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Seneca Lake Wine Trail
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

This lake Wine trail is a gold mine for Fabulous wineries. I visit many of them during the year.

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Reviewed February 11, 2012

On a nice day this is a fabulous experience. The number and quality of wineries have grown tremendously over the years. Just make sure you have a Designated driver

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Reviewed January 30, 2012

My husband and I did the Seneca Lake Holiday Wine Trail Weekend. It was a nice experience. We were able to visit 30 of the wineries in the three days we were there. All of the wineries were very unique, most cozy and the traffic flowed well. As none of them really "wowed" us, we still had a really nice time and sampled some good wines. We had a really nice little cozy bar-food dinner at Bellhurst's winery Stonecutters restaurant. It was like a warm, cozy (big) living room atmosphere with a roaring fireplace, a long bar, nice band and pretty good food. The nightlife in the area is lacking, so this was the perfect place to go for a few drinks and a nice low-key dinner. We will be back for another wine trail, but want to visit some of the other lakes.

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Reviewed January 28, 2012

We went up the east side (because we had travelled up the west side before) and we based our stops on other trip advisor comments. I feel compelled to comment after our experiences of the day.

This weekend included light food in which many/most of the vinyards offered light fare with their tastings. The vinyards were not too crowded (January of course, though it was quite nice weather wise)

We started our day off at Lamoreaux Landing wine cellars which is about half way up the east side of the lake. Lamoreaux's employees was very kind and friendly. The wines were fine and were purchased the reserve wine, a reisling and a chardonnay. The grounds and buildilng were impressive and lovely. We paid $4 each for 6 tastings and $3 of each were credited towards our purchases.

Our 2nd stop was our favorite stop - Wagner Vinyards. We were pleasantly surprised by a lot here. First, the charge was $2 and we were able to taste 8 wines. Our $2 was not credited, but we didn't care. Additional tastes were .50 each at a seperate wine counter. Bill (our bartender/wine enthusiast) was more than helpful and educational at that. He helped make our experience that much better.

Wagners also included beer tasting at their brewery. I'm not a beer "lover" per say, but I fell in love with the 1st three beers there! The employees at Wagners were all helpful in all areas! We bought so much here including wine, a case of different beers and gifts from their large gift shop. LOVE LOVE LOVED this place! We were disappointed that the food place Ginny Lee here was closed until March but the chicken salad with a chipotle salsa (which came from the restaurant) was fantastic!

Our 3rd stop was at the Penguin Bay place. We stopped here because of the rave reviews from prior trip advisor posts. We left here very disappointed. They offered a beef barley soup which was nice, but they must have been VERY short handed on staff today. We waited entirely too long between tastings. We left without buying anything. I will chalk this negative experience up to lack of employees. The two people who were there were nice and personable, just slow.

Finally, we hit the Hazlitt brewery. WHAT A FIND! One of our favorite places! Although there was a minimum 20 minute wait for tastings, we went to the bar in the back where we just bought a glass of wine and there was a live band. This place was well staffed and we bought a few things at their gift shop:)

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

I can't wait to go back and hit the wineries we didn't have time to this past trip! We started at Bagley's, which had the nicest people and some excellent wines. We then went to Penguin Bay, which was much more subdued, but great selections, and we bought several bottles there, too. Rasta Ranch had the coolest atmosphere and store, as did Hazlitt's. Our final stop was Hector, and that was an awesome atmosphere, including the "house dog!" I can't wait to go back and visit the lovely people of Seneca Lake.

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