That will be taken care of when State Senator Patty Ritchie introduce legislation in January to create a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail, with stops in Lisbon, Black Lake and Winthrop.
Ritchie is head of the State Senate Agriculture Committee. Her promise to do so, made Monday in a news release, earned positive response for local officials hoping to attract more tourists to the economically-challenged region.
"Having a wine trail or spirits trail rambling through St. Lawrence County will bring visitors here," said Pat McKeown, CEO of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. in a statement.
He added, a bit vaguely when it came to precise numbers, "There is more to St. Lawrence County than just fishing. We have wineries -- three or four of them now. We have a brewery starting up."
In reality, the wine trail would cover Bella-Brooke Vineyard, 2989 County Route 6, Hammond; River Myst Winery, 9830 Route 37, Ogdensburg; and, High Peaks Winery, 2442 Route 72, Potsdam. That comes to three (3). The trail also would be designed to include the St. Lawrence Brewing Co., 19 Commerce Lane, Canton, which is not "starting up." It is in full operation.
Ritchie's plan would call for, among other things, funds to help the state Department of Transportation install winery signs along major roads in the county to alert passersby of the local vineyards and brewery. The wineries also would be marketed in brochures and fliers generated by the state.
St. Lawrence County, which has a population of about 112,000, according to the 2010 census. It covers 2,821 square miles.