The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
July 10th, 2019
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
New York Agriculture faces incoming headwinds and also opportunities to propel forward. The social and environmental consciousness of voters compelled our State Legislature to enact policy this past legislative session to provide farm workers more protections and rights, eliminate the use of certain pesticides, and adopt an aggressive plan to take action on climate change. Without a doubt, these new policies will have a material effect on the agriculture industry’s business costs and difficult decisions will need to be made.

These policy changes also present an opportunity for the agriculture industry to build on its statewide leadership position. A mentor of mine often repeated a peculiar phrase, “Press into the resistance until it bleeds life!” I like this phrase because it challenges one to transform discomfort into new possibilities. The State Legislature recognizes that these policy changes will not be comfortable, yet agriculture will remain an important part of our State’s economy. Assembly Agriculture Chair Donna Lupardo successfully advanced legislation to create an Agriculture Investment Task Force . This short-term group will examine issues such as workforce development, environmental and climate impacts, and the potential for savings through tax credits, housing funds, energy efficiency upgrades. The task force’s goal is to enter next year’s budget discussions with tangible solutions that will help protect and grow our agricultural economy.

This past January at the New York Agriculture Society’s Annual Forum, a keynote speaker said, “The world belongs to those who show up.” I highlight Assemblywoman Lupardo’s task force because it presents an opportunity to get involved. Beyond her task force, there are endless ways to get involved to ensure that agriculture remains a leader and its voice is heard. The public policy team at the New York Farm Bureau effectively advocates on behalf of our industry, and I find membership with the Farm Bureau so important that I maintain my own personal membership with the Long Island Farm Bureau. Wine America ensures that progressive policy advances in Washington to improve the business climate for the wine industry. And, the New York Wine Industry Association won several critical legislative battles this past year. Bottom line is these organizations cannot be effective and proactively represent our industry without an engaged and involved membership.
Senator Chuck Schumer joined by Jim Trezise (Wine America President), Erica Paolicelli (NYWIA President), Oskar Bynke (NYWGF Board Member), Scott Osborn (Wine America Board Member), Ruth Osborn (Fox Run Vineyards), and Steve Griffin (CEO FLEDC) to push for change in canned wine regulations .  Photo by Kelli Shaffner, Fox Run Vineyards.
I also see opportunities for the agriculture industry to take a leading seat in the conversation around climate change. The American Farmland Trust convened an Agriculture and Climate Policy Meeting on June 27th, where they gathered agriculture leaders from across the state to determine agriculture’s strategic role in the State’s recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protecti on Act .”  Whitney Beaman, Program Manager for Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, who attended on behalf of our industry, heard a presentation by Peter Woodbury, Senior Research Associate at Cornell University, who remarked that, “While agriculture causes just 4 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in New York and 8 percent nationally, scientists have found that proper land use techniques like cover cropping and improved fertilizer use, can reduce 21 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.” 

Clearly New York and the world needs agriculture to exert a leadership role in the climate change conversation. As part the State’s climate change legislation, the Legislature created a 22-member Climate Action Council that will develop a plan within two years to determine how exactly the state will reach emission reduction benchmarks and there will be a five-person agriculture advisory panel. This council represents yet another opportunity for proactive participation from the grape and wine industry.

I am optimistic about the future for agriculture in New York State. NYWGF will continue to support the economic development of the grape and wine industry through investments in research and marketing. We are excited to share our annual report from the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year, which details the ways that we leveraged public and private sector support to advance our industry. As always, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, and feedback as we continue to evolve NYWGF into an effective partner the grape and wine industry.
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 .
Entries 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:
Industry News...
Why Order One Drink When You Can Get a Bucket of Them at Kāwi?
Just as I was settling in for dinner at  Kāwi , the latest New York City restaurant from Momofuku kingpin David Chang, what looked like a squat oak wine barrel sliced in half hit the table. It was brimming with crushed ice pellets and a dozen canned boozy beverages of every stripe—beer, wine, cider, and two (!) varieties of sake.
‘It’s Complicated’: Understanding Volatile Acidity and Its Role in Wine
You’re at a dinner party at Sam’s house. Sam mostly drinks wine made by producers and from grapes you’ve never heard of. He pours you a glass of his favorite new  pét-nat . It’s tasty! It reminds you of watermelon sour candy with a spritzy finish. After it sits for a minute, though, you find yourself liking it less. As it warms, it starts to taste… sour? Like bad  kombucha ? With notes of nail polish remover? Sam rolls his eyes. I guess you just don’t like natural wine,” he scoffs. “It’s fine, not everyone’s palate is there yet.”
The Lioness of Cayuga Lake
Wife, mother, farmer, winemaker, businesswoman, pioneer—all embodied in a small woman named Ruth Lucas. Today’s female winemakers in the Finger Lakes especially owe Ruth some measure of gratitude for opening the door for them 39 years ago. Finger Lakes wines are finally earning their accolades. As you enjoy a glass of its wines today, remember that it was cultivated from a foundation of toil and perseverance built by a handful of early trailblazers. Ruth Lucas was one of them.
In the Finger Lakes, a trend toward ‘elevated’ wine tastings (and fees)
One of the Finger Lakes wine region’s oldest and most respected wineries broke with a long-standing tradition this year. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery  on Keuka Lake is now charging a fee for all its wine tastings, after years of proudly maintaining a free tasting option. In return, guests now get more freedom to choose which wines they want to try, including some of the higher-end, or reserve, bottlings.
Schumer Reveals: Canned Wine Is Hottest New Trend But Finger Lakes Wineries Are Missing Out On Barrels Of Business Due To Burdensome Can Size & Label Restrictions
Standing at Fox Run Vineyards in Yates County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today launched a multifaceted effort to boost the wine industry in the Rochester Finger-Lakes Region and across Upstate New York. With summer in full swing, it’s no secret that canned wine is the newest and hottest trend on the wine market. However, the Finger Lakes vineyards are not able to maximize the trend’s potential.
2019 New York State Vineyard Survey
This survey is being conducted by Cornell University’s Survey Research Institute (SRI) on behalf of the NY Wine & Grape Foundation and the New York grape industry. A hard copy of the survey should arrive by email and be mailed to you shortly as well. If you have any questions about filling out the survey, or if you didn't receive it, you can contact the SRI at 607-255-3786 or and they can assist you.

Responding to this survey is completely voluntary. However, your cooperation is very important to the accuracy of the report. The amount of time to complete the survey will depend on the size of your vineyard operation, but should not take a significant amount of time for most growers. The survey will remain open until August 1, 2019.

Please know that all data received through this survey will be kept confidential by the SRI. Data will only be published after it is aggregated, and no personally identifiable information will be made public.
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...
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Register for the LISW Sustainable Wine Professional Course
Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW) is excited to announce the release of an online training course for winery tasting room, sales and hospitality staff – the Sustainable Wine Professional course! The goal of this course is to provide winery staff with a greater understanding of sustainable winegrowing so that the value of sustainable farming can be communicated to consumers, trade and media. To save 20% off, New York Wine and Grape Foundation Members can email Julie Hosbach to receive a discount code! Register here...
3rd Annual Asia International Wine Competition
September 1st, 2019
The 3rd Annual  Asia International Wine Competition (AIWC) will be held in September 1st in the heart of Hong Kong the wine capital of Asia. The AIWC is the only Asia International Wine Competition where all the judges are real trade buyers judging the wine by its category and actual price. The trade buyers will be importers, distributors, retailers, F&B Managers from around Asia including Australia, Mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong. It is open to all New York Wineries and the wines do not have to be sold or imported into Asia to submit.  

The AIWC is offering free shipping from Western Carriers in North Bergen, NJ to Hong Kong. 3 bottles per submission and wines must be in the warehouse by August 7th. If your wine is currently in Western Carrier inventory thru your distributor they can do an inter warehouse transfer. Free Shipping info . Any additional questions please contact Founder Adam Levy .
2019 American Wine Society Competition Registration is Open
For over 40 years, the American Wine Society (AWS) has hosted this prestigious competition. AWS medals adorn tasting rooms across the US. Registration is now open for the 2019 competition!
Winners receive handsome physical medals and digital medal graphics for marketing. Winners also gain national exposure among our members and the wine industry. Competition categories are available for still and sparkling wines, ciders, meads, and spirits.
Lake Erie Wine Country Harvest Celebration Weekends
Lake Erie Wine Country, located in the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies, extends roughly 50 miles from Silver Creek, New York (Chautauqua County) to Harborcreek, Pennsylvania (Erie County). It is home to over 20 commercial and estate wineries. Come enjoy delicious harvest food & wine sample pairings at each winery over a 3-day weekend! Read more...
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