Tickets are on sale now for “Vino at the Casino,” the popular wine tasting event featuring 10 of the Niagara Wine Trail’s member wineries, held at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel (8315 Park Road.), on Saturday, March 26. Guests have the option to choose between an afternoon session, from 2-5 p.m., or an evening session, from 6-9 p.m. They must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
With the price of admission for one session, guests will receive the following:
√ Three samples of wine from each of the 10 participating wineries (not included with designated driver ticket)
√ A keepsake bottle opener
√ $25 of free slot play at Batavia Downs that day
√ Coupons for wine bottle purchases from the wineries that day
√ A $5 off $10 food concession purchase at Batavia Downs that day
√ Complimentary cheese platters for light snacking at the event
√ Wine purchase check service (Purchased wine must be picked-up at the end of each session)
√ A complimentary wine bag carrier with the purchase of six bottles of wine that day
A complimentary wine journal will also be given to the first 100 people to purchase presale tickets online. Journals will be distributed at the event.
“We are happy to host this regional event once again after a two-year hiatus,” said Michael Schweitzer, chairperson of the event and owner of Bella Rose Winery in Lewiston. “Now that COVID numbers are significantly lower, this is a great way to taste new and traditional offerings from the Niagara Wine Trail all under one roof.”
Wineries featured include 810 Meadworks (Medina), A Gust of Sun Winery (Ransomville), Bella Rose Vineyard & Winery (Lewiston), Leonard Oakes Estate Winery (Medina), Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery (Sanborn), Meyer’s Lake Ontario Winery (Hilton), Schulze Vineyards & Winery (Burt), Victorianbourg Wine Estate (Wilson), Vizcarra Vineyards (Gasport) and The Winery at Marjim Manor (Appleton).
Virtual tickets are already on sale at www.NiagaraWineTrail.org. Prices are as follows:
√ $40 presale (online only) per person, per session
√ $45 day of at Batavia Downs per person, per session
√ $35 designated driver per person, per session
For more information on “Vine at the Casino,” the Niagara Wine Trail or its other upcoming events, visit www.NiagaraWineTrail.org, or follow the Niagara Wine Trail on Facebook and Instagram.
The Niagara Wine Trail will celebrate its 20th anniversary this May. The organization comprises 14 member wineries, situated between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario, stretching through Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. Each winery on the trail offers a diverse selection of traditional vinifera style, native, late harvest and ice wines, as well as unique styles such as award-winning fruit wines, meads and ciders. Its mission is to “work cooperatively to enhance the wine industry in the region” through an array of intimately authentic and charming guest experiences.