Life, Moscato, Recipes, Wine

An Upstate New York Tradition


Ask anyone who lives in the greater Syracuse area what they do during the last week of summer leading up to Labor Day and their answers may be the same – why, visit the New York State Fair, of course! That’s what we did the other night and we hit all the usual spots, including a stop for a wine slushie (or three or four).

Wine slushies are a staple at the fair but a quick Google search will show they’re not unique to New York state. Still, they are a once-a-year treat for me. This year, I tried one from Goose Watch Winery, Ashley Lynn Winery and Montezuma Winery. I mostly enjoy the red wine slushies but my husband tried a Moscato one from Goose Watch that was delish! The best ones are more winepony-ride than slush but beggars can’t be choosers!

Wine slushies are the perfect companions to watching the kids have a blast on rides and seeing animals and all the sites the fair has to offer, including a pony ride, Christopher’s first.

How did we spend the rest of our Labor Day weekend? I made some homemade salsa with our Roma tomatoes from the garden and we enjoyed some other delicious wines, including a new Italian red, 2013 Cozzo Mario Madonna delle Grazie, Dolcetto di Dogliani DOCG, from our favorite local wine shop, Vinomania. Happy end of summer, everyone!


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