Friday, December 11, 2009

The Winery at Marjim Manor


OK, so I have to admit, that I do not spend a lot of time reviewing wines from the Niagara or Erie regions. It's hard. It's on the other side of the state, and I rarely get out there...once in the last 20 years...so it's hard. I might find the wines at a wine festival every once in a while. But that's about it.
So I was thrilled that I found The Winery at Marjim Manor at the City Winery event, where I tasted their wines. Margo Sue Bittner owns the winery. The winery is an old, 9,500 square foot mansion, which at one time served as a convent. Today is large catering hall and winery, complete with rentable rooms for ceremonies, dinner parties, and weddings. It even has ghosts!
The Winery at Marjim manor is located in Western New York's fruit belt. This W.O.W. (Woman Owned Winery) is owned by Margo Sue Bittner. The Marjim name comes from a blending of her first name with that of her husband, Jim. It is a name they created 25 years ago when they began dairy farming.

The Winery is a truly a family affair: Margo Bittner is president; the winemaker is her son, Kevin Bittner; her daughter, Janet Bittner assists with sales and marketing; and the fruit comes from Singer Farms, located about a quarter mile down the road where Margo’s husband Jim, is a partner.

I tasted two wines:
Cranberry Crescendo - a cranberry confection. It was sweet without being overbearing. The cranberry flavor definitely comes through. A nice wine!
Legacy - was one of the talks of the show!!!!! It's a dry currant wine. It has a big sour taste because it made from 100% currants. 12% alcohol. And a huge, huge currant flavor! Something very different. I would personally serve it with almost anything grilled...or conversely, with chocolate desserts, which it would compliment beautifully. But no mistaking, this is a dry wine. Fascinating.

This is Shoe and Roy the winery cats.

Get on over to Marjim Manor. And try their more than dozen-and-a-half wines!