The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
May 22nd, 2019
Field Notes...
From Paul Brady, New York Wines Brand Ambassador
Dear Friends,
Greetings again from Brooklyn,
 
Though, the last week found me in Paris, Bordeaux, and London presenting New York wines to the European trade and beyond. The anchor event was VinExpo -- the quintessential global wine trade show, this time popping up in Bordeaux -- with a quick stop in Paris for a meeting with our agriculture liaison at the American Embassy, finally ending up in London for some intensely curated NY wine events in partnership with our on-the-ground marketing agency there, Westbury Communications.
 
Our Export Program makes it possible to present and promote wines from across our state in locations throughout the world. This year we’ve been to Canada, Germany, mainland China, France, England, and we’ll head to Hong Kong in June for one last hurrah before moving into the next phase of Export. These activities are what help us to make connections with importers and influencers for wineries hoping to enter foreign markets for the first time, and for those with products already available abroad.
 
Joining me for this Export run, was sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier (MS, MOF, Best Sommelier In France) who is also a partner in the Finger Lakes sparkling wine brand c hëpìka. After a quick day at VinExpo talking New York wines to the trade (in English and French!), the two of us bittersweetly left the group to head to London to join forces with with Rick Rainy, of Forge Cellars in the Finger Lakes; Dan Belmont, a New York sommelier living in London and a proper expert on NY wines; and Dr. Jamie Goode , writer and viticulture specialist, for two days of trade tastings and master classes on NY wine. Topics ranged from geology and history while touching on new and exciting wines made from grapes like Albarino, Cayuga White, and Traminette.
Dan Belmont and Dr. Jamie Goode leading a Master Class in London.
The master classes in London held strong, each at about 40 attendees; Dan and Jamie taking geology with Rick jumping in for support; myself and Pascaline tackling history and grape lineage. The walk-around tasting presented multiple labels from 15 producers, some already with representation in the UK. The turnout was ideal, with many A-list London importers, buyers, and writers in attendance, and Dan and Jamie have really proved themselves as strong NY Wine ambassadors for us in London -- the two of them will each judge in the NY Wine Classic Competition this summer. 
 
It is the successful recruitment of trade to these petite events that contribute to the discourse as to if the smaller, more intimate gatherings will take favor from the larger trade-show model moving forward, but more on that and VinExpo from my colleague Valerie in next week’s Field Notes. But, perhaps some encouragement is in this from writer and -- if there ever was one -- wine legend, Steven Spurrier , who chose to attend our London tasting:
 
“A revelatory tasting. The freshness and individuality of these wines is striking. I am having such a great time tasting them. They are vineyard wines and that is what makes them so good, they aren’t made solely with commercial motives in mind. That Keuka Spring Lemberger – what a joy! It is so fresh and elegant.”    
Pascaline Lepeltier and Steven Spurrier in London.
Cheers,
Paul Brady, New York Wines Brand Ambassador
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
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Industry News...
State-By-State U.S. Consumer Interest In Alcohol E-Commerce
Wine shipping across state lines remains a contentious subject, especially when it comes to out-of-state retailers—an upcoming Supreme Court decision this June may—or may not—address that situation. Still, people are interested in buying wine online. The top five "buy wine" states were: Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina. Does anyone find it a surprise not to see California or New York in the top five list? You shouldn’t. Each state supports a thriving bricks and mortar retail wine trade, as do a few others.  Read more...
Vinexpo's Symposium, Focused on Climate Change, Made a Big Impression
Organized in partnership with Wine Spectator and moderated by CNN's John Bittermann, the symposium gave the wine trade a rare opportunity to listen to a multi-disciplinary panel—international experts in viticulture, winemaking, cork production, politics, science, economics and geography—presenting recent research as well as action strategies. Read more...
Taste sensitivity could be an untapped sector for beverages like wine and coffee, according to new research from Cornell University. Supertasters and nontasters respond differently to sensory information, with potential for new marketing strategies.  Read more...
New York State Wine Grape Growers Seminar
Monday June 3rd, 2019 1-5pm
New York State Wine Grape Growers will be hosting a half day seminar on grape canopy management and grape vine trunk disease featuring Dr. Richard Smart, the Flying Vine Doctor. The event will be held at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, 5712 Route 414, Hector, NY, from 1 to 5 PM. Dr. Smart has studied and lectured on grape growing all around the world, including in the Finger Lakes, where he did studies for his Doctorate under Dr. Nelson Shaulis at Cornell. His book, “Sunlight Into Wine”, has been heralded for many years as the ultimate guide to canopy management for optimum yield and wine quality, and has been used by growers worldwide to increase their bottom line.  The seminar will be free to members of New York State Wine Grape Growers and their employees. The cost will be $30 each for non-member. Those who are not members will be encouraged to join NYSWGG at a reduced half year rate of $40. We ask that anyone planning to attend make reservations.
New York in the News...
Forget Everything You Think About New York State Wine
With 11 AVAs across varied geography and microclimates there’s a good chance your next favorite wine is being made in New York State. The three areas highlighted here are a quick trip from the Berkshires and make for the perfect spring, summer or fall getaway. Pack the car or board a train, and go explore the wonderful world of delicious wine awaiting you in New York.   Read more...
Four Beach Destinations Perfect for Wine Lovers
You crave sun, sand and a chilled glass of Pouilly-Fuissé. But for the longest time, beach vacations have been automatically paired with icy-cold lagers and saccharine-sweet cocktails. From the Caribbean to Asia, many of the world’s most beautiful beaches have lacked a serious wine culture, and by default, good wine. As interest in food and beverage spreads, restaurants and hotels now offer better cellars and incorporate more local products. These international spots embody the phenomenon, and finally allow wine lovers to drink it all in from the world’s best sandy shores. Read more...
Bringing New York to Bordeaux
Paul Brady, New York Wines brand ambassador, said: “It is an honor to have sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier with us at Vinexpo Bordeaux. She has been a devoted student to the wines of New York since her time as beverage director 12 years ago at the original Rouge Tomato in Brussels, where she first listed a Riesling from Hermann J. Wiemer from the Finger Lakes region. Her endless curiosity about New York grapes and the wine she co-produces from them are natural extensions of her involved and passionate approach to the sommelier profession.” Read more...
Welcome New Business Associate Members!
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Member Corner: News, Benefits, Events & More
May 30th 11:00am-12:00pm
Join us for a webinar with Anthony G. Sandonato, CPA/ABV, CVA, Esq.
This webinar is for wineries and vineyards that are looking to expand their production facilities or acquire new vineyard land. We will be discussing the alternative financing structures and arrangements that are available, and which alternatives make sense under a given set of circumstances. Register here...
Global New York and Job Development Authority Agriculture Loan Funds [Webinar]
June 25th, 2:00-3:00pm
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...
Chefs in Motion: Culinary Tasting and Competition Sponsored by Colonie Senior Services, Inc.
June 10th, 5:30-8:30pm
Attendees will sample and vote on culinary creations from participating chefs. The event will also highlight New York state vintners, winemakers and sommeliers in an additional wine competition that will be part of the VIP reception prior to the event’s official start time. The wine experts will be tasked with identifying different varietals of wine from five grape-growing regions of New York. VIP attendees will be provided the same samples to see how well they do compared to the palates of the wine experts. In addition, New York wine will be sampled throughout the event, including Dr. Konstantin Frank, Merritt Estate Winery and Galway Winery.  Read more...
Winners are...
Congratulations to these Wineries, All Awarded Gold or Higher in
Platinum awarded to Boom Point Winery 2016 Semi-Sweet Riesling
Gold awarded to Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2017 Dry Riesling
Gold awarded to Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2017 Chardonnay
Gold awarded to Fox Run Vineyards 2017 Silvan Riesling
Gold awarded to Glenora Wine Cellars 2013 Brut
Gold awarded to Glenora Wine Cellars 2017 Riesling Reserve Semi-Dry
Gold awarded to Goose Watch Winery 2015 Merlot
Gold awarded to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Solera Sherry
Gold awarded to Sheldrake Point Winery 2018 Dry Rose
Gold awarded to Swedish Hill Winery 2017 Dry Riesling
Gold awarded to Swedish Hill Winery 2017 Blue Waters Riesling
Gold awarded to Swedish Hill Winery 2016 Marechal Foch
Best of Show awarded to Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2017 Pinot Gris
Gold awarded to Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2017 Chardonnay
Gold awarded to Thirsty Owl Wine Company for 2017 Traminette
Best of Show awarded to Wagner Vineyards 2017 Riesling Semi-Dry
Platinum awarded to Wagner Vineyards 2017 Riesling Ice
Gold awarded to Young Sommer Winery 2017 2-Of-A-Kind
Gold awarded to Young Sommer Winery 2017 Cabernet Franc
A Note About the Press Deck Newsletter Content...
The Foundation has long shared that diversity is a strength of New York State, and we try to share many featured articles and, more recently, ‘Field Notes’ written by Guest Member authors. Please note that the opinions expressed in these articles do not reflect an endorsement or statement by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Our purpose is to act as an information conduit, a community connector, to give voice to unique perspectives, and to highlight varying regions, accolades, and general news from around our great state. If you have topics of interest to share within our Field Notes, or articles that you feel would be beneficial for our readers to view, we welcome you to  email them to us for review and consideration.  Read more...
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