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Winery’s spring release party boasts great food and drink

Liten Buffel's festivities take place Saturday, April 28


Last spring, Middleport, NY became home to one of New York State’s few low-intervention natural wineries. Liten Buffel is owned and operated by two WNY natives, Patrick Vaughn and winemaker Zack Klug. The pair are charting a new course in WNY winemaking, and the results are impressive enough to have enticed regular distribution to NYC restaurants. These buyers purchase the bulk of the boutique winery’s bottles, but you can also find the Liten Buffel label at a few local shops and on the wine lists of Buffalo’s own Ristorante Lombardo and Dapper Goose.  


We interview Klug in the May issue of Buffalo Spree; be sure to turn to the magazine’s Eat section and read his story. But we couldn’t let news of the young winery’s spring release party pass without note. This event provides an ideal forum for sampling the team’s work. Festivities take place this Saturday, April 28. See the Facebook event page here. Below you’ll find the menu of bites and sips available at the soirée on a first come, first served basis for only $10 per head. 


WInemaker sampling pinot noir



—Spring tart paired with Raby Vineyard Riesling

—Meatballs paired with Shaw Vineyard Riesling 

—Tea biscuit paired with De la Terre, Pour la Winediva 

—Oxtail paired with Faucheaux 

—Terrine of rabbit and venison paired with Perfetto Vineyard Pinot Noir

—Mortadella roll paired with Quast Vineyard Pinot Noir


Also of interest, Liten Buffel’s tasting room is open almost every day—including Mother’s Day! A lovely drive, followed by an interesting and delightful wine tasting foray, seems like an excellent alternative to the typically droll brunch buffet Mother’s Day usually holds for families made up entirely of adults. 



No matter why you venture to Liten Buffel, just be sure you do. Whether you know all there is to know about low-intervention wine, or conversely know nothing at all about this major shift in the wine world, I’m certain you’ll enjoy the experience. 


Liten Buffel
8822 Pearson Road
Middleport, NY 14105


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