Ah, summer. Ready to pack up all the picnic or cookout goodies? Let’s check: √ hamburgers, √ hot dogs, √ potato salad, √ tossed salad, √ potato chips, √ cooling dessert, √ condiments, √ cans of wine ... .
Surprised by that last item on the checklist? It’s true. The Thousand Island winery called Coyote Moon Vineyards has begun offering two of its wines in cans — Fire Boat Red and Fire Boat White, making it the first winery in New York State to can its wines. The cans are small, light, and easily transportable. No corkscrew is needed. The aluminum protects the quality of the wine, and is easily recycled. The wines are offered in four-packs of 250ml cans, which means each can is equal to one-third of a normal bottle of wine, which is 750ml.
Coyote Moon, located three miles east of Route 12 in Clayton, is owned and operated by the Phil and Mary Randazzo, along with their daughter Kristina and her husband Christian and their son Tony and wife Lori. They specialize in growing cold-hardy northern climate fruit, commonly referred to as Minnesota grapes, and have won numerous awards in major competitions in the few years they have been open.
In addition to the vineyards and winery at 17371 East Line Road, they also operate the Wine & Craft Beer Lounge at 524 Riverside Drive in the Village of Clayton and a store in Watertown's Salmon Run Mall. The lounge in Clayton is a seasonal operation, open during the summer months. Phone: 315-686-4030. The mall shop is open during normal mall hours. Phone: 315-782-0050. Summer hours at the winery (June 1-September 5) are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Winter hours (September 6-May 31) are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The winery is open seven days a week except for Christmas Day. Phone: 315-686-5600.