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News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
July 17th, 2019
Field Notes...
From The New York Wine & Grape Foundation Staff
Dear Friends,
Once in a rare while the stars align, everything comes together, and great people doing great things get the attention they deserve. That’s what seems to be happening for New York in terms of worldwide recognition, critical acclaim, and becoming the next darling of the wine world… Or perhaps becoming the darling once again.  
International eyes fall on New York and the Finger Lakes specifically this coming weekend as the first ever  FLXcursion International Riesling Expo  commences on July 21st. Created as a “global celebration of Riesling, its companion wines, and its terroir,” world-renowned Riesling producers from all over the globe are making their way to Geneva, NY… and New York wine will feature prominently, of course. 

Working with the FLXcursion event organizers to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the conference was an easy decision. Our primary marketing initiatives at the New York Wine & Grape Foundation,  NY Drinks NY  and the  Export Program , will be sponsoring groups of trade and media visitors to New York City and the Finger Lakes during this time. From the USA, Canada, China, and the United Kingdom we’ll be welcoming 25 wine writers, Master Sommeliers, importers, and on-trade buyers to experience New York wine.
Winemakers, academics, and journalists from all over the world coming together to celebrate the incredible versatility that is the Riesling grape; sommeliers, writers and wine buyers from four different states uniting to dive deep into the Finger Lakes diversity... what an opportunity we have before us. Everyone can take part in the impressive, not to be missed,  Grand Tasting event  being held this Sunday (and if you are a Foundation Consumer Member you can get tickets at a discount) .  
This may sound like hyperbole, but there is simply no denying that there is a unique energy in the air that we’ve not felt before collectively at the Foundation. We can see it and feel it throughout the region. Congratulations and our deepest gratitude to all involved for their hard work and volunteer efforts. 
We’ll see you out there for a glass of New York wine!
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation Staff
( Read the full version of the Field Notes here .)
Industry News...
NY’s Fast Growing Wine-in-Cans Market Hits a Bottleneck
New York state is one of the  leading producers  in the fast-rising market for wine packaged in cans. But wine-makers say it could be growing faster.
Hudson Valley Wine Mag Launches Mobile-Friendly Platform
Just in time for the summer season, Hudson Valley Wine Magazine is launching a fully redesigned, mobile-friendly website that is tailor-made not only for consumers and visitors who want the most out of their wine and craft beverage experience in the Hudson Valley, but also researchers, media, and members of the trade who want to learn more about the region’s industry from an historical and agricultural perspective.
Owners of Shinn Estate, The Menhaden Purchase Croteaux
Two years after purchasing Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck, owner Randy Frankel is thinking pink. The New Jersey financier has partnered with Kristen and Daniel Pennessi, owners of The Menhaden hotel in Greenport, to purchase Croteaux Vineyards in Southold. 
15 Helpful Words for Talking About Wine
Here is a practical lexicon that helps to describe the elusive characteristics of wine, without eliciting eye rolls and forehead slaps.
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.
And the New York Wine Winners Are...
Congratulations to  Wagner Vineyards  for winning New York Ice Wine Winery of the Year and a gold for their 2017 Riesling Ice and to  Colloca Estate Winery  for winning New York Riesling Winery of the Year and a gold for their 2017 Dolce Riesling at the 2019 New York International Wine Competition!
See additional winners below:

Double Gold awarded to 21 Brix Winery 2016 Brutella Chardonnay
Double Gold awarded to 21 Brix Winery Ella's Red Concord
Double Gold awarded to 21 Brix Winery Raspberry Fruit Wines
Double Gold awarded to 21 Brix Winery Thirsty Elephant Blush
Gold awarded to 21 Brix Winery Ellatawba Chatawba
Double Gold awarded to Fossenvue Winery 2017 Kindle White Vidal Blanc
Gold awarded to Fossenvue Winery 2018 Airy Acres Riesling
Gold awarded to Fox Run Vineyards 2017 Lemberger
Double Gold awarded to Idol Ridge Winery 2018 Dry Riesling
Gold awarded to Idol Ridge Winery Cabernet Franc
Gold awarded to Liberty Vineyards & Winery White Side of the Moon Niagara
Gold awarded to Liberty Vineyards & Winery Lucy's in the Sky Blush
Gold awarded to Keuka Spring Vineyards 2017 Merlot
Gold awarded to Lakewood Vineyards 2018 Long Stem Red
Gold awarded to Long Point Winery 2016 Sangiovese
Double Gold awarded to Montezuma Winery 2018 Riesling
Gold awarded to Niagara Landing Wine Cellars 2018 Valvin Muscat
Double Gold awarded to Silver Springs Winery Don Giovanni Merlot
Gold awarded to Wagner Vineyards 2017 Semi-Dry Riesling
Gold awarded to Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Member Corner: News, Benefits & Events...
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.
Enter Your Wines in the 2020 London Wine Competition
The London Wine Competition is now into its 3rd year and have really made its global benchmark. London Wine Competition is organized by Beverage Trade Network, global platform connecting the wine trade. Being part of the Beverage Trade Network carries a number of significant benefits. It acknowledges the profile of the wine in the eyes of trade especially promoting your brand to the importers and distributors globally.
18th Annual Federweisser Festival at Anthony Road
September 21st, 2019 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Anthony Road Wine Company is hosting their 18th annual Federweisser Festival on Saturday, September 21 from noon to five. The festival is a celebration to kickoff the 2019 harvest season. Federweisser- a partially fermented, frothy, young, wine made from the first fruits of the harvest- will be flowing all afternoon. The celebration will feature traditional German fare including bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and more from Blowin’ Smoke BBQ. Live, original, music will be performed by Delta Mike Shaw Band. Admisison is free.
Attend the NYS IPM Program Annual Meeting on August 15, 2019
You are invited to join in the battle against the Spotted Lanternfly Invasion by getting the latest information at the NYS IPM Conference on Spotted Lanternfly on August 15, 2019.  Experts in spotted lanternfly research, regulation and extension will be on hand to give an update from their experiences with Spotted Lanternfly on the front lines within the quarantine zones of Southeast Pennsylvania. Representatives from the NYS IPM Program, Cornell University, NYS Department of Ag & Markets, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) will be on also be on hand to let you know what is being done to keep Spotted Lanternfly from becoming established into NYS. Cost is $50 which includes a catered lunch and breaks.  Register here.

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