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October 25, 2010
From journal Weekend Wedding in Lake Placid, NY
October 23, 2003
As you first drive up the sloped driveway, a large metal sculpted goose that appears to take flight from a small pond with a fountain greets you. The tasting room, which is in the shape of a large barn turned house, is done in stained oak that glimmers as the sunlight is let in by the large windows that overlook Lake Cayuga. If you arrive at a certain time (call for the times, as they are constantly changing for the season) you get a very personalized and educational tour. Upon greeting the owners, you hop onto a large open trailer behind a tractor, at which point their dog will most likely decide to join you and walk along to each guest and lick your hands in greeting. Don't worry, though - he's a lovely golden retriever who was very friendly (stayed by my side for almost the entire tour, as I must have talked and petted more affectionately than the other guests). This first and only stop on the trolley-type tour is where they make champagne. Our guide showed us not only how they make champagne today, but also how he used to make champagne when they first opened. After we had all asked questions and our guide had answered all of them, we then jumped back onto the trolley to tour the vineyards, chestnut groves, and fresh fish ponds. This vineyard is truly huge, and the tour took us approximately 1 hour or so. You then return to the tasting room, where you can taste up to 10 or 15 wines, depending on how crowded it is. All are pretty good, but I have come to the decision that a really good wine is all up to the taster after touring so many vineyards. I advise to visit this winery during either the heat of summer when a welcome breeze blows off the lake or during mid autumn when the fall colors are at their best. Most of all, though, I advise you to just enjoy!
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From journal A weekend getaway in the Finger Lakes