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News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
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August 22nd, 2018
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
I enjoy podcasts as a way to keep up to date on current affairs, comedy, music, and food and beverage. They fill the hours in the car as I commute from New York City to Canandaigua, and when I wash the dishes waiting for me at home. I think that podcasts provide an effective medium for telling the stories of our community of grape growers, winemakers, retailers, and hospitality professionals. I am such a podcast acolyte that we recently invested our marketing resources to bring Lawrence Francis, host of the Interpreting Wine Podcast, to visit the New York region as part of our New York Drinks New York and Export programs.

This month, Lawrence launched a New York Wines takeover that chronicles his journey through New York State. I used this past weekend to catch up on all the episodes released, and I think that Lawrence did an excellent job capturing the passion, excitement, and diversity of perspectives within our community. Most of all, this podcast takeover celebrates the culture of our community, which is a culture of openness, sharing, experimentation, risk taking, and enjoying the good life. This culture cuts across all our grape growing regions and it is a testament to the many industry pioneers who contributed to our current success.

On this past Sunday’s episode, August Deimel, winemaker at Keuka Spring Vineyards, tapped into his inner Lebowski when he used a dudeism to describe his cabernet franc, “In the parlance of our times, this wine is totally crushable.” He explained that crushable means easy to drink and has a texture that makes you want to keep going; you are not going to “strip the enamel off your teeth after one glass.” There are many more excellent insights from August’s episode, and I encourage our readers to explore all the episodes because together they uncover and celebrate our culture.

I also find inspiration from comedians and the hospitality industry to continue raising the bar of our work at the Foundation. We are all in the business of purveying happiness, which takes constant reflection and hard work to get it right. I have been listening to Steve Martin’s autobiography, and he describes his 10 years working as a magician, vaudevillian, and stage actor until he broke through as a comic. And, I recently watched a video of Paul Grieco explaining how he took what he learned about hospitality from Danny Meyer to create a dynamic wine experience at his restaurants. And, this video of Danny Meyer connects the thread of Steve and Paul’s experiences with his theory of “The Irrelevancy of Being Right.” 

Thank you for indulging my philosophical rambling about culture, wine, and podcasts.  The benefit of growing grapes and making wine in New York is our freedom to experiment and explore to find what fits right. It certainly takes persistence, hard work, and an optimistic spirit. This is a noble endeavor that generates happiness for ourselves, our families, our communities, and fills the human spirit with soul of New York.

The Dude Abides,
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Industry News...
Cornell Research and Extension Priority Listening Sessions
You are invited to a listening session to help members of the Cornell Viticulture and Enology Extension teams learn what challenges and opportunities regional industry members currently face. These sessions are part of a series we are holding in different regions of New York. These discussions will guide our planning for industry-driven extension and research plans so that we can most effectively leverage Cornell’s resource to meet industry needs. Read more...
Great New York State Fair Celebrates First Ever Grape Day 
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Grape Day is a great time to enjoy some of the best New York-grown products that the State has to offer. Concord grapes are big business in New York State and we look forward to educating fairgoers about the importance of our industry. I encourage our guests to stop by the Pavilion and our Taste NY Marketplace at the Fair as we celebrate our first-ever Grape Day and spotlight our Concord grape growers and processors across the State.” Concord grape products and other treats will be featured all day at the Taste NY Marketplace, with nearly a dozen businesses offering fairgoers the chance to try some of New York’s products made with Concord grapes. Read more...
New Funding for New York State Grown & Certified Participants
Nearly $500,000 in funding is now available for producers and retailers to help offset the cost of Grown & Certified packaging and on-product labeling, as well as in-store signage. Funds are available on a first come, first serve basis until August 31, 2018. Application materials and additional information is available on the Department of Agriculture and Markets' website. Read more...
Welch’s Global Ingredients Launches Product for Wine Industry
Grape juice supplier Welch’s Global Ingredients Group is heading into the wine industry. The company has launched a Niagara grape juice product that is designed to be a cost-effective but high-quality filler or base wine for a broad variety of different wine styles. Juice grapes typically sell at a significantly lower price when compared to wine grapes, which means the new de-characterized Niagara can be used by winemakers looking to reduce raw material costs without impacting quality. Read more...
West Texas Vineyards Blasted By Herbicide Drift
Texas is one of the largest wine-producing states. It has more than 400 wineries. The industry says it boosts the state's economy by some $13 billion annually. New weedkillers used on cotton crops are drifting beyond the fields and causing damage elsewhere. The same herbicides are being used on soy and other crops in the U.S. Some estimates suggest that drift this year from one of the herbicides, dicamba, has caused over a million acres of damage to vulnerable crops across the country. Read more...
Thinking About Wine Without Borders
At its base, Borderless Wine is about being adventurous and open-minded as to where great wine comes from. It should lead to a more well-rounded and holistic view about wine. It presses us further to use wine’s privileged cultural standing to say something bigger in the world. Wine buying can truly be a form of activism, where purchases can help advance regional peace, give regions economic stability from a prosperous wine trade, provide support for farmers in war-torn regions, have a voice in geopolitics, aid in economic recoveries, and give insight into many hard to access places. Read more...
New York in the News...
Nathan Kendall, Can't Stop Won't Stop
Kendall has been a leading figure in New York’s Finger Lakes wine region since he launched his namesake brand in 2011. Its lineup of small-lot, spontaneously fermented Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir gained attention quickly from top New York City sommeliers. In 2016, the Kendall family took over Hickory Hollow, which offers an array of quality, well-priced wines alongside Kendall’s other brand bottlings. As if that isn’t enough, Kendall has recently joined up with Pascaline Lepeltier, MS, a Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 alum, to create Chëpìka. The brand explores New York’s native grape winemaking history through pét-nat bottlings of organic Catawba and Delaware grapes. Read more...
Seneca Lake Wineries Reopen After Flooding
”It was like the end of the world,” Rick Rainey recalled of his journey to Forge Cellars in Burdett, Schuyler County, shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. The co-owner of the winery drove at a crawl as he made his way through "colossal washout after colossal washout after colossal washout." Some of the farmers nearby said it was the worst flood in the area since 1972, he said. But a day later, the winery is open for tasting appointments and the vineyard is generally in good shape, other than a deeper than usual gully flowing down the hill. Read more...
Finger Lakes Wines and Grapes: Véraison is Here
Where did July go? It seems like summer is flying right by. Last month we were facing a drought, and then the rains came. It was sporadic across the Finger Lakes in late July. It's been really warm and humid for the last month; the heat is pushing the grape development along very quickly and we started to see some color change in early August. The French call this period “véraison,” and it is when red wine grapes go from green to pink then on to dark blue-purple, and white grapes change from green to a golden yellow. Read more...
Guide To The Best Canned Wines of Summer: Bridge Lane
You won’t find oak or vanilla notes on this Chardonnay. This steel-fermented wine displays bright aromas of stone fruit and green apple. Any anti-oak palate will love the fresh finish, lingering minerality and subtle, earthy edge. Read more...
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New York Wine Country Shopping Bags
Make it easy and affordable for your customers to carry away purchases in beautiful bags that support the brand of New York wines! A case of 50 bags is $55 if picked up at the Canandaigua office and $65 per case if shipped. Non-members pay an additional $10 per case.  Purchase Online here.
Wine Tote Bags : Sturdy and appealing bags that are made just for toting New York wines! These 4 bottle wine bags are branded with New York wines and wine trail logos. A case of 50 bags is $55 if picked up at the Canandaigua office and $65 per case if shipped. Non-members pay an additional $10 per case. Purchase Online.
Uncork New York! Plastic Bags There are so many delicious and fun things for customers to purchase in the tasting room...but don't let them forget about the wine with these "Uncork NY" branded bags. Our most affordable tote, a case of 1,000 bags is only $75 if picked up at the Canandaigua office and $90 per case if shipped. Non-members pay an additional $10 per case. Purchase Online.
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Born in Zell Mosel, Germany, Winemaker Hans Peter Weis grew up in the vineyards and cellar of his family winery. He spent many years learning and gaining experience in the traditional style of the Mosel. After receiving his degree in winemaking, business and agriculture, he decided to travel to the United States on a quest to pursue his winemaking passion. He experienced one vintage in the Sonoma region of California before he stumbled upon his home away from home in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  He found the minerality of the soil and climate similar to that of home and knew it would be the perfect place to pursue his passion of handcrafting traditional German style wines for all to enjoy! Learn more...
Our first vineyards were planted in 1971, McGregor Vineyard is one of the oldest vinifera grape growers. The winery was founded in 1981, has become one of the true pioneers of vinifera wines in the Finger Lakes. Today, the thriving McGregor Vineyard includes Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Muscat Ottonel, Cayuga White, and Vignoles. McGregor Vineyard is also home to the rare (in the United States) Vinifera grape varieties Sereksiya Charni, Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, and Sereksiya Rosé.
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