about 2 months ago
Keuka Holiday Wine Tour I: (Nov 9-10)
My husband and I wanted to get away for a night for the Keuka Holiday Wine Tour. And while many places around the lake wanted a minimum of a 2 night stay, the Esperanza Mansion accommodated our one night retreat. This was our first stay and we could not have been more pleased- the hotel/ dining staff were very courteous, respectful, and down to Earth. The front desk clerk went above and beyond showing us all the rooms that were available to see at the time and provided a brief history of the place.
Our suite (Chardonnay) was beautifully decorated with pieces of furniture/ decor from the era while providing some modern touches so as not to distract you from the charm. We Never heard any noise coming from the downstairs restaurant- which was very full!
My husband and I were able to sit at one of the Bistro tables by the bar which still retained some privacy even with other people going about their evening.
Our waitress was very prompt, providing great service and was very knowledgeable of the Wine selection- we chose a bottle of 2017 Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Mi-Pente, bold yet dark and rich. The berries and black currant were very noteworthy, it was excellent! For dinner I usually order Lobster bisque soup with my meal but could not decide between that and the New England Seafood chowder. I never made up my mind by the time we ordered so I let her surprise me- Best Decision Ever! The Chowder was delicious and generously portioned- I ended up sharing with my husband, we had a hard time reserving our appetite for the rest of dinner, we could not stop eating it. For the main course, my husband chose the Filet Mignon with a side of Maine Lobster Tail. He couldn't stop raving about his dinner choice all night- it was THE Best Filet he has ever had. I chose the Seafood Fra Diavolo- the heat and spice were just right, and not overbearing. Both of our dishes were generously proportioned with bold flavor.
We look forward to making our next Wine Tour stay even longer to enjoy the beautiful picturesque views in the Spring, the wonderful dining experience, and courteous staff members.
5 Stars: Very Highly Recommend