Candlelight Night #3 "All things French" Dec 19
French dip squares paired with Corot Noir
Spinach artichoke stuffed French bread paired with Chardonnay
Chicken cordon bleu meatballs in a Dijon white wine sauce paired with Vignoles
Gruyere mushroom tart paired with Conesus White
Chocolate mousse paired with Max Black
Last night we welcomed four groups under a clear starry sky and it was a great start to our fall fun event, Wineerie Nights! This event is a great team building activity or fun for friends and family to experience together. Guests arrive and once they enter our event room they are welcomed with a glass of wine, light appetizers before they take a seat and watch a short video of our property's history and learn of events that happened more than 100 years ago. The escape room time starts counting down the moment guest's enter the room, so time is of the essence! Folks then solve a series of clues to escape the room. Afterwards, guest load the trailer for a hayride through the property and debark to take an eerie stroll through the vineyard in the dark. The evening is completed with a wine and cookie pairing - cookies provided by the Finger Lakes Cookie Company! All in all people should plan on spending approximately 1.5 hours at the winery. Slots are limited to 10 guests every half hour. Space is available for tonight and next weekend. To attend this event, click the link below.
Autumn is such a great time of year in the Finger Lakes! Grape harvest is happening across the region, making this a very busy time of year for many of the folks working in the wine industry. So far this season, we have received Diamond (this goes into our very well-loved Conesus White blend) and hand picked our vineyard grown Marechal Foch and Frontenac, pictured below.
Each year at this time, to celebrate our grape harvest with the community, we host an annual Harvest Festival! Taking place this Sunday October 06, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Harvest Festival is our family friendly day for everyone to come out and visit the grape farm! We welcome children and grandchildren to dress up in costume and we will have face-painting, hayrides through the vineyard, a bounce house (weather permitting), children's crafts, grape stomp, live music from Travis Prinzi, and food from Wild Hog'z BBQ and shaved ice from Snowie of NY. All are welcome and Harvest Festival at Deer Run Winery will happen rain or shine - let's hope it shines!
Special Offer: Pre-order your meal and drink combo in advance and save $5.00 on your advance purchase!
Your Oktoberfest meal and drink combo will include:
For a few years now I’ve been interested in experimenting with new products from grapes or wine. I had originally thought about a brandy using some wines we had in our tanks but I didn’t want to age it in oak. After some research and sampling a few bottles of different clear brandies and grappas, I had a direction. I spoke with Jason Barret, owner and head distiller of Black Button but he is growing so fast his production schedule was a year or 2 out. He recommended Collin McConville, head distiller at Apple Country Spirits. Collin and I spoke at length, and we decided on distilling the wine into an immature brandy.
Immature brandy is just what it sounds like, it is not aged in oak casks so it does not have the depth of flavor from the ageing. It is much lighter, more floral and has more character from the grapes and wine than it’s older cousin, traditional brandy. As such, it is a fantastic vehicle for cocktails, lending a different flavor base to build from. The floral and fruit characteristics make for refreshing new takes on classics, like a brandy and tonic, brandy and soda or brandy and ginger. Even the Old Fashioned with our immature brandy in place of the whiskey makes a great cocktail!
During our initial conversations Collin had spoke very highly of vodka made from wine. I thought about it and decided that it might be a good way to use experimental wines. Second wines seemed to be a good vehicle to experiment with. Re-using a partially spent raw material, grape must or skins that would end up as compost anyways. We used some stronger yeasts, measured how well the yeasts performed in very difficult conditions such as low temps, low nutrients, higher pH etc. and how well we could adjust these conditions to better the performance of the yeasts. At the conclusion of the different ferments we were surprised at the rough wines. Some were very palatable, while others had nuances of the wines made from the same grapes previously, albeit much weaker.
We trucked the different wines up to Apple Country Spirits and in December we distilled the immature brandy, and then in February we distilled the vodka. Collin had already distilled the vodka base once so the second distillation in February was the final. After much back and forth with the TTB (the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) we received label approval and bottled the spirits this summer.
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One of our very favorite events at Deer Run Winery is our annual Picnic in the Vineyard. Dinner service and seating among the vines as the sun sets over the vineyard is quite a magical experience that you won't want to miss! This year is no exception as we have a delicious menu planned and perfectly paired with our award-winning wines. The meal and dinner service will be provided by Partyman Catering of Avon, N.Y., an A.C.E. awarded caterer! This year's menu will feature:
Appetizer: smoked salmon cucumber rolls with fresh dill paired with Traminette
Soup: chilled corn soup paired with Corot Noir
Salad: lemon basil orzo salad paired with Riesling
Entree: tarragon chicken with Chardonnay cream sauce paired with Chardonnay
Dessert: Conesus red raspberry ice cream with fresh mint paired with Conesus Red
If you’re a wine lover like us, you find very few things more enjoyable than drinking a glass of wine outdoors in the summertime. There’s something special about it: the condensation on your glass, the cool sweet, refreshing flavor of the bottle of Conesus White you just cracked open, the relaxation you feel as the wine buzz kicks in and sun shines on your face. There’s just something truly perfect about sipping on a glass of wine outside in the summertime.
We could go on forever about why we love our Thursday Night Summer concert series so much and why other’s are digging it too, but if we had to name a few things, it would look something like this:
For starters, you can not only drink wine outside, but you come to the winery and enjoy our wine on the lawn just yards from the vineyard where it was grown. You can bring your family, friends, and chairs all to one place, where you don’t have to cook or be responsible for entertaining. This experience is all about being present in the moment!
Don’t get us started on the tunes… Concert goers jam to the sweet music of local favorites like The Travis Prinzi Band or Noble Vibes, instead of hitting play on a wireless speaker.
We also have some of the best food vendors in the area hanging out serving up your favorites including Cheesed n Confused, 3 Legged Pig BBQ, and our 2019 Concert Series sponsor, Red Osier.
Basically, we could go on and on about all of the things we do for this series every Thursday evening, but music at Deer Run Winery is so much more than promoting our wines. The flavors and services our partners and bands help bring to you is an experience that is unique and so important for our community (and Rochester area) to take part in. These sorts of things don’t continue unless we support them!
Check out the schedule at: https://www.deerrunwinery.com/upcoming-events.html
There are just seven concerts remaining in the 2019 Thursday Night Summer Concert season, we hope you come see us! Don't forget to tag us in any and all of your concert photos #deerrunwinery #drwsummerconcert
We are offering up Dips for Dads this Sunday in celebration of Father's Day! We will be featuring the following free pairings for Pop!
I am the newest addition to the Deer Run Winery family. Scott and I married in 2014 and I transitioned from a hospitality manager to a grape farmer's wife.