I will be at Stans Blueberry Patch on Wednesday July 11, 2012 at 8AM to pick some of NYS best blueberries. Please join me for a sunny day with temperatures beginning at 55 degrees and going as high as 84 degrees. You can keep your own blueberries or I will pay you a bottle of blueberry wine (made from this years communal batch) per hour of blueberry picking. You may also pick blueberries that would be acceptable from Hafners Blueberry Patch on Route 370 in Baldwinsville and Matt & Annie’s Blueberry Patch in Parish. No other blueberries are acceptable for making wine at Lakeland Winery. I have tasted these berries and found them to be exceptional tasting. There may be other good patches I haven’t tasted, but so far these are the three. Blueberry picking will continue daily until I have 800 pounds. That, and 500 pounds of sugar make 250 gallons of delicious tasting blueberry wine.
NYS BILL NUMBER:S4533
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the agriculture and markets law and the alcoholic beverage control law, in relation to providing that food processing establishments shall include the operation of home wine makers centers
The purpose of this bill is to create a regulatory mechanism so that home wine maker centers can be established in this State as they have been established in many other wine producing states such as California, Washington, and Oregon. This bill will facilitate the ability of home wine makers to pool their resources and share equipment and storage facilities to produce quality wine for home consumption as is currently allowed for under federal regulations. The amendments to this “B” print are suggested language changes provided by theFederal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to ensure that this state bill complies with Federal Law.
Pittsford native Cynthia Kolko, following the release of her first novel, â€œFruit of the Vine,â€ will visit Lakeland Winery from 1-3pm on July 9, 2011. Attendees will be able to meet the author, get signed copies of the book and chat about wine and the Finger Lakes. Books are $14.95 and will be available for purchase at Lakeland Winery and can also be purchased through Barnes & Noble, Amazon and www.cynthiakolko.com.
The book is set in the 1990s in the fictional Finger Lakes town of Sawhorn, NY. The story finds its roots in Kolkoâ€™s heritage, her admiration for the people of wine country, and in her own rich imagination. Jem, a young vineyard worker, finds himself torn between tradition and progress in the small town. At its center is the conflict of nature versus nurture: â€œThe main character, Jem, has it in the heart of his struggles,â€ explains Kolko, â€œIn a sense, wine is an expression of nature and nurture as well. It’s the result of what nature makes and what people cultivate.â€
Growing up surrounded by wine aficionados and appreciating the beauty of the Finger Lakes led Kolko to set her first novel in the region. â€œI’ve traveled to numerous wine-growing regions in several countries; the Finger Lakes region is as majestic as any of them and the wine is in the same league,â€ says Kolko. â€œYet, my enjoyment of wine country stems not so much from what’s in the glass, though I enjoy that very much, but from the small pieces that make up the experience, the parts that aren’t so obvious. I inserted the quirky types of characters I like to read about into that backdrop.â€
About the Author
Cynthia Kolko graduated from Hamilton College with a bachelorâ€™s degree in English. She has worked as a corporate, advertising and editorial writer, and as a broadcast scriptwriter. Her writing has been published in many periodicals including P.R. Journal, How, Interactivity, Progressive Railroading, Rochester Business Journal, and the Democrat and Chronicle. Kolko lives with her husband and two children in her hometown of Pittsford, NY.
I went to a wine tasting at Liquor Square last week and tasted many good wines. But,
the ones I was most impressed with were the “Ninety Plus” wines. I tasted and liked
5 different wines (Melbec, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris). The server
said the company purchases different “lots” of bulk wines from wineries and bottles
them under their label. That way they are not limited by what ONE winery makes
any year. The flexibility of choosing a wine that tastes great makes 90+ sure to
always come out on top. The cost is about $17/bottle.
p.s. this is not a paid announcement. I would rather you made your own great
tasting wines at www.Lakeland Winery.com.