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Winter Wine Festival returns to benefit Transportation Museum

"It's been a huge build-up over the last few weeks and it's really come together," Keene said of the festival. "It's exciting seeing it take hold and hearing buzz in the community about it happening again this year. I'm very excited."

Marty Fortin, co-owner of Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery, Chazy, said she's also looking forward to the festival, which helps promote her business and others like it in the area.

"I think that our area is ripe for the picking regarding events like this," said Fortin. "We don't really have a lot going on in our area in the winter and I think this is a nice change of pace. I thought last year's was extremely well-attended for its first year."

"It's good exposure for new businesses," she added.

Proceeds from this year's festival will again benefit the development of the museum's Kids Station, an ongoing project to establish a hands-on museum for kids. Grand tasting tickets are $25 per person, wine dinner tickets are $75 per person and wine brunch tickets are $35 per person.

In addition to Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery, local businesses participating in the grand tasting include Hid-In-Pines Vineyard, Stonehouse Vineyard, Vesco Ridge Vineyard, Candy Man Homemade Adirondack Chocolates, and Rambach's Bakery. Bully Hill Vineyards from Hammondsport, Swedish Hill Winery from Romulus, Cabot Cheese from Chateaugay, and McCadam Cheese from Cabot, Vt., will also be on hand.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Transportation Museum at 566-7575 or visit www.cvwinefestival.com.

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