Here Comes the Sun

15 Mar

The storm will pass. The spring will come.

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“Patience is bitter, but it’s fruit is sweet.” - Jean-Jaques Rosseau

Did Somebody say Chocolate?!

9 Jan

Facebook, E-mails for work, Hulu, Candy Crush… We’re all so glued to our electronic devices!  (I’ll admit it!  I’m guilty too!) Did you make a resolution to actually sit down and READ something in the new year?  Maybe it’s time you check out our Wino’s Book Club!!

This awesome group meets in Long Cliff’s tasting room at 6pm on the FIRST of each month.  The books are selected from a wide variety of different genres on a rotating basis.  Share some wine, eat some food, and talk about a great book with friends?!  Count me in!

In FEBRUARY, we’re indulging our sweet tooth with “Chocolate: A Bittersweet Sage of Dark & Light” by Mort Rosenblum!  (Just in time for our February CHOCOLATE Event on the Niagara Wine Trail, February 14-16!  Spend the weekend with your sweetheart sampling wine paired with chocolates from a local chocolatier.  Get your tickets at www.niagarawinetrail.org

In this scintillating narrative, acclaimed foodie Mort Rosenblum delves into the complex world of chocolate… He visits cacao plantations; meets with growers, buyers, makers, and tasters; and investigates the dark side of the chocolate trade as well as the enduring appeal of its product. Engaging, entertaining, and revealing, Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light is an intriguing foray into this “food of the gods.”

All are welcome- we’d love to see you at our next meeting, so come out and join the fun!  Long Cliff supplies the wine, you supply the laughter!

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Upcoming Reads:

February 1st Meeting, 6pm:  Chocolate: a Bittersweet Saga of Dark & Light, by Mort Rosenblum  - bring your favorite chocolate to share (;

March 1st Meeting, 6pm:  The Sauvignon Secret, by Ellen Crosby

April 1st Meeting, 6pm:  Judgement of Paris, by George M. Taber

May 1st Meeting, 6pm:  Women of the Vine, by Deborah Brenner

June 1st Meeting, 6pm:  Wine and War, by Don & Petie Kladstrup

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Hennepin Red

4 Jan

Hennepin Red

Our Sweet Hennepin Red is here! Reserves should be released soon, but in the meantime, stop by and keep warm with the newest wine in our collection!

New WINTER hours (in effect until April 30th) are Friday & Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 12pm-6pm.
Open weekdays by appointment only.

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So God Made a Farmer

20 Dec

So God Made a Farmer

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said “I need a Caretaker…”

Giving Thanks

29 Nov

Grandpa has a saying at the winery: “those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” This Thanksgiving, our family is forever grateful for the customers who’ve never stopped believing in the little winery that could.

If you’re heading out shopping this Black Friday, I hope you’ll remember to stop at Long Cliff afterwards for our first ever CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY!!

Starting at 8:00am, we’re providing you with tables, gift wrap, tape, scissors and ribbon! Bring all your presents in and spend some time wrapping with friends over breakfast, coffee and (of course!) wine tasting! ALL compliments of the Long Cliff Family! Get those gifts wrapped before you even get them home!

AND we’re offering you a Black Friday deal of our own! ALL WINE PURCHASES are 30% off!! (…even Reds! That never happens!)

Our gift to you this holiday season, to thank you for your continued support throughout the year, this special event is happening from 8am-12pm only!

Of course, if you can’t join us for the fun, the winery WILL still be open for regular tastings during normal business hours this weekend!

Cheers!
-d. <3 xo.

Niagara Wine Trail USA Raises Over $9,700 for Charities

18 Nov

longcliffwinery:

Share the Bounty Weekend may be over, but we’re still collecting donations for Toys for Tots! Now through December 17th you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the winery, and in exchange for your generosity we’re going to give you 20% off all bottle purchases!

Originally posted on Behind the Bottle:

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Niagara County, NY – The wine was not the only “spirit” to be seen along the Niagara Wine Trail USA last weekend. The spirit of giving back is the theme of the trails’ “Share the Bounty” event, held November 8-11. The 19 wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail, USA raised funds and non-perishable food items for local charities and food banks.

The Niagara Wine Trail wineries combined raised over $9,780 and donated over 550 non-perishable food items.

The annual event encourages each winery on the trail to pick a charity or worthy 501(c)(3) cause within the community to donate proceeds from wine tasting sales collected during that weekend. In addition to wine tasting sales, wineries like Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, also donated a $1 to their chosen cause (Roswell Park Alliance Foundation) from the sale of certain wines. Black Willow Winery and Midnight Run Wine Cellars…

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Share the Bounty

5 Nov

Each year at this time, the Niagara Wine Trail wineries partner with local charitable organizations to ensure a bountiful upcoming holiday season for area residents in need. During the annual Share the Bounty event, held Veterans Day weekend, November 8th – 11th, Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery Inc. will be donating all tasting fees (3 tastes for $3 or 5 tastes for $5) to Western New York’s Toys for Tots.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.  Last year, they collected over 44,000 items to provide Christmas to Western New York children, along with over $39,000 in monetary donations!  The Long Cliff family is excited to support this year’s effort- with your help!

In addition to the donation of tasting fees this weekend, we are excited to serve as a toy drop off location throughout the Holiday Season!  NOW until December 18th, NEW, UNWRAPPED toys can be dropped off here for Toys for Tots and in exchange we will give 20% off their bottle purchases! 

Share the Bounty will be held Friday from Noon – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday from Noon – 5 PM and Monday from Noon – 5 PM.  Check out the Wine Trail’s blog for a full list of participating wineries and their partner charities and donated items or fees in exchange for tastings during this special event weekend!

Thank you for helping us send a little Christmas to a child in need this year.

Customer Appreciation Day

29 Oct

November 29th is Customer Appreciation Day at Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery!!
We know the holidays stress you out- after you finish your Black Friday Shopping, join us to relax and wrap up your morning, from 8am to 12pm!

We’re providing you with tables, gift wrap, tape, scissors and ribbon! Bring all your presents in and spend some time wrapping with friends over breakfast, coffee and (of course!) wine tasting! ALL compliments of the Long Cliff Family! Get those gifts wrapped before you even get them home!

AND we’re offering you a Black Friday deal of our own! That morning ALL WINE PURCHASES are 30% off!!

We’re closed Thanksgiving Day so our staff can be with their families, but we will be open for wine tasting during regular business hours for the remainder of the weekend.
Our 1st Ever Customer Appreciation Day Special is happening November 29th from 8a-12pm ONLY!
See you then!

Talk, Snack, & Drink

22 Oct

With Hallowine now behind us, we’ve got another murder to solve!  Are you reading our October Book Club Read?  November 1st, our book club is meeting at Long Cliff to talk, snack, and drink to discuss this party-planning mystery “How to Dine on Killer Wine” by Penny Warner.

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Presley Parker’s event-planning business is the toast of San Francisco. But when she ventures into Napa Valley to oversee her first wine tasting, an unexpected death could leave a stain on her reputation.…

For Presley Parker, a wine-tasting event at the boutique winery the Purple Grape is a job worth savoring. But she quickly discovers that, even in idyllic Napa Valley, local politics can have a bitter finish. JoAnne Douglas, president of the Green Grape Association environmental group, believes the wineries are damaging the local environment, and she’s determined to sabotage the event. But Presley manages to pull the party off without a hitch. Until JoAnne’s lifeless body is discovered under one of the tables….

JoAnne had plenty of enemies in the area, but all evidence points to Purple Grape owners Rob and Marie Christopher as the murderers. Now it’s up to Presley to clear their names before someone else gets corked.

 

Our no-membership required Wino’s Book Club meets in Long Cliff’s tasting room at 6pm on the first of each month.  The books are selected from a wide variety of different genres (with availability and cost in mind) on a rotating basis.  For convenience, Danielle tries to keep used copies available for sale in the tasting room (limited quantities!  Call ahead to reserve!)

All are welcome- we’d love to see you at our next meeting, so come out and join the fun!  Long Cliff supplies the killer wine, you supply the laughter!

Upcoming Reads:

November 1st Meeting, 6pm:  How to Dine on Killer Wine, by Penny Warner

December 1st Meeting, 6pm:  Immoveable Feast: a Parisian Christmas, by John Baxter

January 1st – NO MEETING – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

February 1st Meeting, 6pm:  Chocolate: a Bittersweet Saga of Dark & Light, by Mort Rosenblum

March 1st Meeting, 6pm:  The Sauvignon Secret, by Ellen Crosby

April 1st Meeting, 6pm:  Judgement of Paris, by George M. Taber

May 1st Meeting, 6pm:  Women of the Vine, by Deborah Brenner

Murder at the Circus!

16 Oct

Uncle Dingaling has the Cheesiest show on earth. This circus travels from town to town, in the old tradition… Opening night, with a very sparse crowd, was in full swing. Buck Shott, the Human Cannonball was launched, landed in his net, but did not jump up to take his bow. To everyone’s horror, Buck Shott would fire no more…

This weekend, travel among 14 participating wineries on the Niagara Wine Trail to collect clues & solve the murder mystery during the most popular weekend of the year: HALLO-WINE!

Presale tickets are STILL AVAILABLE ONLINE, or you can buy them at the door of the starting winery of your choice! $30 advance (or $35 at the door) includes 3 tastes of wine at each participating winery, a commemorative wine glass from your starting winery, and information to solve the crime. Tickets are valid for all THREE DAYS of the event!

To accommodate the number of people we will see through our tasting room doors this special weekend, you will notice some slight changes to our tasting policies:

In addition to our tasting room, we will have an outdoor bar, pouring an identical tasting list to the list inside. Before visiting either of the bars guests will have to stop at our “ticket booth” to check in, buy event tickets at the door, or purchase individual tastings if they are not participating in the event.

You may find that some wineries will only be pouring selections from a special bar menu during this busy weekend. Here at Long Cliff, we will be pouring our ENTIRE wine list… ALMOST. We are now down to LESS THAN TEN cases of our 2010 Rieslings (both dry and semi-sweet) and our new Niagara Gold! To prevent pouring out of these wines, we will have them available for purchase but not for tasting 10/18-10/20 only! We will still have ten other wines for tasting which includes our 2011 Rieslings, Niagara Green, Pinot Magic and Blauer Himmel.

Additionally, all guests participating in the event are asked to use the glass from their starting winery for their entire trip on the wine trail. If you forget your glass, or are just stopping in for a regular tasting, we will be serving from plastic cups.
Don’t worry- the tasting glasses with our logo will be back behind the bar after Sunday!

We’re offering you TWO CHANCES TO SAVE on wine purchases! When you buy 3 or more bottles this weekend you will earn 15% off your total purchase! THEN, in NOVEMBER, if you bring back your Hallowine ticket you can receive another 5% off any purchases!

ON SATURDAY, 10/19, Pizza Amore food truck will be on site serving up some of their amazing wood fire pizza!! Order your personal pizza as soon as you arrive, and it will be ready for pickup by the time you finish your tasting! (Perfect for eating on the go during the ride to your next stop on the trail!

We look forward to another successful Hallowine weekend! Please remember to have fun and be safe! See you soon!!

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