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Thursday, April 21, 2016
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Oscar Vizcarra and Erik Gustafson pose with the official
declaration of April as "Wine Month" following the
Tuesday meeting of the Niagara County Legislature.
(CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
April is officially something to "wine" about -- as the Niagara County Legislature declared April to be "Wine Month" at its Tuesday meeting.

Legislator John Syracuse spoke on the importance of the wineries to the county. In accepting
the proclamation, Niagara Wine Trail President Oscar Vizcarra thanked the elected officials for their support.

Wine Trail Vice President Erik Gustafson explained why we have a burgeoning wine industry in Niagara County. Explaining the importance of both the escarpment and Lake Ontario, he describe the ideal conditions here.  He buttressed his discussion by mentioned the various gold medals and other
awards our wineries have received.  He concluded by sharing his journey to owning a winery in New York. After attending Purdue University, he and his wife Shane explored various areas.  After looking at California and other locales, they decided that the opportunities in Western New York outweighed
all others.

Proposing a toast to the industry, Event Committee Chair Margo Sue Bittner recognized the farmers and the organizations that support the wineries. She encouraged everyone to buy local, including using the Uncork NY restaurant cards when dining out. Thanking the legislators for their support, she asked that they sign a pledge to serve only New York State wines at any of their functions, as state Sen. Rob Ortt and Assembly members Jane Corwin and John Ceretto have. In concluding her toast, she reminded everyone to find local wines at the wineries, in liquor stores and at local farmers markets.

Syracuse concluded the presentation by presenting the proclamation to Vizcarra and Gustafson.  For more information about the wineries, to get copies of the UnCork NY wine card or wine pledge or learn about the wine trail events, go to www.NiagaraWineTrail.org or email Contact@NiagaraWineTrail.org.



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