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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail
Cheers to Spring!
A few sunny days in the vineyards and already we're in the mood for a party. We're inviting some of our best friends -- you included -- to join us for Winemakers' Dinners, Wine & Cheese Weekend, and new release celebrations. Foodies, start your engines. It's time for a road trip to the 21 wineries along the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail.
Winemakers' Dinners and Walkabouts April 10 and 17
10606 Route 20, Ripley, NY
Saturday, April 10th, 6 - 9 p.m.
Enjoy a gourmet meal accompanied by fine wines in this restored, 125-year-old barn and stone wine cellar. First course: Escargots and Wild Mushrooms in Tarragon Cream; Second course: Frisee Salad with Poached Egg Crostini and Merlot Sauce; Third course: Rack of Lamb with Dijon Herb Paste, Julienned Pommes with Corse Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, Red Lentils and Sautéed Spinach with Apple Cider Reduction; Fourth course: Pear Brandy Custard and Almond Tart. Each course will be matched with a complementing Quincy Cellars wine. Cost of $49 per person includes wine. Tax and gratuity are additional. Reserve your table now by calling 716.736.2021.
Liberty Vineyards & Winery at Webb's Captain's Table, 115 West Lake Rd., Rt. 394, Mayville, NY
Saturday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Webb's is fast becoming "the place where friends meet over wine," and this dinner is sure to keep the conversation flowing.
First Course: Chicken Curry Wontons and Dragon Shrimp, served with an assortment of Thai dipping sauces, and paired with Liberty Vineyards Diamond; Second Course: Strawberry Salad served over mixed baby greens with candied pecans, red onions, blue cheese and finished off with a balsamic vinaigrette, paired with Liberty Vineyards Rufus Red; Third Course: American Fusion Cordon Blue, skin-on, herb-seared airline breast of chicken served over Tuscan rice with ribbons of prosciutto and finished off with a baby Swiss cream sauce, paired with Liberty Vineyards Pinot Grigio; Fourth Course: Beef Wellington With Forged Musroom Duxelle complimented with Knob Creek small batch bourbon reduction, andpaired with Liberty Vineyards, Carmenere; Fifth Course: Fresh pears poached in Liberty Vineyards Purple Haze, atop Haagen-Dazs vanilla bean ice cream. Finished off with a reduction of Purple Haze, paired with Liberty Vineyards Lucy's In The Sky. Cost: $40/person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations call Webb's at 716.753.3960.
The South Shore Wine Company
1120 Freeport Road, North East, Pa.
Saturday, April 17, 7 - 9 p.m.
Step inside this Civil War era stone wine cavern for our Winemaker's Walkabout. The historic tasting room has stories to tell, and so will you after sampling the "Mezze with Mazza" menu prepared by the Summer House Café. You will enjoy a dazzling array of: marinated and grilled American lamb chop on a mint demi-glace, paired with Mazza Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon; Pan-seared sea scallops nested in a minted, sweet-pea puree on a potato gaufrette, paired with Bare Bones White; shrimp & crab or lobster ravioli, both in black egg pasta gorgonzola & walnut filled ravioli, garnished with sautéed grapes, potatoes, and white truffle paired with Mazza Chautauqua Cellars Chardonnay; Ahi Tuna Tartar, topping a crispy wonton 'nacho' chip, drizzled with a lime ponzu sauce, paired with South Shore Traminette; and for dessert, chocolate budino with raspberry coulis paired with South Shore Forte of Chambourcin. Cost of $59 per person, includes full menu, wine pairings, taxes and gratuity. Make reservations by April 12. Call toll-free: 1.800.796.WINE(9463).
Arrowhead Wine Cellars 12073 East Main Rd., North East, Pa.
Details TBA, 814-725-5509
Every year some 500 or 600 people make their annual pilgrimage to the Lake Erie wine growing region to pay homage to fromage. But this is no ordinary wine and cheese party. Think award-winning artisan cheeses swirled into soups and desserts, broiled over miniature quiches, and baked into flavorful favorites like mac and cheese. Our winemakers will uncork their premium wines for the occasion, filling your glass with a buttery Chardonnay or a fruity Fredonia, or a savory Chambourcin, or ... whatever your pleasure. The price of a ticket affords you ample portions of food and wine at each of 19 participating wineries along the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, a gourmet guide featuring recipes and wine-pairings, a commemorative wine glass. And a special gift will be waiting for you at your host winery.
We are proud to announce that for the first time ever we are partnering with Yancey's Fancy, maker of New York state's finest hand-crafted cheeses. In March, Yancey's Fancy won the "Best of Show" and a number of other top honors in the world's largest international competition for cheese.
TICKETS: $35/person, $60/couple for the weekend. Sunday only tickets are $30/person, $55/couple.
Don't delay. Wine & Cheese Weekend is always a sellout. Order tickets online, www.chautauquawinetrail.org, or call toll-free 1-877-326-6561.
Many of our B & B's are offering special getaway packages. Call for info and a free brochure today, 1-877-326-6561.
From our 2009 Gourmet Guide : Golden Shrimp Chowder
Vetter Vineyards Winery
2 large onions, peeled and diced 1 clove garlic, chopped 1/4 lb. butter 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced 2 stalks celery, diced 2 cups boiling water Salt and pepper to taste 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar 2 cups milk 1 lb. shrimp, cooked and shelled 2 tablespoons sherry 1/2 cup Vetter's Dry Riesling Fresh parsley
Directions: Lightly cook onions and garlic in butter. Add potatoes and boiling water. Simmer until potatoes are tender and season to taste. Melt cheese in milk and add to potatoes and onions. Add shrimp, sherry and wine and simmer for 20 minutes or more. Do not boil. Placed snipped parsley in bottom of each bowl and fill with chowder.
My husband loves to drive, so it takes only the drop of a hat to send us sailing down the highway in search of a new adventure. But soon the grape hyacinths will release their fragrance in the vineyards, and the sailboats will reappear on Lake Erie, and all we will have to do is gather up our picnic basket and bottle of wine and head for our favorite overlook, not two miles from our home. We'd love for you to join us!