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Taste the 1000 Islands… Through Videos!

It was W.C. Fields who said, “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food!”

There are more than a dozen winemakers, brewers and distillers in the region, on both sides of the border.  They are all making a name for themselves in the Thousand Islands.  Now, thanks to the support of the New York State Tourism Board, Taste 1000 Islands have created a video series interviewing these enterprises.

In addition, Taste 1000 Islands, has an enhanced social media presence, trying to make many more residents, and visitors to the region, aware of the extent of our many and varied culinary establishments.  TI Life is pleased to present these impressive media clips!

So what to do next?  Pour your favourite beverage, sit back and view the following…


Published on Mar 30, 2016

Wood Boat Brewery is a microbrewery located in Clayton, New York along the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands. We are conveniently located a few blocks from the downtown business district and next to the Antique Boat Museum. We create and maintain high quality full flavored craft brews. We also feature the best brick oven pizza in the area. Stop in and see for yourself!

Published on Mar 23, 2016

Thousand Islands Winery® is the largest farm winery in Northern New York State and is located along the majestic St. Lawrence River on a historic forty-acre farmstead established in 1836. The Winery began its operations in 2002 with the purchase of the farm by Steve Conaway and his wife Erika. The primary grape varieties being planted in the Thousand Islands Region include Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Marquette and La Crescent, which were developed by the University of Minnesota. The development of these cold-hardy grapes is the very reason we now enjoy the benefits of the ever-expanding Northern New York wine region.

Published on Mar 16, 2016

The Grindstone Island Winery draws inspiration from the fertility of the land, the commitment of the people who work it, and the spirit of those who enjoy its fruits. Situated in the heart of the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York, our winery embraces the island's rich agrarian history. The St. Lawrence River creates an ideal microclimate, for growing wine grape varieties, unique to this region. Our annual harvest has become a vibrant community event, bringing together many who share a passion for traditional wine making and life on The River.

Published on Mar 9, 2016

The Randazzo family, of Coyote Moon Vineyards, handcrafts each award-winning wine at their vineyard located in the heart of the Thousand Islands in Clayton, New York. Phil Randazzo, patriarch of the family-owned and operated winery, is a self-taught winemaker. Phil and his wife Mary, along with their children, Tony and Kristina, and daughter-in-law Lori, carefully create each bottle of Coyote Moon’s award-winning wine. At Coyote Moon Vineyards, winemaking is not a passion, it’s an obsession and it starts from the ground up. The family carefully pays attention to details; it is the little things that make award-winning wine. Everything from the pruning, to fruit selection, through hand harvesting, to label printing is done with purpose and passion. With such attention to detail, Coyote Moon Vineyards has quickly become one of New York’s most award-winning wineries.

Published on Mar 2, 2016

At Dark Island Spirits, we embrace the bootleggers, partiers, and the just plain bored, of our not-too-distant past. And we are honored to produce and supply like-minded people, of the 21st century, with "spirits of leisure" worthy of this colorful and hard-fought freedom of recreation.

Published Feb 24, 2016

Clayton Distillery is a destination distillery located in the beautiful Thousand Islands region of Northern New York. As the region’s first micro-distillery, Clayton Distillery produces premium grade distilled products from locally grown grains and fruits. Clayton Distillery currently produces vodka, mixed berry vodka, gin, un-aged corn whisky (moonshine), limoncello, strawberry rhubarb liqueur, maple strawberry liqueur, raspberry liqueur, bourbon, maple whisky, cherry whisky, peach whisky and three flavored moonshines.

Published on Feb 17, 2016

A micro-climate of moist air exists along the 1000 Islands thanks to the crystal clear fresh waters of the St. Lawrence River and eastern Lake Ontario. Combined with fertile land shaped by four distinct and dramatic seasons, it creates a climate ripe for growing high-quality craft beverage ingredients.

We recommend you bookmark the Taste 1000 Islands YouTube channel:

And check out their social media channels: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:

And most of all, enjoy Summer 2016 by capturing those moments when you open a bottle - on the Deck or Dock -  pop off a beer bottle top - on your camera and send them to TI Life to share!

By Susan W. Smith, Editor,

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Ian Coristine
Comment by: Ian Coristine
Left at: 10:18 PM Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Thank you far gathering these great videos Susie, revealing a surprising variety of passionate artists I hadn't realized were here, producing some very tantalizing (liquid) art! Wonderful to see the 1000 Islands Renaissance gaining momentum in unexpected ways.
Jim Webster
Comment by: Jim Webster
Left at: 8:30 AM Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Thanks Susie, what a great article. How would I get to the Grindstone Winery, ie. where would I dock, and how can this old man get there? Thanks
Susie Smith
Comment by: Susie Smith
Left at: 10:57 AM Thursday, May 19, 2016
I appreciate the thanks, but Peter Purcell is the one who arranged for us to get the link. Be sure to check back often, as I am sure there will be updates.