeah, we also drank some wine.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making this event at Lakeland such a blast!

In case you missed it, here are some great moments from the Bash:

Butternut Creek Revival’s acoustic folk was perfect for a St. Paddy’s Day bash.

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Nothin’ Fancy Fudge!

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Winter Reds from Lakeland Winery

Winter Reds from Lakeland Winery

new winter redsAged to perfection and fresh from the cellar, our sangiovese and rioja wines will help you warm up on cold winter nights.

Sangiovese is a fruity tart wine, highly tannic and acidic. Rioja is a young, fruity, fresh wine.

$18 each or two for $30

New Year’s Special at Lakeland Winery

New Year’s Special at Lakeland Winery

Ring in the New Year with Lakeland Winery! Stop by and get 20 percent off when you buy a case of wine, and get a free tasting of our red Rosso Fortissimo and sauvignon blanc, Arabian Desert. Now through Sunday. new year wine

Holiday Special

Holiday Special

Red or white cranberry wines are on sale now for $12 or two for $20. Pairs perfectly with turkey.tdayspecial

Get ready for the holidays with Lakeland Winery!

It’s the beginning of November and that means the holidays are right around the corner. Get started now with your custom wine holiday gifts by booking a winemaking appointment with us today. You can book your appointment here. Of course, you don’t want to forget the Thanksgiving-table wine. Stock up on your favorites to go along with the turkey!

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Make Your Own Rhubarb Wine

Blueberries, pomegranates, black cherries and grapes aren’t the only wine varieties. Sometimes a vegetable will work too. Rhubarb might not be the first thing you’d think of for wine, but this sweet plant is perfect for it. And Here We are has a delicious-sounding, easy-to-follow recipe right here: Rhubarb Wine

Warm Weather Wine - Rose

What does it mean when a wine is “Reserve”?

Sounds like it’s the good and fancy stuff, right? Not exactly, says Anthony Giglio of Details magazine.

When a wine has ‘Reserve” on the label, it might mean that the wine has been aged a specific amount of time depending on the regulations of the wine region. Many wineries added the term to the label if they had produced cheaper wines. However, nowadays “Reserve” is usually just a marketing ploy.

Giglio explains that only Old World, or European, wine regions regulate what can go on wine bottles. New World regions such as the United States, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa do not have systems for those rules and regulations.

Says Giglio: The term is so misused on American bottles that most of the wine critics and sommeliers ignore it unless we know that the producer has a sense of integrity.


Details: Ask the Wine Guy: Does “Reserve” Really Signify a Superior Wine Bottle?


Ordering Wine

So, what’s your strategy for ordering wine when you go out to eat? Do you pick the cheapest bottle on the menu, or do you aim to impress with the most expensive?

Choose neither of those options, says sommelier Gerald Morgan, Jr. of Simplified Wine. Morgan advises picking the second cheapest wine on the menu. The next cheapest wine is often the best value — it costs the restaurant at least twice as much as the cheapest bottle.

Also consider choosing a wine from a good region. Morgan suggests Argentina, Chile and Washington state. Although, we would add a Finger Lakes wine to that list.

Pick the Second Cheapest Wine at a Restaurant for the Best Value –Lifehacker


More Award-winning Wine from Lakeland Winery!

Our wines got top awards at the 2014 New York State Fair Wine Competition. This year Sweet Spot got the Double Gold, and Silvers went to our Honey Wine and Fresh Blueberry Wine. Mon Cheri, our diamond grape wine, took home a Bronze medal.


Finger Lakes Wineries Make Awesome Rieslings and Good Value Wines

The New York Cork Report just released a really great breakdown on the Finger Lakes wine industry. They collected their data on more than 100 wineries and almost 2,000 wines from Finger Lakes wine- industry-related websites. The Cork Report admits it’s not the most scientific method, but the info is still pretty interesting about what’s being made and what’s being sold in the region. Some highlights:

  • The average price of a bottle of wine from the Finger Lakes is $16.15. This makes it one of the better value regions in the country, considering that the average cost of a bottle of wine in the U.S. was $37.62, according to a 2013 study from Wines & Vines quoted by the Cork Report.
  • Riesling is the top wine in the region. Finger Lakes rieslings have earned plenty of buzz, even from the New York Times. According to the Cork Report, 88 percent of Finger Lakes wineries in their sample produce at least one riesling.