Thursday, October 22, 2015

St. Lawrence beverage trail state's 18th ... or 20th

New York State's newest beverage trail has officially been launched. That makes it the 18th or 20th such organization. More about that later.

The five-member St. Lawrence Wine Trail, which has been in the formative stages since last year, became official in a ceremony at the TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) headquarters in Canton, St. Lawrence County. The 80-mile trail received official designation last year from Governor Andrew Cuomo after a bill was introduced in the State Legislature by Senator Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton.

The charter members are the Bella-Brooke Winery in Morristown, the River Myst Winery in Lisbon, the High Peaks Winery in Winthrop, the St. Lawrence Brewing Company in Canton, and Kaneb Orchards Cider in Massena. It also includes several other businesses such as restaurants, orchards and lodges.

“Working with wineries to establish the wine trail, its infrastructure and marketing, with the ultimate goal of growing the craft beverage industry and promoting higher visitation, is a perfect fit for the chamber and has been an honor to see it come to fruition,” said Brooke E. Rouse, executive director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

“Their businesses are the backbone of New York’s economy,” Sen. Ritchie said. “It’s wonderful to see people in my own community investing in one of our largest growing industries in New York state.”

There are 18 state-designated beverage trails. However, the just-created Albany Craft Beverage Trail and the Long Island Merlot Alliance exist as locally-created entities, thus the "18 or 20" count mentioned above.

Go here for my newly-updated listing of all beverage trails in the state, with live links to their members.

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