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Jennifer Johnson
 
September 14, 2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Anniversary Discounts on Brut & Founders' Red

Johnson ESTATE:  Celebrating 60 Years

Founders' Red & Brut (click on individual products to purchase) - 20% Anniversary Discount - 
From September 2-26th:  Use Promotion Code - 60YEARS
   
ONE-CLICK ANNIVERSARY BOXES:
Remember to use Promotion Code 60 YEARS for 20% discount!
Two Founders' Red + One Brut
Four Founders' Red + Two Brut
 

 



 

Time Posted: Sep 14, 2021 at 1:18 PM Permalink to Anniversary Discounts on Brut & Founders' Red Permalink
Jennifer Johnson
 
August 31, 2021 | Jennifer Johnson

FLIGHT - Our New Outdoor Wine & Cheese/Charcuterie

FLIGHT IS OPEN!
FLIGHT, our premier outdoor wine & food pairings location, is now open!

Take in beautiful vineyard vistas and the sights and smells of harvest while savoring flights of wine, wines by the glass, and carefully curated cheese & charcuterie boards that feature thoughtfully-sourced and seasonal fruits, nuts, crisps, spreads, and more!  Here's the menu.

HOURS - WEATHER PERMITTING
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm
NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED

Time Posted: Aug 31, 2021 at 2:32 PM Permalink to FLIGHT - Our New Outdoor Wine & Cheese/Charcuterie Permalink
Jennifer Johnson
 
March 16, 2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Recent Award News!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 16, 2021          CONTACT:  Jennifer Johnson 513-502-0123
Johnson ESTATE Winery:  Celebrating the Onset of Spring with Golden Awards
Results from two recent competitions reaffirm Johnson Estate’s commitment to producing quality wines

Westfield, (NY) – Pandemic or no, farms wineries, like Johnson Estate, do not stop growing grapes, nor making wine, nor receiving accolades for the good ones!  We're grateful for our region’s special “Lake Effect” microclimate which plays an important role in permitting us to grow excellent grapes and to produce award-winning wines.

2021 NY Wine Classic – Gold Medal for Freelings Creek Traminette
We are pleased to announce that in the 2021 NY Wine Classic, which will be celebrated online this year on Friday, March 19th at 6pm, Johnson Estate’s semi-dry Freelings Creek Traminette was awarded the Best of Class designation.  Traminette, developed by Cornell University, is a wine grape variety whose parentage includes Gewurtztraminer and Seyval Blanc.  The grape makes wines similar to Gewurtztraminer with floral lycheé aromas and a spicy finish.  .  

2021 Eastern International Wine Competition – Five Gold Medals, Two Best of Class
 
Johnson Estate Winemaker Jeff Murphy, 2017 Ice Wine Harvest
The results of the 2021 Eastern Int’l Wine Competition were just announced this week and the medals which Johnson Estate’s wines received recognize the quality of the wines produced – both dry and sweet.  Five wines were awarded five gold medals, including two with Best of Class designations:   
            2017 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Gold & Best of Class & Best Dessert/Late Harvest, 93 Points
            2019 Pink Catawba, Gold & Best of Class, 90 Points
            2019 Concord, Gold, 92 Points
            2019 Niagara, Gold, 90 Points
            2019 Seyval Blanc, Gold, 92 Points

Winemaker Jeff Murphy, whose contributions to the winery’s portfolio of award-winning wines are too numerous to count, is depicted above during the 2017 ice wine harvest.  The vintage year was a good one.  This vintage of Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, which is still for sale in the winery, has been awarded four other gold medals and the 2017 Chambourcin Ice Wine (now sold out) also earned 98 Points at the 2019 Eastern Int’l Wine Competition. 

2021 Beverage Testing Institute, 2019 Chambourcin Ice Wine, 94 Points
Winemaker Jeff Murphy has high regard for the evaluations of the Beverage Testing Institute.  They just awarded our 2019 Chambourcin Ice Wine 94 Points, Exceptional: “An outstanding expression of Chambourcin; this is a great Ice Wine to let the grape’s best characteristics shine”.

Johnson Estate Winery, with over one hundred acres of vineyards, is the oldest estate winery in New York State and a founding member of the Lake Erie Wine Country. For more information please visit www.johnsonwinery.com, or www.facebook.com/johnsonwinery, or call 716-326-2191.

Time Posted: Mar 16, 2021 at 12:18 PM Permalink to Recent Award News! Permalink
Jennifer Johnson
 
December 7, 2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Come See Our Christmas Tree

Some years ago, at the Westfield Farmer's Market, I saw some pretty paper ornaments made by Brenda McCutheon.   I got the idea of decorating the whole tree in the winery with wine-label ornaments - getting rid of the "fake Chinese brass" ornaments - and "dressing" the winery tree in something unique for our tasting room   Brenda was able to accommodate by making dozens of ornaments - and you see the beautiful tree as a result on the right.

And yes, the ornaments have been so popular that we have asked Brenda to make additional ones so that we may sell them in the winery (S=$15.00, M=$17.50, L=$20.00) - they are a great substitute for gift bows!

We would be remiss not to add that this year, our twelve-foot Fraser fir tree was purchased from Bear Lake Christmas Tree Farm - worth a visit if you still need a tree!  Bruce has beautifully shaped trees in all sizes ready to be freshly cut.
Merry Christmas!

Time Posted: Dec 7, 2020 at 3:15 PM Permalink to Come See Our Christmas Tree Permalink
Jennifer Johnson
 
December 7, 2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Fredonia State - College Lodge Forest


Chautauqua County is defined by its beautiful agricultural and forest vistas and landscapes.  One of the special ones is the College Lodge Forest - and here's an opportunity to help preserve it.   

The College Lodge Forest in Chautauqua County near Fredonia is one of the most exquisite natural areas remaining in Western New York. The heart of the forest is anchored by a large grove of towering old-growth trees, hundreds of years old. This is extremely rare in Western New York. Trillium, orchids, and lilies cover the forest floor. The forest is part of a major flyway for migratory birds that come from as far south as the Amazon rainforest in the spring, and from as far north as the Arctic tundra in the fall. 

But the land is threatened, and the old-growth trees could be logged. Thanks to the dedication of people who have fought to protect this land, the Western New York Land Conservancy has an opportunity to purchase it right now. When the land is protected by the Land Conservancy, it will be protected forever from logging and open to the public. 

Would you consider donating to ensure the College Lodge Forest is protected forever? You can donate with this link (When you donate, note "College Lodge Forest" in the dropdown menu) or by sending a check to Western New York Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 471 East Aurora, NY 14052. 
Be sure to stop at College Lodge Forest for a beautiful walk, next time you are near Fredonia.
https://www.wnylc.org/college-lodge-forest

Thank you Elyse Perruchon for writing this summary of the College Forest!

Time Posted: Dec 7, 2020 at 12:14 PM Permalink to Fredonia State - College Lodge Forest Permalink
Jennifer Johnson
 
November 28, 2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Wine Duos to Compare

As many know, our winemaker, Jeff Murphy, has been with us for nearly two decades, and we are proud to say that each year, he continues to introduce new award-wining wines to our porfolio using our estate-grown grapes.  In some cases, these wines make for interesting taste comparisons since sometimes small differences - as in the sweetness levels of our Rieslings - can have bigger than expected impacts on flavor. 

Another example is our new Hand-Picked Seyval Blanc which was made with estate-grapes which were frozen and then thawed prior to pressing and fermentation, a wine-making technique used in particular in New Zealand, to preserve the peach and passion fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc.  While our two wines are made with the same grapes - there are subtle differences between the two, with the Hand-Picked being more dry - but we'll let you decide!

  • Seyval Blanc and Hand-Picked Seyval Blanc
    (machine-harvested, regular pressing versus hand-picked, frozen, and then pressed)
  • Toasted Oak Chardonnay and Bright Steel Chardonnay
    (two Chardonnay clones,one oaked)
  • Black Locust, Dry, Semi-Dry, and Sweet Riesling
    (different levels of sweetness, Black Locust aged in acacia/black locust barrels)
  • Maréchal Foch and Dry Ruby Rosé
    (both made from Foch grapes - but the Rosé made with grapes pressed before fermentation)
  • Pinot Noir and Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir
    (both made from Pinot grapes - but the Rosé made with grapes pressed before fermentation)
Time Posted: Nov 28, 2020 at 12:26 PM Permalink to Wine Duos to Compare Permalink
Jennifer Johnson
 
November 16, 2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Dec.10th - Holiday Pairing: Virtual Tasting - Johnson Estate & Tasty Duck

A (virtual) Taste of Family Business –
2020 Holiday Pairing
Thurs., Dec. 10, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET

As 2020 draws to a close, the Cornell University's Smith Family Business Initiative (SFBI) invites you to spend a special evening discovering two storied families and their businesses, each with special ties to Cornell University. Spotlighting the Johnson and Jurgielewicz families, this delicious pairing will feature a Joe Jurgielewicz & Son's Pekin duck, with Hoisin Sauce and Bao Buns, paired with Semi-Dry Riesling and Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir from Johnson Estate.   Learn more about the Complete Peking Duck Kit.

Click HERE to register for this free Cornell hosted event.

Johnson Estate Winery

The history of Johnson Estate begins with an English orphan named Frederick Johnson. He immigrated to Canada as a teenager and found his way to Cornell at the turn of the century to study entomology. In 1908, Johnson purchased a circa-1822 home and farm along the banks of Freelings Creek in Westfield, N.Y.  The Johnson Estate endures today as New York’s oldest estate winery, with the third generation, Frederick, Jr. ’75, MBA ’77 and Jennifer Johnson MBA ‘78 as owners and operators. Today Johnson Estate Winery grows 13 varieties of grapes spanning 110 acres of vineyards on the 300-acre farm. They produce over 40 award-winning wines which they sell in the Estate’s own tasting room, online, and in stores across New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Jurgielewicz Family Duck
Four generations of Jurgielewicz family duck farming began in 1933 when Bronislaw and Katarzyna Jurgielewicz, emigrated to America from Poland via Ellis Island. The young, ambitious couple initially settled in Brooklyn but, driven by their entrepreneurial spirit, soon moved east to rural Long Island. The fledgling Jurgielewicz Duck Farm was hatched, and quickly became a top producer of Pekin ducks for the famous Long Island Duck Co-op, and remains one of the leading Pekin duck suppliers in North America. Now settled in Pennsylvania, Joe Jurgielewicz & Son, Ltd., aka Tastyduck.com, is in its’ fourth generation of farm ownership, led by Dr. Joe Jurgielewicz DVM ’81, joined by his sons Joey Jurgielewicz III MMH ’15, Dr. Jim Jurgielewicz, DVM  and Michael Jurgielewicz ‘13. The company employs over 200 and has partnered with 27 local farm families throughout Pennsylvania to raise JJS Pekin ducks, direct descendants of the ducks that Dr. Joe’s grandparents raised on their farm in Long Island.

Time Posted: Nov 16, 2020 at 1:45 PM Permalink to Dec.10th - Holiday Pairing: Virtual Tasting - Johnson Estate & Tasty Duck Permalink
Jennifer Johnson
 
August 28, 2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Sunflowers on Route 20 in Westfield


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 26, 2020     

Sunflowers to Brighten Summer Days
Working Together Yields a Field of Flowers

Westfield, (NY) - Back in May, during the depths of the COVID-19 lockdown, three farmers in Westfield, NY decided to brighten things up a little bit along US Route 20 on the west side of Westfield.

Fred Johnson, owner of Johnson Estate Winery and head of the local Chamber of Commerce, thought that a field of sunflowers would make a good westerly welcome to not the Winery, but also to the Town of Westfield.  Since Mr. Johnson owns some land just west of the winery, he proposed the idea to Chad Schofield, who owns Schofield Farms, and rents the land for corn and soybeans.  Chad agreed to plant sunflowers along Route 20 – but the catch was that his planting equipment didn’t include the right planting drill for large sunflower seeds.  Enter Carl Villardo, Fred’s nearby grape farmer, neighbor, and friend.  He had a John Deere 750 no-till grain drill, fondly named “Sally” which he lent to Chad to plant the sunflower seeds in the late spring.   Et voila!

What Fred forgot, however, is that sunflowers always face east towards the sun.   In a recent Science magazine, researchers noted:  “A young sunflower faces east at dawn and greets the sun and then slowly turns west as the sun moves across the sky. During the night, it slowly turns back east to begin the cycle again”.  Once the sunflower is mature, the plants face east throughout the day, providing warm flowers which attract more bees and pollinators.  So, indeed, the best vistas (and photographs) of the sunflowers will be taken on the east side of the fields on Route 20, as one is departing Westfield. 

So if you’re out for a country drive between now and Labor Day, you should visit the village of Westfield.  Then drive west for about a mile to try some of Fred’s wines and afterwards, continue west along Rt. 20 to see 600 yards of happy sunflowers looking right back at you!  It will put a smile on your face!

Time Posted: Aug 28, 2020 at 12:56 PM Permalink to Sunflowers on Route 20 in Westfield Permalink
Jennifer Johnson
 
May 4, 2020 | Jennifer Johnson

FREE & Discounted Shipping Details

WINERY OPEN DAILY 10am-6pm 
Tastings plus bottle, food, & merchandise sales in the winery.         
         
CURBSIDE PICK-UP 
is available - just call us at 716-326-2191.

ORDER WINE ANYTIME

FREE SHIPPING TO OH, NY, PA
(minimum purchase - six 750ml bottles) 
Promotion Code: GOODNEIGHBOR

FREE SHIPPING, EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI
(minimum purchase of twelve 750ml bottles)
Promotion Code:  EOMFREE

50% OFF SHIPPING, WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI
(minimum purchase of twelve 750ml bottles)
Promotion Code:  50SHIPWEST

ORDER ONLINE OR CALL:

Visit our website anytime or give us a call (1-800-Drink-NY or 1-800-374-6569),10AM - 5:30PM, daily.  Our tasting room team will be happy to speak with you. Please do share this offer with your friends and family!
AND NOW, THE FINE PRINT:

  • Bottles must be 750ml or 375 ml for free/discounted shipping programs.
  • You may order more than the six or twelve-bottle minimum quantity - please do order in increments of 3 bottles to reduce wasting packing materials.
  • Requires signature of someone over 21 years old.
  • We can ship to your home or work address.
  • Transit times vary from two days to seven days.  For West Coast & Florida, we generally ship wines on Monday to attempt to avoid weekend delays. 
Time Posted: May 4, 2020 at 6:18 AM Permalink to FREE & Discounted Shipping Details Permalink
Jennifer Johnson
 
April 27, 2020 | Jennifer Johnson

May Day and the Rites of Spring -

Your First Bottle Trial - Now until May 10th, just $7.50
"A little madness in the spring be wholesome even for the king”

Emily Dickinson

Maybe Emily Dickinson said this because the sweet woodruff used in Germany's May Day white wine punch was considered a tonic - or even aphrodisiac - and that this day is meant to celebrate spring, the season of fertility!

A German friend recently had this to say after she first tasted Johnson Estate's May Wine:
Hello Jennifer.  Yesterday would have been my mother's 100th birthday.   We celebrated it with one of her favorite desserts, homemade Strawberry Shortcake and your outstanding May Wine. I can assure you she would have loved it too.  It is excellent!!!! What an art to capture the taste and consistency [of a German May Wine punch] in a bottle!  That is truly a very special celebration drink. Congratulations!

Then my friend, Siggi T., shared her recipe for that Strawberry Shortcake (in our recipe section soon) and explained that the German tradition is to put fresh strawberries and small bouqets of sweet woodruff in the "Mai Bowle" punchbowl.

Here's a woodland stream in Germany - it looks not unlike what we might find here in Western NY - and in fact, our "terroir" is very similar to that found in Germany.  Hence, at Johnson Estate, we can grow the same grapes varieties grown in Germany:  Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir (Spatzburgunder in Germany).  And we can make award-winning wines from those grapes.  Testimony to this is our award-winning Semi-Dry Riesling, not to mention the awards won by other Rieslings, our Pinot Noir, and our May Wine.  

Time Posted: Apr 27, 2020 at 4:20 PM Permalink to May Day and the Rites of Spring - Permalink

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