'Big party' slated at Coyote Moon
WINE AND GRAPE MONTH: Grand opening set as part of July events showcasing area wineries
By NANCY MADSEN
TIMES STAFF WRITER
TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
The grand opening of Coyote Moon Winery, Clayton, will highlight July as Wine and Grape Month in Jefferson County. The winery had a soft opening June 1 and has seen a lot of customers so far, said owner Philip J. Randazzo. "I've just been blown away by it," he said. "We made what I thought was enough or a little too much and it's going fast."
The winery is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The July 18 grand opening will have entertainment and be "a big party."Last week, the county Board of Legislators signed a proclamation designating July for a celebration of the growing industry. "It's just an awesome gesture on their part," Mr. Randazzo said. "There isn't a day that goes by that a new grower doesn't call me asking about growing grapes and how to get started." "It's great to see that sector of agriculture growing in Jefferson County," said Legislator Philip N. Reed, who represents District 3, which includes the towns of Alexandria and Orleans. "The members of the wine industry have worked well together ... and this is one way to recognize those efforts." Local wineries and vineyards and the Agricultural Development Corp. are organizing or participating in several events to celebrate the growing industry next month.
Mr. Reed said the wineries fit well with the tourism and agriculture that already exists in the county. Jay M. Matteson, the county's agricultural coordinator, said July was chosen because of the grand opening of Coyote Moon Winery and because it's a strong month for tourism.
Wine and Grape Month events include:
? Every Saturday, Otter Creek Winery, Philadelphia, will host "Slushee Saturdays," and the Home Grown Show from 9 to 10 a.m. on 790 WTNY-AM will feature industry interviews and give away gift certificates for grapevines and purchases at local wineries.
? Introduction to Grape Growing Seminar, 6 to 8 p.m. July 8 at Otter Creek Winery. Call 642-0622 to register.
? Birthday Bash for the six-year-old Thousand Islands Winery, Collins Landing, including a pig roast, 2 to 6 p.m. July 11. Call 482-9306 for more information.
? Wine Trail Jam, including tastings, wine sales and music from Grapeful Redneck Wine Trail Band, as part of the Sunday Series at Clayton Opera House, 4 p.m. July 12. Call 686-5600 for more information.
? Grand Opening of Coyote Moon Winery, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 18. Ribbon-cutting at 1:30 p.m. Call 686-5600 for more information.
? Introduction to Grape Growing Seminar, 6 to 8 p.m. July 22 at Coyote Moon Winery. Call 686-5600 to register.
? Tour a Vineyard Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25 at Seaway Coldhardy Grapevine Nursery and Vineyard and other vineyards. Call 629-8728 for more information.
ON THE NET
Coyote Moon Winery: www.coy
Otter Creek Winery: www.
Thousand Islands Winery: www.thousandislands
Yellow Barn Winery: www.
Seaway Coldhardy Grapevine Nursery and Vineyard: www.seawaycold