Beer, Wine & Spirits in Lackawanna

Six-Hour Winter Winery and Chocolate Factory Tour for One, Two, or Four from Niagara Fun Tours (Up to 70% 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$36

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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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$39 for Sundays Are Made to Savor Wine Experience for Two at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery ($80 Value)

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

Medina

Pairs learn about the winery’s history and process as they sip varietals and nosh on gourmet snacks, including charcuterie and chocolate

$80 $39

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Wine and Food Tasting for Two or Four at Spring Lake Winery (55% Off)

Spring Lake Winery

Lockport

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

$20 $9

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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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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 Package with Tasting, Glass, and Store Credit for Two at Black Button Distilling (Up to 47% Off)

Black Button Distilling

Rochester

Distillers make by hand 900 bottles of gin, vodka, moonshine, and bourbon each week at the first distillery in the city since Prohibition

$30 $16

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Wine and Food at Flight Wine Bar (Up to 43% Off)

Flight Wine Bar

Corn Hill

Imported cheeses and charcuterie alongside flights of wine from all over the globe

$20 $12

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$79 for a Premium Winemaking Experience at Sheppard Wine Works ($159 Value)

Sheppard Wine Works

Willowdale

Select a wine to make, from chardonnay to sangria, before staffers ferment & help bottle up to 23 litres of wine to receive 4–6 weeks later

C$159 C$79

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Two Hours of Bartending Services or a Two-Hour Cocktail Show from Canadian Bar Company (Up to 61% Off)

Canadian Bar Company

Forest Hill south

Professional bartenders set up full bars and mix cocktails for parties and cocktail workshops that teach guests how to make their own drinks

C$60 C$28

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Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting for Four, Six, or Eight at F&M Brewery/Stone Hammer Beer (Up to 50% Off)

F&M Brewery/Stone Hammer Beer

Guelph

Brewery tour reveals the intricate process behind fire-brewed craft beer before a tasting of four pours

C$20 C$10

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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

On the corner of Buffalo and Main Street, Ten Thousand Wines inhabits a quaint brick building that welcomes visitors to its microwinery and tasting room. As a winery free from ties to a particular vineyard, Ten Thousand Wines' staff can source its grapes from vines all around the world—including Antarctica—a practice that inspired the winery's name. The vintners hand make each variety in small batches and carry more than 40 wines in their retail store. At a tasting bar, open Tuesday–Saturday, curious sippers perch around a quarter-circle bar to sniff and swirl their wines, such as Nooks & Crannies, a cranberry-chianti blend, or the delicate Delaware, made from New York grapes. The shop's resident oenophiles share their passion with guests in 90-minute wine-making classes, bolstered by a wealth of wine kits and raw grape juices. In an article from the Buffalo News, owner Mike Ditonto cites what he sees as the appeal of home winemaking: nostalgia for grandparents' wine cellars and new methods of family bonding more comfortable than supergluing yourself to a favorite relative.

5783 Camp Rd
Hamburg,
NY
US

Mayer Bros. Cider Mill founder Jacob Mayer first squeezed juice from apples in 1852. Local farmers brought baskets of their apples to his mill, and he sent them on their way with jars of cider. Jacob passed his mill on to his son, John, who started brewing hard cider in 1936 by fermenting the fruits of apple trees that he watered with whiskey. Today, Jacob’s fourth-generation heir—also named John—carries on his forebears’ tradition in the same rustic building, painted in the dusky crimson hue of a Red Delicious apple.

Many autumns have passed since that barn was raised, but each year is more or less the same: a stream of visitors flocks to the mill for apple fritters, donuts, and jugs of flash-pasteurized apple cider. Guests can also purchase pies, seasonal cheeses, and apple juice made as Mother Nature intended—without any sweeteners or additives.

1540 Seneca Creek Road
Buffalo,
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

31 Club opened in the 1940s as Buffalo?s exclusive supper club, making it a destination for Buffalo's socialites to see and be seen. Catering to diners with sophisticated palettes and profiles, 31 Club's name was derived from its address, 31 Johnson Park. The restaurant celebrated more than four decades of success, but in 1983 the last glass was toasted and its doors closed. The community looked on as the building's brick facade began to crumble, while ideas circled to restore the building to its original splendor. Years later, the space was finally reopened.

Today's 31 Club is a modern version of the storied restaurant, maintaining the class, style, and sophistication of the original 1940s destination, while adding a contemporary flair to cater to today's diner. The menu is a perfect crystallization of this mission?not only are there reimagined versions of timeless dishes, including pork chops with grilled peach chutney, there's late-night fare such as lobster mac 'n' cheese and strip-steak sandwiches. In that spirit, the wine list includes Old World and New World varietals.

31 N Johnson Prk.
Buffalo,
NY
US

Sunlight floods through rustic stained-glass windows onto the hardwood bar and tabletops of The Oakk Room's historic dining room, which was originally an automobile shop before it was converted to a pub in the late 1980s. Surrounded by walls laden with taxidermy pieces and an antique wooden horse trained to stand completely still, servers bring forth plates of jerk chicken and freshly baked cornbread, and bartenders shake up a menu of 17 different specialty cocktails. The restaurant slakes thirst on Wednesday with $4 martini specials and throws weekly Friday fish-frying events.

1435 Main Street
Buffalo,
NY
US

The staff at Chateau Buffalo strives to support local farmers, and they do so by using locally produced grapes in their red and white wines. They also produce craft ciders that come sparkling, cold, or warm. Those unsure of what they'd like to drink will find the Chateau's tastings, like a hair tie made of Twizzlers, are both tasty and helpful.

1209 Hertel Ave
Buffalo,
NY
US