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Upstate Pairing: July-August 2018

by cathym on July 4, 2018

Spring Lake Winery at Varallo Vinyards, located in Lockport, NY, is a winery and caf. specializing in Italian hospitality and light fare. Operated by the Varallo family, the winery grounds include the vineyard, cafe, nature trails, a timber lodge and a private eight-acre lake with Adirondack chairs. springlakewinery.com

Fresh Summer Bruschetta

Pair with Spring Lake Spritzer

Serves 4-6

1 baguette
4 tomatoes from the vine
1 cup of Kalamata olives
1 bunch of parsley
Pinch of salt
Whole garlic
Olive oil

  1. Slice baguette into thin slivers. Spread out on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven under low broil on both sides until lightly toasted.
  2. Rub one side of the toasted bread pieces with fresh garlic, then lightly brush with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Chop tomatoes, parsley and olives. Combine in a bowl and place a spoon full of the mixture on each bread piece. Enjoy!

Serves 1

1/2 cup Spring Lake Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon
1/2 cup Ginger Ale
An orange slice

Serve on the rocks.

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