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Nikki's Wine Journal Entries

Red Tail Ridge (written Sep 09, 2010)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Wines are good. We bought wine and will go back. Hope for a different server, the one we had actually argued with me about wine and food pairings. Takes herself a bit too seriously. Very dog-friendly place and the art of Conni Togel was awesome!

Benigna's Creek Vineyard and Winery (written Sep 09, 2010)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Chambourcin Reserve

Wonderful wine. I don't usually like wines from oak, but loved the Chambourcin Reserve. Susan was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Just a great hostess. We were at the Lycoming Mall location.

Billsboro Winery (written May 31, 2010)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Cabernet Franc

Wonderful family owned and run winery. Barn floor tasting room is beautiful and the deck is nice too. Wines very tasty.

Ventosa Vineyards (written May 23, 2010)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Vino Bianco

Wines were yummy! My beer-drinking husband said he was surprised because it was the first time he liked the wine at a "swanky" place. All of the staff were very friendly. We will go back for sure.

Mediterranean Cellars (written May 20, 2009)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Sweet Lucia

Beautiful setting and tasting room. Our server was granddaughter of the wine maker. Very knowledgeable. Wines were yummy, but a tad expensive. All wines from grapes grown right there.

Pickering Winery (written Dec 31, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Cayuga White

We didn't make it to Pickering this year, but some friends brought some Cayuga White to dinner the other night. It was another great year for Pickering. This wine was yummy and smooth. It was great with appetizers.

Chateau O'Brien at Northpoint Winery (written Dec 14, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Buddy's Bistro Red

Host and hostess both very welcoming. Made us feel at home and that they were very glad we were there. They took time to visit with us. Loved the spot and the building. Thanks for the fun!

Chateau LaFayette Reneau (written Oct 17, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Emperor's blush, Pinot Noir

We stopped by again last Sunday. Very beautiful place. $5 gets you a glass and a taste of 16 wines! That is a lot of wine. Take your time and enjoy them all as they are wonderful.

Silver Springs Winery (written Oct 13, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Delaware 2003, White Merlot 2007 & Vintner's Select, Pinot Grigio 2007

Great winery and wonderful hosts. They take the time to help you understand what you are drinking. A bit overwhelmed by the crowds. I would like to go back in the off season. Really good wine.

Rasta Ranch Vineyards (written Aug 25, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Him- Seneca Rain, Her-Uncle Homer

We were back at the Ranch for some relaxation on Sat. What a great place. Put us down for another case of wine.

Demarest Hill Winery (written Aug 04, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Aurora

The host and hostess were wonderful people. We enjoyed the excellent wines, but felt very rushed during the tasting. We like to learn more about the wines and winery. They did have some very unique items, including a balsamic vinegar that I just had to have. mmmmm Fantastic views of the area.

Warwick Valley Winery (written Aug 04, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Black Dirt Blush & Cabernet Sauvignon

Applewood Winery (written Aug 03, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Wawayanda White, Seyval Chardonnay

This place was great and had great wines to back it up. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable. We will certainly go back. They even have rabbits, sheep and chickens you can pet.

Warwick Valley Winery (written Aug 03, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Black Dirt Blush & Cabernet Sauvignon

Fantastic winery! Great for the whole family. The wines and ciders are great. Live music was great. They even let you borrow boccci sets to play on their court amidst gorgeous flowering roses.

Tickle Hill Winery (written Jul 31, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Suzie Q

This is a wonderful place. We happened on it on their first weekend and have returned once or twice a year ever since. Valerie and her family are wonderful hosts who make some interesting wines. Love the names of them as well.

Spyglass Ridge Winery (written May 19, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Reisling/Traminet,

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Naked Mountain Vineyard (written Apr 28, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Riseling/Chardonnay (its a blend)

Just visited here today, fog lifted for our ride out. Absolutely beautiful! Very friendly people and cool atmosphere. He shared some of his knowledge of wine grapes with us. Wines were awesome.

Three Fox Vineyards (written Apr 27, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Leggero Chardonnnay

Wonderful scenery and fantastic people. Loads of fun and good wine.

Pickering Winery (written Mar 30, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Vignoles

Great stop when you are "Doing the Corkscrew." Go see what Mary is cooking up. Her mulled wines are awesome!

Pleasant Valley Wine Company (written Mar 30, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Pink Catwba

The history makes this a must stop and the wines make it a must buy.

Red Newt Cellars and Bistro (written Mar 30, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: none

Pretty place. Lots of our friends like it. It didn't make a good impression on us. Too shishifroufrou.

Shalestone Vineyards (written Mar 30, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Merlot

They only do reds and they do them VERY well. They don't like groups.

Silver Thread Vineyard (written Mar 30, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Gewarztaminer

Off the beaten path and well worth the ride. This guy knows wine.

Standing Stone Vineyards (written Mar 30, 2008)
Wine: 1 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: none

A bit too acidic for our taste. Nice building and people.

Thorpe Vineyard (written Mar 30, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Red Duck & Fialka

This winery was a lovely surprise when we were in the Sodus Bay area. Good wine and very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Montezuma Winery (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Lake Effect Blush

We found this winery by accident and what a happy one it was. good wine, nice tasting room.

Miles Wine Cellars (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Cayuga White, Wisteria

Absolutely beautiful grounds. Winery is in an old home and just beautiful. Staff seems genuinely glad you came to see them. You can actually boat up to their dock, climb the hill and taste the wine. We like strolling in the yard to the view of the lake. Wisteria rocks!

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

Sorry to be negative, but this is not the place for us. We have been a couple times and they don't make you feel welcome. Seems like they wish you would just buy the wine without tasting it and bothering them.

Trump Winery (formerly Kluge Estate Winery) (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Cru all the way

Can I go back now? Great place. Awesome wine. MMMMM Atmosphere is perfect.

Heron Hill Vineyards (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Eclipse, Game Bird Red

Beautiful place. Nice staff. Great gift items. Good wine.

Glenora Wine Cellars (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Alpine

We love this place. They are very accommodating when we arrive in a van load. You can actually get tours here and the attached restaurant is fun. If the day is nice, eat on the deck. It is awesome. Just don't be in a hurry. Plan on a minimum hour and a half for lunch for 8.

Fulkerson Winery (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Traminette & Ravat

I really miss their grape juice. I am sure the new tasting room is easier for them to work in, but the ambiance of the old barn is missed. Great wine. Don't miss the Red Zepplin or Diamond

First Colony Winery (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Tannat

Great winery. The day we were there they were setting up for a wedding reception. They did not make us feel unwelcome at all. The staff were super friendly and made us feel at home. I definitely want to go back. Oh, yeah, and the wine was super.

Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: all that sparkles, Rainbow rose

Dr. Frank's is an institution. Only champagne I have ever liked. Worth the trip. Plan to spend some time. Try to go in off season so you can talk to the staff. They are cool.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: the Gewvertz and Cayuga White

Nice place, very nice staff. I want to go back. And I will.

Atwater Estate Vineyards (written Dec 20, 2007)
Wine: 1 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We haven't been here in a couple years. Staff were fantastic, atmosphere top notch, wines were a bit acidic for us. Could have been the vintage.

Torrey Ridge Winery (written Oct 19, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: TORREY RIDGE RED

Lots of fun. Attached to sister winery/meadery Earle Estates.

Earle Estates Meadery (written Oct 19, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: STARLIGHT BLUSH

Fantastic place, two wineries in one building, combined with Torrey Ridge right next door. Wines are very different though.

Caywood Vineyards (written Oct 19, 2007)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Chocolate Lab

Many different labels. Take your time even if they are tying to hurry you. Many are VERY good and need a minute to be absorbed. Great views of the lake.

Oregon Hill Winery (written Oct 19, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Gewurztraminer

Great wines in the German tradition. Fantastic tasting room in the bottom of a barn. Can you say Gewurztraminer?

Bastress Mountain Winery (written Oct 19, 2007)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Mountain Delaware

Nice place. Good wine. It's that simple.

Damiani Wine Cellars (written Oct 19, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Dolce Bianco

Fun place relatively new. In the downstairs of the house, unique crew. Special place. Good wine, will certainly go back. Not your average winery, above par.

Bully Hill Vineyards (written Oct 19, 2007)
Wine: 2 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Uncle Walter's Red

Very commercial tasting wine, think real wine mixed with soda pop for some flavors (kinda like Arbor Mist). That being said, atmosphere is wonderful. Always a good time to be had here.

Wagner Vineyards (written Oct 19, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Vignoles Ice

We enjoy Wagner's because it is both a winery and Micro-brewery. People who give tastings are good fun. Last couple times we were at the Ginny Lee cafe were disappointing, they were catering to large parties, rest of the diners got second best in food and service.

Antler Ridge Winery (written Aug 22, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Naked Chardonay

Nice small place. Staff had fun and winemaker does a good job making wine for everyday people and wine snobs as well. Worth the trip.

Seneca Shore Wine Cellars (written Aug 21, 2007)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Royal Red & Castle Blush

Great place with medieval theme. Hosts sometimes dress in period costume. Yummy wine, very friendly and helpful staff, they make you feel they are glad you came.

Castel Grisch Winery (written Aug 21, 2007)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Cayuga White

Swiss winery. Lovely restaurant and gorgeous views. Not on the beaten path, but well worth the short drive to get there. Well marked once you turn off main road.

Anthony Road Wine Company (written Aug 11, 2007)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Tony's Red

Wonderful place with classy wines. You will want to take home a couple bottles of Tony's White and Tony's Red. Great place to pack a picnic for.

Leidenfrost Vineyards (written Aug 11, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Cayuga White

Lots of fun. Beautiful view and you get to put your peanut shells on the floor. Usually laid back but a bit testy toward closing time. I like to go there anyway. Just talk with the nice ladies and avoid the grumpy guy.

Lakewood Vineyards (written Aug 08, 2007)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Long Stem Red

Love this place. Staff obviously hired for personality. They are great. Wine is delicious both sweet and dry so something for everyone. Carpe Vinum is their slogan.

Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards (written Aug 08, 2007)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Bagley

Nice place. Bottles have beautiful wildlife and animal labels. The wine inside is worthy of the treatment.

Catharine Valley Winery (written Aug 08, 2007)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Lost Irishman and Senaca Steamer

Relatively new winery. Very nice people. Bar is too high. Wine is good and place is decorated cute?rustic. We love it

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards (written Aug 08, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Red Cat

Too crowded. Lines out the door. We buy our Red Cat from other venues. If you can get in, a LOT of fun. Be sure to do the Red Cat cheer.

Chateau LaFayette Reneau (written Aug 08, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Johannisburg Riesling

At first glance this looks like a snobby winery, but it is not. Folks are very friendly and wine is good. Beautiful lake views.

Rasta Ranch Vineyards (written Aug 08, 2007)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Uncle Homer

This place rocks. DO NOT ask who Janice is. If you can't figure it out from the music, the tie dye, the posters and the burning incense, this is not the winery for you. If you are hip with the hippies, then you will have a GREAT time. Staff really enjoys their work. Wine is drinkable any time of day. We have proven it.

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