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    Long Cliff Winery 2011 Pinot Noir Long Cliff Winery 2011 Pinot Noir

    Long Cliff Winery 2011 Pinot Noir

Long Cliff Winery 2011 Pinot Noir

Long Cliff Winery works with mostly estate grown grapes and this pinot noir is no exception – with the winery’s farm providing all the fruit in this wine. Owner and grower Don Demaison is no stranger to the heartbreak grape after having worked with the largest planting of pinot noir east of the Rockies just down the road from his farm.

Long Cliff’s soils are on the heavy side, with clay and rock derived from the Niagara escarpment. It’s in these types of soils where pinot noir tends to gain more structure and intensity. Pinot noir has the tendency to be light and simple in some conditions so any location that amplifies its flavors and backbone is one in which is sought after.

Long Cliff’s 2011 Pinot Noir is vibrant with chocolaty notes along with sweet red fruits, chalky tones and delicate aromas of pin cherry wood. A relatively cool 2011 season […]

By |February 6th, 2013|New Releases, Wine|Comments Off
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    Leonard Oakes Reserve Cabernet Franc 2010 Leonard Oakes Reserve Cabernet Franc 2010

    Leonard Oakes Reserve Cabernet Franc 2010

Leonard Oakes Reserve Cabernet Franc 2010

Leonard Oakes has achieved greatness seemingly overnight with Icewine while delivering delightful cool climate Rieslings and Chardonnays, you-better-take-notice hybrids and balanced easy drinking reds. A recent release of their newest reds has propelled the winery to new heights thanks to the spectacular 2010 vintage and the precise winemaking of Jonathan Oakes with his Reserve Series Cabernet Franc 2010.

As we should all know by now, cabernet franc grapes thrive in the Niagara region’s soils and microclimates. Depending on the vintage, vineyard and winemaker it can produce light fruit forward, juicy reds while it can also become dark, fleshy, earthy and intense. Leonard Oakes’s 2010 Cabernet Franc probably resembles the latter but it’s a wine that even in its youth is bringing mouth filling flavors in a delicate yet lively structure.

This wine is dark and certainly won’t be confused with pinot noir or other delicately colored wines. With aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, vanilla, dried herbs and spice this wine is already mature in its complexity […]

By |June 27th, 2012|New Releases|0 Comments
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    Wino On Two Wheels: Cambria Circuit Part II Wino On Two Wheels: Cambria Circuit Part II

    Wino On Two Wheels: Cambria Circuit Part II

Wino On Two Wheels: Cambria Circuit Part II

We continue our two wheeled adventure already in progress
 
 

Eveningside Vineyards

THE RIDE: At first glance at the map (and your fuzzy brain), this winery is just down the road from Freedom Run. Again, stay on the “wrong side” of the road. It’s a little over a mile to Eveningside. We felt the crush of travel in that one mile, however, what with the sun high in the sky and our bellies so, very empty (except for the salsa man’s delicious treats!). Otherwise, it’s another easy road to travel. Be on your tiptoes coming around bends in the road, but mostly it’s a quiet, peaceful trek.

THE WINERY: One word: RANDY!!! Okay, I love Randy. Randy is the proprietor at Eveningside, and damn, does he make wine in the country look good. Randy has been rockin’ wine for over a decade now (LLC style), and he knows what’s up. Ask Randy anything […]

By |June 18th, 2012|Wino On Two Wheels|Comments Off
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    Wino On Two Wheels: Cambria Circuit Part I Wino On Two Wheels: Cambria Circuit Part I

    Wino On Two Wheels: Cambria Circuit Part I

Wino On Two Wheels: Cambria Circuit Part I

On the afternoon we embarked on our “home circuit,” we were hungry. Really hungry. We had gotten a bite at Tim Horton’s about six hours previous, and then traversed what seemed the entirety of the greater Western New York region, hunting for the perfect used armchairs (me) and the perfect vintage wedding bands (her). I gained an adorable four-color, 18-piece breakfast set and a crocheted handbag among other random estate sale jewels, but alas, no chairs. At about 2 p.m., I was ready for wine.

The circuit we were tackling was the Cambria Circuit, where five wineries* call home, as do we. I’m a Cambria native (excepting my first years spent in Niagara Falls and then Youngstown, until age 9), and Brooke, my partner-in-crime today, is Cambria’s Town Historian. I also volunteer on the Cambria Historical Society board as unofficial secretary and very official jackass-of-all-trades.

We set off from my** farm, out there where Molyneaux Corners once reigned supreme on the […]

By |June 11th, 2012|Wino On Two Wheels|Comments Off
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    Farm Stand Update: Local Strawberry Sighting in Burt Farm Stand Update: Local Strawberry Sighting in Burt

    Farm Stand Update: Local Strawberry Sighting in Burt

Farm Stand Update: Local Strawberry Sighting in Burt

We have our first roadside strawberry sighting in wine country! Just yesterday these delicious strawberries were seen at M & L Klinger Farm in Burt, NY – just down the road from Schulze Vineyards & Winery – at the corner of Wilson Burt and Coomer roads. The farmstand itself opens for business when the first strawberries come in and closes at the end of the growing season with mums and pumpkins.

Most locals know Burt as one of the best fishing locations in Niagara County– thanks to the Burt Dam and the harbor town of Olcott just to its north. Devourers of local fruits may know Burt for its many orchards and farms, which produce everything from apples and pears to peaches, plums and apricots. Wine drinkers should recognize Burt as the home of the aforementioned Schulze Vineyards & Winery, which is a destination of its own throughout the whole year.

Should you find yourself at that winery or a few of […]

By |June 4th, 2012|Farms|0 Comments