I recently took a trip back to 6 Mile Cellar, to update the information for our Insider’s Guide to The Lake Erie Wine Country ( http://www.grapearborbandb.com/specials.htm#enhance). My memory was that they were only open on the weekends (tough for me to visit) and also that they closed up in late fall. So I wanted to make sure I caught them while they were still open, as I also remembered that I really enjoyed some of their wines.
6 Mile Cellars
5727 Firman Rd, Erie PA 16510
Hours: Saturdays 11am- 5pm, Sundays 12pm- 5pm (pourer told us they were also open on Fridays 1pm – 5pm) Closed January – March
First thing noticeable when we drove up was th
e new seating area outside the door of the tasting “barn.” There are a number of tables, and an attractive heat lamp. The pourer told me that the Sunday I was there was the last Farm to Table Brunch for the season. (Check out the menu on their website!)
The wines offered had changed, with some of our favorites still on the list–Winsome White, the Vignoles and one of the area’s first hard ciders, Old Snapper (available now in growlers). Best seller is the Derby Red, which is a mix of Concord and Fredonia–sweet with a tart finish.
Biggest change is in the dryer reds offered; now including a Petite Sirah (bone dry, with great nose, and moderate finish), Merlot (crisp and dry, with oak finish, lacking a bit of the smooth fullness I associate with a Merlot), and a Pinot Noir (very dry, with a light body).
There was also a Geisenheim, a dry white with a bit of a floral nose, reminding me of a pinot grigio. The Strawberry Traminette was sold old when we were previously there, it is a bit sweet (2.5% sugar) with neither a strong flavor of Traminette or strawberry.
We also tasted the Old Snapper’s Yeti Iced Cider. It was not as sweet as the typical ice wine, nor did it have the syrupy mouth feel. There was an engaging apple taste.
Also new is the presence of beer. 6 Mile carries Erie’s Lavery Beer, there is always an open keg, if you prefer a glass of beer versus wine (http://www.laverybrewing.com/ )
Also on site is coffee (Nitro Brew from Brew Ha Ha) if you don’t want either wine or beer.
So stock up on your favorites–you won’t be able to get them during the winter..although the server did hint that MAYBE they would be open this winter!