Sunday October 23, 2011 / 9:15am (Great Grape Stomp Wine Party Tour)Take Me to the Vino
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We left NYc about 4 minutes late, and 4 or 5 customers were picked up on the way. There was No mimosas or bagels with apple butter as previously mentioned in other reviews. We went to two wineries:first Warwick Winery where we divided into two groups, one to walk around outside on the grounds and herb garden, then taste several very nice tasting wines and a pear apple cider. We had snacks of cheese and crackers , Ferro Rocher chocolates and we bought a delicious fresh pumpkin cider and snacked outside on a beautiful fall foliage-y day. On the bus, we had seen the I Love Lucy clip of grape stomping and then began the Karaoke noise. Three of the singers were almost professional in quality ,and, unfortunately Tania made a comment about how the three out of about 5 were outstanding, putting a damper on others who might have wanted to try. I wouldn't have minded some silent time in such beautiful up state settings.Next we drove to Ben Marl Winery with grape stomping in a large bucket followed by being hosed off -fun-We could taste 8 wines and had a reasonable lunch, and you could pay for Mexican or Greek foods (extra), The setting was beautiful, and there was plenty of free time to walk around the mountain top property and have a tour of the wine cellar. The wine cellar tour leader talked about cheap substitutes for fine French oak barrels which they are probably using because all of the wines had a distinctive bitter edge to them. didn't care for any of them, or the beer they made We were there about 3 hours . and on the bus on the way back we had cannoli Tania had picked up at a good bakery , and assorted chips from Costco and water. Then more shrieking Karaoke, some raffles, and then the movie, Hangover, which my husband liked and I didn't. It was a dumb male pre wedding bachelor movie farce,so I slept through most of it. We ended at a different street from where we started further from the subway so I was relieved we'd bought only a few wines to carry. We arrived back at 7:30 and Tania had mentioned she had to pay $140/hr overtime for the bus and great driver Kevin who was a good driver and kind to the Karaoke singers (theyre all good). We had a good and interesting experience seeing what young people like and enjoyig our wineries.