Wine Tasting in Eggertsville

Wine and Food Tasting for Two or Four at Spring Lake Winery (50% Off)

Spring Lake Winery

Lockport

Enjoy a selection of delicious award-winning wine paired with food such as mozzarella pesto and meatball bruschetta

$20 $10

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Wine and Chocolate Tasting for Two or Four at A Gust of Sun Winery (Up to 50% Off)

A Gust of Sun Winery

Cambria

Husband and wife duo invite folks to sample some of their favorite wines, some made with grapes grown at their vineyard

$48 $28

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Six-Hour Winter Winery and Chocolate Factory Tour for One, Two, or Four from Niagara Fun Tours (Up to 67% Off)

Niagara Fun Tours

Multiple Locations

Tour buses shuttle guests to Palatine Hill Estates Winery and three others for tastings before ending at Chocolate F/X, a working factory.

C$89 C$39

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Icewine Taste & Learn Experience for Two or Four at The Ice House Winery (50% Off)

The Ice House Winery

Niagara on the Lake/Queenston

Tasting and lesson on Icewines, wines made from grapes that are harvested and pressed while still frozen

C$24 C$12

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Two-Hour Winemaking Class for Two with 2.5- or 5-Gallon Kit and Pizza at Lake Ontario Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Lake Ontario Winery

Multiple Locations

Visitors learn to make wine and get a kit to take home; the class also includes wine tasting and gourmet pizza

$154 $75

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Tour and Tasting with Glass and Truffles for Two or Four at Holland Marsh Wineries (Up to 68% Off)

Holland Marsh Wineries

Newmarket

Family vineyard creates eastern European-style wines from all-natural grapes, surrounded by lush landscapes

C$45 C$18

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Select Local Merchants

Schulze Vineyards and Winery is located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. The lake effect climate and rich soil enable us to produce unique still and sparkling wines. We are an Estate Winery, producing vinifera, hybrid and native grapes. Our commitment to growing the highest quality grapes is the hallmark of our award

2090 Coomer Rd
Burt,
NY
US

When Nana and Papa Varallo brought winemaking to America from Italy, they unknowingly brought a livelihood for their successors. Son Nicholas made wine in Papa's basement from the age of 8, then taught the techniques to children Dominic, Cristina, and Americo Varallo. Now all three generations contribute to the development of the family's Spring Lake Winery, which offers group vineyard excursions, rentable wedding space, and, of course, the Varallo's award-winning wines.

7373 Rochester Rd
Lockport,
NY
US

To the Spicola family, wine isn't simply something sipped on at dinner or during a party. Rather, it's the family heritage, which forms a bridge between generations. Today, Dominic Spicola runs the Winery of Ellicottville with his son-in-law, but years ago, he worked alongside his father, Francesco, an Italian immigrant schooled in his home country's winemaking tradition. Together, the duo crushed and pressed annual harvests into barrels of wine, making sure their relatives had enough to fill glasses at dinner and water balloons at family picnics throughout the year.

Today, Dominic and his son-in-law mesh this Old World wisdom with New World techniques to craft chardonnays and merlots, reds and whites. They sell their bottles from an unassuming shop on Monroe Street, where sky-blue walls, family pictures, and shelved knickknacks surround a sun-splashed bar.

14 Monroe Street
Ellicottville,
NY
US

Williamsville, NY. The early 20th century. A man guides his family’s horse-drawn carriage through the flurries of snow sweeping across their circular driveway before coming to a halt in front of a striking two-story home. The ride was long and chilly, but inside, homey warmth awaits. Today, teleportation discs may have replaced the horse and buggy, but travelers still traverse the same driveway in search of a warm welcome. Now the home of Parings Wine Bar, the turn-of-the-century house reflects the goal that owner Shelia Paolini shared with the Amherst Bee’s Jessica Finch: “We want it to feel like you are coming into a living room, that you are at home, not at a bar.”

As soon as guests push open the bright-red front door, they enter a space that combines the comfort of a lived-in family room with the gourmet flavors found at traditional wine bars. Lit by flat-screen TVs and a cozy fireplace, guests peruse Chef Scott Martin’s ever-changing menu, which often features mediterranean nachos, lobster mac 'n' cheese, and horseradish beef tenderloin. Resident sommelier Alphonso DiMono’s wine list, which culls vintages from global wineries from Australia to France to California, perfectly complements the chef's creations. The bar’s mixologists also shake up more than 20 martinis infused with treats such has espresso vodka, Godiva white-chocolate liqueur, and pumpkin puree. As they sip and eat, guests can also join in special event nights that include art shows, live music, and happy hours that feature 20 types of wine for just $20 per bottle.

5893 Main St
Williamsville,
NY
US

From its charming Bryant Street storefront, Trattoria Aroma serves up authentic boot-country fare using local and organic products whenever possible. Launch a decadent dining experience with an order of peppercorn-seared pork belly, served with a cracked egg, sweet-pea pesto, and shaved parmesan ($9), or opt for the crispy fried artichoke hearts over parsley pesto ($7). Gourmet pizzas ($12+) and house-made pastas, such as the lobster ravioli with fried leeks and brandy cream ($21), offer sophisticated twists on familiar flavors, while Trattoria Aroma's meaty fare perks up frownful Florentines. Poultry loyalists exchange regal high-fives over juicy bites of chicken saltimbocca, a fragrant sage- and prosciutto-enhanced dish with asparagus, roasted potatoes, and a white-wine-lemon sauce ($22). Vela osso bucco Milanese, with saffron-parmesan risotto and gremolata ($29), offers a marrowful meal for opulent meat-lovers and makes an ideal accompaniment for any of the fermented favorites off of Trattoria's award-winning wine list.

4840 N French Rd
East Amherst,
NY
US

Recently featured in Buffalo Rising, The Wine Thief navigates a laser-beam-guarded landscape to offer fine wine and a menu of inventive new American fare to Buffalo residents. The wine list boasts various vinos by the bottle or glass, eschewing fermented juice boxes in favor of more reliable receptacles. Worldly whites, such as the 1734 Vouvray ’06 (Loire, France), compete for imbibers’ taste buds against alternative reds, known for their early 1990s grungewear and soft-loud musical dynamics. The Wine Thief is also home to a Cuvee wine storage system, which keeps open wines fresh for up to two weeks, allowing a total of 36 by-the-glass wines to be ready at any one time.

431 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo,
NY
US