Five Wines You Should Not Miss at our Tasting Room

The Lake Onondaga Sparkling

Planning a trip to the Lake Onondaga Vineyards? Make sure you get a tasting of these five exceptional – and unique to the tasting room – wines.

1. The Lake Onondaga Sparkling

We wish we could call it a Champagne. We can’t. Though the grapes are from the correct areas in France, and the results are everything and more that you might expect from a proper Champagne, we have to call it a sparkling wine. That works for us – it’s the best Sparkling Wine we know of. It’s so popular, in fact, that you can only pick it up in our tasting room, or else through membership in our wine club – because the members tend to pick it up in cases. This hot commodity is worth the try, and you may just take some home with you too.

Seneca River Red

2. Seneca River Red

Most vineyards have a house blend; it’s where we get to experiment and have fun with a mix. Not all of them turn out well – not all of them get to the point where you even get to try them! We are quite proud, however, of our Seneca River Red. The blend is several of our most popular grapes: 30% Zinfandel, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 10% Petit Verdot. House blends are often hard to find in the store, because it’s hard to tell where to put them – is it a Zin? A Pinot Noir? Our answer: Yes. Find it at our tasting room, and I doubt you will be disappointed. We hope this blend continues to be this strong in the years to come.

Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

3. Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

A Vintner’s Reserve is usually made from the grapes that the vineyard is particularly proud of, and our Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. These are the best grapes we picked, the best oak we barreled it in, the longest age we held onto it for. That means any bottles we have open in the tasting room are ready to be enjoyed – but better yet, grab a bottle, take it home, and let it age further. Hope to find some wine diamonds on the cork some day – then you know you have an ideal bottle of our reserve. But don’t take my word for it. Come try it out at the tasting room, and you decide.

Late Harvest Riesling

4. The Late Harvest Riesling

Another hard to find bottle, late harvest wines tend to come from a process just like it sounds – picked late in the harvest, there is some risk that it might be too late for the grapes. Not so with the ones used to make the wine – these ones capture the sweetness of the grapes. Our Late Harvest Riesling is a sweet wine perfect to have with dessert – or better yet, with a salty snack, like some popcorn. Then, the wine stands alone, and it becomes dessert! Just ask our servers at the tasting room, and yes indeed, they will get some popcorn for you, or pretzels, and let you really have the wines stand out!

Port New Amsterdam

5. Port New Amsterdam

Sorry, yes, that is pun intended. By using the pun, we get to include the word “port” for our port – otherwise, it is a “dessert wine,” because it is not from Portugal. Dipping into our Dutch past and New York history, we hit on this name. But what about the dessert wine, you ask? This is one made for sipping and taking your time with. This is one to spend an evening with. A nice way to finish a trip to our tasting room, this one you can be working on for quite a while, enjoying time with friends, and our scenic view of the vineyard.


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