New York’s Wine Industry is Going Strong

Despite how harsh this long, miserable winter has been to Upstate New York’s vineyards, research shows that New York wineries are booming. recently reported on research conducted for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation showing the enormous growth in the Empire State’s wineries in the last three decades.

In 1976 New York only had 14 wineries, but by 2013 there were 416 wineries in 53 of the state’s 63 counties. A lot of credit goes to the New York Farm Winery Act in 1976, which made it easy for small wineries to flourish with incentives and reduced regulations.

And it’s not just New York’s impressive number of wineries that signals growth. Finger Lakes-area wineries, in particular, are receiving critical claim even on an international scale. The New York State wine industry is worth about $4.8 billion a year.

Oh, and we got a mention in this article!

Award Winning Wine

Award Winning Wine

awardwinnersThese wines are winners! We just won three silvers and a bronze in the 2013 New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

Our Cayuga-Traminette got the Silver; our delicious Diamond, Mon Cheri won Silver; the ever-popular Sweet Spot got a Silver medal; and our Traminette got the Bronze.

Presidents’ Day Sale!

Presidents’ Day Sale!

Founding father George Washington helped create a brand new country, but he wasn’t as successful at making his own wine.*In fact, Washington tried to make a go of his own vineyard at Mt. Vernon for 11 years before giving up. You, on the otherhand, will succeed with Wine Expert’s International Juice Kits for sale all this week in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Choose from these selected International varieties:

Australian Cabernet Shiraz

Australian Shiraz

Chilean Pinor Noir

Chilean Merlot

French Cabernet Sauvignon

French Merlot

New Zealand Pinot Noir


$98.99 this week only

Kits only. Expires Saturday, February 23, 2013.


*Source: Virgina Wine: Virginia Wine HistoryGrapes02



Largest List of Finger Lakes Wines Ever to Appear on UK Menus

Largest List of Finger Lakes Wines Ever to Appear on UK Menus

The largest-ever list of Finger Lakes region wines are to be imported to the United Kingdom by Wine Equals Friends. Eight Finger Lakes wines and six Long Island wines will make their appearance on wine lists at UK restaurants such as Chez Bruce, Hotel du vin Bristol and Hotel TerraVina, reports

“This previously little known region is capable of making world class wines,” said Wine Equals Friends founder, Sue Chambers.

Red Newt Cellars, Fox Run, Lamoreaux Landing, Lakewood Vineyards, Sheldrake Point, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Hermann J. Wiemer and Red Tail Ridge are the Finger Lakes wineries that made the list.

New Groupon Deal From Lakeland Winery

New Groupon Deal From Lakeland Winery

$109 for a Winemaking Party and 30 Bottles of Wine at Lakeland Winery$114 for Winemaking Party for up to 15 People ($228 value)

Our latest Groupon deal is for up to 15 people to make 30 bottles of the award-winning Island Mist wines.

Up to 15 people come together to make 30 bottles of Lakeland Winery’s award-winning Island Mist wines under the guidance of passionate oenophilia. The five-step winemaking process is simple and engaging; it involves slowly mixing water with bentonite, juice, and then additional ingredients such as elderflowers or oak. Later, after fermentation, groups will cork and label each bottle to take home. Groups are encouraged to bring their own hors d’oeuvres to the party.

Lakeland Winery’s expert winemakers guide you through the five-step winemaking process. Bring your own hors d’oeuvres to the party. Island Mist combines the crisp freshness of distinctive varietals wines with delicious fruit flavors.

Choose From:

  • Blackberry Cabernet
  • Blackberry Merlot
  • Green Apple Riesling
  • Exotic Fruit Zinfandel
  • Peach Apricot Chardonnay
  • Strawberry White Merlot
  • Wildberry Shiraz
  • Kiwi Pear Sauvignon Blanc
  • Blueberry Pinot Noir
  • White Cranberry Pinot Gris
  • Pomegranate Zinfandel
  • Cranberry Malbec

The Fine Print:

  • Expires November 14, 2012
  • Limit 1 per customer, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Must be 21 or older
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • $5 tasting fee per person not included

All Hail the Wine Queen

All Hail the Wine Queen


I’m not really one for beauty pageants, but I think Germany’s Wine Queen pageant is one I can get behind.

The Vinography blog met up with the 2012  German Wine Queen, Annika Strebel, at ProWein, Europe’s largest wine exhibition. Becoming the German Wine Queen is no joke.

Vinography notes:

”The wine queen program is a remarkably savvy idea that celebrates many of the best things about wine and culture without falling prey to the trashier aspects of many beauty pageants. By celebrating beautiful, intelligent young women that are passionate about wine, the program both serves to attract younger people to the culture of wine, while at the same time demystifying and glamorizing it.”

Wine queens not only have to be lovely and enchanting in evening gowns, but these women must also be serious wine connoisseurs. Wine Queen contenders must pass a series of tests to win the crown. Vinography reports that the hopeful Wine Queen must give an impromptu speech on a randomly chosen German wine region; she must be able to answer questions about the differences between wine regions and grape varieties; perform a blind sensory analysis of a sample of wines; describe winemaking techniques for any type of wine; and make a speech about German wine in English using key words provided by the jury. Phew.  I’d stumble over that like a certain 2007 Miss Teen USA contender from South Carolina every single time.

The Wine Queen devotes an entire year to her reign, and according to Vinography, it’s a huge time commitment. Past queen Mandy Grossgarten told Vinography that being wine queen ”pretty much turns your world upside down.” Many wine queens are students who must take a year off from their studies to participate in hundreds of publicity engagements. Strebel recounted that she participated in an underwater wine tasting in SCUBA gear as part of her queenly duties.

Strebel, who is taking a year off from her studies at the  prestigious viticulture and enology program at Geisenheim in Hessen, Germany, plans to eventually take over winemaking at her family’s Weingut Strebel winery.










Groupon Syracuse Daily Deal – $5 for Wine Tasting & Bottle of Wine at Lakeland Winery

Groupon Syracuse Daily Deal – $5 for Wine Tasting & Bottle of Wine at Lakeland Winery

Groupon Syracuse Daily Deal: $5 for Wine Tasting & Bottle of Wine at Lakeland Winery

Our friends over at Groupon have helped us to set up a great deal for everyone! But act quickly it’s for one day only!

$5 for Wine Tasting & Bottle of Wine at Lakeland Winery ($15 Value)

From the Groupon web site:

Wine tasting is generally considered the best way to get to know a wine, narrowly beating out Internet wafting and speed-spilling. Make a delicious new acquaintance with today’s Groupon. For $5, you get a wine tasting including a bottle of wine to keep from Lakeland Winery, located on State Fair Boulevard. Lakeland offers more than 100 distinct, easy-drinking incarnations of grape goodness, including pomegranate zinfandel, wildberry Shiraz, peach apricot chardonnay, and black raspberry merlot. After all the last pour, guests can adopt a bounding bundle of bottled joy, and then take it home, let it nap in the cupboards, and wake it up just in time for dinner. The winery remains open year round, and guests can schedule their tasting anytime Monday–Friday, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., or on Saturdays between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Take a Photo, Find a Wine

November 1, 2010
Take a Photo, Find a Wine

Snooth Wine Pro

Camera phones have gotten so advanced. They offer more megapixels, top-end optics and high-def video.

Now they can even help you find a favorite wine.

With an iPhone in hand and Snooth Wine Pro added to your app menu, it’s easy to hunt down that incredible bottle of wine from last night’s dinner out. Just snap a photo of the label, and Snooth will search through its database of over a million wines to find a match.

The service then offers a map showing nearby stores that have the wine in stock, price comparisons and expert and user reviews. You can even purchase the wine through the Snooth retail network, if it’s available.

There’s also a “cellar” feature that allows you to catalog the wines in your collection. It’s available when you’re offline, too (like down in your basement trying to choose a wine for dinner).

Never go thirsty again.

DownloadThe Snooth Wine Pro iPhone app at

Limited Wines are Here

Make Your Occasions Great Elegant Meals and Excellent Company.
January – Australian Shiraz/Viognier
January – Pacifica White
February Italian Primitivo
March – Austrian Gruner Veltliner
April – Portuguese Douro Tinto

Great Wine is Yours for the Making.
Visit us at Order by December 3, 2010.

Picking local grapes to make wine

For anyone interested in learning how to make wine. This Saturday, October 9th,
I will be picking concord grapes from several local owner’s vines. They have
graciously given me permission to pick and I am asking for your help. Anyone
interested, please meet me at Lakeland Winery, 877 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
at 8:30AM. We will drive around picking grapes and then crushing them to make
wine. Call me with questions at (315)572-4763.