This just-released, highly-illustrated 132-page book is a perfect Christmas gift from Western NY. Most especially for those who have happy memories of living in this region, where September's grape aromas are an essential part of fall, and whose grape industry also created the beautiful agricultural vistas of vineyards and the historic villages that line Route 20, creating a special sense of place.
Why is Johnson Estate selling this newly-published book by John Thomas Slater?
Jennifer and Fred Johnson like to tell this "quick" story. They have been married for 41 one years and Fred's career working for international food companies including Frito-Lay and Chiquita Banana explains why their son was born in Sydney, their daughter in Toronto, and the children both learned Spanish on a banana plantation in Panama. Fred and Jennifer moved to the farm in 2013 and that was move number fourteen - and they have now lived in WNY longer than anywhere else. In her early thirties, Jennifer realized that she had a passion for historic buildings and landscape architecture, which together create a "sense of place". And so, of course, she discovered the WNY Heritage Magazine, which is dedicated to promoting and writing about the 8 counties of WNY.
Jennifer realized, when visiting and then moving to Western NY, that it has its own special and unique sense of place with unparallelled agricultural vistas of Concord vineyards and historic villages along Lake Erie. Created by the century-plus-old Concord grape industry - the largest in the world - there is, indeed, a special heritage in WNY and it was created by the ancestors of the current growers and business owners who are here. As a result, Jennifer happily joined author John Thomas Slater and editor/publisher, Doug DeCroix, to support the publication of this special book of this region's stories (just released late October 2023).
The book is the result of over a decade of collaborative research by a network of dedicated historians and archivists working with author John Thomas Slater. This special publication, of 132 pages, shares the rich and evocative stories of the vineyards, farms, wineries and people that have made up this unique viticultural region since the early 1800s.
Copies of the book ($25/book) are currently available at the Grape Discovery Center & Johnson Estate Winery (both in Westfield, NY) and at Tia Book Cellar and the North East Fruit Growers (both in North East, PA). Online purchases may be made at WNYH. Johnson Estate also has copies of the book that can be purchased and shipped with wine purchases (we are working on pricing to mail the books via the USPO).
We are happy to share with you the news that Cornell Alumni Affairs was selected Johnson Estate's Sparkling Traminette to be included in their 2023 Alumni Wine Collection! Johnson Estate's prosecco-like Sparkling Traminette (made with Estate-grown Traminette , which was developed by Cornell University) is the first sparkling wine to be included in this annual collection of wines by the Cornell Alumni Affairs. Read more here about the 2023 Cornell Alumni selections and the artists.
Sold Out in Three Days!
The good news/bad news - our Sparkling Traminette "SOLD OUT" three days after Cornell's release of the Collection. We couldn't believe it, but due to a too conservative level of inventory, Cornell purchasers did indeed buy all of Sparkling Traminette! But yes, here's the same vintage of Sparkling Traminette available with its traditional label.
Fred Johnson (Cornell '75 & MBA '77) & Jennifer (MBA '79)
It's easy to write that title, but it's challenging to summarize a 100+ year old story that begins with an orphan from England who entered Cornell in the fall of 1895 after immigrating from Canada. The Cornell Alumni Magazine does it well in this article: "It Began with a Cornellian".
Yes, Johnson Estate has just become a Harvest Host for those traveling in RVs.
This was recommended by a customer this summer. Signing up in late August was a simple and straightforward exercise and led to quick reservations by those traveling through Western NY.
And here's the Small World Story (I think that there must be many in the RV world):
Jennifer's brother, Skip Schroeder, has an RV and is now travelling with his wife, heading west from Virginia. Two days ago, they were parking their RV in Louisville, Kentucky and a neighboring RV pulled in from NYS. Naturally, the two RV owners began to talk. The NY couple was from the Buffalo area. And of course, my brother asked if they knew a small town called Westfield.And their answer:
"Of course we know Westfield. That's where our favorite winery, Johnson Estate Winery, is located.
In fact, we have some Johnson Estate wine in the RV - would you like to come and have a glass?"
Here's a toast to your small world stories as you travel!
Jennifer & Fred Johnson
Jennifer has a dear friend from high school, Sheila M., who still lives in Virginia. Now retired, she and her husband have been able to visit the winery and farm. And she has discovered some favorites amongst our portfolio. Here's what she said when she first ordered a case of Dry Rosé two years ago:
"Okay. I surrender to the Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir. All three bottles I ordered are gone. Hence, I just ordered another case this afternoon. It is really good. I usually do not drink rosé at all but this one just goes with everything ... or nothing at all!".
Thank you Miss Sheila for these kind words about one of our favorites!
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The "Empty Bottles" that traveled the world and ended up in Westfield, NY
On Display at the Patterson Library, Westfield, NY
Made in England or Holland and filled with wine or alcohol, traveled on sailing vessels to the New World and South America in the 1700s, were dumped into the river by sailors, and then collected 200+ years later by a Westfield man.... who was working in British Guyana and had them shipped by plane to NYC/Buffalo/Westfield in the 1970s.
In the 1950s through the 1970s, Frederick S. Johnson worked in many South American countries as an agricultural consultant. He and his family lived in Venezuela for about ten years until his father died and they moved back to Western New York in 1961. He collected a wide assortment of wine and distilled beverage bottles while working in British Guiana and many may have come from Dutch Guiana (Surinam). Here’s an excerpt from an article published in the Buffalo News in 1979:
Fred was intrigued to learn that the nets of native fishermen were bringing up old bottles from the Demerara River and the ocean channels where the river meets the Atlantic. Mr. Johnson learned that these bottles had contained wine shipped to colonists of British and Dutch Guiana/Suriname back in the 17th century. These early settlers built their settlements closest to the rivers and found it handy to toss empty bottles into the water. Sand and silt, swept downstream by the water, buried the bottles and then uncovered them as channels changed....They come from a time when bottles were hand-blown, when the size and thickness of the glass varied.......The color of the glass bottles from Surinam varies from dark-green to brown-green. Many of the bottles still contain dirt and gravel… Mr. Johnson shipped scores of bottles home to Westfield, NY from South America.
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