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Greenwood Winery & Bistro

Picture this: You are outside under a pergola, sipping on a delightful glass of wine and snacking on a delicious charcuterie board. The sun is shine and a warm summer breeze is blowing gently on your face. You can sit at the cozy table or move into a comfy Adirondack chair near the fire pit. From either location you will be surrounded by a beautiful view of the trellises of bountiful vines that are growing the grapes in the wine you are enjoying. Now, does this sound like heaven or what? If you think you’ll have to go on vacation to get this experience think again! All you need to do is head over to the Greenwood Winery & Bistro at 6474 Collamer Road in East Syracuse. They are open Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30am to 8pm, Friday from 11:30am to 9pm, and Saturday from 2pm to 9pm. Be sure to stop by every Friday May through September to check out some of the areas greatest bands perform live!

Kyle and I arrived at Greenwood Winery & Bistro on a sunny Thursday 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 order a flight so that we could sample several vintages.  With so many great options to choose from we asked our friendly and informative server 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%.) We also absolutely had to try a glass of their delicious Collamere, which is their estate grown blend of five different varieties of American and French American hybrid including Seyval, Riesling, Diamond, Traminette and La Crescent blends. R.S. 1% and ohhh sooo good! Either we made great selections or, more likely, every wine at Greenwood Winery is delightful because we enjoyed ever sip!

Greenwood Greens

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 any “Greens” lover! We also couldn’t pass up an order of their Crispy Calamari, a gigantic serving of fresh, hand breaded calamari lightly fried and served with a side of marinara and cocktail sauce. The bonus in this dish is the lightly fried cherry peppers that are mixed alongside the perfectly cooked calamari! I would also note that the steamed clams were very popular at other tables and they looked scrumptious! We were then served a loaf of warm, baked bread with a fantastic crispy crust and olive oil dipping sauce. Fair warning, you will be tempted to fill up on bread but try to resist the temptation because your entrée will also be amazing! Kyle ordered Bistro Shrimp (six large shrimp sautéed in a garlic butter wine sauce and served over angel hair pasta) for his entrée. This dish was packed with flavor and he completely cleaned his plate! I ordered the Linguine with Clam Sauce (Fresh chopped baby clams, simmered in a garlic & white wine cream sauce topped with little neck clams). This dish was divine! The clams were cooked and seasoned absolutely perfectly. This may be the best linguine with clam sauce I’ve ever had (sorry mom!)! We were both stuffed but decided to split two freshly made truffles and we took home a deliciously perfect piece of lemon berry mascarpone cake!

Bistro Shrimp and Linguine with Clam Sauce.

Greenwood Winery and Bistro is an unexpected oasis, just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city!  Their serene and relaxing atmosphere is the perfect getaway without having to actually go anywhere. In addition to their beautiful bar (featuring a mouthwatering display of their hard crafted dessert) and dining room they have outdoor seating. The outdoor area features a view of the vineyard, a beautiful pavilion with an outdoor cooking area, and even a large fire pit with plenty of seating to sit around, sip on your favorite libation, and unwind.  Don’t forget they also feature live entertainment every weekend under the pavilion from May through September. 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. You can make your reservations by calling them at (315) 299-4030 or online via OpenTable. Head over to Greenwood Winery & Bistro today!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.