Our second stop on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail landed us at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates. From the moment we pulled up to the large sign featuring an apocalyptic motorcycle and World War 2 bomb, we realized that Three Brothers isn’t your typical winery. In fact, Three Brothers is three wineries, a brewery, a wine slushy shack and a café – it’s Disney World for adults! A friendly host greeted us at the entrance and informed us of the various tasting options. For us there was only one way to go – the tasting passport. For $40 we were able to taste 15 different wines (5 from each winery, crackers included) and 5 beer or hard cider samples.
Naturally, we hit the sweet wines first. With a décor straight out of American Pickers set against a swampy backdrop, the Bagg Dare Wine Company has a laid back, Louisiana vibe. Not only did we fall in love with its homey tasting room but also the entire flight of their Originals wines.
Our next stop, the Stony Lonesome Estate was all about elegance – from its complex dry wines to its sophisticated tasting room. While dry wines are not usually in our wheelhouse, we very much enjoyed their 3 degrees of Rieslings as well as the remarkable vineyard views from the raised deck.
Semi-sweet wines and feminine flair ruled at the Passion Feet Vineyard and Wine Barn. Here we relished their Women of Distinction wines and the fun, floral motif of its tasting room.
With its cigar chomping horse mascots and World War 2 propaganda posters, the War Horse Brewing Company teleported us back to the 1940’s while serving up some of the best beer and hard cider in the Finger Lakes Region. The Apple Pomer Bombshell Hard Cider looked like Coke but tasted like heaven while the Original Hard Cider had a more discreet but still flavorful sweetness.
After a hearty lunch at the Iron Heart Café we sadly had to bid adieu to Three Brothers. We visited many wineries in the Finger Lakes region but I have to say that this is the one I enjoyed the most.