The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
November 14th, 2018
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
The Foundation team and I started 2018 determined to serve the grape and wine industry with the best possible service, responsiveness, and transparency. We partnered with the law firm Bond, Shoenick, and King to host seminars in Syracuse and Riverhead on legal topics relevant to the industry. We hosted webinars with our other business associate members to present on issues related to human resources, accounting, and new marketing methods. We also implemented differential pricing rates for our programs and services, so Foundation members receive additional value for their annual support. In every conceivable way, we are elevating our membership experience and our reputation for being the go-to resource for the New York grape and wine industry.
Last week, we partnered with the law firm Seyfarth Shaw to host an educational webinar on the issue of website compliance with ADA Title III. This is an important issue that every business should take seriously and take appropriate steps to ensure their website complies. Seyfarth Shaw’s presentation will be available to any Foundation Member who was not able to attend the webinar. If you'd like to become a member, join here. We have also prepared a form letter that can be sent to your US Congressional representatives to bring their attention to the growing number of lawsuits in New York State related to website compliance with ADA Title III. Please contact me to request a copy of the letter.
Looking into the future, our team at NYWGF is excited for 2019 and adding to the momentum that we created through the Strategic Planning process in 2018 and our refreshed focused on programming.  Membership renewal will be kicking off this month, so pay attention to your snail mail boxes and email inboxes for renewal letters. We intend to continue finding ways to receive your feedback and use it to improve the organization. We plan to build more strategic partnerships with our business associate members to offer our winery and grower members more educational resources, and perhaps even some discounted services or group purchasing. 
We are fortunate to receive an annual budget appropriation from the State of New York. Your support as a dues paying member, from grape grower to consumer, demonstrates to the State that the industry and oenophiles value the State’s investment through the Foundation to support valued research, extension, and marketing. Thank you for your ongoing support of our work and look out for more exciting membership benefits in 2019!
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Industry News...
Heston Reveals Trick to Make Wine Taste Better
Molecular gastronomist chef Heston Blumenthal has revealed the trick he uses to make wine taste better: imagine someone you love when you drink it. He told the Australian paper that the trick to making any wine taste better is to picture someone “you love dearly” while you’re sipping it. To test the theory, he said you should then take another sip while thinking of someone you actively dislike. Read more...
Pascaline Lepeltier First Woman to Win Best Sommelier France
Born in the Loire Valley, Pascaline Lepeltier made her name in New York as the Beverage Director of Rouge Tomate in Chelsea (now closed) when the restaurant won the 2017 Best Long Wine List in the World Award sponsored by World of Fine Wine Magazine, but she had been quietly building her list for ten years. An adept of organic, natural and biodynamic wines, she is now a partner at RacinesNY. Read more...
Richard Hemming MW: Impossible Problem
How is cheap wine possible? This is perhaps the strangest and most perpolexing question in wine, alongside such conundrums as “is terroir real?” and “pink port: why, god, why?” Producers insist that such a model is financially crippling and dangerously unsustainable – yet it persists. Cheap wine has always existed, millions of British drinkers lap it up, and there’s no indication that is likely to change. Read more...
Michigan’s Wine Industry Flourishes with Tourism & Agriculture
Michigan wineries aren’t simply the perfect marriage of agriculture and tourism; they are an important piece in Michigan’s economic puzzle. “Wineries are an important economic driver, especially in the regions where there are several clustered together,” said Karel Bush, executive director for the Michigan Craft Beverage Council. “They’re agri-tourism at its finest, really.” Read more...
New York in the News...
Northforker TV: The Future is Female at Bedell
Once a male-dominated profession, women are now working more than ever in wine, and not just in cozy tasting rooms. At Bedell, the cellar crew is all female. That team — Ms. Brennan, Lila Miller, Liz Lasota and Rosario Huertas — along with vineyard managers Donna Rudolph and Deb Stroup, have found their niche amid the damp air and whirring machines. With rough hands, hunched backs and water-logged boots, the women wear their juice stains as a badge of honor: proof of a hard day’s work. Read more...
Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Week: Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2018
The concept of a signature grape for the Hudson Valley has long been one on the minds of many of the region’s wine growers, but it was a casual conversation and a tasting of Glorie Farm Winery’s Cab Franc at a wine event that sparked winemakers, Doug and MaryEllen Glorie, and publishers, Robert Bedford and Linda Pierro, to consider the adoption of Cabernet Franc as the calling card of the region. They formed the Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Coalition in 2016 armed with the support of other local growers, winemakers, and industry organizations. The Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Coalition’s mission is to showcase the many high-quality, terroir-driven Cab Franc wines produced by a growing number of dedicated winemakers, and to encourage more plantings of Cabernet Franc vines throughout the Hudson Valley. Read more...
Rebecca Mahmoud Joins Red Newt Cellars
Red Newt Cellars is pleased to announce that Rebecca Mahmoud has joined the Red Newt Cellars wine marketing and distribution team. Her focus as brand ambassador will be on facilitating and expanding Red Newt Cellars’ recognition and distribution in North America. Red Newt is currently distributed to 15 US states, Europe, Japan, China and New Zealand. Read more...
Finger Lakes Times Highlights the CLWT
The Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail’s “Grape Expectations” purple tree is decorated with wine-trail themed ornaments and is one of the many trees donated and on display at this year’s Festival that opened Friday and runs through Dec. 2 at the Granger. The donated tree is part of an event that includes a silent auction of trees, wreaths and jewelry, as well as a seasonal decorations gift shop. Read more...
Welcome New Member Hudson-Chatham Winery!
Hudson-Chatham Winery Tannersville is the new farm retail store for the award-winning winery now in Tannersville, NY, in Greene County. Hudson-Chatham Winery has been making wine from grapes grown in Greene County since its inception. This exciting new winery, which specializes in small hand-made batches of wine, is dedicated to the richness of the Hudson River Valley, particularly its wine, agriculture, literature, art, history, and many other attractions that make it a rich and special region. The Hudson-Chatham Winery, located between the historic towns of Hudson and Chatham, is the first winery in Columbia County.   Learn more...
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93 Points awarded to Black Willow Winery 2018 Freyja’s Passion,
93 Points & Best Chardonnay awarded to Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay,
90 Points awarded to Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2017 Dry Riesling,
91 Points awarded to Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2015 Cabernet Franc,
93 Points awarded to Dr. Frank's 2017 Muscat Ottonel,
94 Points awarded to Dr. Frank's 2013 Blanc de Blancs,
95 Points & Best of New York awarded to Dr. Frank's 2013 Brut Rose,
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90 Points awarded to Hunt Country 2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine,
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