We have a cool (temperature wise), with a partly cloudy sky, morning over the vineyards of Glenora and along the shores of Seneca. The temperature is 64 degrees with the wind coming from the north northwest at 6 miles per hour. Lake Temperatures: Keuka - 77 degrees; Seneca - 72.9 degrees. We are approaching the time of year when the wind and wind direction will cause the lake temperatures (surface temperatures) to fluctuate by as much as 3-5 degrees daily.
In the vineyards: For all intent and purposes, bloom is over and most of the flower caps have disappeared. In general, it appears that we have a good fruit set- meaning the individual berries on the clusters of grapes have pollinated and therefore will start to develop (into grapes). The vineyard team is on the lookout for downy mildew and potato leaf hoppers, next week it will be the grape berry month. They use several forecasting models which help tell us when certain diseases and insects will be a challenge. Using those models we can apply protective sprays accordingly. This is much different than what was done during the editor's early grape growing career when we would apply protective sprays every 7-14 days, just because (well, there was more logic than that but we did not have the forecasting models we do today).
Some Sparkling wine news (history) from Winemaker Steve: Steve recently went to our sparkling wine cave to catalog its contents. While it appears there may have been some visitors there over the years Steve notes that there are 19 different sparkling wines there which cover a 21 year period. He also notes that there may be more to be discovered.
It has been and is another wedding weekend at Glenora. There was a wedding and reception yesterday; we have a wedding breakfast this morning, and a wedding later this afternoon. The restaurant, kitchen, and inn teams do a great job of keeping things flowing (as well as the wines).
The summer super busy season starts next weekend as all three wineries will be at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in Watkins Glen. The Festival is a one night (Friday), two-day event (Saturday and Sunday) during which thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, will be attending the festival. It is a great event for us. It takes a lot of coordination and organization to take part in this festival. There is the planning, staffing (at least 50 people will be staffing our booths), set up-take down, wine movements, permits, trucks. lunches, and more. It seems that to a degree, almost everyone is involved in one way or another. Fortunately for Team Glenora, the Wine Festival does not conflict with our July Jazz concert this year - that has happened in the past.
This coming week Production Manager Tracey M. will enter into the final phases of planning our 2019 harvest schedule as he determines the grape varieties that will be needed to maintain and increase our inventory without creating inventory excess or shortages. He will be looking at current inventories, sales projections, and also checking with our retail shop managers and regional managers to learn their needs. Once all of that is in place, there are the reports that will be coming in from the vineyards teams which will give us crop estimates. Once we have all of that information, we can then make our final harvest determinations - how many tons of each variety will be harvested. While it may seem early but by the end of this coming week, we will only be a month away from antiquated, infamous, NYS specific August 15th grape price posting date.
This coming Tuesday we, Glenora, Knapp, and Chateau will be taking part in the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance's Riesling Road Show as it travels to Buffalo. On Tuesday evening the participating wineries will be hosting a trade and consumer tasting which will feature Finger Lakes Wine Alliance members Rieslings. The event provides an great opportunity for Buffalo area wine shops, restaurants, and consumers to learn about and taste the unique characteristics of Finger Lakes Rieslings. These Rieslings are truly unique in that there is no place else in the world where Riesling grapes are grown along the shores of glacier-carved lakes, which provide a unique terroir and a growing environment - and it is our backyard!
Chef Orlando reports that our first Tapas Tuesday was very successful. The Veraisons team has added yet another option whereby you can now order two tapas and also get a bottle of limited supply wine-951 pesos ($50.00).
And a big thank you to the team members at Chateau, Knapp, Glenora and the Windmill who spent the 4thof July serving our guests-it is very much appreciated!!
For the second concert in our 2017 Jazz Greats series, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome two first timers to our Vineyard Stage: Lindsey Webster & Grace Kelly. We like to call them the “Lovely Ladies of August” and talent is something they have no shortage of.
Kicking things off on the 20th will be Lindsey Webster and her soulful voice. From the first note, Lindsey, a native of Woodstock, N.Y., captivates listeners. Her rich voice enchants a dedicated following who connect with the raw emotion she shares with them. As a Soul R&B artist, she combines an admirable natural talent with a genuine, accessible stage presence. Her voice has been compared to R&B royalty Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker.
In 2016, her soulful, vocal-driven single “Fool Me Once,” off of her second album, hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts, an otherwise instrumental chart, and remained for four weeks, beating out a previous record of three weeks for a vocal-fueled song by Sade. In the history of the radio airplay chart, the two songs are the only all-out vocals-fueled entries to hit the top.
Our second Lovely Lady is the exuberant Grace Kelly. As a saxophonist, singer, and composer, Grace plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. She has been a regular with Jon Batiste and Stay Human, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, and recently released her 10th CD as a leader.
She wrote her first song at seven years old, recorded her first CD at 12, and has taken the music world by storm ever since, garnering many awards along the way, including “Jazz Artist of the Year” at the 2016 Boston Music Awards, among others.
In efforts to bring jazz to a younger audience as well as to bridge music, cinematography, and her joyful personality, Grace launched a new weekly video series called “Grace Kelly Pop Up” on social media in February 2017.
It’s going to be an unforgettable afternoon of Jazz overlooking Seneca Lake!
Tickets are $30 and are available online, by phone 800.243.5513, or at any Wegmans store across New York state. We hope you enjoyed learning about our Lovely Ladies of August and we’ll see you on the 20th!
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Written by Stacy Gray, Tasting Room Manager
Your BFF is getting married! Your sister is turning the big 3-0! What better way to enjoy a day out in the beautiful Finger Lakes than to charter a limo or bus, gather up all your besties, and check out these amazing wineries you’ve heard so much about!
Ok… so… where do you start?
What IS a wine tour, anyway? A wine tour is an excellent opportunity to sample some wines in order to choose your favorites to bring home with you – in a beautiful setting with friendly staff to help you along the way! It’s best to aim for 3-5 wineries in a day, with a planned stop for lunch along the way.
The first thing you’ll want to do is choose a lake to visit. There are many great wineries surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout the Finger Lakes, so you may want to pick the lake closest to home, or one with a wide variety of wineries. Or maybe, like many of our guests, you have a favorite must-visit winery and plan your tour around that area.
Ok, great! Next, it’s a good idea to do a little research about the wineries you’d like to visit. Check out their websites for group tasting policies, amenities, and events. You may discover a winery has live music, a unique restaurant, or any other number of things going on. One thing to check for is “Wine Trail Events” – this is something you may want to participate in, or, you may want to avoid the crowds! At Glenora you can reserve a special Chocolate & Wine Experience, or a cellar tour to see how the wine is made. You can also plan to have lunch at our restaurant, Veraisons, or even stay overnight with us at our Inn!
Next, you will want to pick a date – aiming for at least a month out is a good idea. An insider tip – Saturdays are the busiest day by far along the trail, so if you’d like a little more personal attention without fighting the crowds, picking a Sunday or weekday is a very smart idea! Here at Glenora, through the end of August, our reward members get double points on Wednesdays and Fridays… just sayin’! Not familiar with our Rewards Program? Learn more here.
Once you’ve decided on a lake and a date, you can start calling your chosen wineries to make reservations. The folks at the wineries are eager to help arrange your visit and are happy to answer your questions. Keep a notepad, a pen, and a credit card for deposits handy when you call. Most wineries have a cut off time in the afternoon for larger groups, so try to reserve your first tasting right when the first winery opens – usually 10am. Glenora’s tasting room opens at 9am during the summer months, so make a point to see us first!
Of course, you’ll want to hire transportation or designate a driver for your adventure. There are many options for limos, buses, and even a company that will drive you around in your own vehicle. It’s well worth the peace of mind to know you have a safe, sober, experienced driver at the wheel. The transportation companies and drivers are knowledgeable and can make suggestions for must-visit wineries, restaurants, and best routes to take.
A few other tips for a successful wine tour:
When traveling with multiple friends, it can be hard after a while to remember who bought what wine bottles once they start accumulating in the trunk. A great idea I have seen, is folks bring along different colored stickers (for example, garage sale price stickers), and each person has their own color to put on the top of the bottles they buy. Super easy and super smart!
Something you might want to bring along is water and snacks, or even a packed lunch, if you don’t plan to stop at a local restaurant. Our tasting room cheese cooler is always stocked with local cheeses, charcuterie and crackers if you need a pick me up during the day and we have many picnic tables around our property, perfect for taking in the view of Seneca Lake while snacking on some local wares. Many wineries offer the same throughout the wine trail.
Another bit of friendly advice, wineries need to abide by the law, which means they are prohibited from serving folks who are intoxicated. Making sure your group is aware of this is always a good choice!
We hope you’ll include Glenora on your next wine tour! We offer a wide variety of wines to please any palate, friendly staff, an incredible restaurant and inn, and the most stunning views of Seneca Lake! But wherever you end up, I hope this post has been helpful and informative, and that you all have a great time here in Finger Lakes Wine Country!
To celebrate the long-waited arrival of Spring, we wanted to share a delicious and fun sipper, perfect for the sunny days ahead. This recipe comes from our talented team at Veraisons and marries two Finger Lakes wine favorites into one tasty concoction : Riesling and Dry Rosé. The infusion of lemon thyme adds a unique touch to this refreshing and light drink. Make a batch and enjoy with brunch or sip some on a sunny Spring afternoon!
Glenora Wine Cellars Riesling Rosé Sangria
1 bottle Glenora Riesling
½ c sugar
2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
1 pineapple, sliced into thin rounds
1 bottle Glenora Dry Rosé
4 sprigs lemon thyme
¼ c pineapple vodka
2 cup sparkling water