The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
June 19th, 2019
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
Happy summer! We hope sunshine and warm weather are here to stay and ripen grapes in vineyards across our beautiful state. 

The Foundation is busy writing grant and annual reports and preparing for some exciting new initiatives to move our industry forward! Stay tuned for updates on these exciting new changes.
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Call For Entries for The New York Wine Classic
Known as the "Oscars" of the NY Wine Industry, the 34th Annual New York Wine Classic has announced a  call for entries   for this year’s competition to be held from August 5th-7th, 2019 in Watkins Glen, NY. The New York Wine Classic will be hosted by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Entries for the 2019 Classic will be submitted through  Enofile online . The fees are $70 per submission for New York Wine & Grape Foundation members and $85 per submission for nonmembers. Members save $15 per entry with code: MEMBER19. Entry information including updated classes, competition rules, wine shipping information and deadlines  can be found here .
Entires are due by July 12th, 2019.

Ship your wine samples to arrive between July 8th and July 19th , 2019 to:
Attn: New York Wine Classic/Jennifer Cooper
1 Keuka Business Park
Suite 208
Penn Yan, NY 14527
How Much Product Do I Ship?
• All Wines: (4) 750 ML bottles or equivalent
• Ice Wines, Dessert Wines, etc.: (6) 375 ml bottles

Special thanks to our valued sponsors of the 2019 Classic: Gray Locey, CPA and Adirondack Barrel Cooperage LLC !
Industry News...
Natural Wine, Wellness Culture, and the Power of Positive Drinking
The complicated term “natural wine” has no official regulation in the United States, but is generally defined as wines made without additives, using minimal sulfites and usually organic fruit. However, natural wine does not contain more “health benefits” than traditional wine, and is no less likely to cause a hangover. Read more...
Supreme Court Wine Ruling Still Pending
The potential impact of the Tennessee case on the wine and spirits industry is immense. The core issue is a conflict between the dormant Commerce Clause of the US Constitution, which requires states to treat each others' industries equally, and the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition and gave states wide latitude to write their own liquor laws. Read more...
Andre Mack Wants to Bring Hip Hop Culture to Winemaking
Hip-hop and wine are the perfect pairing for Andre Hueston Mack. 
Mack is one of only a few black sommeliers and winemakers, and he’s seeking to revolutionize the wine industry with his background in music, skate culture and modern design. "I'm a kid who grew up listening to hip hop, punk rock and skateboarded and fell in love with wine," he told USA TODAY.   Read more...
FLXcursion International Riesling Expo
FLXcursion is a global celebration of Riesling, its companion wines, and its terroir. The 3-day conference is held throughout the Finger Lakes between Sunday, July 21st through Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019. We have over 150 attendees for the full conference plus many hundreds more for the Grand Tasting Sunday afternoon. The event is entirely non-profit and volunteer-based. Our goal is to spread the experience of the Finger Lakes to everyone attending and we need your help!
Want to volunteer at this incredible event? Sign up here...
New York in the News...
10 of the Best Wineries in the U.S. to Host Your Wedding
You don’t have to fly to Tuscany or Champagne to enjoy a most picturesque vineyard wedding. You don’t even have to choose California (though there are some great options there too, highlighted below). Here are some of the best places for your vineyard wedding across the U.S.  Read more...
Rosés of Pinot Noir from Around the World: The 2018 Vintage
Rosés made of Pinot Noir are the stars of this year’s rosé tasting. They’re typically light red in color, fragrant with red cherry and pomegranate scents, medium bodied with good fullness in the mouth, and flavorful with flavors that mirror the bouquet. Read more...
Spring’s Harbinger
You know spring is just around the corner when you see rosé wines starting to show up on the shelves at your favorite local wine store. Rosés, pink and refreshing, are generally released just a few months after harvest, hence its ubiquitous presence at spring time. If you ever wondered how rosés get its light hue, the answer is quite simple. Read more...
Welcome to New Member Winery!
Hemlock Lake is home to Eagle Crest and O-Neh-Da Vineyards, established over 140 years ago to offer natural, pure grape wines from locally grown Finger Lakes fruit. Sustainable vineyard practices and careful stewardship of the Earth have guided us since our founding in 1872. Nature inspires our wine making today. We honor each unique cool-climate harvest, producing unadulterated local wines at a fair price. 
Member Corner: News, Benefits, Events & More
Global NY and Job Development Authority Agriculture Loan Funds [Webinar]
Last Chance to Register! June 25th, 2-3pm
Join Huey-Min Chaung and Matthew Kennedy, from Empire State Development, as they discuss New York Loan opportunities.
The  JDA Agriculture Loan Fund  supports Small NYS Agribusiness firms, including value added processors, food distribution companies, wineries, breweries and distillers; gain access to the capital they need to grow, expand and thrive in New York State.  Register here...
Taste NY is Back at the State Fair!
This summer, you will once again have the opportunity to sample and sell your products at the Great New York State Fair. Located in the Horticulture Building, Taste NY will showcase New York’s vast array of food and beverage producers and/or processors. Each day, food, wine, beer, and spirits vendors will have the opportunity to sample and sell their products to fairgoers. The hours of sampling and selling are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (except for Labor Day from 10 9 p.m.) Read more...

*The New York Wine & Grape Foundation will be teaching classes on August 28th and 31st...stay tuned for more details!
Decanter Asia Wine Awards
DAWA is Asia’s most prestigious and trusted wine competition. Launched in 2012, the competition focuses on benchmarking wines for the Asian palate. Decanter selects over 50 wine experts across Asia, judges are from 11 countries including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Korea and Taiwan. Wine must be submitted by July 19, and wines must be received in Hong Kong by August 2.   Read more...
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