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.