Winery of Eville-sm. plate menu cut

By Deb Everts

The Winery of Ellicottville recently launched a new “Small Plate Menu” for its patrons to enjoy. Now they can pair the menu of light fare with their favorite glass of wine while they sip, savor and relax.

The idea to add the simple menu to their wine tastings was that of owners Beth and Sam Sheehy, of North Collins, who introduced the menu Aug. 25. Beth said this is their first time offering any sort of food or a menu. They just wanted to create a little bit more of a “sit-down, stay a little bit” atmosphere at the winery.

“We just launched the new ‘Small Plate Menu’ last weekend, just in time for the Labor Day holiday,” she said. “We wanted to offer it to our Wine Club members that are receiving a discount with their August Wine Club pickup. So, they can try the light menu out and give us some feedback on it. The menu is also available to the general public and will be offered Thursday through Sunday.”

According to Beth, they are offering a simple menu of five items that are served on just small plates. The menu has a nut medley with three different kinds of nuts — some spicy, some sweet; an olive assortment, a cheese plate featuring three different cheeses that they will change up a bit as they go along; charcuterie with an assortment of cold meats like prosciutto and some spicy meats; salsa and chips; as well as some bottled water and sparkling water.

To encourage their patrons to stay a while and enjoy what they have to offer, the couple has added a long, high table that seats 12 which, Beth said, was brought in about six months ago. They have also started to open up their store space and add shorter displays, so the wine room is more visible.

“We’re hoping people will use the large table to sit, sip their favorite glass of wine and chat with their friends,” she said. “We’re not trying to create a bar atmosphere; it’s still a winery where people can sit and have a glass, or two.”

Beth said they purchase all New York state grapes and fruit that they crush and press at Johnson Estate Winery in Westfield. Then, they ferment the juice to make the wine on the premises.

“The winery has been here for eight years; we just celebrated our eight-year anniversary this summer,” she said. “We started the business with my parents, Linda and Dominic Spicola, in 2010. They retired last year, so now Sam and I have taken over the business. We’ve kind of been growing it from there.”

Future plans include a patio and a balcony outside to create more seating. Beth said the plan is currently going through the approval process and should be coming soon — hopefully in the spring.

Located at 14 Monroe St., the Winery is open Monday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find out more, call 699-1055 or visit their website at wineryof