"LISW--Certified Vineyards" is a new app just launched by Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing and available for iPhone and Android Systems.
The idea is to provide increased visibility for the LISW program and its members, in part through a Google map including all certified vineyards on Long Island which provides an easy way to visit any of the LISW member wineries. Users can also browse sustainable vineyards alphabetically and find their websites, phone numbers, general emails, and street addresses. Why not plan a sustainable trip? www.liwistainablewine.org.
LISW is a not-for-profit organization that provides education and certification for Long Island vineyards, and is the first program of its type in the eastern United States. The New York Wine & Grape Foundation provided a grant for the app project, and we were happy to do so.
The timing of this launch is ideal, as next weekend we will escort a group of New York City sommeliers, writers, and wine store managers visiting Long Island wineries under our NY Drinks NY program.
WineAmerica is a smart investment for any winery that wants to save money. Don't you all?
The Special Occupational Tax (SOT) was instituted to pay for the Civil War(!), but was finally repealed in 2004, thanks in part of WineAmerica's advocacy. Ever since then, small wineries have saved $500 per year ($6,000 since repeal), and larger wineries $1,000 per year ($12,000 total).
On January 1, 2017, a separate annual savings of $1,000 per winery will kick in due to repeal of the federal bond requirement, which WineAmerica also advocated for.
Annual dues in WineAmerica are only $500 for wineries making up to 10,000 gallons; $2,500 for those producing 50,000; and $4,500 at 100,000 gallons. That's peanuts compared with the savings. How much do you pay for a new barrel, and what's your measurable return on investment on that?!
After the election, we anticipate another bill will be considered that could reduce excise taxes. Once again, WineAmerica will be working on it, but we need more of the beneficiaries (wineries!) to get involved. We are grateful to our members, but encourage others to step up and finally do their part.
Every American winery should join WineAmerica. www.wineamerica.org.
Fresh Oysters and Clams...Seared Duck Breast...Smoked Brown Trout...Chili Lime, Roasted Red Pepper, Three Pepper Salsa, and Smoked Onion Parmesan dips...Maple Cheesecake Delight...Hazelnut Truffles...Lemon Sparkling and Cherry Merlot Wine Ice Cream....
Those are just a few of the many treats to be available on September 14 at New York Farm Day, accompanied by a great selection of New York wines, beers, ciders and spirits plus apple juice, grape juice, and milk. Watch for a full menu and beverage list later this week.
This will be the 15th annual New York Farm Day, which we began in 2002 with then-Senator-Hillary Clinton as host, followed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The whole purpose is to educate official Washington that New York is a major farm state whose views should be considered as agricultural policy is being developed. It has worked, and we are grateful for their support as well as that of Senator Chuck Schumer.