Trivia Night

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Join us after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to celebrate the New Year with our first event of 2017!

Sunday, January 8th we’re hosting our first (of many to come) after-hours Trivia Night!  For just $5/person, bring your friends and compete as individuals or a team to win great prizes!
Trivia categories will include: entertainment, history, sports, wine knowledge, and themed questions for the month!

You’ll want to arrive early to register your team – questions start promptly at 6:15pm!

Wine tasting is included during the game – and the featured wines for the evening will be available in a deeply discounted bundle… (There’s a reason we have to wait until Grandpa goes away to host this party!  Trust us when we say you don’t want to miss out on the savings!)

RSVP on Facebook to save the date – and share the event with your friends!

Book Club Reads: 2017

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After the holiday season, Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery’s Book Club will resume meeting on January 22, 2017!  Meetings are free and open to the public – all are welcome to attend!  Join us on the fourth Sunday of each month at 6:00p.m. to enjoy discussion on that month’s read over a glass of your favorite local wine!

Readings for the first three meetings, as follows:
-January 22: “The Widow Clicquot” by Tilar J. Mazzeo
-February 26: “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman
-March 26: “Dinner at Mr. Jefferson’s” by Charles A. Cerami

Available now in the tasting room: used copies of the first 3 books on our reading list for 2017!  $5 each, while supplies last!

It’s Mervelous: A Talk Show Murder Mystery

Talk Show Host Griffen Mervelous is thrilled to be on a new network. The new show introduces a variety of guests. His sidekick, Sullivan Edwards has come along for the ride. . . . but has ended up taking on the starring roll in his own MURDER!

hallowine-bannerThis weekend, travel among 17 participating wineries on the Niagara Wine Trail to collect clues & solve the annual murder mystery during the most popular weekend of the year: HALLO-WINE!

Tickets are STILL AVAILABLE ONLINE, and are PRE-SALE ONLY this year!  There will be NO tickets sold at the door!!  Please be sure to get your tickets in advance!  Each ticket is valid for both days of the event, and includes 3 tastes of wine at each participating winery, a commemorative wine glass from your starting winery, and information to solve the crime.

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 with their event ticket and I.D., or purchase individual tastings if they are not participating in the event – cost of tastings is 4 wines for $5, and can be purchased with cash only.

Share with your party ahead of time!
We will be pouring from a **Limited Wine List** for the event!
Options include:
Dry Wines:  Riesling, 2012 Pinot Noir, Generation, Platinum
Sweet Wines:  Semi Sweet Riesling, Niagara Green, Hennepin Pink, Hennepin Red

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!

PLEASE NOTE:  It is New York State Law that you must be 21 or older to be served alcohol.  Date of birth MUST be prior to October 22, 1995 to participate in this event.  All guests WILL need to present government I.D. at the door, -OR- before leaving their bus if they are part of a large group, regardless of the number of wineries they have already visited.
Groups with guests under the legal age will have their entire party escorted off the premises.

As they have in the past, ON SATURDAY, 10/22, 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!!

-The DeMaison Family

It’s Harvest Season!

Happy Harvest, Long Cliff friends!  We’ve been very busy the past few days with grape picking & crushing!  I hope you’ve been following us on Facebook for daily updates, photos and videos!

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Sunday we ran a Live-Stream video of our Pinot Gris press on Facebook, and posted a short video on how we manage to make a WHITE wine from that dark red Pinot Noir grape on Instagram!  We love updating you on our website, but for the most up-to-the-minute action, be sure to connect with us on social media!

And as a thank you for following us, look for our Vineyard Tour COUPON on our Facebook page!  We’re booking our last tours for the season and you don’t want to miss out!  Regularly priced tours are $20 / person and last about an hour, walking you through the entire winemaking process from grape to glass!  Appointments are required at least 24 hours in advance, and you can schedule yours by calling us at 716-731-3316!

Home Winemakers!

With the 2016 Harvest Season fast approaching, we are pleased to offer small lots of grapes & juice from our Niagara Escarpment Estate Farm to our local home vintners, as we have done in the past.  In addition this year, the Long Cliff Family is excited to announce that we are expanding into the sale of home winemaking supplies, including yeast, additives & equipment to better serve our good friends!

Considering producing your own small batch of homemade wine?  Nothing is more satisfying than popping the cork on a bottle of your own wine for dinner guests!  Tutorials and winemaking guides are easy to find online and great to help you get started, but we’re thrilled to be developing a series of Hands-on Preparatory Winemaking Seminars to give you one-on-one support from our staff!

e-mail longcliffwinery@gmail.com for more information and to reserve your spot!

We’re excited to work with you this year & can’t wait to see what great wines you can create on your own from our high quality vinifera grapes!

Welcome August!

After a long weekend at the Annual Niagara Wine Festival in Lewiston, our staff is more than ready for a much needed break…  But things are just heating up around here & there’s no time to stop now!  August is finally here, and we’re kicking the month off with a special announcement- we’ve hit 100 tickets sold for our 4th Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast!

If you don’t already have yours, tickets will stay available Online -AND- in the Tasting Room through THURSDAY, August 11th for just $25 – (purchase at the winery to save on online ticketing fees)

For those who have asked (and there’s been a lot of you asking!), tickets will ONLY be available at the door if they haven’t ALREADY sold out!  At this rate, we can’t guarantee or reserve plates.  Buy in advance to save yourself the trouble at the door, AND to save some money!  Day of tickets will be $35 / person!

Get a friend, get your tickets, and we’ll see you soon!

Corn Roast Tickets!

We can’t believe how quickly tickets have sold for our 4th Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast!
If you haven’t ordered yours yet, be sure to do so soon – there’s less than 100 left!

Last year’s event sold out at 150 guests!  This year we’re looking forward to making the event bigger and better than ever … but we need you here to make it happen!

Dinner will again be catered by the Pig Kings, and includes BBQ Chicken Sliders, Pulled Pork Sliders, potato salad, coleslaw, green salad, watermelon – and all the roasted corn you can eat!

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The countdown is on – only 48 days left to go!  Join the discussion on Facebook to share pictures with us of last year’s event!

OR, click here to get your tickets, for $25* each, before August 1!
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $35 – unless we sell out before then!

*price increases to $30 / ticket starting August 1st.  Online orders will be charged a convenience fee by our ticketing site.  Tickets are also available in the tasting room to save on convenience fees!

Now Hiring!

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Long Cliff is NOW HIRING staff for our tasting room for the summer season, as well as offsite events!

We are looking for motivated, out-going and passionate individuals who like to:
-talk with and meet new people
-share interests and recommendations about our local tourism industry or hometown sports teams
-love to taste wine & compare wines side-by-side

…but we are NOT hiring wine TASTERS.

Position is part-time but availability Tuesday from 12pm-6pm, Saturdays from 10am-6pm and Sundays from 12pm-6pm is a MUST. Also must be available on holidays & throughout all summer and fall months.

— MUST also be available:
July 16, 17, 18 & 30, 31 from 10a-6p
August 5, 12 & 13 from 10a-9p

Duties:
-Provide a friendly atmosphere and outstanding customer service to all visitors.
-Assist in maintaining the cleanliness & appearance of the tasting room including: bleaching the bar, breaking down cardboard, mopping floors, garbage removal, etc., in addition to cleaning restrooms
-Ability to operate computer equipment and software necessary for retail operations
-Ability to carry 30+ pounds required to stock inventory (wine and gift items).
-Assist customers with purchases and carry/transport to their vehicles.
-Participate in scheduled staff meetings & training sessions.
-Provide general knowledge of the Niagara Wine Trail area.
-Assist with wine tastings and educating customers on general wine knowledge and provide background of Long Cliff Winery
-Assist with tours and hosting wine tastings for large groups.
-Assist with labeling of new wine stock
-Assist with other tasks as needed.

Qualifications:
-Must be at least 21 years of age
-Must be able to work weekends and holidays
-Must be able to lift 40-50 lbs frequently & able to stand, walk, bend for extended periods of time
-Positive attitude, *good conversational skills* and must enjoy working with public
-Experience with wine desirable**, but willingness to learn about wine is essential!

Application Process:
-Qualified applicants should submit their resume via e-mail to longcliffwinery@gmail.com
-Include potential start date (we’re looking for associates to start training immediately!)
-Include Availability

Summer Hours 2016

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Summer Hours are officially in effect for the 2016 Season!
Stop in daily for a tasting.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 12p-6p,
Saturday 10a-6p & Sunday 12p-6p!

If you’re not headed this way, you can pick up a bottle of Long Cliff Wine at a number of wine retailers and establishments in the Western New York Area, including Passport Wine & Spirits in Clarence & Badding Bros. Farm Market in East Amherst – the two newest locations featuring the best of the best from our wine list!  Stores near you not carrying us yet?  Ask to speak to a manager and request Long Cliff on their shelves!

And don’t forget to purchase your tickets to our August 13th Corn Roast if you haven’t already!  They’re available online, or in the tasting room, for just $25 per person, now through July 31st.  (Price increases to $30 August 1!)  Last year was a sell out event, and we’re anticipating the same response for 2016, so get yours now and don’t miss out!