After hearing that the Saratoga Winery features live music and wood fired pizzas on Friday nights, I immediately looked at my calendar to find my next free Friday. Pizza, wine and music are a match made in heaven in my book. We got to the winery around 6:30 and started out with a tasting.
I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of NY state wines (Please don't hate me! I love NY but I'm not sure if wine is our strong suit.) I tried the Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon which were all good but I decided on a glass, then a bottle (or 2:) of the chardonnay since it was so warm out and the wine was oh so cold (yes, even though I don't LOVE NY wines, I am able to drink plenty of it. It's my super power).
We found a seat outside where we got to enjoy the live band playing on the Adirondack themed deck. It was time for some wood fired pizzas so we went up and ordered the Buffalo Chicken Pizza which had olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, hot sauce, blue cheese sauce and chicken. For our second choice, we opted for good old-fashioned Margarita pizza which had tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil.
We only had to wait about 10 minutes till our personal sized wood fired pizzas were done. They looked great and we loved the fact that they cooked them in a traveling wood fired oven. Unfortunately, they were a little disappointing. Both of them were burnt which over powered the taste. Our friends pizzas were burnt too so we know it wasn't just a fluke thing. Maybe the oven happened to be too hot that day so I am definitely willing to give it another shot. As the pizza place was closing down, they brought us a free pizza which was very nice of them and probably much needed after some glasses of wine. So as an added bonus, we got to try the Devito which had tomato sauce, mozzarella and crumbled Italian sausage. We were very grateful for the free pizza and I have to say that sausage on anything is good. All in all we had a lot of fun!! The atmosphere was great, the music was totally enjoyable and it made for a great Friday night. We will be back for sure!
Rich and Tara Nimmo began making wine in Rich's uncle's winery in Western Pennsylvania. As their hobby grew, they starting taking annual trips to the Finger Lakes where they did a lot of wine tastings, took vineyard tours and explored the grape varieties the region had to offer. Those trips fueled their passion, and in October of 2009 their dream of owning a winery came true. Located just 4 miles outside of downtown Saratoga, the winery has a great Adirondack look which serves as a warm and inviting backdrop for tasting wines. They carefully select the finest grapes from the Finger Lakes region for all of their wines supporting New York state grape growers. The Saratoga Winery is a fun and relaxing place that would definitely be worth checking out. They are located at 462 Route 29 West Saratoga Springs, NY. Cheers!! To follow me on my culinary adventures, please visit www.JenniferSavino.com and "like" me on Facebook and Twitter.