The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
January 30th, 2019
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
My father sent me an encouraging text message last week after we spoke by phone and discussed how I planned to lead the Foundation in 2019. He wrote, “Think of the product you represent - of all the moments of uncertainty it suffers. From the initial planting to bottling and aging until the mouth. What a journey it goes through. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes not, but drinkable and enjoyable.” There are several themes to unpack from his message: uncertainty, process, refinement, anticipation, and joy. I think that our industry creates products born from passion and love. This ultimately makes working in this industry and savoring its products a joyful part of life despite all the uncertainties experienced during the journey.

Philosophy provides a basis to orient our mindset and attitudes, however we then need to take action in order to get to the finished product. I continuously pursue different resources to grow and develop my leadership abilities. Given the amount of time that I spend travelling, I often turn to podcasts for inspiration. I enjoy podcasts like How I Built This , Optimal Living Daily , and Freakonomics. I recently discovered that one of our own industry leaders, Erica Paolicelli, Co-Owner of Three Brothers Winery, recently launched her own podcast, Tenacious We , which is a podcast about how to run a successful business in Upstate NY. I listened to her episode with her co-owner at Three Brothers Winery, Dave Mansfield, and I was inspired by the story of his personal journey. I learned from Dave that it is important to stay determined and never give up, and despite any obstacles, keep going until you can savor that delicious first sip from the cup of victory.

Erica begins each episode with a “Tip of the Week,” basically a lifehack to increase your productivity. In this spirit, I would like to offer our Press Deck readers another way to enjoy this message without having to read it.  Matt Spaccarelli from Benmarl Winery and Fjord Vineyards, commented to me last year that he values receiving the Press Deck every week, but he finds it hard to always read it. He suggested that we find a way to create an audio version that could be listened to while working in the vineyard. Well, thanks to Suzanne Hunt from Hunt Country Vineyards, I learned from her that enabling “Speech” in the “Accessibility” options for the iPhone (or Android devices) will transform written content on your phone into audio. Try listening to this week’s Field Notes using this method!

If philosophy and leadership conversations are not your idea of fun, I recommend that you revisit the podcasts about the New York Wine industry that we created in partnership with Lawrence Francis, Host of Interpreting Wine. There are 25 different episodes with New York winemakers, importers, sommeliers. And, Lawrence was recently interviewed by Meininger Wine Business International about the value of podcasts for communicating and educating about wine. Lawrence sees a growing appetite for content about wine and audio will remain an important space for reaching wine loving audiences.

Happy listening,
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
B.E.V. NY (Business. Enology. Viticulture.)
Innovation is key theme at upcoming NY wine industry event
Winemakers and grape growers looking to innovate in all phases of their operations can gain cutting-edge advice from Cornell University and other experts at the 2019 B.E.V. NY [Business.Enology.Viticulture] conference Feb. 27-March 1 at the Rochester Institute of Technology Conference Center in Henrietta, New York.” B.E.V. NY is an annual event hosted by Cornell University enology, viticulture and business experts with the mission of providing cutting-edge research updates to the New York wine industry. The theme of this year’s event is “innovation” with a focus on using alternative methods for the production and sales of wine.  Register here...
Industry News...
US Government Shutdown Hits Wine Hard
The longest partial government shutdown in US history is a buzz-kill. And not just for the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are missing their paychecks, but for the wine industry, which depends on a network of government entities to approve labels, imports and perform lab analysis. According to an analysis from S&P Global Ratings, if the shutdown continues for another week, the cost will be roughly equivalent to what President Donald Trump wanted to spend on his "big, beautiful wall" – around $5.7 billion. As of last Friday, the US economy lost $3.6bn. Read more...
Giving Corks "Endless Circles of Life" as New Closures
What if we created “endless circles of life” for wine closures? This question has challenged and excited the innovators at Vinventions, the global leader in sustainable high-performance wine closures, for many years. Now, Vinventions is taking a major step towards realizing this vision. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Dr. Heino Freudenberg, President & CEO of Vinventions, announced that the company will pilot the world’s first truly circular wine closure recycling initiative together with industry partner SABIC as well as Unilever and others starting in 2019. Read more...
Culinary Trends are Changing the Way Wine is Consumed 
We are firmly entrenched in the era of globalization, and the exchange of culinary ideas has reached a fever pitch. Both casual and fine dining are the cornerstones of entertainment for millions of Americans. Meanwhile, celebrity chefs inspire new generations of home cooks to think outside the box. This zeal for culinary traditions and trends has laid groundwork for wine pairing as a true art form. New generations of wine consumers are thirsty for the perfect wine to go with the latest, hippest dish – both in the restaurant and at home. This has created heretofore unseen opportunities in wine marketing and promotion. Read more...
Now in its 8th year, EWE is the largest winery/vineyard event held east of the Pacific states. Your members will have the opportunity to meet with nearly 240 exhibiting companies; attend workshop & conference sessions covering all aspects of the winery and vineyard business, presented by leaders in their fields; network with 1,000+ other industry professionals; and attend the numerous social & networking events. The benefits of attendance are plentiful! And for the 3rd year, the License to Steal wine marketing conference will be held in conjunction with EWE. NYWGF Members SAVE 10%. The discount code for members is 19NYWG. Register here...

Don't miss it: License to Steal (LTS) returns in 2019 with two days of sessions dedicated to wine marketing issues and ideas PLUS a new full-day workshop. Read more...
New York in the News...
Why You Should Explore Finger Lakes Riesling
The Finger Lakes are home to over a hundred wineries, each producing vibrant and expressive Rieslings at affordable prices. As the market trends toward high-acid, fresh wine styles, unmarred by heavy-handed oak, New York’s largest American Viticultural Area (AVA), the Finger Lakes , checks all the boxes for consumers’ current drinking preferences. Read more...
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery Celebrates 20th Anniversary
It’s been 20 years since Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore launched Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery in Gardiner. But it was 20 years before that Michael, shortly after beginning a career with IBM as a semiconductor engineer, first began experimenting with planting grapes on the land. “The winery was originally meant to be a retirement business for Michael,” says Yancey, “but the joke is always that the one thing he’s failed miserably at is retirement! That has not happened.” Read more...
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Releases Brand New Event for 2019 
Sips & Succulents is a 2 day event on June 1 st and 2 nd taking place at all 14 member wineries along Cayuga Lake. Event goers will not only have that feel-good feeling from knowing that proceeds from their ticket sales are going to a good cause, but they’ll also get the joy in collecting 14 different succulent plants as they travel around the trail. Even those with a “black thumb” can enjoy these little plants, since they’re a breeze to take care of. In addition to ramping up their at-home plant collection, they’ll also get to sample a variety of ‘health conscience’ foods. Read more...
Last Chance: Call for Unity Awards Nominations
Each year the New York Wine & Grape Foundation honors individuals and wineries for their distinguished contributions to the New York wine and grape industry. These awards - Unity, Industry, Grower, Research, Restaurant, Retailer, Distributor, Consumer and NEW Sustainability award - will be presented at the Unity Banquet Luncheon at B.E.V. NY that will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the RIT Inn & Conference Center in Henrietta, NY.   Please take a moment and submit your nominations for the awards.
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Member Corner: News, Benefits, Events & More
Membership Regional Roa d show, We're Coming to You!
Would you like to learn more about your benefits as a valued member of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, meet our staff and representatives of our Board of Directors? Please join us for a membership discussion outlining our benefits, upcoming events, marketing initiatives, and more. All this, along with a quick policy update on the status of the Foundation’s funding from New York State and a presentation on a topic of critical importance to members (Each location will have a different topic, to be announced, ranging from ADA website compliance, New Tax Laws for Wineries and Risk Management.) We look forward to meeting you, connecting you with our valued business associate partners, and gathering any feedback or answering questions you might have for us!
Finger Lakes: Anthony Road Wine Company, Penn Yan NY
February 8th, 10am-12pm: Register here
Presentation Topic: Risk Management Issues for Wineries & Growers

Western NY: Becker Farms, Gasport NY
February 22nd, 10am-12pm: Register Here

Upper Hudson Valley: Yono's Restaurant, Albany NY
March 4th, 10am-12pm: Register here
Presentation Topic: ADA Accessibility and Website Compliance
International Lemberger Award 2019
For over 25 years the “Weinlöwen”, a group of Lemberger-growing vintners, have been organizing a Lemberger wine-tasting in Vaihingen /Germany. But as this grape variety deserves more international attention, we are expanding our competition internationally. The “Weinlöwen” are supported thereby by the wine Burgenland ( as well as the “Weinbauschule Weinsberg”. Read more... Register here...
Ultimate Beverage Challenge
At Ultimate Wine Challenge, We're a Little Crazy...But Here's How That's to Your Wines' Advantage. Ultimate Wine Challenge is crazily insistent about judging methodology that radiates with integrity. That being the case, we're admittedly a bit unhinged to: Read more...
The San Francisco Chronicle 2019 Results
Gold awarded to 21 Brix Winery NV Ella's White Niagara
Gold awarded to 21 Brix Winery NV Thirsty Elephant
Gold awarded to Belhurst Estate Winery 2017 Dry Rose
Gold awarded to Brooklyn Winery 2014 Blanc de Blanc
Double Gold awarded to Black Willow Winery 2016 Classic Diamond
Best of Class awarded to Buttonwood Grove 2017 Riesling
Double Gold awarded to Buttonwood Grove 2017 Dry Riesling
Sparkling Sweepstakes awarded to Goose Watch Winery NV Brut Rose
Double Gold awarded Goose Watch Winery 2017 Traminette
Gold awarded to Goose Watch Winery 2017 Diamond
Gold awarded to Goose Watch Winery 2017 Rose of Pinot Noir
Double Gold awarded to Keuka Spring Vineyards 2017 Humphreys Riesling
Double Gold awarded to Keuka Spring Vineyards 2017 Semi Sweet Riesling
Double Gold awarded to Keuka Spring Vineyards 2017 Crooked Lake White
Gold awarded to Keuka Spring Vineyards 2017 Classic Riesling
Gold awarded to Keuka Spring Vineyards NV Celebrate
Gold awarded to Keuka Spring Vineyards 2016 Apres Vignoles
Best of Class awarded to Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc
Gold awarded to Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2017 Round Rock Vineyard Riesling Double Gold awarded to Penguin Bay Winery 2017 Dry Vidal Blanc
Gold awarded to Wagner Vineyards 2017 Dry Riesling
Gold awarded to Wagner Vineyards 2017 Caywood East Vineyard Riesling

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