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