The Sunday Driver: Tour of the Wineries

Take a Wine Tour starting at either the Winery of Ellicottville or Flickerwood

Take a Wine Tour starting at either the Winery of Ellicottville or Flickerwood

Enjoy a Glass of Local Wine and Discover the Art of it All Right in Your Own Backyard

The next time you’re daydreaming of touring the vineyards of Napa Valley, refrain from that incessant urge to book a trip. In lieu, spend your day of leisure at one of two stunning wineries that our area has to offer you.

With only a one-hour driving distance between the two, you can plan your next day off touring the Winery of Ellicottville (in Ellicottville, NY) or Flickerwood Wine Cellars (in Kane, Pa.) Both wineries offer fantastic wine selections, tastings, exquisite appetizers, gift shops and that quaint little spot where you can sit down and enjoy your favorite glass of wine.

Winery of Ellicottville

Old World Traditions combined with New World Techniques

Street View of Winery of EllicottvilleEmbarking on their second anniversary, the Winery of Ellicottville has more than just wine to offer. What once began as an operation with only seven wines, they have now progressed over the past two years to offering a selection of 16 different wines.

July 2012 brings the highly anticipated launch of their latest wine, “Evl White,” a delightful addition to their Evl Red, White and Blue series. According to winemaker Sam Sheehy, “This is a fruitier, semi-sweet white, which will be fantastic for the summertime months.”

Book a date for your next special occasion or social gathering in the upstairs private banquet room of the winery. With your friends, family or co-workers, sample a custom pairing or tasting, and let their in-house chef do all the cooking for you by creating a custom appetizer list to suit your needs. This special room has been carefully designed for parties, private dinners, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, corporate events and small conferences.

Winery of Ellicottville will be appearing at the Watkins Glen Finger Lakes Wine Festival in July. In 2012 alone, they have already been awarded five silver medals at various festivals. Due to high demand, they are completely sold out of “Evl Blue,” one of the hits off the Evl Red, White and Blue series.

The unforgettable taste of their wines can be credited to their use of only handpicked fruit, most of which comes from Chautauqua County. All ingredients are hand processed, bottled and fermented in-house, and right from the State of New York.

Owner and head winemaker Dominic Spicola has not only a history, but a lifetime of creating quality wine. The winery was inspired by his father, Francesco Spicola, who immigrated from Italy in 1968 and brought the winemaking tradition with him. Each season while growing up, Dominic and his father would crush and press each harvest to create wine for the entire family to enjoy throughout the year.

The tradition is now carried through with Dominic’s son-in-law, Sam, at the Winery of Ellicottville. Completely family owned and operated, Dominic and Sam are the head winemakers; their wives, Linda Spicola and Beth Sheehy, manage the tasting room and handle the clerical work.

At the Winery of Ellicottville, old world traditions have been combined with new world techniques to give them some of the best wine in the area. “Dominic’s experience with winemaking is very extensive. He has an endless amount of wisdom to offer about winemaking, which has been carried on from generation to generation. This gives us a lot of great experience in creating quality wine,” said Sam.

Can’t make it to the winery? Find them at the Olean and Hamburg Farmer’s Markets every Saturday. Or, take a virtual tour of what they have to offer on their website at www.WineryOfEllicottville.com. Have a question? E-mail the winemaking team at info@wineryofellicottville.com, or give them a call at 716-699-1055. The Winery of Ellicottville is located at 14 Monroe Street in Ellicottville, NY.

Flickerwood Wine Cellars

“The Wine that Rocks!”

Singing at Flickerwood Winery in Kane, PAFlickerwood Wine Cellars of Kane, Pa. recently celebrated their 12th anniversary over the Memorial Day weekend during their annual event, FlickerFest. This year brought with it a new spin, with the introduction of their latest branding, “Flickerwood Wine Cellars, The Wine That Rocks!”

This summer, FWC is introducing an exciting new summer concert series. According to owner and operator Sue Zampogna, “Twice a month, on Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm, customers will be treated to live music outside on the picnic/pavilion grounds. Wine will be available by the bottle only, as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixings.”

Eight different bands that play a variety of music genres have been booked for the summer months - some of which include Toucan Jam on July 8, Dave Dorson on July 22, Mojo Hand on Aug. 5, XIII (Thirteen) on Aug. 19, and Uncorked Acoustics on Sept. 2.

Additionally, a new wine was released at FlickerFest, “Kinzua Journey.” This is a delicious blend of three white wines, dedicated to the completion of the new Sky Walk at the Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett, Pa. “A portion of sales from Kinzua Journey will be donated to the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau to assist them with the tourism promotion of our region,” said Sue.

Flickerwood Wine Cellars is open seven days a week, and is handicapped accessible. Their wine lounge is always open for your enjoyment, whenever the winery is open. Sample, sit down and enjoy your favorite glass of FWC wine and a delicious appetizer, all while relaxing in a beautiful, warm and welcoming atmosphere. The knowledgeable staff will show you around the wine cellar, answer questions about the wine and make you feel right at home.

Rent their lounge this summer for any type of celebration, including bridal showers, birthdays, reunions, meetings and more. “You name the event and the staff will plan it with you!” said Sue.

Their gift shop boasts an array of wine and grape motif items - stemware, bling t-shirts, jewelry, wine racks, wine carriers, home winemaking equipment and much more.

FWC is a family operation owned by Ron and Sue Zampogna of Kane, Pa. Their full-time winemakers are their sons, Rick and Tim Zampogna. An FWC satellite store is owned and operated in Kennett Square, Pa. by Zampogna daughters Julie Zampogna-Wehner and Tammy Zampogna-Liberato.

Their award-winning winemaking isn’t their only claim to fame. The family is also known for their astounding musical talents. Ron is a well-known drummer and a member of Uncorked Acoustics, while their son, Rick is a fantastic drummer in his own right, in the band XIII (Thirteen). Both of these bands appear regularly at FWC, at music festivals and at Wine Down Fridays and Saturdays.

Coincidentally, the husbands of daughters Julie and Tammy are both musicians as well, in a group called “Udo Inyang,” which entertains customers in their tasting room in Kennett Square. With delicious wine and great music to boot, there’s no reason not to visit Flickerwood Wine Cellars, The Wine That Rocks!

To view FWC’s brilliant selection of wine, visit their website at www.Flickerwood.com, e-mail Sue with any questions at info@flickerwood.com, or give one of the Zampognas a call at 814-837-7566.

The winery is open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sundays from noon-6pm. Flickerwood Wine Cellars is located at 309 Flickerwood Road in Kane, Pa.

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