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Greenwood Winery & Bistro

Where is the best place to wine and dine in Central New York? There is really only one answer: Greenwood Winery &  Bistro! They are located at 6475 Collamer Road in East Syracuse.

Greenwood Winery & Bistro believes that Central New York has everything they need to make not only superb wines but also great tasting meals.

The Bistro is open daily; Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner beginning at 11:30 am and for Brunch on Sunday from 11:30 to 3 pm. The Tasting Room is open Thursdays from noon to 7 pm and Fridays and Saturday from noon to 8 pm.

Greenwood Winery and Bistro is an unexpected oasis, just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the City!  There serene and relaxing atmosphere the perfect getaway without having to actually go anywhere. In addition to their beautiful bar (featuring a mouth watering display of their hand crafted dessert) and dining room they have outdoor seating. The outdoor area features a view of the trellises of bountiful vines, a beautiful pavilion with outdoor cooking area, and even a large fire pit with plenty of seating to sit around. Sip on your favorite libation, and unwind.  They also feature live entertainment under the pavilion from May to October.

At Greenwood Winery & Bistro they believe that Central New York has everything they need to make not only superb wines but also great tasting meals. With a dedication to the farm to table concept they proudly serve only fresh, locally sourced ingredients that have been artfully crafted into outstanding dishes.  With their use freshly picked, seasonal fruits and vegetables, to their carefully selected, locally sourced meats, New York State cheeses, and hand crafted desserts, you are sure to experience their farm-to-table care in each and every sip and every single bite. They offer small plates, flat breads, entrees and desserts!

The Greenwood Greens, are their take on a CNY favorite.

Kyle and I arrived at Greenwood Winery & Bistro on a sunny Saturday evening and we were immediately greeted and seated in the Bar area with a view of the grape vines and fire pit. Since we were at a winery we decided to split a flight so that we could sample several vintages.  With so many great options to choose from we asked our friendly and informative server, Gretchen, for suggestions and went from there! We tried the Seyval Blanc (a little and crisp white with attractive aromas of apricots, peaches and nectarines, R.S. 1%), Vidal Blanc (a slightly sweet and light white with a fruity finish and sweet grapefruit and pineapple aromas R.S. 1.6%), Baco Noir (A deeply pigmented wine, fruit-forward, with aromas of black fruits and caramel R.S. .3%), and Perplexity 2013 (an complex yet refreshing red with a harmony of flavors including hints of blueberry, black cherry, spices, chocolate and vanilla. R.S. 08%.) Either we made great selections or, more likely, every wine at Greenwood Winery is delightful because we enjoyed ever sip! We started our meal with Greenwood Greens, their take on a CNY favorite made with escarole, hot cherry peppers, large pieces pancetta and topped with bread crumbs and aged parmesan. This dish has the perfect balance of flavor and spice and it is sure to please and “Greens” lover! We had a hard time deciding on entrees but we really wanted to make sure we tried dishes that incorporated their wine.  I decided on Parker’s Pasta, a large portion of Cheese tortellini, sautéed shrimp, baby spinach, and grape tomatoes finished in a butter, lemon and garlic, Greenwood Chardonnay sauce. This dish was not only stunning to look at with all of the colorful ingredients but it was absolutely scrumptious. Kyle had his mind made up on the Barnyard Steak (A 12 oz. choice NY Strip Steak, pan seared and served atop assorted hot and sweet peppers, drizzled with our own Baco Noir demi glaze) until he heard they had a Prime Rib Special. The Prime Rib was cooked perfectly and accompanied by a beautiful medley of fresh vegetables and mashed potatoes. Kyle, a true meat and potato aficionado, said they were possibly the best mashed potatoes he had ever had! At this point we had to-go boxes but we absolutely could not pass on the desserts that were on display.   Kyle decided on a decadent peanut butter and chocolate cake and I decided on a chocolate confection filled with vanilla and chocolate mousse.  Both desserts were almost too pretty to eat, but we did anyway!

The Parker’s Pasta was not only stunning to look at with all of the colorful ingredients but it was absolutely scrumptious.

Come to Greenwood Winery & Bistro, where you can relax and let you cares melt away while sipping on award winning wines and indulging in delicious cuisine and desserts. Do you have an upcoming event? Greenwoood Winery & Bistro is the perfect place to book your next party, shower, or any get together! They have the perfect room for surprise parties (there a door that closes off of the main dining room) that is beautifully decorated and even has a huge farm table large enough for your entire party! For more information about Greenwood Winery check out their website at http://www.greenwoodwinery.com/ or look them up on Facebook to see a list of upcoming events.  To book your own private events and parties contact Robyn Bombard, Sales Manager/Events Coordinator by email at robyn@greenwoodwinery.com   You can make your reservations by calling them at (315) 299.4030 or via online via OpenTable.

Kerilyn Micale
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Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.