The Jefferson County Historical Society is sponsoring A Trip and a Sip, a Wednesday, Nov. 6, bus tour to explore the wine trail in Jefferson and Lewis counties. A motor coach will leave the Historical Society at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6 to begin the 78-mile trip and to help participants brush up on the 5 steps of wine tasting: see, swirl, smell, sip and savor.
The bus is expected to arrive at the Tug Hill Winery, near Lowville in Lewis County, about 11:15 a.m. for a wine tasting, lunch and a super view of the Adirondack foothills. There will be time to check out special merchandise in the gift shop.
After lunch, the group will visit Otter Creek Winery near Philadelphia. The newest winery on the tour has 12 handcrafted wines and a beautiful view of the vineyards from the tasting room where sheep graze among the vines. Wine slushes also are available.
Next, the bus motors to Venditti Winery on New Connecticut Road outside of Theresa. It offers another delicious assortment of wines to appeal to all tastes red or white, dry or sweet.
Voted New Yorks 2009 Winery of the Year, the Thousand Islands Winery, near the St. Lawrence River, will be the fourth stop. The winery, located in a handsome Sears barn ordered from a catalogue many years ago, presses 18 varieties of wine for tasting.
Coyote Moon Vineyards near Clayton is the final stop before the group returns to Watertown. There are 12 varieties of wine to sample, a gift shop to visit and 15 acres of vineyards for strolling.
The bus should return to Watertown by 6:15 p.m.
The cost of the wine trip is $85 for JCHS members and $89 for non-members. The fee includes a $15 donation to the Historical Society. Reservations are requested by Friday, Oct. 25.
For more information, call the historical society at782-3491 or 782-8105 or visit the museum website at www.jeffersoncountyhistory.org. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.