Artful Blends on the Wine Trail

The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail is a model of cooperation and, increasingly, a model of innovation as well. Case in point: the newly opened Sensory Winery and Art Gallery just a few miles down Route 20 in Ripley, which features local artists and a fresh take on local wines.

Kevin Daughrity, owner/chef at Quincy Cellars (located just across the street) takes his Quality without Question vision to a new level at Sensory by crafting blends, and only blends, of regional wines in creative new ways – and in every Sensory wine to date, the sum is truly greater than its parts. Masterfully crafted to smooth out tannins and breathe new life into wines we might otherwise overlook, the blends bring something truly unique to the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail experience.

Featured artists will rotate into the gallery regularly. Currently, Sensory Winery and Art Gallery is highlighting the works of Allison Cihiwsky (who also designed their abstract and distinctive labels) and two Westfield artists: Nancy Nixon and Trenton Lutes. The casual, inviting gallery space is a fitting environment for the artful blends Daughrity is producing – each with its own character and nuance.

Those who find themselves intimidated by wine, art, or both needn’t be intimidated at Sensory, where the atmosphere is relaxed and the wines are approachable.

The current wine list includes Explunge (Seyval, Chardonnay, Niagara and Riesling); Wry (Concord and Chancellor); and Xero Red (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). Coming this fall: Umbra (Blush – Concord and Riesling) and Hemorrhage (Merlot, 2007 & 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chancellor and Noiret).

Sensory Winery and Art Gallery is located at 10593 West Main Road (Route 20) in Ripley, New York. Call (716) 736-2444 for more information.

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