Dateline: 13 May 2015
But it's interesting to note that when I was growing up here in the 1970's, there were almost no wineries. What changed? Well, the change came about because New York State passed a Farm Winery Act in 1976. The new law allowed wineries to sell directly to the public.
Imagine that! One of the most government-regulated states in the nation changed the law to allow more freedom and free enterprise.
While many of the wineries that have sprouted up around here in recent decades are large and showy, a lot of them are very small, home operations. Chateau Dusseau is one local example. Bob and Steve Dusseau grew up here in Moravia (they are around my age) and their aspiring winery is on a lonely country road.
Personally, I'm not a wine drinker. But I sure do enjoy a glass of homemade Concord grape juice, and my one row of grape vines have produced many such glasses of enjoyment. But, truth be told, I have neglected to prune my vines for the past two years. As a result, they became a dense tangle, and have not produced much of a crop.
So it was that Futureman (my grandson) and I finally got around to pruning away all the superfluous grape vegetation a couple weeks ago. Actually, I did all the pruning, and most of the picking up, while Futureman played on the tractor and wagon. It was a good time for both of us.