For $8, today's Groupon gets you a two-day ticket to the “Say Cheese” Cayuga Wine Trail event on Cayuga Lake on March 26 and 27 (a $15 value). The starting location of one's cheese-trail, one of two wineries, will be assigned at the time of purchase.
The Cayuga Wine Trail connects 16 member wineries around the rolling lakeside hills, promoting the local vino market and hosting four trail-based events every year. “Say Cheese” beckons scores of intrepid guests to travel along the lakefront farms and valley vistas of the wine trail, braving occasional bigfoot sommeliers to taste locally made cheeses paired with vine juice at each of the wineries. Upon arriving at one of two starting points, attendees receive a wine glass and wine glass lanyard. From there, the two-hour burgundy brick road leads wine worshippers to taste cheeses, such as Muranda's Red Buddy or Lively Run Goat Dairy's Cayuga blue, within establishments ranging from the time-resistant Lucas Vineyards and 2010 Governor's Cup-winning Swedish Hill Winery to the restored 1820s barn at Americana Vineyards. At the end of the odyssey, vinophiles can submit their best photos of wine, cheese, and scenery through Facebook or Twitter to win a specialty gift basket from the local artisans.
New York Daily News has featured the "Say Cheese" Cayuga Wine Trail Event:
- The Finger Lakes cheese trail is a perfect complement to the region's well-worn wine trail. – Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News