Wine, craft beers and distilleries are prominent in the St. Lawrence River Valley, and back from our castle tour, we have the afternoon available to visit a few. The wine here is produced from special cold-hardy grapes, as you might expect this far north.
Our first stop was Northern Flow Vineyards, established in 2015. Located on a farm by the St. Lawrence, its cold-and disease-resistant grapes were developed by the University of Minnesota, one of the nation's leading grape research programs. They maintain more than 12,000 experimental vines on 12 acres.
We have a tasting at one of their outdoor tables, beside a trellis that fronts their vintage. As is our usual, Pam goes bolder reds and I opt for the sweet flight. We relax and soak up the moment under the shade of a wide umbrella. Life in the 1000 Islands is good indeed.
Our next stop is Coyote Moon Vineyards, which we noticed also maintain a tasting room on the river walk near the hotel – and where they also offer boat wine cruises from the pier. Their family-owned vineyards are located some four miles away on 400 acres that once was an abandoned farm. Inside, we find a safety-conscious stuffed coyote on the bar wearing a face mask.
Coyote Moon also produces their wine from cold-hardy grapes, and we enjoyed it so much we bought a bottle of their LaCrescent, a white wine with “strong citrus notes and a hint of sweetness.” Like many of their wines, it features distinctive label artwork by the owner’s wife, Mary Randazzo.
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