Archive | March, 2017

Women and Wine

31 Mar

17098443_1148417588613475_3052059758283408492_nMarch is the month dedicated to showcasing and honoring women for their accomplishments in changing our culture and revolutionizing the world. While times have changed and ceilings continue to fall, women still struggle to earn the respect of their male counterparts, especially in certain fields.

One industry that is remarkably absent in this discussion is the wine industry. This group of growers and vintners has been demographically male-dominated throughout history, but in Western New York local wineries are breaking the mold for women.

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Shane Gustafson at Gust of Sun Winery (Gust of Sun Winery/Facebook)

Shane Gustafson is the owner and co-wine maker with her husband of Gust of Sun Winery in Ransomville, NY, which won Silver Medal in the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Down the road, Mindy Vizcarra is now overseeing the winemaking operations, which is being done by several male co-workers, at Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms. They also took home a Silver Medal in the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.A fifth-generation farm, Vizcarra is carrying on the family tradition but a leading female in the local industry and growing the business into an agri-tourism attraction.

South of them, Salamanca Estate Winery has both male and female winemakers who share equal responsibility in the winemaking responsibilities.

While not a traditional wine maker, Kristin Gregory is also breaking barriers as the chief-cider maker at BlackBird Cider Works. They have won several local awards including 2016 Silver Medal in the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.

As we conclude women’s appreciation month, we must be proud of the continued work being done in our own backyard. Western New York continues to push forth in setting new precedents in many industries. While we spent the past month appreciating women it is imperative to continuing shining a light on the accomplishments being made around our community.

 

Dimitri Malliaris is the public relations intern for Full Plate Publicity. He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree at Buffalo State University in public communications with a minor degree in environmental science. He is in his final semester of college, and is currently the vice-president of PRSSA- Buffalo State Chapter.

Prior to getting his degree, Dimitri was co-general manager of Nektar and Ambrosia Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. He has spent his life in the hospitality industry. Following graduation, he hopes to work for the environment or renewable energy field doing public relations.

Gypsy Getaway Wagons: A Unique Take on the Tiny Home Movement

11 Mar

GYGW-Pink_LogoWhen Jeff Deming left New York to settle out West, he wanted to find a quiet place to think and reconnect with his soul. Deming’s dream of bettering the world, as well as making a living that he could share with his two young kids led him to the creation of Gypsy Getaway Wagons.

Gypsy Getaway Wagons is a modern, minimalist, alternative living options that allows customers to escape the noise of today’s society in an uniquely designed, work of art that posses the comforts of luxury living with the ability to escaping off the grid.

Everyone needs it whether they know it or not. Life decisions, romantic getaways, meaningful family vacations…we all need to live like a gypsy to reconnect occasionally.” – Gypsy Getaway Wagons Owner Jeff Deming

With the growing popularity of tiny homes in our culture, Deming’s big idea mixed with his years of experience running boutique hotels, guest ranches and other various hospitality services allowed his dream the ability to grow. He teamed up with a local artesian to custom built unique Gypsy Wagons for costumers, as well as build several used for rental purposes.

While tiny homes can potentially be challenging to maneuver place to place, Gypsy Wagons are built on trailer beds that allow you to hitch to your vehicle and get away on a whim! Deming’s custom built wood interior mixed with the easy mobility of the wagons makes for a unique vacationing experience!

Gypsy Getaway Wagon’s is a family matter; Jeff credits his 11-year old and 13- year old children as lead designer and creative director of all Gypsy’s unique designs.