Sunday morning’s sessions began with a lively blogging panel which included Madeline from WineFolly.com, and Jana from MerlotMommy.com Their wittiness and sense of blunt humor made for a very entertaining hour, where they discussed questions from the audience. After one last panel, we all headed outside for the final lunch, and I learned a new food: spiedies. Here in Oregon I had never heard of them before, but they are chicken prepared on a skewer, then you take the chicken off of the skewer and place it on a bun, then from what I heard you scoop up more sauce on the bun.
After lunch and a few goodbyes, I hopped up on to the tour bus for our 8 hour tour. 50 of us rode up to Cayuga Lake, where 25 of us were dropped off at one winery, and the other half at another. My group first stopped off at Thirsty Owl winery where we had private tastings upstairs from multiple wineries, as well as cheeses, breads, and crackers for to nibble on. I actually really enjoyed a Cabernet Sauvignon iced wine that Thirsty Owl made and ended up purchasing a bottle. After out tastings we were all escorted down to the lake, where we hopped on a boat for the next section of our tour. We had a very peaceful half an hour or so ride until we reached our next destination where we had more tastings outdoors with the gorgeous lake to view.
We all said our thank yous and goodbyes and were given little desserts to take back with us on the bus, where more wine was served for our hour long ride back to the hotel.