Archives for July 2009

Does anyone know Retail?

As you know, I am no longer selling wine at the Farmers Market because of a New
York State requirement. Although I’m still doing wine tasting at the Market and
asking people to visit Lakeland Winery to purchase, I still need another source of
revenue. Recently, Winexpert introduced a product that is absolutely selling way
above the rest…not that it’s better – it’s sweeter. It’s called Pomegranate Zinfandel,
and I literally can’t make it fast enough.

Being a Professional Engineer, I don’t have much retail experience so I need someone to mentor me; and I need some sales people too. The questions are:

How much do Sales people make?

How do I price the wine at wholesale ?

If you want to sell my wine to restaurants; hotels; bars; liquor stores, let me know.
I’m ready to begin immediately. Please respond to [email protected],
and thanks.


Custom Crush or Adopt a jug at Lakeland Winery

This October, we will be making our first batch of wine from California and New York grapes. And, you can be involved in this educative process.

I have hired a professional wine maker to take us through the lessons of making wine from fresh grapes at Lakeland Winery. I have tasted his wines in years past, and they are exceptional. I’m sure you will be happy to crush, press, ferment, punch the cap, rack, blend & sip, and basically just coo over your wines. Taste the subtle changes as your wine ages from month to month.

We are making Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California grapes, and Cayuga White from New York Cayuga grapes. You can ‘adopt a jug’ or ‘custom crush’ your very own 6 gallon batch of wine. This makes about 30 bottles of wine. Sorry, this first year we will not be making any other varieties. Of course you can blend the two red wines if you like to your own specifications. The cost will be $250 for a jug of red, and $200 for a jug of white. This includes everything from soup to nuts: Wine, bottles, corks, labels and shrink caps. Plus, a whole lot of training! Did you know that grapes actually scream when they are pressed? Come find out.

The first year I made a batch, I thought it would take me 2 years to drink. A year later when it was ready to drink, it was gone in 4 months. WOW! Was it ever delicious! Six gallons is gone in four months after drinking only one glass each night for your health.

Stayed tuned for the first day when we unload the truck of grapes. It will be so exciting to see those grapes and taste the difference between each variety. I will keep you informed, but until then e-mail me at [email protected] and let me know if you want to participate. Or respond to this e-mail.


A sad day at the Farmers Market

I was doing so well selling at the Farmers Market until last week. The State Liquor Board called and said there was a complaint that I was selling out-of-state wine. I told them no, my wine is all made at Lakeland Winery in Syracuse. But, apparently the law actually says ONLY wine made from grapes grown in New York can be sold at the Farmers Market.

Of course it doesn’t apply to California Strawberries; and what if you make the wine from NY grapes in Pennselvania and then sell it in NY?

I’m telling you, sometimes life is difficult…anyone have any ideas. I just lost $2,000 per month.


Wine for the Confused – Watch it online now!

If you’ve never seen the great 2004 documentary, Wine for the Confused, starring John Cleese of Monty Python, then you’re in for a treat. Although it is John Cleese, the film’s description points out that it is meant to be more educational than funny:

Wine is confusing…overwhelming even. So where do you start if you want to learn more about it? Join comedy legend John Cleese on a witty and personal look at the world of winemaking.

You can watch the entire film below or head over to and watch it there.

Future announcement coming soon

“Everyone who makes wine believes he makes the best. The more simple the man and his ways, the more he believes it. With so many others also making the best wine, how can it be that you believe yours is the best? Somehow it is God’s way of protecting you.”

We have some exciting things happening this year concerning travel and wine-making. I’ll let you know as soon as I do, but I thought I would tease you with this exciting pre-announcement.

Your favorite wine-maker,
Captain Andy