67th Annual Niagara Grape & Wine Festival

Legends Winery participates in Niagara Wine Festival

Check out the 67th Annual Niagara Grape & Wine Festival. The Montebello Park Experience The 67th Annual Niagara Grape & Wine Festival  takes place at Montebello Park September 21-23 and 28-30.  The Montebello Park Experience includes 100 wines and 50 hours of music. In addition, food and entertainment is available. Best of all admission is free; although food purchases must be purchased with purchased tokens. Festival tokens may be purchased at the park. Special tickets are available for the Harvest Lounge and the Sommelier Wine Lounge. The Harvest Lounge will have specially chosen VQA wines and a charcuterie bar. The Sommelier Wine Lounge offers ticket holders an al fresco wine café experience where premium VQA wines and chef prepared food bites are available. Montebello Park will be open:
  • Fridays: 5pm til 10:30pm
  • Saturdays: 11am til 10:30pm
  • Sundays: 12Noon til 8pm
In addition to ...

35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival Postponed!

Photo from an earlier Annual Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum

One of Maryland’s very well-known wine festivals is the Annual Maryland Wine Festival. Due to the strong possibility of a very rainy and maybe more difficult weather for this weekend according to the festival website, the 35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival has been postponed until October 13.  For those who have already purchased tickets for this weekend’s festival be sure to save them for using on Saturday, October 13, which will only take place on Saturday. The location of the Annual Maryland Wine Festival is the Carroll County Farm Museum which offers a historic farmhouse and numerous farm buildings plus animals. It is a superb museum to visit and is ideal for children, adults and families.  Here are some of things you will miss if you decided not to visit the 35th Annual Maryland ...

35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival Postponed!

Photo from an earlier Annual Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum

One of Maryland’s very well-known wine festivals is the Annual Maryland Wine Festival. Due to the strong possibility of a very rainy and maybe more difficult weather for this weekend according to the festival website, the 35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival has been postponed until October 13.  For those who have already purchased tickets for this weekend’s festival be sure to save them for using on Saturday, October 13, which will only take place on Saturday. The location of the Annual Maryland Wine Festival is the Carroll County Farm Museum which offers a historic farmhouse and numerous farm buildings plus animals. It is a superb museum to visit and is ideal for children, adults and families.  Here are some of things you will miss if you decided not to visit the 35th Annual Maryland ...

It’s North Carolina Wine & Grape Month!

Biltmore tasting room

The North Carolina Wine & Grape Month takes place during September. Although North Carolina wines are not frequently in the national or world news, the wineries in North Carolina are definitely worth visiting. September is a lovely month to visit the wineries where visitors can find beautiful vineyards, grape stomping activities and of course sip a variety of wines.

North Carolina vineyards

Did you know that North Carolina has five American Viticultural areas? The AVAs are: Appalachian High Country, Haw River Valley, Swan Creek, Upper Hiwassee Highlands and Yadkin Valley.  The wineries in North Carolina are located from the Mountains to the Coast. The wineries are also divided between the Mountains, Piedmont and Coast. The wineries in the Mountains and Piedmont are growing traditional vitis vinifera grapes as well as hybrids. Visitors to the Coastal area are likely to discover Muscadine (Scuppernong, Vitis rotundifolia) wines and ...

Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Event in the Fall!

Ridgewood Winery

The Berks County Wine Trail, located in Pennsylvania’s south eastern region will be a delight for many wine and cheese lovers on September 29 – 30 and October 6 -7. On those two weekends, wineries and local cheese producers are offering the Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Event. Tickets are only $15 until September 28. Event tickets are available online. Each ticket includes two cheese and wine pairings available at each participating winery.  The cheeses are provided by regional dairies including: Farm Fromage, Wholesome Dairy Farms, Birchrun Hills Farms, Conebella Farms, Grube’s Dairy, The Smokehaus, and Valley Milkhouse.

Pinnacle Ridge Winery

The members of the Berks County Wine Trail participating in this delightful wine and cheese event include: Stonekeep Meadery
Manatawny Creek Winery
Stone Barn Cellars
Ridgewood Winery
Weathered Vineyards
Setter Ridge Vineyards
Calvaresi Winery
Deerfoot Winery
Stoudt’s Winery
Kog Hill Winery
Long Trout Winery
Pinnacle Ridge ...

Tipsypops, Wine Ice Treats for Adults

We’ve heard of the unusual, incredibly hot summer that Portland, Oregon has endured this summer. There may be temporary relief for the heat for those 21 or over. Tipsypop is the new alcoholic popsicle being introduced in Portland during the summer of 2018.  The Tipsypop includes a combination of natural fruit juices and wine. Currently four flavors are under production including: Grapefruit Frosé, Pineapple Granita, Tangerine Mimosa and Pomegranate Sangria. The Grapefruit Frosé is made with rosé wine. Sparkling wine is in the Pineapple Granita and the Tangerine Mimosa.  The final selection Pomegranate Sangria  is made with Pinot Noir. Each Tipsypop is made with a half glass of wine and each pop has 6.7% alcohol. The Tipsypop website suggests having the Tipsypops available at bars, corporate events, weddings, baby showers and BBQs. If you are looking for more details about Tipsypops, visit the Tipsypop website for contact ...

The Tallman Hotel in Lake County Reopens After Wildfires


Tallman Hotel in Lake County reopens after fire.

The historic Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake,  CA has reopened after closing due to the recent devastating wildfires in California. This is fortunate for travelers  to Lake County who are interested in discovering the numerous wineries in the local area. According to an email from the Tallman Hotel, “We’re so happy to announce that the worst of the Mendocino Complex fires has past us by…..” However, the email noted that all staff had to evacuate their homes due to the raging wildfire. One of their frequent entertainers at the adjacent Blue Wing Saloon lost her home and the hotel has set  up a GoFundMe site to help her.

One of several rooms at the Tallman Hotel

The Tallman Hotel website suggests several wineries to visit while staying at the hotel including: Chacewater Wines and Olive Mill, Gregory Graham, ...

2018 Pacific Wine & Food Classic

DAOU winery in Paso Robles

The Pacific Wine & Food Classic takes place August 18 and 19. This event held in Newport Beach, CA will feature many wineries. regional chefs and restaurants. According to the International Food, Wine and Travel Writer’s Association, the festival was voted as one of the top 10 food and wine festivals. With food, wine, and beer on Newport Beach, what’s not to like? Just imagine enjoying the food and wine with music and ocean breezes on Newport Beach. 

The caves of Pine Ridge

Tickets for Saturday are $115 and Sunday tickets are $99. VIP tickets are also available.  More than 40 wineries will be attending the festival including several wineries Wine Trail Traveler has visited and written about including: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Rodney Strong, Pine Ridge Winery,  DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards, Mercer Family Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery, ...

Craft Wine at Tin Lizzie Wineworks

Photo by Tin Lizzie Wineworks

Tin Lizzie Wineworks just outside of Clarksville, Maryland offers a unique opportunity to make your own barrel of wine or to gather a few friends or relatives together to craft a quality barrel of wine.

Filling a basket press

Unlike most wineries that operate to produce and sell wine, Tin Lizzie Wineworks is a teaching winery where owner and winemaker, Dave Zuchero, teaches and guides wine enthusiasts to creating their own barrel of wine. At Tin Lizzie Wineworks the wine grapes are sourced from the best growers that Dave has for obtaining the grapes including the famed Stagecoach Vineyards in Napa, California. This year the available grapes from Stagecoach Vineyards include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Merlot. From our experience the grapes arrive in a refrigerated truck are in great condition. At Tin Lizzie, winemakers can choose to create single-varietal wines or blends.

Grapes from ...

Visiting California this Summer? Discover these Wine Regions

Vineyards at Yorkville Cellars

In my last blog, I wrote about California’s Temecula wine region; however, California has many wine regions where wine enthusiasts can discover quality wines, view prolific vineyards and enjoy the ambiance of a variety of California winery tasting rooms. When planning your next visit to California, I suggest using a search engine to discover what wineries are available in your California destination. Also check out the California wineries we have visited and written articles about for Wine Trail Traveler. The wine regions list for California include these that we have visited:
  • Cucamonga Valley/Temecula/SanDiego
  • Lake County
  • Mendocino County
  • Napa
  • North Central VAlley
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • Santa Barbara County
  • Sonoma
  • Suisun Valley
Numerous wineries throughout the state are using sustainable farming methods in their vineyards. Sustainable programs in California include: California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), Certified California Sustainable Wine Growing, Fish Friendly Farming, Green Business Program, Lodi ...

Traveling to Temecula, California this Summer? Visit a Winery!

Vindemia vineyards in Temecula, California

If you are traveling to San Diego, Orange County or Palm Springs, you will want to be sure to visit Temecula Valley where the vineyards are prolific, the wines are delicious and the dining is awesome with eateries offering quick stops or full menus. While in Temecula Valley, save some time to visit Old Town Temecula with all of its historical ambiance. In 2018, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary.  While grapes have been grown in Temecula since the  1700s, it was in 1968 that Vincenzo and Audry Cilurzo planted the first modern commercial vineyard. In June the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association released a 50th Anniversary commemorative wine. This anniversary wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.  Enjoy visiting several of the more than 40 wineries in Temecula. The majority of wineries are easy ...

Visiting Oregon this Summer? Visit a Winery

The wine caves at Archery Summit in Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a delightful city to visit; however, there are many other areas of Oregon that are equally pleasant to visit. Our two favorite months to visit Oregon include August and September. No matter what time of year you visit Oregon, you will find wineries that are open and cater to visitors. Oregon is especially well known for Pinot Noir and and Pinot Gris. Amongst the many white grape varieties growing in its prolific vineyards are: Chardonnay, Gweürtraminer, Riesling and Semillon. Also be sure to look for Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel. Oregon’s wine regions include:
  • Willamette Valley (North and South)
  • Columbia Valley
  • Columbia Gorge
  • Walla Walla Valley
  • Umpqua Valley
  • Roque Valley and Applegate Valley
  • Eastern Oregon
Wine Trail Traveler has visited and written articles about many of the wineries in Oregon. These articles are available on the ...

Traveling to Ohio this Summer? Visit a Winery

Raven’s Glenn Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Ohio wineries can be discovered throughout the state. While traveling to or through Ohio be sure to stop at a winery to discover the wines produced in this large state. Currently Ohio has several AVAs including Lake Erie, Isle St. George, Grand River Valley, Ohio River Valley and Loramie Creek appellations.

Barrel Run Crossing Winery & Vineyard, Ohio

During the 1800s Ohio was known for growing the Catawba grape. This was where the majority of sparkling wines were made in the US during those early years. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote about about the Catawba grapes and the beautiful river, known as the Ohio River.  It was the Civil war and grape diseases that led to the demise of the grape industry in Ohio. Later the industry began to develop again but Prohibition put a stop to the industry until the 1960s. Today Ohio has ...

Purcellville Wine & Food Festival is Saturday!

Doukénie Winery included in the Purcellville Wine & Food Festival

The annual Purcellville Wine & Food Festival in Northern Virginia takes place this Saturday, July 21. This fun festival takes place between 2 and 8 pm. A variety of tickets for the festival are available online. Options currently available include: adult tickets, town of Purcellville resident tickets, kids tickets and  designated driver tickets. Keep in mind that free parking is available. Fun for the whole family will be available. Adults looking for some time to enjoy playing in the sun will have the opportunity to participate in the Cornhole Tournament. Children will enjoy face painting, moon bounces, arts and crafts as well as balloon artists.

868 Estate Vineyards, VA

Wine Trail Traveler has visited most of the wineries attending the festival. Check out the winery reviews online. The current list of wineries includes: 868  Estate Vineyards

Visiting Maryland this Summer? Visit a Winery

Chateau du Bu De Wineyard & Winery

Maryland is a delightful state with a wide range of landscapes that include the beautiful Atlantic seashore, the mountains and the tree-covered hills. Of course, Maryland also has its share of cities and towns. If your enjoy city or town life, visit Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick, and remember that Washington, DC is just across the state line. Maryland has almost 1,000 acres of grapevines. They can be found from the far western part of Maryland to the Eastern Shore.

Catoctin Breeze vineyards

Maryland has nine wine trails:
  • Antietam Highlands Wine Trail (9 wineries)
  • Capital Wine Trail (5 wineries)
  • Carroll Wine Trail (2 wineries)
  • Chesapeake Wine Trail (13 wineries)
  • Cider Trail (3)
  • Frederick Wine Trail (8 wineries)
  • Legacy Wine Trail (4 wineries)
  • Mead Trail (4)
  • Patuxent Wine Trail (8 wineries)
  • Piedmont Wine Trail (8 wineries)

Black Ankle Vineyards

Maryland wines to discover include dry, sweet, ...

Visiting New York’s Finger Lakes Region this Summer? Visit a Winery!

Seneca Wine Trail sign helps travelers.

New York State’s Finger Lake region offers so much to summertime visitors. Among the many activities of hiking, swimming, fishing, boating and camping, the region offers numerous wineries to visit. Travelers will find small, boutique wineries as well as much larger wineries. Some of these wineries offer delightful views of Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake and Keuka Lake. The lakes provide enough warmth to keep the grapevines safe during the harsh winters that the area can experience.

Lake views between the grapevines

Two of the most well-known wine trails are the Seneca Lake Wine Trail with 35 participating wineries and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail with 16 wineries. A third wine trail is the Keuka Lake Wine Trail with 8 wineries. A few wineries are also close to Canandaigua Lake which also has the Canandaigua Wine Trail. As one drives along the Finger Lakes, also ...

Save the Date: 2019 Zinfandel Experience

Chateau Montelena is a member of ZAP

Zinfandel Experience a.k.a. ZinEX. is a special zinfandel event taking place January 17 to the 19th in San Francisco. Tickets will be available online beginning July 16. Reminder: put July 16 on your calendar, too. The three-day event begins on Thursday January 17 with a Welcome Event Dinner at the One Market Pavilion. Mark Dommen, an award-winning chef will present his new American cuisines. This very special dinner will be available in the VIP packages and a few tickets will be available for Heritage Club members. Friday, January 18 offers Flights! and the Grape Gatspy Winemakers Dinner & Auction. The 2019 Flights will be a seminar-style tasting of zinfandel. The Grape Gatsby Winemakers Dinner and Auction is a fundraiser.  Silent and live auctions will take place. Auction items will include rare bottles, one-of-a-kind lots and winery experiences. The proceeds will benefit ...

Visiting Indiana this Summer? Visit a Winery!

Owen Valley Winery

While enjoying a vacation in Indiana or winding through Indiana on your way to your summer destination, stop at one of Indian’s many wineries. Do you know that Indiana has several wine trails? Indiana wine trails include:

Vineyards at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards

  • Cardinal Flight Wine Trail
  • Indiana Uplands Wine Trail
  • Indy Wine Trail
  • Indiana Grown Wine Trail
  • Hoosier Wine Trail
  • Indiana Wine Trail
  • State Line Wine Trail

Oliver Winery and Vineyards

If you have a moment, take time to enjoy wineries participating in one Indiana’s wine trails listed above.
  1. Indiana has two American Viticultural Areas, the Indian Uplans and the Ohio River Valley 
  2. More than 80 boutique-size wineries and large wineries can be discovered throughout Indiana
  3. Indiana wines are produced with traditional vinifera, hybrid and Native American grapes.
  4. Wines produced with fruit are also available including: blackberry, blueberry, black currant and strawberry
  5. Butler Winery & Vineyards


Visiting Texas this Summer? Visit a Winery

Messina Hof Winery, Texas

Texas is home to many wineries. With so many wineries, it is quite easy to find a Texan winery to visit. Take time to visit the GO TEXAN website before leaving for Texas. You will find an plethora of information regarding Texas. The website also lists the numerous wine trails in Texas including:Texas Hill Country Wineries, Grapevine

Texas Legato Wine

Wine Trail, Way Out Wineries, Texas High Plains Wine and Vine Trail, Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail, Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 and several more. If you are looking for a grape harvest experience, you will want to consider participating at the Messina Hof Winery & Resort harvest experience. This year will be Messina Hof’s 41st Annual Harvest Festival. The Harvest Festival at their Bryon, TX location begins in late July and continues into August. The festival includes a  range of activities to choose from including harvest ...

Don’t Travel July 4th! Stay Close to Home and Visit a Winery!

A Maryland Sparkling Wine

The news has been reporting that travel over the 4th of July  is expected to rise. Rather than getting involved in intense traffic congestion, why not stay close to home and enjoy visiting a winery in your neighborhood? You may even want to consider leaving the driving to Lyft or Uber. In a winery tasting room you can enjoy the atmosphere while having an enjoyable conversation with other like-minded wine enthusiasts. And the topics are not just about wine, but can cover anything from food to travel and so much more. Do yourself a favor and visit a nearby winery and save the frustration of hours of driving. Fast Facts
  • Every state has at least one winery.
  • Several states have significant wine regions.
  • Numerous wineries offers special events open to the public.
  • Wines produced in the United States can rival those from other countries.
  • The ...