Did you know Buffalo is home to one of the only few urban wineries that exist across the U.S.? I’m referring to Chateau Buffalo on Hertel Avenue. Most people who aren’t that familiar with this NYS wine shop may only think of it as a mecca for NY wine lovers who are seeking out their favorite local vintages or are in pursuit of a wine they tasted while visiting the Finger Lakes or the north fork on Long Island, which it is. But Chateau Buffalo is also the creator of its own vintages including award winning artisanal hard ciders which are made with locally grown apples.
Chateau Buffalo also introduced its version of an ice wine this season called Glace de Ballet, which is an apple ice wine. Using a cryoconcentration process which uses cold storage apples harvested in the fall and are then pressed in December. The cider is then left outside until the water in the juice is frozen and separates from the sugar, which is gravity-harvested. The concentrated cider is then fermented into a smooth, luscious ice wine. This award winning wine is best served as an apertif or as a nice accompaniment to a lightly sauteed foie gras or a fine cheese.
This weekend Chateau Buffalo is having a customer appreciation event where you can enjoy a free wine tasting in their tasting room, purchase any wine in stock with a 10% discount and even enter to win a case of wine! The event is this Saturday, February 7 from noon to 8pm and Sunday, February 8 from noon to 6pm. Their street address is 1209 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo.