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Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

View from the winery

View from the winery

Of all the wineries in the Finger Lakes Lamoreaux Landing is my favorite. The winery is situated on top of vine-covered hills rolling down toward the lake.

The tasting room is a simple but elegant structure, simply decorated with the windows capturing the best views. The tasting bar area is very open with lovely art on the walls. I felt like we had all the time we needed to enjoy the tasting.

The tasting room was more inviting than any other winery I have ever seen.

The tasting room was more inviting than any other winery I have ever seen.

We purchased a 2010 Cabernet Franc, the 2009, 42 North, and a bottle of Red Meleau Port — which is a $40 investment for a tiny bottle, but is a spectacular taste from start to finish. This is not on their website and I’m not sure if they make this “Semi-Dry Specialty WIne.”

The 42 North is described on their website as “bursting with aromas of orange blossoms, jasmine, and coriander.  A sweet citrus core structure is highlighted with subtropical flavors of orange, peach, and honeydew melon.” I would not have been able to identify all of that upon tasting, however we had a great server who had insights about the chemistry of wine-making and how that affects what you taste. He greatly improved the experience.

When we started our journey our destination was Red Newt’s tasting lunch, but Lamoreaux eclipsed all our wine stops that day.

If you are wine-tasting on Seneca Lake, swing over to the East side of the lake so you can try Lamoreaux Landing.

9224 Rt. 414 Lodi, NY 14860


Tasting Hours:
Monday-Saturday 10-5
Sunday 12-5

September 9, 2013 at 1:17 am Leave a comment

The BEST Vineyard in Skaneateles — Anyela’s

The most popular vineyard on Skaneateles Lake

The most popular vineyard on Skaneateles Lake

It’s a COLD memorial Day weekend. I’m wearing a down vest and wool mittens. Why would there be a crowd gathered 5 miles south of the town of Skaneateles at 3:30 on such a chilly Saturday afternoon? Because there is live music playing at Anyela’s Vineyard.

Tasting Room

Tasting Room

Anyela’s Vinyard is the best and ONLY vineyard on Skaneateles Lake. Inside, I notice the tasting room, with its high ceiling,  has gorgeous woodwork. At the end of the tasting area, is a large patio/dining area with a view of Lake Skaneateles. The live music has not even started and every table is full, with many crowding around the tasting bars. This is a happenin’ place!

What makes Anyela’s wines unique??

“Unlike other vineyards along neighboring Finger Lakes, we protect our vines from the cold after the fall harvest. One by one, we carefully remove them from the trellises and bury them in the rich earth to insulate the sensitive primary buds, which eventually become the fruit. In spring, we re-trellis the vine for maximum sun exposure. We also control our grape yield to cultivate the ripest, most flavorful fruit.”

Live music on Saturday afternoons

Live music on Saturday afternoons

So what does that mean? Great reds. Remember, it’s Memorial Day weekend and the nights are dipping into the low 40s this year. That short growing season is better for whites (particularly chardonnay and Riesling).  But the reds at Anyela’s make it worth the Saturday afternoon nosh. We enjoyed a 2008 Pinot Noir, as well as a four grape blend called “Sync.”

Colorful, tasteful decor

Colorful, tasteful decor

We were not thrilled by the overpriced cheese plate that we ordered to enjoy our bottle with, nor the inflexible server, but it didn’t stop us from ordering another plate for bottle number two!

When you take a wine tour around Skaneateles Lake, be sure not to miss Anyela’s. It’s the only place you need to stop!

Anyela’s is located 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: (315) 685-3797

May 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Brown Hound Bistro — A Lovely Stop — In Between

The Brown Hound features fresh, healthy fare, much purchased locally.

The Brown Hound features fresh, healthy fare.

Driving from Canandaigua Lake towards Naples and then veering towards the rolling hills of Bristol we came upon the Brown Hound Bistro — a lovely little restaurant — in between.

We did a quick wine tasting at  Arbor Hill Grapery, before we walked next door. A Grapery is a store that has LOTS going on with grapes — jellies, candy, gifts and of course wine. The tasting was generous and we sampled cheeses at the same time.

View of Brew and Brats (left) and The Arbor Hill Grapery

View of Brew and Brats (left) and The Arbor Hill Grapery

The Brown Hound is located between Canandaigua and Naples, in South Bristol. They offer brunch, dinner, and more, all with a focus on local foods and Finger Lakes wines. The Brown Hound is located in a tiny 100-year-old house.  We sat out on the wrap-around deck, which was not fancy, but very comfortable. and cool on a hot day.

Our waitress was friendly, fun and helpful — answering our endless questions about whether ingredients, checking with the chef through the kitchen window. We sat out back on the deck and it was about 80 outside and was perfect temperature on the shady deck. Starting with local wines and some amazing sourdough bread, we had plenty of time to relax and unwind after playing a round of golf.

Braised Scallops with Quinoa

Braised Scallops with Quinoa

My top recommendation:  the seafood bisque which had a roasted red pepper/lobster taste that was rich and creamy.

My husband enjoyed the Wild Mushroom Risotto:  Creamy, slow-cooked arborio rice with assorted mushrooms, parmesan, white wine, finished with white truffle oil and vegetable.

My friend enjoyed braised scallops over quinoa with peppers and other veggies. The quinoa was really tasty.

I had a tuna steak (“meh”) with sweet apples and a yummy radish cake (daikon).

We ate very early in the evening and I noticed that the tables were filling up early on a Saturday night.

The Brown Hound is just a few minutes south of Bristol Mountain ski area, The Brown Hound can be easily access via RT 21 from Canandaigua, or RT 64 from Bristol.

6459 State Route 64, in South Bristol.

Call for  a reservation 585-374-9771.


May 24, 2013 at 6:40 am 1 comment

Nice summary of Finger Lakes Summery!

The Finger Lakes are a network of lakes in upstate New York, and on a map, they look like fingers. The area is also abounds with wineries — so what’s better when the two meet like in the above photo, of the sun rising over a vineyard. Happy Sunday, folks.


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March 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

1922 Starkey House: A Mission-Revival Style Bed & Breakfast

Starkey House is located in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country along Seneca Lake. It is a genuine Mission-Revival-style home, built in 1922. The current owner, Cathy Moskal, has been lovingly restoring the home for the last 14 years.

Upon entering the house I noticed the beautiful hardwood trim (original America Chestnut, now extinct) and vintage stained glass windows in the dining room and living room. Cathy provided us a quick history of the area, and the Starkey House. What immediately impressed us was that this looked like a Roycroft-inspired home, reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts Period.

Continue Reading March 5, 2013 at 4:06 am 1 comment

Finger Lakes Fun: 2012 New York State Fair

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Photo contest runner-up, 2011

Here it is — everything you need to know about the 2012 New York State Fair. I’ll be attending, and you can attend too — free — compliments of the NYS Fair — if you let me know your favorite fair memory. I have tickets to give away, so impress me. I’ll pick a winner August 22, contact you, and you can pick up your (2) FREE tickets at Will Call.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, to Monday, Sept. 3, 2012
  • Gates open at 8 a.m. daily
  • exhibit buildings are open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • 375 acres filled with fun: Free Stuff to do and see:
    • Butter sculpture / Sand sculpture
    • Animal shows, petting zoo
    • Nightly parade at 6 p.m.
    • NEW: Monster truck show
    • NEW: BMX stunt show
    • NEW: Interactive rain forest learning exhibit
    • NEW: Midway Music Series – built around local and up-and-coming bands
    • NEW: Great Lakes Lumberjack Show
    • Different acts each day at 2 and 8 p.m.
    • All shows at Chevy Court are free with Fair admission
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Photo Contest Winner — 2011

Signature State Fair Food:

  • Lots of food deals: $0.25 cup of fresh milk, $1 baked potatoes (Horticulture Bldg.), hot beef sundaes, salt potatoes
  • Deep-fried mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, candy bars, cheesecake, PB&J sandwiches
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Gianelli sausage sandwiches
  • Big Kahuna Donut Dog


  • General admission is $10 (children under 12 free every day)
  • Advance sale tickets $6 – save 40% – (on sale at a variety of locations throughout New York State, click here for a full list).
    • Can also purchase six-day frequent fair passes (valid for one person) $30, pre-paid parking passes for one day $5

Special Days:

  • Senior Citizen Days: Aug. 27 & 28 (free admission 60 and older)
  • Veterans Day: Aug. 30 (free with military ID)
  • Student’s Day: Aug. 31 (free admission for students 16 and under)
  • Native American Day: Aug. 31 (free admission for Native Americans)
  • NEW: College Night: Aug. 31 (college students will receive vendor discounts)
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photo contest runner-up 2011


  • Unlimited rides for one price: $25 wristbands on six days
    • Thurs 8/23, Fri 8/24, Mon 8/27, Tues 8/28, Wed 8/29, Thurs 8/30
  • This year we will again offer the Discount Strates Shows Midway FunCard worth $24 for only $14 if you purchase by Aug. 22
    • Available at most advance sale locations
    • 24 credits per card each ride requires 2 or more credit.
    • A savings of $10 off the regular ride book price.
    • The FunCard System replaces traditional ride books and individual tickets with a single electronic, bar coded card that can be used on all of the of the rides at the Midway and Kiddieland.
  • NEW: This year, Fairgoers can also buy advance sale midway wristbands and ride tickets online through Aug. 22. There will be a price discount for those purchasing online.

 Mobile Fair Site:

  • A mobile version of
  • It functions like an app on a smartphone and allows smartphone users to have easy access to the most popular Fair information (concerts, visitor guide, food guide, etc.)

QR Code:

  • NEW: This year, QR Codes will be placed on agricultural signage around the Fairgrounds allowing Fairgoers to scan the QR Codes and learn more about NYS Fair agriculture.
  • There is a QR Code on the advance sale posters and counter cards at all advance sale ticket locations. The QR Code will also be placed on print ads.
  • If you can scan the QR Code with a smartphone, you can enter into a drawing to win a free, one-day parking pass to the Fair.
  • Those without a smartphone can text “parking” to 24587 to be entered into the free parking drawing.


August 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm 3 comments

Combine the great tastes of the Finger Lakes at the Farm and Fork

It’s a hot Saturday summer night. We enjoy a long drive rolling through the heart of the Finger lakes, headed for Trumansburg. As the sun grows low in the sky, we park the car, looking at a normal-looking farm and barn. Can this be it?

Silver Queen Farm plays host to a monthly gourmet, farm-driven meal, known as the The Farm & Fork. The Farm & Fork is a collaboration between a caterer and local farms. The third Saturday evening of each month they welcome guests for a gourmet meal prepared with just-picked vegetables and fruits from the Finger Lakes Region.

Continue Reading August 6, 2012 at 12:52 am Leave a comment

Dano’s on Seneca Lake

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Appetizers = Vorspeisen = spreads

Dano’s Heuriger along the east side of Seneca Lake, is America’s first heuriger (pronounced hoy-rig-er). Dano’s is a traditional Viennese winery restaurant featuring Finger Lakes award-winning wines paired with the superb Viennese-inspired cooking of chef/co-owner Dano Hutnik and pastry chef/co-owner Karen Gilman.

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Ever-changing menu on a giant chalk board

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View inside of Danos

As you ride along Rt 414, on the east side of Seneca Lake, Dano’s does not grab you with a stunning roadside facade. Other than the sign you don’t see much, just a large shingled roof and a big gravel parking lot.

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Ceiling shot

Architect Andrea Simitch designed the building to with the same voluminous space as a barn, and the spacious interior brings to mind the traditional volumes of a farm building, but with much more warmth and light. The west wall is glass, floor to ceiling, placing you right into the surrounding fields.

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View from the deck

Beyond the glass wall that faces the lake, there is an outdoor terrace with seating for up to 60.

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Horseradish Beet Salad, House Pate, Bratwurst

Dano, the chef, makes make his own sausage, and cheese, and re­cently added a vegetable garden and fruit or­chard. He makes a mean chutney.

The menu is completely a la carte. You can order all at once or in dribs and drabs — which we did. Sharing is encouraged. Arriving at 4pm on a Saturday worked out perfectly, as we beat the dinner rush, and could take our time ordering and savoring. Dano’s seats continuously from noon until closing.

We started with three spreads for $9. The Liptauer is their house special and was our favorite A “spread” is pretty much a base of cream cheese with tasty items like feta paprika, onion, garlic, caraway seed, or capers, mixed in producing  yummy things to spread on sliced bread (or gluten-free crackers). We also tried the Pumpkin Seed Oil and the Hotel Sacher spreads.

Our helpful waiter guided us to try some white wine:  A Berger Gruner Veltliner, and a Standing Stone Vineyard Vidal Blanc.

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Sacher Torte — rich chocolate with orange

We moved on to the the House Paté, a Horseradish Beet Salad, Smoked Hungarian Sausage, and a Bratwurst. Any chinks left in our tummies were solidly filled with the rich Sacher Torte and a Red Newt Port.

Dano’s has been named a regional semi-finalist in 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards. The awards annually honor the top professionals in the food and beverage industries, and are considered the Oscars of the food world. This year, there were a record 57,000 online entries.

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Location of Danos

Dano’s Heuriger is located at 9564 Route 414 just south of Lodi, NY.

April 16, 2012 at 12:29 am Leave a comment

Ports Cafe Geneva: DeVine Dining

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The kitchen of Ports Cafe

It’s the time of the year to make one last trip to close the cottage. Not much to look forward to on the drive east from Rochester, on a frosty Friday night, so we made reservations to stop for dinner while en route, at Ports Cafe, just south of Geneva on Seneca Lake.

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Listening to the specials

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Interior of Ports

Ports specializes in specials. They had almost as many specials as regular menu items, which we never even sampled. Our waitress was helpful and attentive. We start with appetizers and wine flights.

Wine flights allowed us to each sample 3 whites (local) and 3 reds. Some of the local wineries are Billsboro, Dr Frank, Glenora,  and William Hill.

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Mussels in a delicious broth

Appetizers: Mussels in a garlic  white wine sauce. AWESOME.

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Best swordfish I have ever had

Main Course:  Seafood kabobs:  shrimps scallops, swordfish, pineapple, red bell pepper, scallion with garlic and parsley butter and a  New York Strip with smashed potatoes. Both very good.

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Doesn't this look great?

Dessert was a pecan bourbon creme brulee, which though very pretty, did not wow us. But, the ice wine was delicious.

Reviews in Yelp.

Reviews in Trip Advisor. Listed as the number 1 restaurant in Geneva, according to Trip Advisor.

This is a very nice affordable cafe with lots of variety. It is not on par with Moro’s Table in Auburn or Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg, but it is charming friendly and we spent less than $100. with all the trimmings.

Ports is located at 4432 West Lake Road, Route 14, Geneva, NY  14456, 315-789-2020.

November 27, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Travel Back in Finger Lakes Time to The Hayward House

The Hayward House is a Bed and Breakfast in Ovid New York. The house is actually in the middle of nowhere, but not too far from everywhere you might want to go, whether it’s wineries, the lake shore, Ithaca, Seneca Falls, or Watkins Glen. But when you stay at The Hayward House know that you will get peace and quiet, and big sky and stars galore.

Continue Reading April 23, 2011 at 7:00 am 1 comment

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