Lake Erie Wine Country will hold its annual Wine & Cheese Weekend May 18-20. Ticket holders will visit any or all of the 23 participating wineries where they will enjoy a special wine paired with artisan cheeses or food samples created with Yancey's Fancy cheeses. As in the past, ticket holders will receive a wine glass, recipe booklet, a $5 voucher for wine purchase and a gift. This year's gift is a wine bottle-shaped bamboo cutting board with a cheese spreader.
There is a diverse array of food offerings for this year's event. Cheese Fondue, Garden Stuffed Shells with Herb Cream Sauce, Bacon Maple Biscuits, Loaded Pasta Salad, Apple Stuffed Chicken Breast, Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Quiche, Beef Hash Brown Pizza Casserole, and Buffalo Blue Cheese Soup are but some of the foods that can be savored along with the perfect complementary wine.
Tickets are now on sale for the popular Wine & Cheese Weekend at $35 per person. They may be purchased online at www.lakeeriewinecountry.org before May 16 at 9 a.m. Ticket holders will plan their own itinerary, enjoying each winery at their leisure on May 18 from noon to 5 p.m. or May 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is not provided. Wine & Cheese Weekend is sponsored by Yancey's Fancy Cheeses.
Designated driver tickets are available for only $20 and include everything except wine and the $5 voucher.
Lake Erie Wine Country, formerly The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, has been incorporated for more than a decade. It is a consortium of 23 wineries located on a 44-mile stretch between North East, Pa., and Silver Creek along the southern shore of Lake Erie. The mission of this non-profit organization is to "support and to market the wine and grape industries in Chautauqua County, New York and Erie County, Pennsylvania through the promotion of excellence in wine products, in winery and associate member facilities, and in the tourism experience in the region."