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!

4th Annual Corn Roast

Have you been to our Old Fashioned Corn Roast, yet?!
It’s our biggest event of the year, and we’re hoping 2016 will be better than ever!
So please join us to celebrate the season with dinner and wine tasting under the stars, Saturday, August 13th!

2016 Tickets include:  3 tastes of wine, 1 glass of wine, and dinner!

Once again Pig Kings will be onsite preparing dinner hot and fresh which will include Unlimited Roasted Corn, in addition to BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders -AND- BBQ Chicken Sliders!  YUM!!   Other available sides are coleslaw, potato salad, and fresh watermelon!

And as a special bonus to celebrate our fourth year, we’ve introduced discounted pricing based on purchase date!  The sooner you buy your tickets, the more money you’ll save – don’t miss out on these great rates!

Driver’s Ticket are still an option, and include dinner and unlimited soda & water – available online for $15/person!  Driver’s tickets the Day-of Event will be offered at $20/person if the event hasn’t sold out!

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

If you’re ready to purchase tickets, click here!  See you August 13th!

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*prices above do not include online ticketing fees.  must be 21+ to attend

#MayMunchies

Summer’s almost here, and those picnic & BBQ event invites will be blowing up your Facebook notifications before you know it!

Make 2016 an easy summer – join us on Sundays in May to find your new favorite picnic munchies pairing, featuring Pretzel Crisps & LCW wines, and never stress over that “bring a snack to share” invite again!

Snacks & Drinks? You’ll have it covered! ‪#‎MayMunchies‬

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$4 per taste includes your choice of three pairings.  Options include:
-Original Pretzel Crisps- w/ Hennepin Platinum Rose
-Garlic Parmesan- w/ 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
-Everything Flavor- & 2012 Pinot Noir
-Salted Caramel- w/ NV Semi-Sweet Riesling
-Dark Chocolate Crunch- & 2013 Lemberger Reserve

See you in May!

Support Local Business

Get your taste buds ready!  The Niagara Wine Trail’s Annual “Taste of the Trail” event is here, and we’re working with Garlocks Restaurant again this month to bring you another amazing tasting, while supporting local business!

During the two day event, ticket holders will be able to visit 11 wineries along the trail to sample 3 wines from each location, plus a strategically paired culinary treat.

At Long Cliff, you’ll try Garlock’s newest addition to their bar menu, Swedish Meatballs served on a baguette, along with a tantalizing taste of our smoky, oaky, 2012 Lemberger. A perfect pairing!  While you’re here you’ll be able to sample any other two wines of your choosing.

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Tickets are available for the presale rate online at www.niagarawinetrail.org -or- pickup your tickets at your starting winery.

…and don’t forget to continue the look-out for Niagara Wine Trail wines at your local liquor stores and restaurants this month!  Snap a photo and tag us with the hashtag #NiagaraDrinksLocal for a chance to see it shared or retweeted on our social media pages!

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April is New York State Wine Month, and we need your help celebrating the Niagara Wine Trail USA!
We LOVE having visitors in our tasting room – but we want to see more local wines in our area restaurants and liquor stores!

When you’re dining out this month, share pictures of the wine list with us! If they’re featuring wines from any of our 22 local Niagara wineries, give them a thumb’s up with the hashtag #NiagaraDrinksLocal – But if they’ve forgotten to shop on the Niagara Wine Trail to stock their bar, let them know “I want Local Wine!”

Let’s start a revolution this month! #drinklocal

We’ll be sharing and retweeting your pictures on facebook, on twitter, and on instagram (@longcliffwinery) so be sure to tag us!

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