Seeing Stars

Grandpa and I have been working on some new label designs for Spring wine releases. I took control of the re-launch of our Hennepin Line, and his baby this year has been the development of our new Sparkling Wine.

He doesn’t know the designers messages default to MY e-mail. So the proof for his label came across my desk this afternoon….
And can I tell you- I couldn’t stop grinning.

From the man who argues with me that he’s “just a farmer…” This is gorgeous.  You did good, Grandpa!

I can’t wait to share the final design with you all, but between now and then, here’s a sneak peek!

-d. <3 xo.


“The Penguin Wine” – The story behind our Autumn Select!

PicMonkey Collage

Have you tried our AUTUMN SELECT: Pinot Gris, yet?  Did you know one of the Humboldt penguins at our local Aquarium of Niagara actually painted the background for that label?

As part of their enrichment program at the Aquarium, trainers have the penguins walk through paint, and then onto canvas, to create colorful and singular paintings.  Inspired by the project, we selected one of the designs created by Miss. Opus, to use on our Autumn Select label released last fall, and in return donate a dollar from every bottle sold back to the Aquarium!

This June, Don & Danielle stopped by to donate a check in the amount of $143, and got a “Behind-the-Scenes” tour of the Aquarium! While we were there, we had a chance to meet Opus, as well as a “Behind-the-Scenes” tour of the facilities, where Grandpa even got brave and touched an Octopus!

October 1st we’ll be sending a donation from the last quarter, including September bottles sold… Can we beat June’s donation?!

Stop by during the Niagara Wine Trail’s Taste of the Trail this weekend, try our amazing Pumpkin Soup (made by Pig Kings BBQ from our own Farm’s Pumpkins!), and purchase a bottle of Autumn Select to help us reach that goal!

Long Cliff Winery Danielle DeMaison and Don DeMaison present AON Executive Director Gay Molnar and Opus with donation from penguin wine sales (4)

June 2015: Long Cliff Winery’s Don & Danielle DeMaison present Aquarium of Niagara’s Executive Director, Gay Molnar, with a donation check from Autumn Select sales.

October Book Club

Join us October 4th for our monthly book club meeting, right in Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, Inc.’s Tasting Room!
We meet on the 1st SUNDAY of each month at 6:00PM, to discuss great books over a bottle of wine!
At our October Meeting, we’ll be discussing:
Spirits of the Niagara Wine Trail by Mason Winfield
spiritsPlease plan to read the book before the meeting!
This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend (:

October 4th @ 6:00pm  – Spirits of the Niagara Wine Trail by Mason Winfield

November 1st @ 6:00pm – 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman

December 5th @ 6:00pm – Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist


We’re re-launching our Hennepin Line with a Brand New Look for Spring 2016! We need a new image of Niagara Falls to help us finish the design!


We’re accepting drawings, paintings, and photographs – sent in a .jpeg format to

The artist of the chosen piece will receive special recognition at our re-launch party, plus a case of wine featuring their design!  Artwork MUST be original to the artist submitting it, and needs to be sent in by 9/15/15 for consideration.

September Book Club Meeting!

Long Cliff’s Book Club is still meeting regularly on the first Sunday of every month!

Join us at 6pm on September 6th to discuss Slaughter on a Snowy Morn by Colin Evans – a true story about a Western New York murder back in 1915!  Join us for drinks and discussion right in Long Cliff’s tasting room.

October Book Club Read:  Spirits of the Niagara Wine Trail by Mason Winfield (Meeting on October 4th at 6pm)

Our First Sell-Out Event!

Another Old Fashioned Corn Roast has come and gone – and I think I speak for all of us when I say we are truly overwhelmed with the outpouring of support (and love!) from our friends, family, & customers, who helped make this event possible!!  Thanks to YOU, we were able to DOUBLE our attendance from last year and we had over 150 people join us for dinner & music under the stars!  Seriously incredible!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

PicMonkey Collage

As we saw the ticket sales climb & climb in the day’s leading up to the big event, I would be lying if I told you we weren’t the least bit nervous to host our first sell-out… But at the end of the night, we couldn’t be more thrilled with how everything pulled together!  Pig Kings BBQ did an amazing job working with us right up until the final hour as we added meal ticket after meal ticket to our catering order.  And I’m glad we went along with their suggestion to include pulled pork sliders in our menu- they were a HUGE hit this year (;  Everyone who has reached out to me since Saturday has said not only how much fun they had, but how amazing the food was, and we couldn’t have done it without Tony and his team’s hard work and patience!!  Savannah King’s performance during the dinner was raved about by guests, (as always), & this year I was able to sneak out of the tasting room to actually hear a song or two.  She set the perfect mood for the night, and I hope some of you were able to pick up her CD before you left!  If not, you can find more about her (& her new band!) here:

I know I’ve said it time & time again, but I am blessed with the crew I work with (and for!).  This year’s celebration was bittersweet, as we bid Ashley, who’s been a part of our Long Cliff family the last 3 years, farewell before she packed up her bags & headed off to Chicago to launch her new career!  She took the night off to enjoy the event with her family, and we were able to officially introduce you all to a few AWESOME new people behind our bar: Jenn, Joe & Jamison.  (and yes, that’s Jamison as in “Danielle’s fiance, Jamison!” who actually begged us to let him have a crack at what is usually MY job for the night!  I think he did a pretty okay job!  …but I’m biased.)  Jenn comes to us from the Culinary Institute of Niagara Falls, where she’s wrapping up her degree in Winery Operations. Saturday’s Corn Roast was her first time in charge of the bar & I can tell you from experience (once or twice), it’s not always an easy job… but if I do say so myself, she rocked it!  By the end of the night she had fully stepped into her role for the evening with both confidence & grace.  I think everyone was impressed with how our tasting room crew served 150 people so quickly, and throughout the entire event was able to keep the lines short and the wine glasses full!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this yet or not, but from the bottom of our hearts, our SINCEREST THANKS, goes out to everyone who took time out of one of their last weekends of summer to come celebrate another amazing year with us, and toast to the upcoming harvest season!!  WE DID IT!!

…oh, and one more thing… we’ve locked in the date for 2016!  Mark your calendars!!  You won’t want to miss our FOURTH ANNUAL Old Fashioned Corn Roast!

cornroastsavethedateSee you next year!!
-d. <3 xo.

Old Fashioned Corn Roast – THIS WEEK!

Our 3rd Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast is THIS weekend… can you believe it’s August already?!

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, don’t forget the at the door sales jump to $35/person!   To save money and get the pre-sale rate, stop out at the winery today or tomorrow to purchase your tickets, or order online ASAP!

Tickets include dinner provided by the Pig Kings BBQ (Pulled Pork Slider, Beef sliders, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, and all the roasted corn you can eat), three tastes of wine and two glasses of wine, and an unforgettable night of music and fun under the stars!

PLUS:  we’ll be officially celebrating the release of TWO new wines on Long Cliff’s shelves… Our Sweet Pear, and our Hennepin Pink Rose!

Can’t wait to see you all there!

Old Fashioned Corn Roast – MENU ANNOUNCED!

We officially have a tent rented, musician booked, and caterer in place for this Summer’s Event!
The only thing missing now… is you!

Have you saved the date yet?!  Our 3rd Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast will be held August 8th- with doors opening at 6pm!

Pig Kings BBQ & Catering will be onsite preparing a fabulous dinner menu of gourmet beef sliders, BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, Macaroni & Potato Salads – plus all the roasted corn you can eat!!!

Tickets will also include 3 tastes of wine & two glasses of wine!  (Driver’s tickets available at a discounted rate, to include unlimited soda!)

And don’t forget about our new option this year!  VIP Package includes:  Dinner & wine tasting for 14 guests, plus two bottles of wine for the table!  VIP guests will be treated to a tour of the grounds and facilities by one of the DeMaison winemakers, and a private barrel tasting!

Do you have your tickets yet?!  We can’t wait to see you there!  CLICK HERE FOR PURCHASING INFO!


We’re excited to announce today that Savannah King is returning to Long Cliff this summer for our 3rd Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast!  

Savannah is a local artist who started her career as a solo acoustic act, but now enjoys performing with her band- Savannah and the Kings– and together they released their first full length studio album, “Bold and Unsteady” this past April.

“”Bold & Unsteady,” which marries King’s stellar alt-pop songcraft – think Sarah McLachlan with more of an edge – to supple, subtle and beautifully orchestrated contributions from her new band…”
   -Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News

We’re looking forward to following Savannah’s musical career, and can’t wait to have her take the stage for us again this year at our favorite annual event!  See you all on August 8th!  Don’t forget to order your tickets online early!

Tickets Available!

Tickets are now LIVE for our 3rd Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast!

Part barbecue. Part bonfire. Part Harvest Festival!
Join us August 8th to relive our biggest event of the year – and don’t miss out on our all-inclusive VIP Packages available for groups of 14!  You’re sure to love this new option for 2015!!

For up to the minute details, including official catering details and LIVE Music, visit our Event Page on Facebook by clicking HERE! 

Tickets include:  3 tastes of wine, 2 glasses of wine, and dinner!
Tickets available online for $25/person!
*Limited Tickets will be available at the door for $35/person  

Driver’s Ticket: includes dinner and unlimited soda & water.
Available online for $15/person!
*Limited tickets will be available at the door for $22/person

New option this year:
VIP Package includes- 3 tastes of wine, 2 glasses of wine and dinner for 14 guests, with reserved seating, PLUS 2 bottles of wine for the table.  Guests will also be permitted entry into a VIP Barrel Tasting with one of the DeMaison Winemakers!  Includes early entry beginning at 5:00PM.  All inclusive package available presale only for just $360!

prices above do not include online ticketing fees.
*online ticketing fees waived for VIP Package!

Questions?  Contact Danielle in the tasting room!
Hope to see you there!