The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
July 3rd, 2019
Field Notes...
From Paul Brady, New York Wines Brand Ambassador
Dear Friends,
Greetings from New York City! I’m excited to report that we’ve officially begun this season’s NY Drinks NY phase even earlier than planned, with an extraordinary joint event with the Washington State Wine Commission (WSW). Our counterparts in Washington reached out to us a few months ago with an idea for this collaboration, an offer which we happily accepted. This began a series of many conference calls, emails and rather fun brainstorming sessions as to what we might do together. Throughout this project planning phase, I was initially joined by the head of marketing for WSW, David Flaherty, who I knew from his decade’s long career in the New York City hospitality industry as a beverage professional. We immediately knew Riesling had to be a focus given our state’s reputation for the variety and given that the Washington state winery Chateau Ste. Michelle is currently the world’s largest Riesling producer. David was also keen to work on this with Greg Harrington , the owner and winemaker of Gramercy Cellars in Walla Walla, as well as a Master Sommelier and a Cornell University graduate! Greg suggested a Syrah comparison could also be a focus, as he was familiar with fellow winemaker and Master Sommelier Christopher Bates’s Element Syrah. So, after much discussion, a trade lunch that included a comparison seminar of Riesling and Syrah was on the schedule, at the one of a kind Blue Hill at Stone Barns

This was an excellent opportunity to also work with members of our NY Drinks NY advisory committee. For the seminar , Peter Becraft , winemaker at Anthony Road Wine Company, spoke on Riesling; and Whitney Beaman , brand manager at Bedell Cellars and program manager for Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing , spoke on Syrah. Both are currently consulting on our NY Drinks NY advisory committee. They were joined by Harrington, and David Rosenthal, Riesling winemaker from Chateau Ste. Michelle. The sommelier, Riesling fanatic, and owner of Terroir Wine Bar in Manhattan, Paul Grieco , moderated. 

Both Peter and Whitney worked closely together as well through the planning phase, and with NYWGF staff selected the following wines, in addition to their own, to be shown with Washington counter-wines:

A further five more wines from across NY were selected for the lunch that ensued, and included: 

And for your reference, the wines from Washington included the following:


The wines, of course, all showed well and spoke of their time and place. Comparison discussion amongst the trade involved the topic of the well-known “petrol” and “reductive” notes that can show in Rieslings, young or developing; how well the WA Gamay Noir and the NY Cabernet Franc complimented each other… But, I believe the collaboration also speaks of our own time and place as an industry.

As the reality of a highly competitive beverage landscape continues to dominate our economy, why not work together as like-minded wine regions to educate our trade and consumers by co-presenting the richness of diversity that our country can produce with its wines? I was flattered that Washington reached out to us -- they could have easily arranged a powerful alliance with California or Oregon for their annual east coast appearance. 

I’d look forward to continuing our already on-going dialogues with nearby regions like Ontario and Michigan as to how we can work together toward everyone’s benefit. We’ve already had inquiries from Virginia, Vermont, and even Wines of Germany. There are many possibilities and, thankfully, many who want to work with us. 

Happy July 4th to everyone from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and the Washington State Wine Commission!  
Cheers to Washington, New York, and to collaboration.
Paul Brady, New York Wines B rand Ambassador
New York Wine & Grape Foundation

Call For Entries for The New York Wine Classic
Known as the "Oscars" of the NY Wine Industry, the 34th Annual New York Wine Classic has announced a  call for entries   for this year’s competition to be held from August 5th-7th, 2019 in Watkins Glen, NY. The New York Wine Classic will be hosted by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Entries for the 2019 Classic will be submitted through  Enofile online . The fees are $70 per submission for New York Wine & Grape Foundation members and $85 per submission for nonmembers. Members save $15 per entry with code: MEMBER19. Entry information including updated classes, competition rules, wine shipping information and deadlines  can be found here .
Entires are due by July 12th, 2019. Ship your wine samples to arrive between July 8th and July 19th , 2019 to:
Attn: New York Wine Classic/Jennifer Cooper
1 Keuka Business Park
Suite 208
Penn Yan, NY 14527
How Much Product Do I Ship? All Wines: (4) 750 ML bottles or equivalent;
Ice Wines, Dessert Wines, etc.: (6) 375 ml bottles

Special thanks to our valued sponsors of the 2019 Classic:
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More than 150 winemakers, writers, sommeliers and other professionals from the international wine world will descend upon the Finger Lakes wine region from July 21 to 23 for the  FLXcursion  International Riesling Expo.
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US Supreme Court Favors Wine Retailers
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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.
Welcome to New Members!
Domaine LeSeurre Winery was established by owners and winemakers, Celine and Sebastien LeSeurre whose family has hand-crafted wine in Champagne, France, for six generations. The husband-and-wife team fell in love with Keuka in 2011, after assisting with 15 vintages around the world. Together, they built Domaine LeSeurre Winery – literally by hand! They began clearing nearly 800 trees off the property in September of 2012, and finally opened the winery in October 2013. Visitors delight in trying the fantastic wines, and in learning the process it takes to create them – all while enjoying beautiful views of Keuka Lake's bluff from Domaine LeSeurre's gorgeous tasting room and patio.
FLXcursion International Riesling Expo
FLXcursion is a global celebration of Riesling, its companion wines, and its terroir. The 3-day conference is held throughout the Finger Lakes between Sunday, July 21st through Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019. We have over 150 attendees for the full conference plus many hundreds more for the Grand Tasting Sunday afternoon. The event is entirely non-profit and volunteer-based. Our goal is to spread the experience of the Finger Lakes to everyone attending and we need your help! Want to volunteer at this incredible event? Sign up here...
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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...
Protect Your Winery/Vineyard Against ADA Website Lawsuits [Webinar]
July 10th, 2-3pm
Join Rick Gagnon of ADA Site Compliance for this webinar which will focus on the current litigation landscape within the winery and vineyard industry as it relates to website accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We’ll explore the skyrocketing number of lawsuits, how to protect your business, pitfalls of widgets and technology solutions and steps you must take to properly fix your site.   Register here...
Lake Erie Wine Country Harvest Celebration Weekends
Lake Erie Wine Country, located in the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies, extends roughly 50 miles from Silver Creek, New York (Chautauqua County) to Harborcreek, Pennsylvania (Erie County). It is home to over 20 commercial and estate wineries. Come enjoy delicious harvest food & wine sample pairings at each winery over a 3-day weekend! Read more...
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