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Jennifer Johnson
 
April 29, 2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Lake Erie Wine Country Wineries Strike Gold!

April 21, 2019   For Immediate Release                                  Contact Monica Mazur, 877-326-6561
Lake Erie Wine Country Wineries Strike Gold at the 2019 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition  
             
Westfield (NY) – Eight local wineries went up against over 650 competing wineries from all over the world and came away with a disproportionate share of the top honors.  There were over 2800 wines entered in the 19th Finger Lakes International Wine Competition held on April 13th and 14th in Rochester NY. This event has become the largest charitable wine competition in North America, as each of the over 2800 entries contributes over $50 to Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp dedicated to bringing smiles and memories to children with cancer.   

Of the 64 top honors awarded (Best of Class or Double Golds), twelve were won by the over one-hundred New York and Pennsylvania wineries entering the competition.  Of those twelve Best of Class or Double Gold awards presented, four of them – or one third - were earned by Lake Erie Wine Country wineries!  In addition, the eight LEWC wineries who submitted wines to this competition also earned seven gold medals and multiple silver and bronze recognitions as follows.  Complete results available at https://fliwc-cgd.com/winners-2019.asp.

Summary of Awards Earned by Lake Erie Wine Country Wineries:

21 Brix (Portland, NY) - Best of Class, Sparkling - 2017 Bruttella
Gold - Ella’s White Niagara
7 silver and bronze medals

Johnson Estate Winery (Westfield, NY) - Double Gold – 2017 Freelings Creek Semi-Dry Riesling
Gold - 2017 Freelings Creek Sweet Riesling
Gold - 2017 Maple Liqueur
Gold - 2017 Solstice Sangria
7 silver and bronze medals

Presque Isle Winery (North East, PA) - Double Gold – Eskimo Kisses (dessert wine)
5 silver and bronze medals

Yori Cellars Winery (North East, PA) - Double Gold – Famiglia (red wine)
12 silver and bronze medals

Arrowhead Wine Cellars (North East PA)
Gold - “Midnight Proposal”
3 silver and bronze medals
Lakeview Wine Cellars (North East PA)
Gold – 2017 Traminette
4 silver and bronze medals

Liberty Vineyards & Winery (Sheridan NY)
Gold – “Lucy in the Sky Sweet Rosé”
5 silver and bronze medals

Heritage Wine Cellars (North East PA)
10 silver and bronze medals

Lake Erie Wine Country (LEWC) is a marketing association of 23 wineries located along the shores of Lake Erie in western New York and Pennsylvania amidst 30,000 scenic acres of juice and wine grape vineyards.  Additional information found on the LEWC website, www.LakeErieWineCountry.org.  

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2019 at 11:40 AM
Jennifer Johnson
 
April 15, 2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Photos of Tastes of Germany

TASTES OF GERMANY, April 12-14, 2019 at Johnson ESTATE Winery
Last night's hail storm would not make one believe that we are on the cusp of spring - but here are some other signs!
 


April 12-14, Wine & Cheese Weekend, Lake Erie Wine Country
Johnson Estate Winery featured Flammkuchen, or Flame Cake, paired with Sweet Riesling.


April 13, ESTATE Dinner:  A Taste of Germany - May Wine Release
Featuring Exec. Chef Edward Work, Heirloom Restaurant, Athenaeum Hotel
Tablescape by Mary Marzec
Chocolates from Le Rouge by Aarti, Westport, CT


 

Time Posted: Apr 15, 2019 at 4:21 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
March 12, 2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Estate Dinner: May Wine Release - A Taste of Germany

ESTATE Dinner:  May Wine Release, A Taste of Germany
 

The evening starts with appetizers in the Tasting Room, followed by a multi-course dinner and wine pairings in the warehouse prepared by Executive Chef, Edward Work of the Heirloom Restaurant (Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution).  Tablescape by Mary Marzec. 
White chocolates from Le Rouge by Aarti, Westport, CT. 
 
Appetizers – In the Tasting Room
Chicken Liver Mousse with Pickled Red Onions & Spicy Greens on Toasted Brioche
Gougères Stuffed with Sliced Bratwurst, Wild Ramp Tops &  Sweet Mustard Glaze
Cheese and Charcuterie Board with House-Made Crackers and Pickles
Prosciutto and Quark-Wrapped Asparagus
Wine of Choice
 
First Course
 Baby Mix Green Salad with Snap Peas, Asparagus, Hard Boiled Eggs, Crispy Prosciutto, and Toasted Hazelnuts with White Wine Vinaigrette

Second Course
Smoked Lake Erie White Fish Cake with Arugula and Sweet Apple Mustard Vinaigrette

Main Course
Crispy Braised Pork Belly Served with House Made Spaetzle, Sweet Pickled Pearl Onions, Braising Liquid, and Crispy Pork Rinds

Dessert
Schaum Torte Filled with Bavarian Crème Served with Macerated Berries
Johnson Estate 2019 Vintage of May Wine
 
Time Posted: Mar 12, 2019 at 5:03 PM
Jeff Murphy
 
February 13, 2019 | Jeff Murphy

98 Points! Read All About It

Just Released:  Results for 2019 International Eastern Wine Competition, Santa Rosa, California:

Our 2017 Chambourcin Ice Wine was just voted best “Best of Show”, "Best of Class”, and Best of Dessert/Late Harvest.  Yes, that means that the Competition's group of wine judges, who come from  around the world, voted unanimously to award this wine these accolades.  This garnet-colored red ice wine, which pairs famously with any dark chocolate, was also awarded 98 points.  And yes, this is a score out of a possible 100 points - in which the judges are assessing all of the elements of the wine, including color, aromas, acidity, balance, and flavors which contribute to overall drinkability.  Johnson Estate's team is delighted with this recognition!
              
                  
Winemaker, Jeff Murphy - 2017 Chambourcin Ice Wine Harvest, December 2017

Here are eight other Johnson Estate Winery GOLD medal winners at this Competition:

  • Founder’s Red            90 points
    A fruit forward, full-bodied dry red wine.
  • Ives                              92 Points
    Concord grape's first cousin, a sweet and grapey red wine.
  • Vidal Blanc Ice Wine   93 Points
    The traditional grape for ice wines, honey and peach flavors.
  • Niagara                       93 Points
    A semi-sweet American Heirloom white wine.
  • Seyval Blanc               94 Points
    A dry, crisp, lightly tropical white wine.
  • Concord                      95 Points
    All-American Heirloom red, semi-sweet wine.
  • House Red                 95 Points
    Our version of your favorite grandfather’s basement sweet wine.
  • Marechal Foch           96 Points
    Our tasting room's 2018 best-seller; rich, silky, off-dry red wine.
Time Posted: Feb 13, 2019 at 7:20 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
February 8, 2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Valentine Ice Wines - Two for the Price of One!

Just for Valentine's Day
Ice Wine - Two for the Price of One
Use Code:  VALENTINESDAY

Valentine's Day is just a week away.  Would a bottle of ice wine be a good way to celebrate it? 

Johnson Estate has three vintages of award-winning "frozen by Mother Nature" true ice wines
and is featuring a "Two for the Price of One" sale just for Valentine's Day. 

Vidal Blanc Ice Wine$49.49 (375ml)
        Honey and peach flavors - try it with goat cheese and honey toast.
Chambourcin Ice Wine$49.49 (375ml)
        Hints of berry and raisin - pair with chocolate, cinnamon, and walnuts.
Sparkling Rosé Ice Wine$49.49 (375ml)
        Fine mousse-like bubbles with mild strawberry flavors.
Sparkling Rosé Ice Wine$69.49 (750ml)
        Perfect for that Valentine's Day party (serves eight +).

We also have:
Birch Boxes - Especially made for our ice wine boxes

Austrian Hazelnuts or Cinnamon Walnuts to pair with ice wines.

Time Posted: Feb 8, 2019 at 5:14 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
January 25, 2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Mid-Winter Diversions - Burns' Night Supper

Robert Burns' Night Supper
   
Johnson Estate Winery's owners, Fred and Jennifer Johnson, have celebrated many Burns' Night Suppers over the years, beginning when they lived in Canada.  And right, most of the guests are not Scottish!  While Fred doesn't own a kilt, those dinners have included guests who did wear them.  Jennifer swears that the best reason to attend annual Burns' Night Dinner at the The Caledonian Society in Cincinnati is to see gentlemen dressed in kilts and jackets with elaborate ruffled shirts.   These dinners were always fun - and as described in this "how to", always included poetry readings and sometimes bagpipes and dancing.  Mostly celebrated with friends in Cincinnati and in western New York, some of them Scottish or of Scottish descent, our menu of the dinner hosted with friends, varied little from the one listed below. 

We've added wine pairings, but please know that Scotch is always served.  These days,
we might serve a Hudson Valley Single Malt Whiskey, now sold in the winery
(we're sorry, we do not have the license to ship this product to your home).

Appetizer
Paté of Westfield Fisheries’ Smoked White Fish
Pair with sparkling or still Traminette

First Course:
Cock-a-Leekie Soup or Leek and Potato Soup
Pair with Toasted Oak Chardonnay or Pinot Noir

Main Course:
Haggis, Tatties & Neeps  (Mashed Potatoes & Mashed Turnips)
Colçannon (Mashed Potatoes with Leeks & Cabbage)
Vintner's Cabernet Sauvignon or Founders' Red

Cheese Course:
Scottish Oat Cakes, Cheddar & Stilton Cheeses
Cream Sherry or Ruby Port

Dessert Course:
“Cranachan” - Toasted Oats with Whipped Cream & Fresh Raspberries
with a drizzle of Scotch Whiskey

Time Posted: Jan 25, 2019 at 10:01 AM
Jennifer Johnson
 
December 14, 2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Sips and Tips, The Science of Shape and Stemware

Sips and Tips, The Science of Shape and Stemware, Edible WesternNY, Winter 2018
by Matt Robbins

Here's how the article begins:
The holidays are upon us.  You toiled over a hot stove for hours creating culinary perfection, researched the perfect wines to pair with the meal, and now your guests' stomachs are grumbling.  You set the table - a seasonal table-cloth, the good china, and the beautiful centerpiece you made, pulling the whole things together.  But then you go to the cabinet full of 50 different types of glassware you got from from relatives at your wedding and the panic sets in.  Which one do I use?  Does it matter?

Author, Matt Robbins, thinks it does.  His knowledge of glassware and the interplay between them and the taste of wine is shared in this article for the Winter 2018 Issue of Edible Western NY. 
Matt Robbins is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (aka the mad scientist).  He works at Johnson Estate Winery in the tasting room as well in the winery laboratory with winemaker, Jeff Murphy and regularly educates customers and winery staff (!) about things we did not know.  Here's the whole article!

Time Posted: Dec 14, 2018 at 10:28 AM
Jennifer Johnson
 
October 28, 2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Centennial Celebrations

Centennial Celebrations at Johnson Estate Winery

100th anniversary of Armistice Day (November 11, 1918-2018) 
and Century Farm Award from NY Agricultural Society


A Toast to Veterans and Those Currently Serving Our Country
Beginning on Armistice/Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2018 and for the rest of November, Johnson Estate Winery will be offering free tastings for veterans and those serving in the military.  Come taste our special wine honoring Maréchal Foch (Marshall and Commander-in-Chief of Allied Armies). 

For Groups of Eight Or More: Please call Mary the winery at 716-326-2191 to make a reservation; please note that the winery is wheel chair accessible. 

Centennial Dinner, December 8th, 2018
A French-inspired dinner to be held at Johnson Estate winery to feature Maréchal Foch and other red wines. Reservations ($65/person) may be made here

Centennial News Release Here - for additional details about both Maréchal Foch and the grape variety named after him.

Time Posted: Oct 28, 2018 at 7:50 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
October 5, 2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Ratings in 2018 - GOLDS!

Each year, Winemaker, Jeff Murphy, enters some of our wines into competitions or to rating agencies.  One of his preferred judging agencies is Tastings.com or the Beverage Testing Institute - and it is a favorite because the ratings and tastings are completed "blind".  That is, the tasting judges do not know the producer nor the region for the wines which they taste and then judge - helping to insure a good level of unbiased or neutral assessments of our wines. 
Here are their latest ratings for Johnson Estate wines - click on links for additional details:

91 Points, GOLD-Exceptional, Best Buy, Tastings.com, August 2018.
2017 Chambourcin Ice Wine

90 Points, GOLD-Exceptional, Best Buy, Tastings.com, September 2018.
2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders' Red

90 Points, GOLD-Exceptional, Best Buy, Tastings.com, September 2018.
2017 Ruby Dry Rosé

90 Points, GOLD-Exceptional, Best Buy, Tastings.com, September 2018.
2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Time Posted: Oct 5, 2018 at 7:47 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
September 28, 2018 | Jennifer Johnson

I Learned a New Word Today

I Learned a New Word Today
What Are Christmas Berries?! 


What does a grape farmer refer to when he uses that phrase?  A Christmas cluster is a cluster of generally green grapes which the farmer knows would not ripen – well, until Christmas.  That is, if Mother Nature could cooperate and make that happen.  As this photograph of Chambourcin grapes illustrates, sometimes a cluster of grapes is pollinized late – and therefore has no hope of ripening in time for the normal harvest.  Often grape farmers will cut these unseasonally green off the vines, so as not to impact the flavor of the remaining ones. 
Time Posted: Sep 28, 2018 at 10:00 PM

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