Sekt – Do you know it?

A Sparkling Wine!

Sekt is a German or Austrian sparkling wine. In fact, Germans consume more Sekt per person per year than the French do Champagne!

Production of this style of wine began 200 years ago after German winemakers returned from studying mèthode champenoise in Champagne, France. Winemakers used only the highest quality grapes (Pinot Noir, Champagne, Riesling, Traminer) to produce small batches of Sekt. After the devastation of the world wars producers turned to newer, high volume production methods to kick start the Sekt industry. They succeeded! Today, three Sekt houses in Germany produce more Sekt than all the producers of Champagne France. Unfortunately, this meant a reduction in quality for the sake of quantity produced. 

Today, several Sekt producers are returning to the more traditional methods of production focused on high quality small batch production. It is with this in mind that Red Newt Cellars began producing this  style of wine in 2015.


The 2020 Sekt grapes just arrived to begin their journey into wine. Stay tuned for more on Sekt!

FLXposure – A Benefit for Covid Relief

A Deborah Whiting Foundation Project

When the world seems dismal, being able to smile, feels like a blessing and a gift. The Finger Lakes wine industry prides itself on our sense of community and good spirit. Perhaps it is a function of being the underdog for so long, but when a challenge rears up we are keen to meet the moment.
“With that said, the CoVid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented hardship to our region and the hospitality industry that has been so supportive of our wines. What to do during a time of social distancing and the closure of the industry that we wish to support? We are winemakers after all, it is a niche skill during a public health and business crisis.
Fifteen winemakers, twelve wineries, twelve sommeliers, and one dynamite creative team later, we have a 2021 Winemakers’ Pin-Up Calendar that we are now proud to present to you. From fun to flirty to fabulous, these images capture some of your favorite Finger Lakes winemakers in a new light, and certainly in a way you never expected to see them or their wine!
But most importantly, these images capture our winemaking community doing what it does best: coming together to help out our communities, friends, and neighbors.
So with that, we hope you enjoy revealing each month of this calendar as much as we enjoyed making it! We cannot wait to share the excitement, and to share 100% of the funds raised with local food access and restaurant relief programs.”
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Cooler Temperatures

Fall in the FLX!

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood! Fall weekends are here and we want to remind you we will continue to seat outdoors as long as the weather holds. Please dress a bit warmer when you join us over the next few weeks as we continue to take advantage of this glorious fall weather. 

The changing colors of fall mean more visitors to our area so we highly recommend making a reservation. Your reservation guarantees you inside seating should the weather be poor.  Book your reservation today!

Day Trips from New York City

Condé Nast Traveler


Planning your next quick get away from the city? Make a reservation today to enjoy a relaxing afternoon seated on our decks (weather permitting). Sip on wines by the glass, tadpole or bottle, while enjoying our lite fare. A recent article by Condé Nast Traveler recommends Red Newt Cellars for pleasant day trips outside the city. Fall is the perfect time to visit the Finger Lakes! 

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Tadpole Reds and Bread!

Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Merlot!

Featuring Glacier Ridge Vineyards

Cool breezes, clouds and sunshine. What’s better than our warm baguette accompanied by blackberry balsamic vinegar and olive oil. What do you pair it with? Try our tadpoles of 2010 Merlot Glacier Ridge, 2013 Cabernet Franc Glacier Ridge or our 2016 Pinot Noir Glacier Ridge.

Glacier Ridge Vineyards is a small, perfectly located and managed vineyard that lies along the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in the glacially formed Finger Lakes region. Wines from Glacier Ridge Vineyards have a density and structure that is unique to the Finger Lakes; a credit to the spectacular vineyard and grower Tony Damiani. Our goal is simply to stay out of the way and let the fruit and vintage speak for themselves.

The 2010 Merlot Glacier Ridge is from a warm vintage and has a lush forward fruit on the palate the nicely gives way to the structure we expect from Glacier Ridge reds and tannins that are approachable following 8 years of bottle aging. 

The 2013 Cabernet Franc Glacier Ridge has cranberry, black cherry, and raspberry fruit that combines with aromas of lavender and spice to produce a nose that is rich and ethereal. The palate is firm, but supple, with hints of vanilla and spice. Tastes great paired with pork tenderloin medallions sautéed with a garlic cherry glaze.

2016 will be remembered for being one of the driest growing seasons ever recorded in the Finger Lakes, which is not a trivial concern in a region that does not use irrigation.  From June 2nd until mid-August there was almost no rain to speak of, but fortunately the vines showed no major signs of drought stress.

Another perfect pairing for a beautiful day in the neighborhood!! We’re open daily from 12pm until 5pm.

Vertical Tadpoles!

Pinot Gris Curry Creek Vineyards

Hot days call for seriously chilled wine! Come try our vertical of Pinot Gris from the Curry Creek Vineyard. We have the 2007, 2010 & 2014 in tadpoles.

The 2007 produced a leaner style of Pinot Gris. This rich and complex wine has a light menthol/eucalyptus nose. Light phenolic textures, starfruit, baked tropical fruit. 14% alcohol nicely integrated. Floral and melon notes, almond, white pepper on the finish. Pair with smoked trout bahn mi.

The 2010 Pinot Gris is very different. With a small crop, open canopy, and late season hang time, we dial in the rich and mouth filling aspects that make this wine a treasure in Alsace and now the Finger LakesRipe peach and melon flavors balance the dry and crisp nature of this expressive Pinot Gris.

The 2014 vintage of Pinot Gris showcases the perfectly ripened fruit, which was picked on a cool October morning and tractored to Red Newt to enjoy an overnight cold soak before being pressed off.  Aged on the lees for 8 months before being racked off, filtered and bottled.  A dry, crisp fruit-forward wine this has been aging in the bottle since 2015 and it is drinking beautifully.

Reserve your spot today at Red Newt Cellars or, stop by for tadpoles ‘TO GO!’ We’re open 12PM until 5pm daily.

Cheese and Wine!

The heat of summer calls for relaxing days down by the water with some wine and cheese. Our local cheese plate pairs perfectly with four unique wines we offer as tadpoles. What could be better than a personal sized bottle of wine paired with cheese?
  • 2015 Lahoma Vineyard-The Knoll
  • 2014 Lahoma Vineyard-The Big H
  • 2007 Curry Creek Vineyard Pinot Gris
  • 2017 Pinot Gris

These tadpoles complement our cheese plate beautifully! Enjoy yours while seated on our spacious decks or grab it to go!