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• Coyote Moon Rosé on a roll

23 Jul

NEW YORK — Phil Randazzo’s Coyote Moon Winery has received a gold medal for his Catawba-based River Run rosé in the New York Wine & Bar Show competition held here.

This follows closely on the heels of the same wine winning “Best Rosé” honors in the prestigious Long Beach (CA) Grand Cru International Wine Competition.

The two-year-old Coyote Moon, located in the Thousand Islands, also won “Best Chardonnay” and a gold medal here for its unoaked Naked Chardonnay. Overall this year, its various wines have earned 126 medals.

Millbrook Vineyards Chardonnay from the Hudson Valley also won a gold medal here.

Says Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, “Coyote Moon’s success is reflective of that unlikely wine region’s growth. At this time of year, the Thousand Islands is a virtual paradise. The days are long, the river is warm, and the tourists are dropping their money everywhere. January is different from July. It gets cooooold up there, and certainly the only grapes that could survive are the extremely cold-hardy Minnesota varieties which generally can withstand winter temperatures of 40˚ below zero.

“Years ago, Steve Conaway took a gamble and started the Thousand Islands Winery, and now several others have followed, along with many grape growers in the region.”

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