The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
April 17th, 2019
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
Spring greetings from Washington D.C.!

I am in our nation’s capital this week participating in WineAmerica’s National Wine Policy Conference . The conference provides an opportunity for all the US wine regions to gather and discuss national issues affecting the industry. At the conference, we plan to explore topics such as the new excise tax system, ADA website compliance, and other key issues like music licensing, immigration reform, and trade policy. The conference also includes visits with our New York Congressional Delegation to help keep them informed on issues of importance to our industry.

This spring marks a new chapter at the Foundation. We will be relocating from the New York Kitchen to a new office at Keuka Business Park in Penn Yan. It was an honor to serve as a founding partner for New York Kitchen. We have been proud to support the mission of promoting New York food and beverages as a tenant for 13 years. As the Foundation continues to evolve, we have made the decision to relocate our office to better accommodate a growing staff and offer more educational programming. As of May 1st, 2019, our address and phone number will change, as shown below:

New York Wine & Grape Foundation
One Keuka Business Park, Suite 208
Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315) 924-3700

Looking forward to the summer, I am pleased to announce that the NY Wine Classic is officially scheduled for Aug. 5-7 th , 2019, at the scenic Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel . The Wine Classic is one of my favorite events because it serves as our annual celebration of the best wines from New York. We recruited a stellar line up of judges from around the globe with diverse backgrounds of wine related expertise and credentials. This year’s judges include notable industry experts like Jamie Goode , and Master of Wine Alumnae: Doug Frost , Bree Boskov, and Mary Gorman-McAdams . And, we are excited to announce, Lorraine Hems will serve as our first ever Head Judge to help assist all our judges in executing a thorough evaluation of New York wines. 

Stay tuned for more exciting industry reports this spring from the Foundation's Export Program as we continue to ramp up our international marketing activities in Canada, Hong Kong, London, and France through the end of May. We will also be announcing the start of our NY Drinks NY ninth program year.
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
A Note About the Press Deck Newsletter Content...
To all our valued members, wine enthusiasts, trade, media, and wine community:

We appreciate your loyalty and want to share with you the thinking behind how we compile the Press Deck newsletter. Every week we assemble six to eight articles that we feel will appeal to our large audience of industry, consumer members, and wine enthusiasts. We do our best to find quality pieces on topics that highlight the positive work being done by so many of you to advance our community. 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. As always, we welcome your feedback on our choices, and also welcome those of you who feel strongly to craft counterpoints, questions or overall sentiments to the opinions expressed by articles we share. Further, 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. 
Thank you,
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Industry News...
Three Studies Take A Look At Various Wine Bottle Closure Preferences
"Today," Melanie Cressman, Marketing Communications Manager at Vinventions, says, "traditional one-piece is around 9-10% of the global market and technical corks are down to 18%." Alternative closures have had success in the marketplace. She says they accounted for almost 45% in 2018 a nd that, "screw caps make up about 32% of the global [wine bottle] closure market." Read more...
Biodynamics- New Approach Needed?
The ideas set out in this short paper arose as a result of 30 years of working with olive trees and vines in Montalcino, Tuscany. The goal of this essay, to be read as a series of considerations, is to awaken us to a modernized and pertinent vision of biodynamics, as seen from the viewpoint of a twenty-first-century organic winemaker. Read more...
Ontario Craft Wine Conference & Trade Show 2019
The OCW is hosting the second-annual Ontario Craft Wine Conference & Trade Show on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto. This Conference is for the wine industry to learn, network and interact with suppliers. Topics range from private retailing, accessing funding for Ontario wineries, strategies for premium pricing, wine and grocery, to wine experiments that worked, and more. The Conference’s theme, Changing Landscapes in the Wine Industry will be reflected in each breakout session. Read more...
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New York in the News...
A Small Taste of Finger Lakes in the Big City
In 2013 Ollie Sakhno opened the wine bar Keuka Kafe. Not as you might expect here in the Finger Lakes, home to Keuka Lake, but in Forest Hills in the New York City borough of Queens. On average, Keuka Kafe has about 10 to 12 Finger Lakes wines in stock at any given time in addition to others from around the world. Among the eight now featured “almost spring” wines on the Kafe’s Facebook page are Forge Winery’s Dry Riesling and a Pinot Noir Brut Rose by Goose Watch Winery.  Read more...
What About Winegrowing In Hudson Valley, New York?
The Hudson Valley, expanding upward after a 45-minute drive north out of Manhattan, became the United States’ first wine region when, lore says, French Huguenot settlers planted grapevines more than 300 years ago in what is now Ulster County. In 1982, the zone earned itself an AVA: the Hudson River Region , today rich in quality hybrids and suitable vinifera.   Read more...
Glamorous Long Island Winery Hits the Market at $17.9M
An upscale Long Island vineyard that was owned and operated by late Hollywood mogul Michael Lynne has been put up for sale with an asking price of $17.9 million. Bedell Cellars has made small batches of wine for 35 years, all from grapes grown on the Bedell properties. Read more...
NY Drinks NY in the News!
The New New York Wine
On a recent spring morning, in New York City’s iconic Rainbow Room, sixty-five floors above Midtown, The New York Wine & Grape Foundation held its Eighth Annual NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting. The day was clear, with One World Trade and The Empire State Building in perfect sight. The sunlight danced into the room with an extra spring in its step, reflecting the confidence and curiosity of the state’s finest winemakers and tasters. Read more...
The NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting, Sustainable Wine Growing and Clean Wines
In true NY fashion, guests enjoyed more than 200 wines from over 50 wineries based in Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes and Long Island, including many of Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW) participating wineries, including Bedell Cellars, Paumanok, Wolffer Estate Vineyard, and Channing Daughters Winery who were presented the first-ever Sustainability Award for their outstanding sustainable viticulture certification program, less than two weeks prior, as part of the organization’s annual Unity Awards honors. Read more...
A Conversation About: NY Drinks NY 2019
A couple weeks ago, several members of The Cork Report team attended NY Drinks NY , a press/trade tasting including more than three dozen New York wineries. Over the course of the four-hour event, we tasted, some of us (not Carlo) spit, we talked and then we grabbed dinner together.   Read more...
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Member Corner: News, Benefits, Events & More
TIPS Training May 20th, 2019
TIPS for On Premise Training May 20th 12:00-5:00pm
Join our certified trainer, Julie Purpura Hosbach, for the TIPS On Premise program, which is an approximately 5-hour program designed for servers at restaurants, bars, hotels, in-store tastings, or other establishments where alcohol is consumed on the premises. Employees learn strategies that ensure responsible alcohol service, promote professionalism, and enhance customer service skills. After successfully passing the exam, participants are nationally certified for three years. Members save $20 each participant. Register here...
The Vine Hotline: Financial, Accounting & Tax-Focused Help Desk for Members Only!
In order to help New York Wine & Grape Foundation members tackle the complex issues of alcohol regulations and excise taxes, tax credits, tax preparation, grant applications, business planning, and more, we’ve partnered with our Business Associate Member Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLP to provide you with a Members Only Help Desk . NYWGF Members can now submit their confidential questions online here . These will be answered each week by Anthony Sandonato and his team at Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLP. The answers will be sent directly to you within 48 hours.
Pesticide Training Course Application & Meeting Agenda
April 25th, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm
Course Description: Review of the federal worker protection standard requirements and pesticide application regulations. Read more...
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