March 4, 2018:  "It's still winter"

Thanks to several days of mild weather, the GOLDEN maple sap has begun to run in western New York - even if we did have over a foot of snow afterwards!  So, we are celebrating both NYS Maple Weekends and the winery's recent GOLD medals.  

Monthly Pairings & Recipes with GOLD Medal Wines

Celebrate the GOLD medals with this brunch or supper menu.
(sneak preview - think Rieslings & Traminette!).
P.S.  Here's Julia Child's French Crêpe Recipe

Maple Liqueur

Our Maple Liqueur, introduced in March 2015, is now a popular "GOLDEN" tasting room favorite.  Winemaker, Jeff Murphy, likes this fortified aperitif (20% alcohol) for its use of the natural and uniquely American local product, maple syrup (Big Tree Maple), along with estate-grown grapes and the spirits made from them.  It is a delicious pre-dinner or dessert wine which tastes like a combination of ice wine and sherry with a maple finish.  Yes, you may buy some now!

In 2016, this aperitif was awarded a GOLD Medal, Exceptional, 93 Points by the

NYS Maple Weekends, March 17-18 & 24-25

At the Winery:  Johnson Estate became a member of the NY Maple Association in 2015, not because we make local maple syrup, but because we use it in our Maple liqueur.  To celebrate Maple Weekends, we will serve freshly-made French Crêpes & Fancy Ground Nuts on weekend afternoons from 1-4pm.

At Other Maple Syrup Producers in Chautauqua:

Big Tree Maple 
Clear Creek Farms 
Fairbanks Maple 
More farms and information at
(Yes, we sell local maple syrup products in the winery).

Wines for Easter - Order by March 19th-23rd (depending on location)

Upcoming 2018 Events:

At the Winery:
March 17-18 & 24-25:  Maple Weekends, 1-4pm
April 28:  Winemaker's Dinner, May Wine Release
May 26:  Winemaker's Dinner, Romance in France
May 26 - June 6:   Iris in Bloom, French Picnics
May 27:  Sunday Morning Vineyard Walk/Brunch

Lake Erie Wine Country:
April 20-22:  Wine & Cheese Weekend
May 18-20:  Charming Weekend (Princess & Prince tickets; lunch option)

Johnson ESTATE Winery
8419 West Main Road (Route 20)
Westfield, NY 14787
T: 716-326-2191 or 800-374-6569
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