For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Julie Pfadt, Executive Director
Lake Erie Wine Country is a non-profit consortium of 23 wineries situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie on a 44-mile stretch from the town of North East, Pennsylvania to Silver Creek, New York. Formerly known as the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, Lake Erie Wine Country (LEWC) serves to unite area wineries to promote the wine industry and tourism in the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies.
Lake Erie Wine Country’s next ticketed events are their popular Harvest Wine Weekends, November 4 – 6 and November 11-13. New this year, Fridays have been added to the event schedule with no increase in cost. Now ticket holders have more time to spend at each of 22 participating wineries where they can enjoy a special wine paired with a delicious “harvest” food sample. Guests will enjoy Smoked Turkey with Cranberry Jack Cheese, Braised Meatballs in Red Wine Gravy, Pumpkin Spice Biscotti, White Bean Chicken Chili and Grape Cheesecake Bars, to name but a few offerings.
As in the past, ticket holders will receive a wine glass, recipe booklet, a $5 voucher for wine purchase and a gift. This year’s gift is a hand-crafted pewter wine bottle coaster from Wendell August Forge.
Ticket holders will plan their own itinerary, enjoying each winery at their leisure. Transportation is not provided. Tickets are now on sale for the Harvest Wine Weekends at $35 per person. One ticket is good for either Weekend #1 (November 4-6) or Weekend #2 (November 11-13). One ticket is good for all three days. They may be purchased via PayPal at http://www.lakeeriewinecountry.org or by mailing a check up to a week in advance to P.O. Box 44, Westfield, NY 14787. Designated driver tickets are available for only $20 and include everything except wine and the $5 voucher.
Hours for Harvest Wine Weekend #1 are Friday, November 4 from noon-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Although advance-sale ticket purchase is recommended, same-day tickets for Weekend #1 will be available at: Mazza Chautauqua Cellars, 4117 Chautauqua Stedman Road, Mayville, NY 14757. (716) 269-3000. www.mcc.mazzawines.com, or at: Penn Shore Vineyards, 10225 East Lake Road, North East, PA 16428. (814) 725-8688. www.pennshore.com.
Harvest Wine Weekend #2 takes place on Friday, November 11 from noon-5 p.m. and continues on Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Same-day tickets for Weekend #2 will be available at: Presque Isle Wine Cellars, 9440 West Main Road, North East, PA 16428. (800) 488-7492. www.piwine.com, or at: Merritt Estate Winery, 2264 King Road, Forestville, NY 14062. (888) 965-4800. www.merrittestatewinery.com
Tickets and info at www.lakeeriewinecountry.org.