July News: Book Club, Beyond the Bottle & Phase 4 Hours

Book Club

Calling all #BookClub members! In-person meetings resume this month! 
Grab a copy of our July pick and join us on the front lawn Sunday, 7/26 at 6pm, for our free book discussion! We’ll be setting up outside* so bring your own lawn chair! 🪑

This month we’re reading: 99 Bottles, A Black Sheep’s Guide to Life-Changing Wines by André Hueston Mack

Not ready to #uncorkNWT in person or joining in from out of town? You can still participate Live through Zoom!
On the day of the event, simply enter the meeting ID on your zoom app: 813 4163 5781 – or follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81341635781…
E-Mail us to RSVP & receive the password!

*if the weather doesn’t cooperate we’ll be meeting exclusively via Zoom! Check our facebook page or call the winery for last minute updates!

Beyond the Bottle

Indulge your senses at THREE Niagara Wine Trail USA wineries this Summer with our first ever Beyond the Bottle Package. We invite you to discover the relationship between the grapes and winemaker, relish in the serene charm of a 100 year old farm winery, and learn the history behind a famous ghost story and iconic manor.

What’s included:

  • Long Cliff: 30 minute walking tour for TWO guests of the vineyard & grounds for two people. During this unique experience staff will guide you through the winemaking process from grape to glass, followed by a tasting of current Long Cliff wines. Appointments are required 24 hours in advance for this private tour. ($30 value) 
  • Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards: Enjoy a barrel tasting for two that begins with a guided walking tour of the vineyard, winery, and brewery grounds. Then, enjoy your barrel tasting with Andres Vizcarra, head winemaker, and learn about their process. Finish your tour with either a flight, a glass of wine, or a pint of beer. Offered on Sundays at 1 pm or 3 pm. Tour duration approx. 1hr ($40 value)
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor Experience the true story of Appleton hall with a tour for two. See the resources that helped with the process, learn about the fruits grown on the farm back then, and the ones still grown today. Conclude your tour with a tasting and keepsake wine glass for each person. Appointments are required in advance for this private tour.
  • ($36 value)

For just $50 / couple, the entire bundle is valued at $106, and available to use by appointment now through September 7th – BUT packages are only available for a few more hours!! Sales end TODAY, July 3rd!
Get yours before they’re gone and reimagine your traditional #NiagaraWineTour this Summer!

Already purchased? E-mail Danielle at longcliffwinery@gmail.com with your confirmation number to arrange your tour!

Phase 4 Hours

The tasting room is now open 4 days a week!
We will be CLOSED for Independence Day, Saturday, July 4th.
Advance reservations are still recommended & masks are required.

Curbside Pickup as well as direct shipping to your home still available!

Carry-Out Corn Roast Tickets still available!

We are still taking pre-sale orders for our “Carry-Out Corn Roast” happening Saturday, August 8th!
Get your tickets in advance online before our July 30th ordering deadline!

Carry-Out Corn Roast!

Join us – from the safety and comfort of your own home – August 8, 2020 for our “Carry-Out Corn Roast!”

Dinners are pre-order only, available for pickup between 3 and 5pm on Saturday, 8/8/20, and come individually wrapped in microwave safe, re-heatable containers! Catered by Chiavetta’s, meals include a ½ chicken, macaroni and cheese, spud potatoes and a dinner roll – as well as 2 ears of corn with instructions for roasting at home!

The most exciting bit of news? This year’s tickets will ALSO include a BOTTLE of wine of YOUR CHOOSING!

So go ahead and mark the date on your calendar & go call up 9 of your closest friends to join you for your own mini corn roast in the backyard!

When you’re ready to order, tickets can be purchased online – or feel free to contact Danielle with questions: longcliffwinery@gmail.com

On the big day, swing by the winery with your photo I.D. during your chosen curbside pickup time & orders will be carried right out to your car window. (I feel like we should be on roller skates!)

And of course, we want you to share photos with us of your family & crew enjoying your wine and dinner from the safety of your own home!
Post them on Facebook & Instagram using hashtag #LongCliffWinery!

Welcome Back

Without further adieu, it is our pleasure to announce WNY has entered Phase 3, and with it, Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, Inc. is ready to host you in our tasting room once again during our soft re-opening!

While we adjust to this “new normal” we are opening with limited hours, starting this weekend!
Please read through our new policies to prepare for your first post-quarantine visit, and keep you and our staff as safe as possible!

Upon arrival, ALL guests are asked to remain in their car and CALL the winery before entering the building: 716-731-3316
This is to insure we have a table available for you and avoid lingering at the door. It also gives us time to properly disinfect each tasting station in between guests. We appreciate your patience & encourage you to peruse our wine list online to choose your samples while you wait!

NOTE: Guests with advance reservations will be given priority. You can make a reservation up to 24 hours before your visit by calling the tasting room or e-mailing Danielle: longcliffwinery@gmail.com

Parties are limited to tables of 4. If your group is larger, we may be able to accommodate you by dividing your party, although it is not guaranteed you’ll be sat for the same tasting time.
Until further notice, bus and limo groups will not be accepted.

When our tasting staff gives you the “all clear” over the phone to enter the building, you will be assigned a table number. Please enter through our side door and proceed to your table.
Masks are REQUIRED until your entire party is seated, and hand sanitizer is available at the door.
Please help us keep the germs away & sanitize when you come in to taste!

Tastings are 4 for $5, and you will order and receive all 4 samples at the same time, with each served in a single use, disposable cup. We no longer offer crackers on our bar- although we will allow & encourage you to bring your own to cleanse your palate between tastes!

Although our selfie station props have been packed away, we don’t want that to discourage you from continuing to take fun pictures on your wine tasting adventure and sharing them with #UncorkNWT (that’s short for Niagara Wine Trail USA!) and #LongCliffWinery.

It is also important to note, our bathroom is temporarily closed for guest use at this time.

Lastly, (but maybe most importantly), we’re just as excited as you are to share our wine with you again- but for the safety of everyone involved, especially our young children & immunocompromised family members at home, we ask that you please postpone your tasting for a later date if you have experienced a fever, cough, cold or flu symptoms in the last 14 days.

Curbside Pickup and direct-to-home shipments are still available!
Find out more at: https://longcliffwinery.com/wine-menu/

Thank you for your loyalty & for believing in us.
These policies (as well as our open hours!) will continue to adapt and shift as we move forward. Please check in for any possible changes before you visit!
If you have specific questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out! This is new to all of us and your input will help us make the transition as smooth and successful as possible!

We look forward to helping you restock your wine cellar! See you tomorrow!

From our Farm to Your Table

Over and over again in the last 3 months, Grandpa’s reminded us that he’s seen a lot in his 70-plus years, but he’s never seen anything like this.

As much as our small family winery has always been his passion project because of his love of wine, it’s also been a means for him to take care of his family.

Then COVID-19 changed the game.

In a world of uncertainty it’s become super important to him to know where his family’s food is sourced. And we know it’s important to you too…

So this year Grandpa’s taking care of us all by expanding our family garden & planting enough to share– because you’re our family too, and TOGETHER, we keep growing! #stillfarming

The roadside pumpkin stand you already know and love is opening earlier and offering SO MUCH MORE this year! We will be ready to rock & roll VERY SOON for you to stop in and purchase all your self-serve, locally sourced produce needs, grown right on our three generation farm!

Stay tuned for harvest dates & more details – and get ready for the following:
Carrots 🥕 – Tomatoes 🍅 – Green Beans – Onions 🧅 – Sweet Corn 🌽 – Peppers 🌶 – Summer Squash & Winter Squash – Wine grapes (& home winemaking supplies!) 🍇 – Zucchini – Cabbage 🥬 – Beets- Eggplant 🍆 – Strawberries, Peaches & world-famous Niagara County apples from our neighboring fruit farms! 🍓🍑🍎 – and, (of course), pumpkins in the Fall! 🎃

We can’t wait to see you in our tasting room again. But in the meantime, we hope you’ll visit us in our new roadside stand! Swing by to pick up your Farm-To-Table dinner needs, or just to wave & say “hey” from a safe social distance😉 And remember: you can still purchase your favorite Long Cliff wines for curbside pickup, or SHIPPING (available in 38 states!)

We miss you all.

HOW to Buy Long Cliff Wine?

We’re excited to announce there’s now THREE ways to purchase your favorite Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, Inc. wines! In addition to shopping at your local wine & liquor outlet (Long Cliff not on the shelves near you? Put in a request next time you’re there!), our wines are also available for Curbside Pickup at the winery, or shipping to 38 states!

Read on for more information, plus details on this week’s free virtual happy hour with the Niagara Wine Trail USA, and how to join us for our April Book Club Meeting happening online this Sunday!

Shipping Now Available:

Looking to re-live your last trip to Niagara? We are excited to announce your favorite Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery wines are now available for online order and shipment to the following states:

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Click on your state above to begin your order!
Please Note: orders for shipment require a 3 bottle minimum

Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup from the winery is still available for local customers with no additional charge! Click here to view our current menu, then e-mail your order to Danielle at longcliffwinery@gmail.com to arrange your appointment for pickup.

Open Local Wine Night

Saturdays at home got you down? Join the member wineries of the Niagara Wine Trail for an internet Happy Hour taking place on Facebook each week! In support of the nationwide #OpenLocalWine movement, the trail has been hosting weekly themed events for winery staff and customers alike to join together and share words of encouragement, a good laugh, and some great bottles of wine, as we all navigate our new “quarantine normal” from home! Check out this week’s theme: A Virtual Taste of the Trail, and get excited to share photos or videos of your favorite at-home wine and food pairing experiments with us this Saturday!

Next week’s theme – A Sipping Paw-ty, an online soiree with wine and pets!

April Book Club

Considering joining our book club when the world goes back to normal again? Or just looking for something new to read and some fun people to talk to while you’re social distancing this month?

There’s still time to grab a copy of our April Book Club title: All the Light we Cannot See and join us online for a Virtual Meeting, taking place on Zoom!

At 5pm (or a little before) on the day of the event, simply enter the meeting ID on the zoom app: 116-819-013
or follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/116819013

RSVP “Going” to the Facebook Event or send us an email to receive the password!

And save the date for next month! While we still don’t know if we’ll be meeting virtually or in-person, we DO know we’ll be talking about The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart at 5pm on Sunday, May 24th!

Easter Delivery

You read that right! We’re delivering locally just in time for Easter!
We know social distancing might leave you missing some-bunny special this holiday, but we don’t want you to miss out on your favorite local wine too!

In addition to our regular curbside pickup (no minimum purchase required) we’re offering complimentary Local Delivery* this weekend on the purchase of 6 or more bottles.

E-mail your order to Danielle at longcliffwinery@gmail.com by 6pm Friday, 4/10 to be added to our delivery route! All deliveries will be made Saturday 4/11. *Please note you must be home to accept the order.

When we arrive with your purchases we ask that you remain in your house while we bring your wine to the door. We will then return to our car to watch you receive the delivery. Per NYS requirements we can not just leave the wine on the porch. We have to see you bring the wine inside. Please have I.D. ready should we need to verify it.

Then show off your loot during this week’s virtual #UncorkNWT Happy Hour with the Niagara Wine Trail on Facebook!
We want to see what local wine you plan on pairing with your Easter dinner or brunch, and who you wish you were sharing it with! One person (and the loved one they tag) will win a pair of tickets to our July Festival, Niagara Uncorked! Details on the official event page: Open that Local Bottle – Show Us your Holiday Wine!


* local delivery is available within 25 miles of our tasting room, located in Sanborn, NY

An Update from Long Cliff

We’re still here, we’re still farming, and we’re still working on creative ways to make your experience with local wine more personal than just a one time stop! Thank you for all the amazing support and love we’ve received so far during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is our plan (and our privilege!) to continue providing you with local wine to share around your dinner table – and keeping your family (and ours) as safe as possible in the process! Read on for an update on our Curbside Pickups and an invitation to join us for another Virtual Happy Hour!

Curbside Pickup still Available!

At this time we are continuing to take carry-out orders for curbside pickup by appointment only.  Please note that our tasting room is CLOSED, and guests are asked to pay in advance and remain in their cars. Purchases will be carried out and placed directly in your trunk.
We still ask that you have your I.D. ready to present through your window.

Our current wine list and pricing can be found right here on our website!
Appointments for pickup can be made by e-mailing Danielle at longcliffwinery@gmail.com


Open Local Wine Night: a Toast to Your Local Hero!

This Saturday you’re invited to join us for a Virtual Happy Hour taking place on the Niagara Wine Trail’s Facebook page!

You may be familiar with the Fred Rogers Quote “When I was a boy and I saw scary things in the news my mother would say to me ‘look for the helpers! There’s always people who are helping!”
This week the Niagara Wine Trail wants to pay tribute to those helpers! We’re asking you to grab a bottle of local wine and raise a glass to your favorite Covid-19 Helper! One participant, (and the hero they nominate!), will each win a pair of tickets to the NWT July wine festival, Niagara Uncorked! More details are available on the Niagara Wine Trail Event page!

Need something to toast with?!

Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery’s “Champagne Style” wines are a testament to tradition! After initial fermentation, still wine is bottled with additional yeast to ferment a 2nd time inside the bottle.  By hand, winemakers freeze & release the yeast from the bottles (disgorgement), before topping them off with a wine dosage and resealing each one with a champagne cork & long neck foil.  

Available in two varieties, Bright Stars is a dry sparkling wine with hints of orchard fruits, orange zest & almond with fine bubbles.  Starlet, is a semi-sweet sparkler that boasts notes of apple, pear, and just a touch of sweetness. 
Both are available for Curbside Pickup this week with 20% off when you buy 2 or more! 

Curbside Pickup & Book Club

What a whirlwind week it has been… and it’s only Tuesday!
It goes without saying that so much has changed in so little time, but we’ve put together a plan to get your favorite estate grown Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery wines back on your wine rack – and we have a plan for book club too! We’re still here! Read on to learn more!

Curbside Pickup:

Although the tasting room is closed indefinitely, “carry-out” orders can be phoned in to the winery during our revised open hours for curbside pickup.  These orders are for sealed bottles to be consumed off-premises only, no tastings will be offered at this time.
All orders must be paid in advance over the phone, we will not be running credit cards in person or taking cash for the time being.
As our tasting room is closed, guests will be asked to remain in their car and phone the tasting room when you arrive.  Your order will be delivered to your car window – and as always, please be sure to have your I.D. ready to present.

As a token of our appreciation for supporting your local businesses, we are offering a limited time Quantity Discount through March 20th!
Enjoy 19% off the purchase of 6+ bottles, or 30% off the purchase of 12 or more!

Our first round of pick up is scheduled for the following days / times:

Wednesday, March 18: 1pm – 3pm
Thursday March 19: 3pm – 5pm
Friday, March 20: 3pm – 5pm

E-mail Danielle at longcliffwinery@gmail.com for a current menu & pricing!
THEN, call us during the open times above to place your order:
716-731-3316
Please remember, as the Covid-19 situation has proven to be very fluid and constantly evolving, this service may be discontinued at any time.

Book Club:

Our regularly scheduled book club meeting is STILL ON for this Sunday, March 22 at 5pm! But in compliance with the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing, we are trying out an entirely virtual experience!

While it won’t be quite the same, we are inviting you to join us ONLINE for our next meeting! Simply login to the zoom meeting link below on your computer or mobile device to join in!

https://zoom.us/j/542884532?pwd=TkVBSUJYNURpOERaOUtMLzNRQlR4dz09
when prompted, enter the password: marchbook

Participants in the live book discussion will receive a credit for 25% off their bottle purchases on their next visit to the winery – whenever that may be – and one lucky guest will win a small gift on us!

Haven’t read the book yet? There’s still time! (Especially now that we’re all cooped up at home!) And it’s available for free as both an ebook and audiobook on the Hoopla app with your Nioga Library Card!

Questions about Zoom or Hoopla? Contact Danielle: longcliffwinery@gmail.com

THANK YOU EVERYONE for the outpouring of small business love & support we’ve received. Hopefully this all passes as quickly as it came.

Until then, keep raising each other up, and be well.

Doing our Part

As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves, the Long Cliff Family has decided to do our part in cooperation with Governor Cuomo’s request for businesses to help flatten the curve and close our tasting room doors until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support.  Please stay tuned to our social media channels or website for more details on “curbside pickup” by appointment only at the #winery!

Be well friends. Go wash your hands & have a glass of wine!

A Few Changes (for now)…

With the uncertainty in the days and weeks to come, your small local businesses need your support now more than ever!

That being said, the safety and well being of our loyal customers and their families (as well as our staff’s and our own) has always been and will continue to be our first priority. 

As of now we are remaining OPEN but we are implementing a few changes to our current tasting room policies which may affect your experience for the time being. 

Effective immediately, we are no longer accepting buses/limos, or groups larger than 10. This is so that we may limit our tasting room capacity and allow for more space between guests at the bar.  This is a difficult decision and we hope it will only be a temporary measure.

Further, we are switching to single use, disposable cups for wine tasting, and we will no longer offer crackers on our bar- although we will allow & encourage you to bring your own to cleanse your palate between tastes! 

Lastly, our selfie station props have been packed away – but we don’t want that to discourage you from continuing to take fun pictures on your wine tasting adventure and sharing them with #UncorkNWT and #LongCliffWinery.

We apologize for any inconvenience these temporary changes may bring. Thank you for your loyalty, and for believing in us. We look forward to helping you stock your wine cellar!