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Owner/winemaker Joe Messina today announced that he has received his wine and beer tavern license from the State Liquor Authority, and is wasting no time putting it to use.
What his announcement refers to as the Amorici Winery Tavern will offer food service on a regular basis, with a daily menu as well as wine-and-food pairing dinners by reservation. As a major introductory event, Messina has scheduled a Thanksgiving Day wine and food event with 1 and 3 p.m. seatings. The menu will include roasted turkey and traditional sides paired with Amorici wines.
And, Messina is being quite liberal with his non-holiday special-order offerings. Some pairing possibilities include "paella, lobster tails, halibut, vegetation options, game meats -- venison, rabbit, pheasant ... . You eat, I cook." In addition, his newest wine, Vino la Famiglia, has just been released. It will be available by the glass or bottle.
Amorici, a farm winery, uses sustainable farming practices. In addition to purchasing other New York State-grown grapes, Messina grows such cold-hardy grapes as Aromella, Kay Gray, Fontenac, and Marquette. His refers to his wines as "vegan/vegetarian friendly."
Amorici Vineyard, a member of the 26-member Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail and the 14-member Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail, is located at 637 Colonel Burch Road, near the boundary with Rensselaer County. Reservations and additional information: 469-0680. The current tasting room schedule: through November 16, Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.to 5:30 p.m.; through December 31, Thursday-Monday, noon to 6 p.m. Closed January-February.