Lake Erie Wine Country to host Wine & Cheese Weekend

Lake Erie Wine Country will kick-off the 2013 season with their annual Wine & Cheese Weekend event on May 3, 4 and 5. Ticket holders will visit any or all of 23 participating wineries where they will enjoy a special wine paired with food samples created with exquisite Yancey’s Fancy cheeses. As in the past, ticket holders will receive a food and wine pairing sample at each winery, additional wine tastes, a wine glass, recipe booklet, $5 voucher for wine purchase and a gift.

There is a diverse and delicious array of food offerings for this year’s event. Chicken and cheese enchiladas, warm riesling-poached lobster dip, sausage and cheese potato cakes, bacon and cheese mini quiche and lemon basil cheesecake are but some of the food samples that can be savored along with the perfect complementary wine.

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Wine & Cheese Weekend for $39 per person (price now includes all taxes and fees). They may be purchased online at before May 1 at 9 a.m. Tickets are usually sold out before this deadline, so advanced purchase is necessary.

Ticket holders will plan their own itinerary, enjoying each winery on a self-guided tour on May 3 from noon to 5 p.m. or May 4 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wine & Cheese Weekend is sponsored by Yancey’s Fancy Cheeses.

Designated driver tickets are available for only $22 and include everything, including the $5 voucher. New this year, Friday and/or Sunday only tickets are available for $33 each. This entitles ticket holders to enjoy all of the benefits of the event on Friday and/or Sunday only.

Lake Erie Wine Country, formerly known as The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, has been incorporated for more than a decade. They are a consortium of 24 wineries located on a 50-mile stretch between Harborcreek, 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.”