Impressive Ratings from Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Congratulations to Michael Reidy, our vinifera winemaker and the Hazlitt vineyard crew for receiving impressive ratings from Wine Enthusiast magazine for the 2019 & 2020 vinifera white wines!

91: 2019 Homestead Reserve Riesling

90: 2019 Dry Riesling

90 & BEST BUY:  2019 Riesling

89: 2020 Pinot Gris

88: 2020 Sauvignon Blanc

88 & BEST BUY: Sweet Riesling

87: 2019 Grüner Veltliner

We caught up with Michael Reidy in the wine cellar to get some more details about these wines. “These two vintages were very different. 2019 was moderate in temperature and rainfall and 2020 was very hot and dry (drought at times). The two vintages were actually similar in that they both had a sunny, dry stretch when it was time to harvest the grapes,” said Reidy. He shared that “the wines reflect the vintages (year) they were produced which is always a top priority, but, the consistency of the scores are a testament to the ability and flexibility of the vineyard and winemaking teams to produce high quality wines year in and year out.”  We couldn’t agree more and are so proud of all the handwork that went into making these delicious wines.

Although some of these vintages may no longer be available at our winery locations, you may be able to find them on the shelves at your favorite NYS wine retailer. In the coming weeks you can view these great scores accompanied by the editor’s reviews on the Wine Enthusiast website and in print in the April issue of Wine Enthusiast which is set to hit shelves March 14, 2022.

Ratings defined by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

98–100: CLASSIC The pinnacle of quality
94–97: SUPERB A great achievement
90–93: EXCELLENT Highly recommended
87–89: VERY GOOD Often good value; well recommended
83–86: GOOD Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value
80–82: ACCEPTABLE Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances

Special Designations defined by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

Best Buy—products that offer a high level of quality in relation to price. Wines meriting this award are generally priced at $15 or less, and are designated Best Buys after surpassing a specific quality-to-price ratio benchmark.

Rating and special designation definitions are directly from the Wine Enthusiast magazine website.

Hazlitt’s World Famous Chicken Wing Dip

Need a dish to pass for your Super Bowl or Puppy Bowl party? Try one of our favorite dips that just happens to be made with our very own, Red Catastrophe hot sauce!⁣ 
𝐇𝐚𝐳𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭’𝐬 𝗪𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐁𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝗪𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐢𝐩⁣
(6 – 8 Servings)⁣
𝐈𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬:⁣
• 1.5 lbs. chicken breasts, cooked and shredded⁣
• 3 oz. Tabasco hot sauce or your favorite hot sauce⁣
• 2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened⁣
• 1 (16 oz.) bottle of bleu cheese salad dressing, or ranch combined with 8 oz. crumbled bleu cheese⁣
• 2/3 cup chopped celery⁣
• 3 cups shredded cheddar or Monterrey jack⁣
• Tri-colored or your favorite tortilla chips⁣
𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬:⁣
1. Preheat oven to 350.⁣
2. In a large bowl, mix shredded chicken, celery and cheese.⁣
3. In a saucepan over med-low heat, combine cream cheese and salad dressing and stir until smooth. Stir in both hot sauces. Pour heated mixture into bowl with chicken mixture. Stir to mix well.⁣
4. Pour into a 13″ x 9″ baking pan. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until bubbly—-make sure top doesn’t get browned. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm OR cold—–tastes best warm— with celery or other veggies and crackers.⁣
𝗪𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬: Red Cat, White Cat Fizz, Red Cat Sangria, 2019 Grüner Veltliner, 2020 Gewürztraminer, 2020 Riesling.⁣
*𝘙𝘦𝘥 𝘊𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘦! 𝘩𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘶𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘢𝘻𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘣 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘦. 𝘞𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘩𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘶𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴. 

Hazlitt Receives Stellar Awards at 2021 Dan Berger’s International Wine & Cider Competitions

Congratulations to our winemaking and vineyard teams for receiving stellar awards at the 2021 Dan Berger International Wine & Cider Competitions. The top three awards we received are:

We also received gold medals for Cider Tree Light’ n Dry and Cider Tree Cinnamon Spice.

The competition took place on December 16, 2021, in California.

To see the complete list of awards we received at the competition, please visit Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition 2021 Results Page

Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars Celebrates 10 Years Of Successful Workforce And Economic Growth

**PRESS RELEASE**

Naples, NY — Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars, part of the Hazlitt family wine production holdings, is celebrating 10 years in business and its benefit to the workforce and economic growth in the Naples community.

The expansive facility is now home to multiple businesses. These include East Coast Crush and Co-Pack, Hazlitt’s custom beverage production services company, as well as an on-site retail and tasting room, a brewery, and a recreational hiking trail.

In 2011, at the time of purchase, the facility employed 14 people (full-time equivalents) and was producing wine at just a fraction of its full capacity. Along with significant investments by the Hazlitt family, Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars received an economic development grant from New York State that was administered through the Ontario County Economic Development office. As specified by the grant, the funds were used specifically to increase opportunities for the local workforce.

Currently, the company employs 53 full-time employees with an additional 10-12 at any time as temporary hires.

“One of the requirements of the grant was to reach a total of 26 full-time positions in the first 10 years. We reached that number within our third year!” said Leigh Hazlitt Triner, Co-CEO. “That’s a true success by anyone’s measure.” She added. “Naples is now home to us. We care about the success of this area. We care about the people.”

“We are very excited to be part of the ongoing growth and success of the community.” said company President Dan DeBell. “We knew that purchasing the facility was a bit of a leap of faith on the part of the Hazlitt family 10 years ago. Their flagship brands, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, and Red Cat wines needed a larger production facility to match market demands. But it was still a big gamble financially. It was really great that both Ontario County and New York State were able to lend a hand. Our success is their success.” He went on, “Even more importantly, we’ve been able to contribute to the local economy by adding, and keeping, employees in good jobs. Especially, throughout the challenges of the last two years.”

As a long-time advocate and leader of organizations that strive to expand job opportunities, Lynn Freid, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) added “This is a great example of private–public partnership opportunity in this region. The strength of local business with strong ties to local community agencies with sustainable careers and investment in long-term growth for the working families they employ.”  She continued, “The Finger Lakes region is ripe with employment opportunity.  Building a strong workforce/economic/community eco-system is the foundation of these successes”.

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About Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards & Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars

The Hazlitt family has been growing superb grapes on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, NY for over 150 years. Established in 1984, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards continues the family tradition of award-winning viticulture and wine production. In 2010, Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars was founded when the Hazlitt family purchased the 3+ million gallon Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, New York from Constellation Brands. 

 The family’s internationally renowned wines include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Franc. Most notably, Hazlitt is infamous for its Red Cat, White Cat, and Cabin Fever – some of the most popular and best-selling New York State wines. For more information, please visit Hazlit1852.com.

 About East Coast Crush

East Coast Crush & Co-Pack (EC3) was founded in 2011 to take advantage of excess production space at Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars. EC3 is a custom service beverage production company that works with customers regionally, nationally, and globally. The company also imports, produces and packages wines for US distribution for customers throughout the world. EC3 specializes in the production and packaging of controlled beverages including wine, cider, seltzer, and other spirits.

 

HAZLITT 1852 VINEYARDS HOSTS “GIVING BACK” WEEKEND DECEMBER 11th AND 12th

**PRESS RELEASE**

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector, NY is ringing in the holidays in style! “Giving Back” weekend will be a two-day, fun-filled extravaganza benefitting Seneca Santa and the Humane Society of Schuyler County. 

 

The winery will be collecting cash donations and “Wish List” gifts on both days for the Humane Society. A portion of food and drink sales on Saturday will go to Seneca Santa with the same benefitting the Humane Society on Sunday.

 

To provide the perfect setting, the winery and its grounds have been transformed into a magical winter wonderland. The theme for Giving Back weekend is “It’s a North Pole Fashion Show”. Guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite North Pole characters. Those who do will be eligible to win prizes.

 

Other weekend activities include the opportunity for guests to take selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus on both days. On Saturday, Mike Cavalier will be performing Acoustic Funk and Rock tunes in the Oasis from 1 PM until 4 PM. Dancing is encouraged! Sunday is “Doggy Photo Day”. Folks can bring their pets and use their phone to capture a special keepsake memory with jolly old St. Nick!

 

In the Oasis, Hazlitt’s picturesque post and beam party pavilion, there will be specials offered all weekend. Along with usual selections of wine, beer, and hard cider, there will be plenty of holiday-themed cocktails and seasonal foods to choose from including the world-famous Hazlitt French Onion Soup.

 

To view the Humane Society of Schuyler County’s “Wish List” go to schuylerhumane.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-11-08-Wish-List.pdf or call them directly at (607) 594-2255. For more information on the “Giving Back” weekend visit Hazlitt1852.com or call the winery directly at 607-546-9463.

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About Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

The Hazlitt family has been growing superb grapes on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, NY for over 150 years. Established in 1984, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards continues the family tradition of award-winning viticulture and wine production. In 2010, Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars was founded when the Hazlitt family purchased the 3+ million gallon Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, New York from Constellation Brands. 

The family’s internationally renowned wines include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Franc. Most notably, Hazlitt is infamous for its Red Cat, White Cat, and Cabin Fever – some of the most popular and best-selling New York State wines. For more information, please visit Hazlit1852.com.

About the Humane Society of Schuyler County

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a limited admission, no-kill shelter. Incorporated in 1987, it is the only full-service animal welfare organization serving the needs of the county. The Humane Society provides shelter for stray and surrendered animals, offers animals for adoption, provides a low-cost spay/neuter program, delivers educational resources, and manages programs to help area residents care for their pets. Its mission is to provide safe, loving care and a comfortable environment for every animal and hold the highest possible standards, and work to ensure that the needs of each dog or cat are met on a daily basis.

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing animal welfare in our community.

About Seneca Santa

Seneca Santa, a not-for-profit organization, was founded by a group of Watkins Glen businessmen in the 1940s to provide Christmas gifts for Schuyler County’s underprivileged children ranging in age from birth to 12.  Seneca Santa accepts donations of money, hats, mittens, coloring books & crayons, family board games, and children’s books. Monies raised are used to provide an age-appropriate toy along with fruit, holiday snacks, and the previously mentioned gifts.

HAZLITT 1852 VINEYARDS TO HOST “GIVING BACK” WEEKEND TO BENEFIT SENECA SANTA AND THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCHUYLER COUNTY

**PRESS RELEASE**

Hector, NY — Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector, NY is pulling out all of the stops during its “Giving Back” weekend on December 11th and 12th to raise awareness and funds for Seneca Santa and the Humane Society of Schuyler County. The winery will be collecting cash donations and “Wish List” gifts for the Humane Society and donating a portion of sales that weekend to both charities.

“Giving Back” weekend is part of the larger “Hazlitt Holiday Mash-Up!” celebration, a series of 5 consecutive weekends of holiday-themed events. Those festivities began November 20th and will run both Saturdays and Sundays through December 19th.

“This is a great opportunity for us to make a difference for underprivileged kids through Seneca Santa and improve the welfare of animals in Schuyler County through the Humane Society,” said Leigh Hazlitt Triner, Co-CEO. She added “ If we can make it easy for people to support these organizations, we’re happy to do so. Both organizations do incredibly beneficial work that’s even more important during the holidays and throughout the winter.

Each weekend of Hazlitt Holiday Mash-Up! the winery and its grounds will be transformed into a magical holiday wonderland. Guests are invited to come dressed to impress to match the weekend’s theme. These include “A Caribbean Christmas”, “Now, That Was a Great Christmas Movie”, “The Uglier the Sweater, the Better”, “It’s a North Pole Fashion Show” and, finally, “Haz-LITT Up!”

There will be a lot to see and experience. Among other things, the fun and festivities include weekly prize drawings for people who come in costume, live music each Saturday in the Oasis, and selfie photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus the first two weekends of December. Along with wine/cider flights, there will be plenty of holiday-themed cocktails and food selections including the world-famous Hazlitt French Onion Soup.

To view the Humane Society of Schuyler County’s “Wish List” go to schuylerhumane.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-11-08-Wish-List.pdf or call them directly at (607) 594-2255. For more information on th events visit Hazlitt1852.com/events or call the winery directly at 607-546-9463.

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About Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

The Hazlitt family has been growing superb grapes on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, NY for over 150 years. Established in 1984, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards continues the family tradition of award-winning viticulture and wine production. In 2010, Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars was founded when the Hazlitt family purchased the 3+ million gallon Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, New York from Constellation Brands. 

The family’s internationally renowned wines include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Franc. Most notably, Hazlitt is infamous for its Red Cat, White Cat, and Cabin Fever – some of the most popular and best-selling New York State wines. For more information, please visit Hazlit1852.com.

About the Humane Society of Schuyler County

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a limited admission, no-kill shelter. Incorporated in 1987, it is the only full-service animal welfare organization serving the needs of the county. The Humane Society provides shelter for stray and surrendered animals, offers animals for adoption, provides a low-cost spay/neuter program, delivers educational resources, and manages programs to help area residents care for their pets. Its mission is to provide safe, loving care and a comfortable environment for every animal and hold the highest possible standards, and work to ensure that the needs of each dog or cat are met on a daily basis.

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing animal welfare in our community.

About Seneca Santa

Seneca Santa, a not-for-profit organization, was founded by a group of Watkins Glen businessmen in the 1940s to provide Christmas gifts for Schuyler County’s underprivileged children ranging in age from birth to 12.  Seneca Santa accepts donations of money, hats, mittens, coloring books & crayons, family board games, and children’s books. Monies raised are used to provide an age-appropriate toy along with fruit, holiday snacks, and the previously mentioned gifts.

 

HAZLITT 1852 VINEYARDS ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES WITH NEW PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

**PRESS RELEASE**

November 18, 2021

Hector, NY — Daniel DeBell and Marc Hurlbut have been named to leadership positions at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. DeBell has been promoted to President and COO and Hurlbut to Chief Financial Officer. John Keeler, who served as President starting in 2009 announced his retirement earlier this year. He will continue to serve during the transition.

“We are very excited to make this announcement.” Leigh Triner, Co-CEO said. “John has served the company well and led us through the transition from a small regional winery into a significant East Coast producer.” “We wish him the best as he moves into a well-deserved retirement.”  Doug Hazlitt, Leigh’s brother and Co-CEO added, “With Dan and Marc leading the way, we are in very capable hands to move this company forward to even greater success.” Hazlitt went on, “I’m sure John will keep busy in retirement. There are plenty of fishing holes that need attention!”

Before joining the Hazlitt team in 2011, Daniel DeBell worked for nineteen years at the Goodrich Corporation, IRS Systems in Ithaca, NY. The management, negotiation, and problem-solving skills he utilized there as General Manager has translated seamlessly into the wine business. Initially hired as General Manager, Daniel was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2015.

Marc Hurlbut was hired as Controller in February 2021. His 30 years of finance experience in the manufacturing industry quickly benefited financial operations at Hazitt’s two production facilities and retail locations in Hector, NY, and Naples, NY as well as the company’s custom wine production business, East Coast Crush & Co-Pack. Before working at Hazlitt, Marc was the Executive V.P. Finance Administration at SYNTEC Optics, Wordingham Technologies in Rochester, NY.

John Keeler joined Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards as company President in February 2009. During his tenure, Hazlitt acquired Widmer Wine Cellars from Constellation Brands and founded East Coast Crush & Co-Pack. Before Hazlitt, he was Co-CEO at Monarch Machine Tool in Cortland, NY.

“John Keeler will be missed.” Daniel DeBell emphasized. “He’s been a great mentor and team leader. He laid the groundwork over the past 12 years that will allow Marc and I to really step up, take the reins, and drive the business forward.”

DeBell continued, “The industry is changing. It is evolving very rapidly. There are abundant challenges at every turn right now. From COVID and supply chain issues to staffing shortages.”  “The Hazlitt family has been proactive and visionary. They have assembled a team, from top to bottom, that is configured for success.”

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About Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards & Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars

The Hazlitt family has been growing superb grapes on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, NY for over 150 years. Established in 1984, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards continues the family tradition of award-winning viticulture and wine production. In 2010, Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars was founded when the Hazlitt family purchased the 3+ million gallon Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, New York from Constellation Brands. 

The family’s internationally renowned wines include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Franc. Most notably, Hazlitt is infamous for its Red Cat, White Cat, and Cabin Fever – some of the most popular and best-selling New York State wines. For more information, please visit Hazlit1852.com.

 

About East Coast Crush

East Coast Crush & Co-Pack (EC3) was founded in 2011 to take advantage of excess production space at Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars. EC3 is a custom service beverage production company that works with customers regionally, nationally, and globally. The company also imports, produces and packages wines for US distribution for customers throughout the world. EC3 specializes in the production and packaging of controlled beverages including wine, cider, seltzer, and other spirits.