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Business Spotlight: Woodbury Vineyards
Published Friday, August 2nd, 2013 in Patricia Pihl

Fredonia Winery Offers Many Unique Surprises

The winemakers selection is one of Woodbury's wine flight offerings.

FREDONIA, NY -  Maria Pizzino of Woodbury Vineyards recently planted a fence of grapevines outside the winery and within a few weeks, the vines of the Fredonia grape are growing and flourishing. The fence is a good metaphor for the business itself, which despite its small size, continues to surprise patrons with its unique specialties and offerings.

Woodbury Vineyards may be a “diamond in the rough at the moment,” as Pizzino, its operations director describes it, but the business, which has recently seen a renaissance, excels with distinct features - including the offering of world-class Artisanal Premium Cheeses and an ever popular Happy Hour featuring a fresh tapas menu, GranitaVinoTM wine slushies, and wine flights. Of course, there are also its award winning wines.

And then there’s the atmosphere. “When people come in, it’s a warm, welcoming environment,” says Pizzino. It’s surprising to people, because we are working on the outside.” In addition, she says there’s always an eclectic mix of music playing, “the music which makes people feel good.”

Its location, just off the beaten path, hasn’t hurt its Happy Hour, every Friday and Saturday from 5 - 8 p.m. Featured is a tapas menu, which includes a Caprese Salad, made with fresh local tomatoes and basil, mozzarella, basil infused grapeseed oil, and topped with Borsari seasoned salt. Other recent tapas offerings include Mini CheraZz™ Cannoli, Shrimp Cocktail Shooters and Black Raspberry Pie, described as “a slice of heaven.”

Also taking off: Woodbury’s lineup of imported and domestic Artisanal Premium Cheeses, offered for sampling with a wine tasting. “People are surprised that such a small winery has such a beautiful selection of cheeses,” explains Pizzino. But it is all by design, and another way the winery distinguishes itself.

So unique are the class of cheeses, they are normally only available over 300 miles outside our area. Pizzino chose the Artisanal Cheese Company, because she explains simply “they know cheese.” Patrons may also refer to the Artisanal CheeseClock™, which enables consumers to easily select cheeses based on their own taste preferences and suggests wines (and beers) with which to pair the cheese. The outstanding cheese selections are all available for purchase.

Similar to the samples of beer offered at microbreweries, Woodbury also offers wine flights, which are a sampling of three different wines, served in separate wine glasses, which are presented resting side-by side to the taster in a special holder. Choices include the “Winemaker’s Selection” flight of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc; the “Feelin’ Foxy & Fabulous” flight, which includes Foxy White, Foxy Blush and Foxy Red; the “I’d Rather Be Sailing” flight, with tastings of Seaport White, Seaport Blush, and Seaport Red, and the “Fruity, Flavorful & Fun” flight, which includes Peach, Cranberry and CheraZz™ wines.

Woodbury has also recently redesigned its Adopt-A-Barrel® Program, which for $595 dollars gives buyers two cases of wine- one when a purchaser adopts the barrel and one when resident winemaker Phil Hazlitt retires the barrel, which is usually within 12-28 months. Wine lovers will also enjoy the bragging rights of owning a barrel with their name engraved on a plaque gracing the barrel. When the barrel is retired, it is then time for the “barrel parent” to pick up their barrel and take it home.

Recently, Woodbury was named the official winery of the Lawson Boating Center, and will be featuring its Seaport Wines at its gala on Thursday, August 8, 2013. Woodbury will also be pouring its Gold medal winning wines at the "Taste NY" Experience at the 2013 PGA Championship, to be held at the historic Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester on August 5-11, 2013.

Woodbury Vineyards (www.WoodburyVineyards.com) is located at 3215 South Roberts Road in Fredonia, just 3 minutes from Rt. 60 and Rt. 20 and is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Happy Hours are 5-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
 

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