Coyote Moon Vineyards Draws National Attention to the North Country
By: Valerie Hickman
When you open the door at Coyote Moon Vineyards located on East Line Road in Clayton, New York you are greeted with howls, friendly faces, and award-winning wine. The Randazzo family, owners of Coyote Moon, and their staff extend their hospitality to all who come through the door offering a “howlin’ good time.” With 19 varietals of award-winning wine that span the palate, whether you are a dry wine drinker or a sweet wine drinker, Coyote Moon has something for you. Coyote Moon not only prides itself on customer service and hospitality, it also prides itself on handcrafting award-winning wine. Phil Randazzo, winemaker and owner, has a saying often repeated at Coyote Moon Vineyards, “No wine before its time.” What that translates to is: no wine will be released for sale at the vineyard unless it meets Coyote Moon’s award-winning standards. This philosophy has served Coyote Moon well.
In the three short years since they opened their doors for sale, Coyote Moon Vineyards is quickly becoming one of the most Award-Winning Wineries in New York. Coyote Moon has earned over 342 medals and awards in national and international competitions for its delectable, award-winning wines. Coyote Moon’s wines have garnered awards in competitions such as the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Gran Cru, the Atlantic Seaboard, the Pacific Rim International, the New York Wine and Food Classic, and many more.
Recently, Coyote Moon Vineyards was bestowed another prestigious honor, the American Wine Society named Frontenac and Brianna “21 Wines to Watch” in their quarterly Wine Journal. The list of wines to watch includes wines from France, Germany, New Zealand, California, South Africa, and more placing Frontenac and Brianna among international wines that have garnered recognition from the American Wine Society. This is truly an honor for Coyote Moon Vineyards as both wines were handcrafted from Cold Hardy Varietals, also known as Northern Grape Varietals. It is the very beginning of these varietals earning recognition.
The Northern Grapes are unique to the wine world and the Jefferson County Wineries are capitalizing on the unique wines crafted from these grape varieties. The Northern Grapes have created an economic boom for North Country Farmers. Coyote Moon Vineyards is a “Best Practices Vineyard” that works with Cornell University and several other universities and more than 30 scientists to determine the best way to grow the Northern Grape Varietals. Coyote Moon shares its information with all the North Country Region growers.
“We need more grapes in Jefferson County,” commented Phil Randazzo. Mr. Randazzo continued by stating, “We are working with several new growers who want to plant in the spring. We help them every step of the way from site selection to planting advice. It’s my mission to have 100 growers providing us grapes and help them make some extra cash for their families.” Anyone interested in growing grapes should call Phil at Coyote Moon Vineyards.
Brianna was a table grape and the Randazzos were warned it should not be made into a wine. Coyote Moon released Brianna in April 2011 and by June 2011 it won Best of Class Gold Medal at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition with 94 of 100 points. Since its release, Brianna has won several gold medals and recently it won Double Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition earning 95 of 100 points. Brianna is a semi-sweet white wine that tastes like peaches and pears with a touch of grapefruit. She is a cup of sunshine that can refresh you at any point in your day.
Frontenac is a bold, robust dry red wine that has notes of plum, black cherry, and black currant and it finishes with warm vanilla and spice. Frontenac leaves a velvety feel on your tongue and your palate clamoring for more. Perfect paired with pork tenderloin or just your glass. On the bottle Mary Randazzo, owner and artist, painted the Frontenac Post Office on Round Island where her daughter Kristina held her first job as a young girl.
Whether it is dry or sweet your palate is in for a treat of awarding-winning wine at Coyote Moon Vineyards. Stop by for some “Excitement, Romance, and Award-Winning Wine” and see for yourself why Coyote Moon Vineyards is becoming one of the most award-winning wineries in New York. Coyote Moon Vineyards offers daily tastings at both its Clayton locations, East Line Drive and Riverside Drive. For more information check out the website at www.coyotemoonvineyards.com or call 315-686-5600.