By JEFF MEYERS
---- — PLATTSBURGH – A sampling of the region’s finest wines will be available for tasting during an upcoming fundraiser for the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum.
The fourth-annual Winter Wine Festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at Legends Bistro at Comfort Inn on Route 3 in Plattsburgh.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum and its Kids’ Station for children’s activities.
“We’ll have a nice mixture of local vendors,” said Lisa LaFountain, director of fundraising and membership for the Transportation Museum. “Funds raised will go toward exhibits and supplies that we need.”
Local vineyards participating include Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery, Stonehouse Vineyard and Vesco Ridge Vineyard, as well as regional wines featured through Liquor and Wine Warehouse.
Regional treats will also be available through McCadam and Cabot Cheese, Jeezum Crow beef products from D&D Meats, Homestead Maple, Gonyo Farms jams and jellies and Batters Up Bake Shop.
The Silent Auction and entertainment by Emily Carlin will take place during the Grand Tasting, which will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
A three-course dinner at Legends Bistro will follow the wine tasting, with specifically paired wine and foods.
Last year, the event raised around $5,000 for the museum, funds that have been put to a variety of uses.
“One example is that we’ve been able to switch over to LED lighting,” said docent Dick Soper. “It’s helped to lower our electric costs and has improved visibility throughout the facility.
“It’s also a way to go “green,” and that’s what we are looking for.”
Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward a major project to create a Lozier gallery, which will feature displays of the museum’s Lozier automobiles as well as an exhibit depicting the Lozier factory and showroom.
That gallery, Soper noted, will not be completed for the upcoming season.
Lozier Motors operated in Plattsburgh in the early 1900s at the site now occupied by Georgia-Pacific. Loziers have been the focal point of the transportation museum since its inception more than a decade ago.
The museum, which is closed for the winter months, will have its grand reopening on the last weekend of April and will feature some new exhibits, including several antique bicycles, a 1927 Packard and a 1996 handicap-accessible taxi cab that was a prototype for a model that was tested for New York City.
It was out-competed when Nissan Motors was granted exclusive rights to produce vehicles for the city’s taxi fleet.
“The cab never went into production,” Soper said.
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IF YOU GO
The Champlain Valley Winter Wine Festival is set for 4 to 6:30 Saturday, Jan. 26 at Legends Bistro in Plattsburgh.
Tickets are $25. A three-course dinner will follow, with tickets going for $75, which covers food, wine, tax and tip, with $35 from each admission going to the Transportation Museum.
Those who purchase both the wine-tasting and dinner tickets can book a standard room at Comfort Inn at the discounted price of $99.
For more information, directions, dinner menu and tickets, visit http://www.cvtmuse um.info/. Tickets are also available at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum administration office, 12 Museum Way on the PARC Museum Campus (566-7575) or at Comfort Inn on Route 3 in Plattsburgh.