The harvest is complete and the last grapes delivered to the crush pad are fermenting into wine. White Birch Vineyards' grape vines did well this growing season, despite the extreme cold temperature reached last February. The 2016 growing season was the driest and third warmest on record in the Finger Lakes. The heat and dryness helped ripen the fruit extremely well, resulting in less acid and more sugar than average. Towards the end of the growing season, we received approximately 6 inches of rain over 2.5 days to make up for the months of dry weather. That much rain in one event totally saturated the ground, making the rest of the season's tasks a bit more challenging. Our current task is preparing the fruitful canes for protection from the cold. We prune canes after harvest and connect them to a wire on the ground and then cover them with soil. In most growing regions the task of pruning is done in late winter or early spring if there is a chance of damage to the buds. More fall pictures in the vineyard to come...
Small Bites Menu
White Bean Hummus
Creamy and hearty hummus spread served with sun-dried tomato tapenade and rosemary with fresh bread made daily. $9.50
Marinated olives, almonds, garlic & lemon chickpeas with toasted Pumpkin Seeds. Perfect platter to accompany a glass of wine. $8.50
Tasting of Local Cheese
Enjoy our region's local bounty: a selection of 3 local cheeses, honey and fresh fruit & toasted bread. $14.50
White Birch All Day Specialty Drinks
Bourbon Cream Coffee
Hot coffee, a shot of Black Button Bourbon Cream Liquor Topped with Whip Cream. $8
Autumn Spice Spritzer
Ithica Brewing Ginger Beer Soda, White Birch 2013 Dry Riesling and a dash of artisan Whiskey Bitters. $10
White Birch 2015 Chardonnay with Fingerlakes Distilling, Black Currant Cassis Liquor. $10
Sparkling Wine & Finger Lakes Distillery, Black Currant Cassis Liquor. $10
Classic Champagne Cocktail
Sparkling Wine, Artisan Orange Bitters, Soaked in a Sugar Cub. $10
Sparkling Wine & Orange Juice. $10
New Release Coming Soon!
White Birch Vineyards, 2015 Cabernet Franc bursting with aromas of cassis and chili pepper will transform to flavors of juicy ripe plum, tobacco and strawberry. $26.99
Please join us on November 18th at 6:00pm at the White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room in Skaneateles NY for the 2015 New Wine Release Pairing Dinner with Chef Luke Houghton of Pure Catering & Events.
Each delicious course is perfectly paired with White Birch Vineyards and Ravine's 2015 wine.
Tickets are $85 each (tax is included, gratuity is not) and our pairing dinners tend to sell out quickly so please purchase your ticket online or call the Tasting Room at 315-685-WINE(9463) today to make your reservation.
2015 Wine Release Pairing Dinner Menu
Crispy Pumpkin With Goat Cheese and Bacon Jam
Paired with White Birch Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc
Homemade Ricotta with Sweet & Sour Eggplant and Basil
Paired with White Birch Vineyards 2014 Riesling
Hubbard Squash Ravioli with Lobster Jus, Hazelnuts, and Sage
Paired with White Birch Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay
Red Snapper Crudo with Local Beets, Apple, and Avocado
Paired with White Birch Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris
Slow Cooked Brisket with Royal Trumpet Mushrooms, Crispy Polenta and Sherry Vinegar Reduction
Paired with White Birch Vineyards 2015 Silver Fox Red Blend
Pumpkin Mousse Cake
With Bourbon Caramel and Nougat
Paired with Ravines 2015 Ayre
Introducing the New Line of White Birch Vineyards 2015 Vintages:
White Birch Vineyards Chardonnay must love the soil in Skaneateles because year after year it strives. Aged in french oak barrels giving great mouth feel and a beautiful blonde color. Notice subtle hints of vanilla, ripe golden apple and white flowers. Enjoy this wine with lobster, grilled chicken or hearty cheeses.
White Birch Vineyards Pinot Gris is perfect for your everyday sipping or paired with local sea food, soft cheeses or fruit. This wine has bright acidity and refreshing flavors of citrus and minerality.
White Birch Vineyards Silver Fox Red Blend is a tribute to the patriarch of the Falcone Family and the founder of White Birch Vineyards & Hobbit Hollow Farm; Mr. Michael J. Falcone. A medium body blend of Blaufrankisch & Merlot. This wine has a vibrant garnet color with aromas of pomegranate & plum. On the palate experience great tannins hints of deep black cherry, spicy pepper and allspice. Perfect wine to cellar or enjoy among great company. Pair this wine with lamb, steak or blue cheese.
For a limited time only enjoy our 2013 White Birch Vineyards Dry Riesling at 10% OFF A BOTTLE & 15% OFF A CASE!
This wine is always a fan favorite during the holidays. With flavors of lychee, minerality & pear. A perfect wine to enjoy with your holiday dinner of glazed ham, turkey & pumpkin pie.
Harvest time at White Birch Vineyards is the culmination of the growing season where the long hours and months spent tending the grape vines comes down to a compact few weeks of physical labor and stressing about the weather. The Pinot Gris is a tough varietal to pick; the clusters are small like little pine cones and the wasps are in a frenzy of activity around the clusters and picking lugs. However, the sugar in the grapes is enough to keep the wasps occupied so they tend to stay away from the individuals picking, unless you happen to grab a cluster that a wasp is feeding on. The White Birch Vineyards Pinot Gris pick was a fun experience having three generations of the Falcone family, owners of the vineyard, participating in the harvest of the fruit.
By the time this blog makes it to the web the Sauvignon Blanc will also be picked and pressed.
Next to be picked is the Pinot Noir.