First Fest Round Two samples beer, wine, cider and spirits from the ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Trail producers
The ROC/FLX Craft Beverage trail is one of the newest trails in New York State and is unique in its organization because it includes breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries, proving that a single trail can have something that appeals to everyone! Since its inception in 2017, the ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Trail has grown to include more than 30 producers across four counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario and Livingston. In 2019, the trail celebrated with its first sampling event held at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor. The sampling event which included craft food and beverage producers was a huge success and enjoyed by hundreds who attended. Due to the popularity of last year's event, the trail will host First Fest Round Two on March 20th at the same location. Deer Run Winery will be there pouring samples of our wines along with our other partners on the trail! Good food, drinks and company will be plentiful that evening, so mark your calendars and get your tickets ordered as there is a limit to the number of attendees and last year's event did sell out. VIP tickets are also available and will get you into the event an hour before all other attendees. Click on the button below to purchase your tickets for First Fest Round Two!
**DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY JULY 29, 2020**
Our Wine of the Month Club has been growing steadily since we first launched it last year. This Friday March 06th, we will celebrate our next quarterly wine release with a member-only happy hour from 4 to 7 pm! This gives club members an opportunity to stop by anytime during these hours and sample the three wines featured in the release along with appetizer pairings before they take their wines home.
Does this sound like fun and something you would like to be a part of? Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome to join our Wine of the Month Club! You decide whether you wish to pick up your shipments or have your wines shipped directly to your door. There are more benefits that go along with being a member of our club, free wine tastings and 15% savings on all future wine bottle purchases from within our tasting room are some awesome benefits for starters! There is no annual fee and you only pay for the wines you receive, which is 3 bottles every 3 months at 15% off the retail price. It's not too late to sign up and join us this Friday! Follow the link below to register.
We are preparing for an awesome comedy dinner this Saturday evening featuring three live comedians providing an hour and a half of entertainment sure to lift your spirits and melt away your stress! Limited seating is available for the upcoming Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour featuring live stand up comedy from Aaron David Ward, Mark Riccadonna, and Ryan Gartley. Guests arrive at Deer Run Winery this Saturday at 6:00 pm for a buffet dinner catered by Vincenzo's. The menu includes:
Whether you're a couple who loves to go out and party with friends, or a couple who prefers a quiet dinner at home followed by a board game (that's my kind of night!), here are some of my recommendations of things to do for Valentine's 2020.
An evening indoors: Like I mentioned above, I am such a homebody and love dinner at my own table, a bottle of Deer Run wine and a good game of Scrabble with my handsome hubby. For those of you who share my love for the comforts of home, I recommend this Chicken French dish which I posted about on the blog back in January 2017. This is really not that difficult to make and it is a fantastic recipe. I mention using Vignoles in the blog post, however, this dish will also pair very well with our Riesling or Traminette.
Laugh until you cry: They say laughter is the greatest medicine and it can also bring couples closer together. On February 08th, the Saturday before Valentine's Day, Deer Run Winery will host the Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour. The evening will feature 90 minutes of comedy following a buffet dinner. If you have been feeling a bit blah this winter and in need of some laughter in your relationship, this may be the perfect fit for you!
Satisfy the sweet tooth: If your honey loves sweets and wine, visit our tasting room for a Valentine's Chocolate & Wine flight. We will be offering this special flight in our tasting room Friday - Sunday February 14th-16th during regular business hours. We will have pre-selected flights (your choice of dry or sweet wines) perfectly paired with locally hand-crafted chocolate truffles. Don't just gift a box of chocolates, take your sweetie out for a chocolate and wine flight! And if you're single, grab your friend and stop by! Who doesn't love chocolate and wine?!
I hope my above suggestions help you with your 2020 Valentine's plans. ;)
We had a great time with the folks who came out and joined us for our very first Candlelight Night of 2019 and have the recipes below from the menu which was featured last night.
Sweet Potato rounds topped with goat cheese & cranberry Corot Noir jam paired with Deer Run's 2017 Corot Noir
This is a super easy appetizer to make and it is gluten free! Peel and wash sweet potatoes and slice them into 1/2" thick rounds. Use a pastry brush to apply oil to both sides of the rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper sprinkle kosher salt over the top of the rounds. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 8 minutes and turn over the rounds and bake for an additional 8 minutes. I let these cool completely and topped with honey goat cheese, our cranberry Corot Noir jam and sprinkled chopped salted almonds to add texture. We served these room temperature and their paired very nicely with our Corot Noir.
Bacon Macaroni & Cheese paired with 2017 Vignoles
16-ounce box of elbow macaroni cooked in salt water and drained
Cook 1/2 package of bacon in the oven until crispy, chop and set aside (8 strips)
Make a roux with 1/2 stick of butter and 1/4 cup of flour
Pour in 1 cup of whole milk and whisk until smooth.
Add 2 cups of shredded mild cheddar, Add 2 oz. of cubed Velveeta cheese and stir until melted
Add 8 oz of heavy cream
Stir in 4 oz of shredded Parmesan cheese stir until melted
Pour the cheese mixture into the cooked macaroni, add chopped bacon, stir to combine and serve with 2017 Vignoles.
Mozzarella stuffed Turkey Pesto meatballs paired with 2017 Traminette
I followed this recipe found on Allrecipes.com. The only variation was that I forgot to add the milk and did not have the parsley, but these were a hit last night and there were none left over! The fresh herbal note in these meatballs pair incredibly well with the floral essence of the Traminette. These meatballs are a great addition to your next holiday party or get together.
Garlic Cheddar Biscuits paired with Dry Rose
I followed this Garlic Cheddar Biscuit recipe and cut these out smaller to have bite-sized bites that were easier to for folks to enjoy while mingling. I added more shredded cheddar cheese than was called for because it's cheese!
Joan made the Apple Pie Bites which we paired with Via Ferrata and followed this easy recipe:
Can of apple pie filling and a package of puff pastry, roll and bake until golden brown and sprinkle cinnamon on top! Super simple and easy to make, so you can get to spending time with friends and family instead of slaving away in the kitchen!
Thank you to all who joined us and we hope some of these recipes and pairings will find their way onto your holiday tables! Do you want to come to one of our Candlelight Night events? Click below to make your reservations!
As 2019 comes to a close, we are able to look back on another year of hard work, busy events, and good times shared with our neighbors. We are so very thankful for our incredible staff, who are among the kindest and most accommodating people I have had the privilege of working with. We are thankful for the folks we meet and chat with in our tasting room, who share bits of themselves and often end up leaving as friends. The memories that we leave with you, you also leave with us. We are blessed to be a part of this incredible community of truly good-hearted people and we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
This Saturday November 30th marks Small Business Saturday and we are celebrating with ten local independent artisans who will be joining us from 12pm - 4pm selling their wares just in time for the holidays! Deer Run Winery will be providing complimentary wine and food samples while you shop! We will be joined by:
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!
I am the winemaker's wife. Scott and I married in 2014 and I transitioned from a hospitality manager to a grape farmer's wife, event coordinator and blog author.