Russell: Spring into Fun by Celebrating April as New York Wine Month

April 1, 2009

Have a bad case of cabin fever? Get out in the fresh spring air and uncork the festivities at the wineries along the Thousand Islands Seaway Wine Trail! April is New York Wine Month, and what better way to celebrate New York’s much-loved adult beverage and agriculture industry than by visiting the Thousand Islands Seaway Wine Trail’s wineries, vineyards and grape nurseries.

Since its inception in 2007, the Thousand Islands Seaway Wine Trail has offered exceptional wines and memorable experiences for countless visitors. The wine trail roams through 78 miles of historic and picturesque Jefferson County, and consists entirely of family-owned wineries with award-winning wines that are marked by green grape cluster signs.

Visitors not only partake in tours of the wineries and sample their delicious, locally-grown wines, but are also able to browse the trail’s various businesses and attractions to shop and eat, which is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family while supporting our local economy. The wine trail has created a unique new industry in Jefferson County that has helped bring in beneficial revenue for the North Country. In this troubling economy, I know how important it is to find inexpensive and leisurely activity that is both enjoyable and does not deplete your wallet. That is why I strongly encourage people to visit the wine trail as it offers an ideal compromise for that exact dilemma. Of course, I would like to remind those who try the wines to drink responsibly.

I also encourage wine and liquor store owners to:

  • Display promotional materials from the New York Wines Web site;
  • Hold wine tastings with a New York State wine;
  • Showcase New York State wines prominently;
  • Include New York Wine Month in all their advertising; and
  • Do business with at least two New York wineries that they have never done business with before.

In addition, my office has “I Love NY Wine” posters available for any wine and liquor store that is interested in having one to display. For those who would like a poster, contact my office at (315) 786-0284 or stop by the Dulles State Office Building, Suite 210, 317 Washington Street, Watertown.

I hope to see you this month on the Thousand Islands Seaway Wine Trail!