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Coyote Moon Vineyards’ Fourth Annual Sweethearts’ Food and Wine Paring
 The “Excitement, Romance & Award-Winning Wine” continues all year round at Coyote Moon Vineyards of Clayton, New York and is on full display over the Valentine’s Day Weekend during the Sweethearts’ Food and Wine Paring. Coyote Moon Vineyards’ Annual Sweethearts’ Food and Wine Paring is an event that people eagerly anticipate throughout the year. It is a time when the Randazzo family, owners of Coyote Moon Vineyards, have the opportunity to treat their friends, families and guests to an over-the-top culinary journey showcasing their award-winning wines as pared with a five-star cuisine.

This was the fourth year Coyote Moon hosted the Sweethearts’ Paring which this year took place over the span of three nights, February 14th, 15th and 16th, instead of two nights due to popular demand. , The event was the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with loved ones. Executive Chef Christian Ives, who spent several years working with Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse, was the artist behind the taste bud tantalizing delicacies, as Phil Randazzo, owner of Coyote Moon Vineyards and winemaker, was the artist behind the palate enticing, mouthwateringly good award-wining wine. The Paring was held at the River Edge Resort’s beautifully elegant Jacques Cartier Room, creating the perfect setting for a night filled with love, laughter and a howlin’ good time.

Guests arrived from near and far to spend the evening with the Randazzo family and take part in the decadent fun. Newlyweds Steve and Peggy Brink who were the couple to marry on New Year’s Day at Coyote Moon extended their honeymoon celebrations to join the festivities. Members of the North Country community came to support Coyote Moon, including Clayton’s Mayor Norma Zimmer. Town Supervisor Justin Taylor took to the floor as did Alexander Pope Vickers, Jefferson Community College’s Hospitality and Tourism Department Chair to thank the Randazzo family and speak to the powerful and positive impact of Coyote Moon Vineyards on the wine industry, North Country tourism, town of Clayton and more.

Throughout the evening, a three-piece band played the requests of the group as the pairings were served by the Coyote Moon staff and prizes were raffled away to the lucky guest with the right number. The prizes included artwork donated by Historic Landmark Artist Mary Randazzo, boat cruises by Jeff Garnsey of Garnsey Classic Island Tours, Coyote Moon Vineyards’ Wine Cruise, gift certificates from Corbins River Heritage and RT 37 Building Supply, Mr. Rosenberger with handmade Coyote Moon trivets and more! The evening was overflowing with the excitement and romance and that was before the first course was even served.

As the first course was prepared, Kristina Randazzo Ives, Coyote Moon’s in-house palate, began to present and explain the first wine. Throughout the courses, Kristina explained the flavors the guests would enjoy from the wine and as the plates were served, Chef Ives discussed the course and why he chose each wine as he did to complement and bring forth the full flavor of the dish. For the first course, Chef Ives chose a delicate and flavorful citrus vodka cured salmon pared with Frontenac Blanc starting the courses off perfectly with balance and flavor. Then came the wonderfully seared candied red chili yellow fin tuna on a pineapple plank pared with Frontenac Gris creating new fans of tuna. Next came the third course of the ever-popular cider-glazed pork osso bucco with a sweet potato risotto pared with Frontenac leaving people wanting to lick their plates. The fourth course was a succulently grilled pepper encrusted duck with a black truffle Portobello mushroom potato cake pared with the Special reserve Marquette 2011 leaving the guests speechless and asking for seconds. The fifth and final course to finish the evening with a sweet but balanced treat was a white chocolate Apricot Panna Cotta pared brilliantly with La Crescent causing one guest to actually lick the plate.

At the close of each evening, Phil and Mary Randazzo spoke to their guests, families and friends thanking all for sharing in the evening and for being a part of something so special. At Coyote Moon Vineyards it is not just about the “Excitement, Romance & Award-Winning Wine,” it is about the people, the Randazzo family and all of those who believe in what they are doing for the wine industry, North County and their community. Being a part of Coyote Moon Vineyards is magically and making history every day whether it is because of the release of a wine never commercially bottled before in the world, Frontenac Blanc, or growing grapes where ten years ago scientists laughed at the suggestion. The Sweethearts’ Food and Wine Paring was the perfect evening to say thank you, create a little more magic and leave feeling a part of something so very special.

As always, the evening was a huge success ending in standing ovations, howlin’ and encores. If you missed the opportunity to take part in Coyote Moon Vineyards’ Sweethearts’ Food and Wine Paring, do not worry, there is always next year. But if you cannot wait to be a part of the “Excitement, Romance & Award-Winning Wine,” stop by Coyote Moon Vineyards discover for yourself what all the howlin’ is about! Visit Coyote Moon Vineyards located on Eastline Road, Clayton New York, opened for tastings daily, or stop by Coyote Moon Winery located at 524 Riverside Drive, Clayton, New York opened Friday and Saturday from 12pm-9pm to see for yourself why Coyote Moon Vineyards’ is one of America’s Most Award-Winning Wineries. For more information, visit the website at www.coyotemoonvineyards.com or call 315-686-5600.
Post By:   Valerie