Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Ok, so I have been “offline” for OVER two weeks, but I have a good reason: we were on vacation! A good bit of the vacation (for tax purposes) was touring wineries, tasting wine, and purchasing what you might call, ahh, well, ummm, some “samples” for review back at home for future production consideration, of course.

We toured the Finger Lakes Wine Region in New York and the problem was not finding the wineries, it was choosing which ones of the 100+ you wanted to visit in your time there. There are over 9100 acres of vineyard in just this area producing over 41,000 tons of grapes each year. The scenery is beautiful, with the long lakes full of sailboats, streets lined with Victorian homes and cottages, and lots of crafts, antique, and locally-produced food stores.

In just one five hour period along Seneca Lake we passed at least 15 wineries and stopped at six. We saw wineries that looked like a French Chateau and some were in Morton Buildings. Some had wines made with premium grapes and tasted world class, others were names “Red-Neck Red” and “Granny’s Outhouse White” and tasted, well, a bit better then the name suggested. If you are a wine “nut”, this is a place you could spend a week, and then go into rehab and detox.

BUS TOUR: We are only half booked for the Aug 28/29 Southern Indiana Winery Bus Tour! We will extend the reservation deadline until July 10, but that is the cutoff!

CHOCOLATE ANNIVERSARY: July 17th is our seventh anniversary and we will be celebrating with FREE gourmet chocolates, and music, and some other goodies, so be here 1-6pm Saturday the 17th and join in the fun!


  1. Just a suggestion, maybe make the cut-off for signing up for the bus trip July 18th, since you're having your chocolate anniversary party the 17th and you're bound to have a lot of people in and out of the winery and maybe you'll get enough interest to fill the bus the rest of the way.

  2. Love the Finger Lakes! Of course i'm biased I grew up near there. By any chance did you visit The Pleasant Valley Winery (US Bonded Winery #1) in Hammondsport? Just one of my favorites. Hope you had fun. And come on people let's fill up that bus!!! - Marco Clupper

  3. from the winemaker: We have to cut off the bus tour reservations by the 10th in order to be able to cancel arrangements without penalty. Sorry!