Thursday, April 21, 2011

YNN TV Reports Saratoga Winery Available at Saratoga Racetrack

Saratoga Winery to be featured at track
By: C.J. Spang

4/20/11 YNN TV

A local winery is headed to the track, less than two years after opening for business. It's no small feat for a winery that still bottles by hand. Our C.J. Spang gives us a taste.

MILTON, N.Y. -- There's a lot of work that goes into that bottle of wine from the Saratoga Winery.

"Nothing in life is free or easy," said owner Tara Nimmo. "It comes with a price. And the price is hard work."

All the work Rich and Tara Nimmo have put into their business is paying off. They are now the featured winery at the Saratoga Race Course.

"There's many ways to push your wine," said Rich Nimmo. "There's many ways to push your product. What's the biggest thing in Saratoga that we can use as a tool to push our product? The Saratoga race track."

"That was our ultimate goal," Tara Nimmo said. "We thought maybe a five year plan was to try and have a relationship with the track. And here we are, a year-and-a-half into our business and we're there. So it's very exciting."

The Nimmos make upwards of 20 different varietals as they experiment with grapes from the Finger Lakes. They'll have at least three wines, a dry riesling, a merlot and a cabernet sauvignon, at the track.

"There's not enough hours in a day to make enough wine," Rich Nimmo said. "There's not enough grapes out there to produce enough wine. So you do what you can do in hopes that people are happy with the finished product."

The Saratoga Winery really prides itself on its melomels, 100 percent natural wine made from grapes and honey and aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. It's a one-of-a-kind family recipe, originally learned from a Hungarian winemaker.

"We have had many customers walk through our door and say, 'How come I can drink your wine? I don't have the allergic (reactions). I don't have the headaches. I don't have the blotchiness,'" said Rich Nimmo. "That's because we're serving them melomel wine, it is the most natural wine you can buy around this region."

Wine tasting is available at the winery from Wednesday to Sunday.

Congrats to the Saratoga Winery!