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First annual wine tour a success

PLATTSBURGH - The Lake Champlain Grape Growers Association has nothing to whine about after the success of the first annual Summer Wine Tour, held Aug. 14-15.

Nancy Vesco, owner of Vesco Ridge Vineyard said at least 200 people participated in the tour each day.

"I think it went wonderful," she said. "It was just really overwhelming, but in a good way. It absolutely exceeded any of our expectations."

The tour featured wine tastings at Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery in Chazy; ELFS Farm Winery &C Cider Mill in Plattsburgh; Stonehouse Vineyard in Mooers; and Vesco Ridge Farm in West Chazy. There were also tours held at Hid-In-Pines Vineyard in Morrisonville and Purple Gate Vineyard in Plattsburgh, although they weren't licensed to serve wine.

During the two-day event, many of the wineries ran out of the souvenir wine glasses as well as some varieties of wine.

"This being our first one, we didn't know what to expect," Vesco explained. "We're definitely going to get together and throw everyone's ideas out there and have a plan so we're prepared for the bigger crowd."

Vesco was happy however, to see so many people interested in the wine grown in the region.

"I'm just glad that the wine lovers came out. There are a lot more people out there that are wine drinkers than what I thought," she said. "It was nice to meet so many people that have the same interest. And it was fun too, because a lot of people came through just to do the wine tour. Then there were several people that ... were interested in the grapes and growing and making of the wine. It was a mix of people."

Vesco plans to meet with the rest of the LCGGA members soon, and consider the possibility having another wine tour in the near future.

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