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Sunset on Lake ErieHave You
Ever Seen
A Lake Erie Sunset?

 
One great benefit of living on the eastern edge of a large body of water, is the Sunset. Lake Erie provides a lovely setting for both dynamic and subdued sunsets. The colors, everchanging from moment to moment put on shows nearly every night, and no two are ever the same. This event is further enhanced (sometimes in amazing ways) by the reflective nature of the water. This makes Findley Lake, NY and Chautauqua Lake, NY, good places to hang out to watch the colorful show. So the next time you are visiting our area, take a few minutes near the end of the day to look up to see the colors that we are so fortunate to have.
 
We are also fortunate to have so many places to stop and see this show. If you cannot see it from your lodging or home, there many restaurants, beaches and parks from Dunkirk, NY to Erie, PA that are open to customers and/or visitors.


Cloud 9 Wine Bar Exterior
The latest venture for the Grape Arbor Foodie Club was to Cloud 9 Wine Bar in Erie, PA. Read the review below.





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CELEBRATE ERIE!
Downtown Erie comes alive on August 14-17, 2014!
 
CelebrateErie is a four-day street festival in downtown Erie.
  • free access to local art museums
  • displays and demonstrations from local artists
  • street vendors, entertainment and activities
  • musical performancesof local and nationally renowned artists
Additional information is available at the Celebrate Erie Website
 
 



Messabout picturePresque Isle Bay Messabout - July 15-16

Erie’s third annual Presque Isle
Bay Messabout.
 
What's a Messabout?
It's a part of the Bayfront Maritime Center’s Small Boat Festival and brings a variety of beautifully handcrafted traditional, contemporary, and antique boats to Erie.
 
Boats are on display, and many tour Presque Isle Bay on Saturday, rowing, sailing, and motoring. Want to know more? Go to The Official Messabout Page for details. 
 


NEWS AND EVENTS FROM AREA WINERIES


September Fest
37th Annual September Fest
at Merrit Winery

Date: September 6th, 2014 - September 7th, 2014
2264 King Road, Forestville, New York 14062
http://www.merrittestatewinery.com

Free admission! Two days of wine, beer, food and fun! Live music throughout the weekend. Classic Car Show, Family fun! Crafters and vendors all weekend long.

 
North East WineFest WineFest
(North East Wineries)
 
September 26 - 28, 2014
An annual event that brings over 10,000 people to North East every year. For information visit the official Wine Festival Page.
 
I'm sorry the Inn is sold out. You can check our website occasionally in case we have any cancellations.

Lake Erie Wine CountryLAKE ERIE WINE COUNTRY
HARVEST CELEBRATIONS
WEEK ONE - NOVEMBER 7-9, 2014
WEEK TWO - NOVEMBER 14-16, 2014
Tickets and additional information are available at
the Lake Erie Wine Country Website.
 
 
 

Be sure to check Lake Erie Wine Country for a complete list of area winery events and links.
 

Upcoming Events to Kick-Start Your Getaway!

dulcimersThe Dulcimer Makers of
Chautauqua County and Western NY
Tuesday, August 19, 7 pm

Sherman Fire Hall
122 Park Street, Sherman, NY
(@ 20 minutes from Grape Arbor) 
 
Join dulcimer historian Mitzie Collins from Rochester, NY and learn about the various dulcimer manufacturers found throughout the region during the late 19th and early 20th century. Free Admission. For more information visit Dulcimer Learning in Chautauqua County
 
 


classical beatlesCLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR:
 A Beatles Tribute
 
September 13, 2014 8:00 pm
Warner Theatre, Erie, PA

Celebrating 50 years of the Beatles in America.
 
Visit The Erie Philharmic Website for details and tickets
 
 
 


ART IN AND AROUND ERIE

 
spirit of artThe Spirit of Art -
Sensory Winery and Gallery

August 8 - September 13

Sensory is open Fridays through Mondays, 11 am - 5 pm
10599 Route 20, Ripley, NY

This juried show features fine art from 19 local artists, including Grape Arbor staff member and photographer Tajana. Visit The Event Facebook Page for details.
 

GRAPE ARBOR FOODIE CLUB REVIEW

Casual Fine Dining in Downtown Erie Features Tapas Style Dining
Cloud 9 Wine Bar Satisfies

dining roomOn the corner of 10th and French Streets, Bertrand (of Bertrand's Bistro, also in Erie) has created the self-titled "upscale casual eating and drinking" establishment, to fill a need in Erie. Unlike his cozy French-American dining on Perry Square, Cloud 9 has a more "bar-centric" approach with modern and upscale furnishings.
 
The menu consisted primarily of Tapas (shared plates) and ala carte items that worked equally well as shared plates. There were also six full entree items available from 5-10 pm. The Ala carte offerings included Poutines, Pizza, Tartines, Burgers, Veggies and Salads, and Starch Sides. Entrees included pasta, fish, shellfish, chicken, pork, and beef. We opted for the tapas experience and ordered several items which we all shared.
 
wine aeratorThe wine and beer list represented a wide assortment of choices, including many local beverages, of which we took part. We ordered 6 Mile Winery's Hard Cider, Cloud 9 Cosmo, and a glass of Malbec. The wine was poured using a very interesting aerator that was rather entertaining to watch. All were very enjoyable and we would order them again.
Charcuterie plate
 
We began with Charcuterie (smoked meat plate) made with a daily choice of items. Our selection included crispy duck, rabbit pate, pastrami, salami, cranberry chutney, mustard and a pepper relish. All of the items were very tasty and had some wonderful textures. We also ordered a very flavorful spring salad featuring strawberries, feta cheese, spicy cashews, aparagus, and a caper-tarragon vinaigrette.This paired wonderfully with the meat platter.
 
strawberry salad
We ordered the Duck Wings (with medium jalepeno sauce) and found them delightful. They had a small amount of heat, but not too much. There were several choices of sauce, should jalepeno not be to your taste.
Duck Wings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then came their daily soup selection, Corn Soup. The soup was prepared with sophistication and had a Corn Soupvery enjoyable depth of flavor, with several sprigs of sauteed asparagus. Then we were treated to a complimentary tasting of the chef's Bortsch. It was chilled and rather refreshing with a small dollup of sour creme on top.
Borscht
 
 
We also tried the Lobster Poutine...Canadian comfort food from North of the border. Large lobster pieces, a well-crafted cheddar sauce, cheese curd and green onions Lobster Poutinesmothered a pile of really good french fries for a gourmet munchies treat. I have been dreaming of going back to order this again and again. I know this is a high-end version of French fries and gravy, but it was really, really good and should not be overlooked. Equally addicting was the Slider Slider SamplerSampler Plate with one of each of their burgers. This included a Cheeseburger (topped with bacon and cheddar cheese), Aussie Burger (topped with grilled pineapple, pickled beets, red onion, sunny side up egg and hot chile mayo) and Lamb Burger (topped with pepper comfit, gruyere and dill cucumber sauce). These paired perfectly with the Lobster Poutine.
Lamb Meatballs
 
Then came the Pork Belly with burnt pineapple, shaved fennel, green tomato pickle and a sweet balsamic sauce. This was very unique and enjoyable.
ScallopsThe only item we ordered off the entree list was the Scallop offering sweet potato hash browns, burnt corn cream, sour apple and garlic roasted peas. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the sides served with it were very well paired as the complimented each other quite wonderfully.
CustardWe barely had room for dessert, but we had to do our job and we prevailed.
Each day they have daily dessert specials and we ordered a really really tasty  Custard with fruit side. The custard was perfectly executed, smooth, and full of flavor.
 
 
BeignetWe also tried a Creme Filled Beignet. This was the only less than stellar item of the evening as it was overcooked, a bit dense and oily.
 
Cloud 9 WINE BAR
25 East 10th Street, Erie, PA
(814) 870-9007
 

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