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Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 17, 2012

if you haven't been to the wine trail yet, go. what a beautiful place, and the wine isn't too bad either.

Thank Terr C
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

WOW who knew the Finger lakes had so many wineries. Each one was unique in its own way. Got some great wines!

Thank penny687
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We weren't sure if we were into wine,but once the tasting started, we were hooked! We haven't conquered the entire thing yet, but just driving around is absolutely beautiful!

Thank SueRobG
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Reviewed June 7, 2012 via mobile

I don't drink wine, I am a hard-cider drinker, but my wife and mother-in-law love the various wineries along the trail. The wineries on Cayuga Lake and Keuka Lake are good, but the wineries on Seneca Lake are much better.

1  Thank JGMelville
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We visited the Seneca Wine Trail for Memorial Day Weekend 2012. Our preference is for quality wine and tastings with relaxing ambiance and a good view. We avoided large production locations such as Wagner that allow tour buses. In terms of taste, I prefer fuller bodied wines with a strong finish. I focused on whites, as that is what grows well in the Northeast.

Restaurants: Two restaurant recommendations are Stonecat and Dano’s. Stonecat’s local and organic fare is delicious and the ambiance is simple, clean and down-to-earth. Make reservations to be on the porch. Giant plates of pulled pork are only $15, though other entrees are over $20. Dano’s is Austrian with modern interior decorating. Back patio is lovely. We ate for only $35 for two people including drinks, though pricier dishes are available.

Hermann J. Wiemer: One of the oldest vineyards in the region. The vineyard has a lovely tasting barn and patio, though no view of the lake. A higher-end vineyard, Wiemer doesn’t allow tour buses or limos. We weren’t pushed along or overwhelmed by crowds. We received the entire attention from the server. We walked away with the 2011 Dry Riesling and 2010 Late Harvest Riesling. Wines are more expensive for the area, ranging from $12-$25 for non-reserve. Cost $3/person for 5 tastes. wiemer.com

Fruit Yard: Although it has normal wines, this winery specializes in sweet fruit wines, ranging from peach to plum. Expect very sweet and fruity. We didn’t try the traditional wines. In order of preference, first being the one I liked the most: peach, plum, apple raspberry, peach infusia and strawberry (didn’t like). Casual vibe in red barn-esque building. Very sweet, dessert-like wines. Fruit wine cost $10. Free up to 5 tastings. www.fruityardwinery.com

Two Goats Brewing: For those looking for a respite from wine, Two Goats is micro-brewery and bar nestled among the wineries on the east side of Seneca Lake. Although the inside has a dive bar feel, the bar has a porch with an amazing view. This is the same view as Atwater and Chateau Lafayette Ranaeu, which are Two Goats neighbors. Free popcorn. Open late. twogoatsbrewing.com

Atwater Estate Vineyard: Our last stop of the day, Atwater was our least favorite of the day. Although it has an amazing porch and view, the wine selection appeared unfocused. Atwater seemed more focused on marketing than the wine, with the wine selection having multiple styles of labels and the winery doing specialty labels for weddings, etc. Tasting cost $2/person for 5. atwatervineyards.com

Silver Thread Vineyard: Off the beaten track is Silver Thread, a sustainable vineyard. Down a dirt path, the tasting house is small and cozy, not a factory vineyard for the masses arriving on buses. We enjoyed the ambiance and intimate setting, but the wine was lacking and expensive for the quality. The new owners as of 2011 need a few more years to get the taste down, though I have confidence in them because the husband used to work at Lamoreaux Landing, the best winery we visited. The best Riesling we tried was made from grapes bought from another vineyard. $5/person for Riesling tasting with accompanying cheese. (basic is $3/person) www.silverthreadwine.com

Lamoreaux Landing: The best winery we visited during our weekend, hands down. After our tasting, we had multiple wines we were ready to buy. The servers, though young (mid-20s), were knowledgeable, fun and had good tips. From my trips to Long Island and Rhode Island, I had sworn off reds from the Northeast, but the server gave us a tip about swallowing the wine like whiskey to hit the back of the mouth instead of the front. Turned out the Estate Red was good! Nonetheless, we left with the 2007 Chardonnay, 2011 42 North (moscato white blend) and 2011 Red Oak Vineyard Riesling. Most wines were $15 or $20. $4/person for 6 ($2 per selection for library, dessert or sparkling wines), but get $3 back if buy wine. www.lamoreauxwine.com

Chateau Lafayette Reneau: Although this location has an amazing view (reported most photographed winery in New York State), the wine was not as impressive. Including all 17 wines on the list, the tasting was a free-for-all of tastes. Made from the same grapes as Welch’s grape juice (Niagara grapes), some of the wines tasted like juice. We found the dry Riesling and semi-dry Riesling to be decent, though not to purchase. We took our glasses outside to enjoy the full porch and view, which was spectacular. Wines were between $12 and $15. $5/person for entire list (17 wines) or $6/person for entire list and keep glass. www.clrwine.com

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