Restaurant Appreciation Month!

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August is dedicated to all Buffalo/Niagara Service Industry staff- servers, bartenders, bussers, line cooks and chefs who work so hard every day to provide great customer service to our hometown community members and out-of-town guests looking to taste the region!

All month long we invite you to enjoy free tastings at Long Cliff Winery, 15% off personal bottle purchases – and FREE Vineyard Tours for groups of 6 or more staff from your restaurant!

No appointment necessary for tastings at the bar. Please call ahead to reserve tours: 716-731-3316

Present proof of restaurant employment (paystub or business cards) to enjoy discounts!

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Hennepin Cobalt

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Calling all sweet wine fans!  Cobalt, the newest addition to our “Hennepin Collection” is here, and it’s delicious!  Perfect for keeping you company at those end of the summer parties!  Rich aromas of blueberry and plum give way to a robust red boasting notes of spice, dark fruit and chocolate!  Yum!

Receive a free sample this week when you stop in at the winery and mention this post!  (offer valid through 7/30/17)

Corn Roast tickets are also still available!  Get yours before they’re gone!  This year’s event is happening Saturday, August 12 at 6pm and dinner includes a pulled pork slider, 1/4 chicken, chef salad, baby buttered spud potatoes and unlimited roasted corn.  See you then!

New Releases & Sell Outs!

Memorial Day weekend we released our new Sauvignon Doux, a sweetened take on our old classic.  100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, this white wine is smooth and soft with ever so subtle notes of grapefruit & honey.
We ran a sample tasting before bottling during one of our book club meetings, and could tell from the group’s collective reactions that it was going to be popular… But we had no clue just HOW popular!  This limited run has flown off our shelves in the last month- and we’re down to our last 4 cases!  

If you were interested in tasting it (or already have and need a few more bottles for your collection), we can’t guarantee it will be available by the Old Fashioned Corn Roast!  Stop in this week and pick one up!  (You can purchase your Corn Roast tickets in store while you’re here!)

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But don’t fret if you can’t make it out, we’re definitely planning to use some Sauvignon Blanc from this year’s harvest towards another run of this great new wine!  (You’ll just have to wait until next Spring for it to be ready again!)
We’re also excited to share our new Sweet Riesling, a nice addition to the Dry & Semi-Sweet versions we already carry.  And coming August 12th, our brand new Hennepin Cobalt, a deep, dark, sweet red!  We know many of you tasted this earlier this Spring and have been anticipating it’s release!

Our team has been working non-stop this past month, a job made easier with the addition of new cellar help.  Joe joins us after working in wineries & vineyards in Willamette Valley, the Finger Lakes & Napa Valley, and is responsible for keeping up with all the day-to-day operations that seldom get the glory of wine making, but have to get done for the process to continue!
Having new hands on deck to move, drain, sanitize & prep the barrels, bottling line, and other winemaking equipment allows Kevin & Don more time during the crucial growing season to actually be out in the vineyard, directing their focus on turning those precious grapes into liquid magic!

With so much happening, there’s never been a better time to stop out for a tasting or tour!
As always, please schedule an appointment for vineyard tours (or tastings of 6+ or more): 716-731-3316

Play the Niagara Wine Trail Game!

Play the Niagara Wine Trail Game all summer long!

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HOW TO PLAY:
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– Post your pictures from any of the categories from the Niagara Wine Trail website on Facebook OR Instagram.
– Use the hashtag #uncorkNWT. (Don’t forget to hashtag/check-in to the location also!)
– Using the hashtag gives you credit for an entry: 1 picture = 1 entry. The more pictures you enter, the more chances to win.

A list of photo possibilities can be found here:
http://niagarawinetrail.org/play-niagara-wine-trail-game/

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PRIZES!
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Each picture you submit is an entry for a prize!

– Weekly: 
We select the 3 best pictures YOU vote for the best one.
Winner receives tickets to the next wine trail event ($25 value)

– Monthly: 
Random Drawing for a Vino Visa Passport ($40 value, good for one year of tastings at all the wineries!)

– 3 Grand Prizes: 
Event Season Pass ($250 value each) Includes tickets to all the 2018 NWT Events. Random drawing from all entries to be done after Labor Day.

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Photograph Tips to WIN! 
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1. People enjoying wine. Think happy, relaxed, romantic.
2. Action shots: Toasting, Pouring, Tasting.
3. Clear, Focused, Good Lighting.

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RULES:
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All photos will become the property of the Niagara Wine Trail for promotional purposes. Pursuant to NYS Law, the minimum age to imbibe alcohol is 21. Please drink responsibly. Make sure Instagram photos are available publicly so we can see them! Pictures that reflect inappropriate behavior will be removed from the page and the contestant disqualified.

Questions? Email: contact@niagarawinetrail.org

July Book Club

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In his family memoir Piero Antinori reveals the passion, tradition, and love of craft that have driven twenty-six generations of vintners: from the first ancestor who signed up to the winemakers guild in the fourteenth century to Antinori’s own three daughters, poised to carry this most celebrated family of artisans into the future.
But The Hills of Chianti is about much more than wines.  At its heart the Antinori story is about “Tuscan-ness”: a connection to the land, an appreciation for good food and drink, and the quintessentially Italian love of hospitality that make this one of the world’s most inspiring and memorable destinations.

You’re invited to join us July 23rd for our monthly book club meeting for discussion of The Hills of Chianti: The Story of a Tuscan Winemaking Family, in Seven Bottles.

Our book club always meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 6:00PM, to discuss great books over a bottle of wine!  We recommend reading the book in advance to join in on the conversation.  This is a free social gathering, all are welcome to attend – but guests must be 21+ to drink.  RSVP on Facebook to Save the Date!

-OTHER MEETINGS-
LCW Book Club: August Meeting – The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
LCW Book Club: September Meeting – Shadows in the Vineyard, by Maximillion Potter

Wine & Cheese Summertime Pairing!

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Looking for something to do this weekend?!  Kick-start June sampling wine & cheese pairings along the Niagara Wine Trail, USA!  Tickets are still available and include a tasting of 3 wines & a cheese sample at 10 participating wineries of your choice!  Long Cliff is excited to showcase our Autumn Select dessert wine (newly returning to our shelves after a brief sell-out last Fall), paired with Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese Strawberry Chardonnay Cheddar!  See for yourself why this light pairing makes the perfect treat for after supper, out on the patio on a warm night!  You’ll definitely want to share this one with your guests all summer long!

Please remember tickets do not include transportation.  As always, a valid photo ID with proof of age is required to participate in wine tasting. Please have your ID ready upon arrival. Designated drivers and non-drinking attendees are welcome at the wineries at no charge.  Groups of 10 or more are asked to make a reservation at Long Cliff in advance!  You can confirm your tasting time via e-mail to longcliffwinery@gmail.com


Curious what else is happening at the winery this Summer?

–June 25: Book Club Meeting – “The Dinner” by Herman Koch
–July 23: Book Club Meeting – “The Hills of Chianti” by Piero Antinori
–July 29 & 30: Niagara USA Wine Festival!
–August 12: 5th Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast!  Tickets now Available

We’re currently organizing a relaxed Evening with the Winemakers – join us to learn a little bit more about what we have planned for the future of our vineyard & winery, ask any questions you’ve ever had about wine making (or wine tasting!), and socialize with our team & some of our best customers!
Sound like an event for you?  Please take just a moment of your time to answer this 3 question survey to help us with scheduling!

5th Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast!

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Join us August 12th for our 5th Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast!
Part barbecue, part bonfire, part harvest festival – celebrate the season with dinner and wine tasting under the stars!

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

This year’s brand new menu is being catered by BW’s Barbecue out of Blasdell, NY & will again include Unlimited Roasted Corn, PLUS: 1/4 Chicken Dinner – AND – BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders! YUM!! (Additional sides include a chef salad and baby buttered spud potatos!)

All Pre-Sale tickets are available for $20 / person now through 8/6/17 – or until we sell out!
At this time, we can not guarantee at-the-door ticket sales!

Get the date on your calendar, and click here to purchase tickets now!

Prices above do not include online ticketing fees & tax. To save on ticketing fees, please stop in the tasting room to purchase your tickets!
Must be 21+ to attend. All ticket sales final.

Champagne Baby!

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Fresh, charming, and wholly irresistible, Champagne Baby turns a familiar tale on its head: Instead of yet another American seeking the French secret to good living, a Frenchwoman finds her purpose – much to her surprise- in America…  Part coming-of-age memoir, part travelogue: sprinkled throughout with regional maps and wine recommendations.

There’s still time to read our May Book Club pick, Champage Baby by Laure Dugas before our next meeting Sunday, May 28th!  As always, our meetings are free to the public (must be 21+ with valid ID to sample wine)- and while we recommend you finish the book before then, it’s never required!

Upcoming Meetings & Titles:
-May 28: “Champagne Baby” by Laure Dugas
-June 25: “The Dinner” by Herman Koch
-July 23: “The Hills of Chianti” by Piero Antinori

In search of Part-Time Associates!

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 and LOVE to taste wine & compare wines side-by-side… but we are NOT hiring wine TASTERS!
Position is part-time, but availability on Saturdays from 10am-6pm and Sundays from 12pm-6pm now through October is a MUST.

— While you will not necessarily be scheduled every weekend, availability will be REQUIRED:
July 29 & 30 from 10a-6p
August 12 from 10a-9p

Duties:
-Provide a friendly atmosphere and outstanding customer service to all visitors and assist with wine tastings and educating customers (one-on-one as well as in large groups) on general wine knowledge
-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).
-Participate in scheduled staff meetings & training sessions.
-Provide general knowledge of the Niagara Wine Trail area.
-Assist with labeling of new wine stock

Qualifications:
-Must be at least 21 years of age
-Must be able to work weekends and holidays
-Must be able to lift 30-40 lb case goods 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

April Showers…

Bring May flowers!  Join us for our next Trivia Night, happening Thursday, May 11th at 6pm!

This month’s theme: May Bouquets – and we’re not talking about the aroma on your glass of wine! One question in each round will highlight flowers, blossoms and plants! Brush up on your springtime horticulture facts!

TRIVIA NIGHT

Challenge your friends for bragging rights – plus a voucher for Free Wine Tasting for up to 20 of your closest friends!  The game is free to play – tastings during the game are just $5 per person.

Trivia Categories include:
–Entertainment
–History
–Sports
–Wine Knowledge
–Themed Questions each month!

You’ll want to arrive early to register your team, questions start promptly at 6:15pm!
RSVP on Facebook to save the date – and share the event with your friends!