Lake Erie Winery Update/Take 3

Our travels this time took us to New York; we visited Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five and 20 Spirits and Woodbury Winery and Vineyards.  The trip to Mazza coincides with our effort to visit wineries that have food available for visitors.

Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits

8398 W Route 20, Westfield NY 14787

716-793-9463

http://www.fiveand20.com

Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10am – 6pm.  Sunday 11am – 5pm

Tasting fees:  $2 for 3 tokens, $4 for 6.  One pour per token, except ice wine (3 tokens)

New since our last visit is an outdoor patio with

Exterior of Mazza Chautauqua Cellars

Exterior of Mazza Chautauqua Cellars

limited food service.  The setting is very beautiful, with a wonderful view of the vineyards.   The food is sourced locally, and the menu changes weekly.  The food service (called “Bird”) will only be available through the first few weeks of October because of the outdoor nature of the seating.

View from the patio, Five and Twenty

View from the patio, Five and Twenty

We sampled the Smoked chicken croissant, Smoked pork shoulder carnitas taco and the Seasoned lamb on hummus.  All of the smoking is done on premise, which provided a wonderful aroma.  Our favorite was the Chicken Croissant (golden raisin, toasted walnuts and roasted garlic aioli)–the chicken was moist and smoky and the portion was ample.  The pork was good, but not memorable.  The hummus was tasty, but the lamb was lost in the hummus, and was visually unappealing.

We also tried the

Chicken Croissant and Pork Taco with Beer Flight

Chicken Croissant and Pork Taco with Beer Flight

dessert, which was Grilled peaches with mascarpone, honey, ginger crumble and mint.  Although quite tasty, the peach did not show any signs of being grilled.

Menu for Bird Restaurant

Menu for Bird Restaurant

The outdoor space also has a menu with cocktails made with Five and 20 spirits (an Arnie Palmer with bourbon, red tea, and yuzu, and an Old Fashioned with cherry, bourbon, agave, peaches and bitters).  Surprising, we weren’t able to be served wine or beer outside, but were able to go inside, get a tasting, and bring it to the patio.

We sampled the beers with our food, since the beers are also new since our last visit.  We tasted four beers–Rye Pale Ale, Kolsch, Cream Wheat and Lim Wit.  We both liked the Lim Wit, which is a seasonal offering described as blonde hefeweizen with lime.  We found it light, citrussy and refreshing.    The Rye Pale Ales has a nice smooth taste, with a hoppy nose.  Both the Kolsch and the Cream Wheat were alright, but forgettable.

Back to the inside we went to taste anything new since the last visit.  We tried two Rieslings (Faulkenhauser and Nut Road).  The Faulkenhauser was bone dry and crisp, the Nut Road was preferred by both of us.  It was twice the sweetness (but still under 1%) but with more of a fruity nose, but still a crisp finish.

The Forte of Cabernet Franc is a fortified wine, in a port style. It had a raisin nose, but full and smooth in the throat.  We also tried the Bourbon, which was smooth with a slight alcoholic burn–quite good.   The Bierschnapps smelled like beer, but went down like moonshine.

The servers were pleasant, but not particularly knowledgeable about either the wine or beer offerings.

 

Woodbury Winery and Vineyards

3215 S. Roberts Rd, Fredonia NY  14063

866-691-9463

Home Sweet Home

Hours:  Call for hours (we went there three times before finding them open–so they mean it!)

The art gallery that was part of the winery when last there has now been changed to a lounge space, where they offer informal gatherings.  The wine tasting area was well stocked with many interesting wine related gift items.  Our server told us they are now stocking only made in America items.

We had two pourers during the course of our visit, each more knowledgeable than the other. We were even offered some cheese with the Vineyard Select Red, which pushed the fruit forward wine a bit further–a wonderful suggestion.

Woodbury is very proud of their winemaker.

Favorite Woodbury Wines

Favorite Woodbury Wines

Their Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay has won a number of awards (and is rated 91) but is a bit pricey at $32.  However, they do have a Wine Club (which is free) that discounts wine which is shipped or picked up quarterly.  Discounts range from 10% to 25%.

The specialty wine of the month was a Zombie Red, which plays off the popular television series “The Walking Dead”.  The series takes place in a fictional town of Woodbury…the wine is quite sweet.

The Gewurztraminer was an excellent example of that grape–floral and fruity, but with a dry finish.  The Riesling (rated 87 by Wine Enthusiast) was crisp with a very grassy nose.  It is delicious and drinkable with or without food.

The Cayuga White was a good example of the grape, quite sweet and grapey.  The Foxy Blush and Foxy Red were crisp and not overly sweep, but their grape varietals, Catawba and Concord were very prominent.

The Vineyard Select Red is an affordable, drinkable red, fruity by crisp dominated by Marechal Foch grape–great with the cheese as mentioned above, but also great with pasta.

So the third time is the charm–and it was well worth the wait.  The wines here are very good and wonderfully drinkable!

 

 

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