The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
January 2nd, 2019
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
Happy start to 2019! I hope that you took time over the holidays to refresh and enjoy wonderful meals with friends and family. Maura and I traveled to Bedford Hills and Utica, to visit with our respective families, and we made sure that we found every occasion to expose our families to NY wines. They especially go well with my Dad’s homemade pizzas and raviolis, and my father in-law’s Christmas Eve turkey roast with amazing brussel sprouts.

Many of us use the New Year to reflect on the prior year and to refresh our goals for the upcoming year. I like to frame each new year with a theme to sharpen the focus of my professional goals. At B.E.V. NY 2017, I announced during my presentation that 2017 would be themed, “Year of Grafting the Future.” I chose this theme because it was my first year as Executive Director and I intended to build off of the 30 year organizational foundation carefully cultivated by Jim Trezise and Susan Spence. For 2018, I chose the theme, “Year of Pressing the Grapes,” because we gathered a lot of industry feedback in 2017 and formalized it into a strategic planning process in early 2018. We used that feedback to create a refreshed vision, mission and objectives to drive organizational growth.
 
I propose that 2019 be themed as, “Year of Fermenting the Vintage.” We are going to take that excellent juice made in 2018 and start shaping the new vintage of the Foundation. This will manifest in new organizational branding, an updated vineyard survey, refreshed promotional materials, and many more exciting things that we will do to become a better resource and representative for our grape and wine industry.  As always, we welcome your feedback and ideas on how we can work to serve you best.
 
Three Cheers to 2019!
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Industry News...
The Wine Stories that Will Shape 2019
When I looked into my crystal ball, I found it harder than ever to discern what’s coming. Is 2019 when the dam busts, and we locate the path that illuminates wine’s future for the next 20 years? Maybe. Or maybe, as they say in baseball, it’s another rebuilding year. In any case, I’ll lay my odds: Read more...
Is Orange Wine the New Rose?
While you’ve heard of red, white,  rosé , and  sparkling wine  before, orange wine may not have crossed your radar. The  wine , which is mostly produced in Northeast Italy in the current day, is an ancient wine, as the first evidence of its being made was about 6,000 years ago. But everything old is new again and orange wine is becoming increasingly in vogue now, as palates are becoming more expansive and imbibers are looking for something different to pair with dinners out, or to share when friends come in . Read more...
Taste NY & Craft Beverage Showcase
We have a great opportunity for you to showcase your products to 14,000 food and beverage professionals in New York. The Taste NY & Craft Beverage Showcase is returning to this year’s International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York – March 3-5, 2019 at the Javits Center in New York City. 
This is always the biggest show serving the tri-state market, and with the new co-locations and initiatives in place to drive quality buyers, it is shaping up to be the biggest show yet!  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...
New York in the News...
Coolest Northforker Stories of 2018
Paumanok and Palmer vineyards are two of the North Fork’s oldest wineries, each having been founded in Aquebogue in 1983. Now one is assuring the other’s legacy continues. The Massoud family, owners of Paumanok since its inception, purchased Palmer’s 60-acre vineyard, winery and inventory in August. The sale included the Palmer brand, which continues under the stewardship of an integrated team of Paumanok and Palmer staffers.  Read more...
World of Champagnes and Sparklings To Celebrate the New Year
The life of a bubbly lover has never been better with so many sparkling options from so many different regions (think Oregon, New York State, England, Italy, Spain); the list is wonderfully long. Yet, no one has the edge on Champagne where the world’s experts and the region’s unique terroir together bring out the finest expression of what sparkling wine can be. Take your pick from across the globe this New Year’s Eve. The bubblies below will get you started on the right foot in 2019. Read more...
Exploring The World Of Finger Lakes Rieslings
New York is simultaneously one of the centers of the world wine trade and a major wine producer. Its wine making tradition goes back almost four centuries, to 1647, when Dutch colonists first planted European vinifera grapes on Manhattan Island. The original vineyards failed, falling victim to the omnipresent grape louse, phylloxera. Additional attempts over the 18th century proved equally unsuccessful. Read more...
Northport Vineyard Opens After Community Opposition Delay
The wine is flowing at Del Vino Vineyard in Northport, after opposition from town officials and residents delayed its opening for years. Owner Frederick Giachetti poured servings of the vineyard's offerings on a recent afternoon and tended to patrons gathered for a holiday party. The winery opened officially Nov. 1. "We've had just an overwhelming response from the neighbors and the community that everybody's very, very happy," he said. Read more...
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Element Winery was founded to explore cool climate terroirs, to produce wines which express their origins without preconceived notions. We make delicate wines, balanced with a focus on mineral and floral aromas, low alcohol and higher acids using a minimalist approach that allows the grapes to speak for themselves. We are dedicated to producing small quantities of wines we love. With that in mind, we will continue pushing forward, and hope you enjoy the fruits of our labor.
We are 100% Estate Grown and Bottled. Our vineyard optimally situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes, on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. With plantings extending to its shoreline, our micro-climate mitigates the challenges faced by most growers in the region. We have carefully selected our location, varietals, plant material and rootstock so we can demonstrate the best that is possible in the Finger Lakes.
Member Corner: News, Benefits, Events & More
Strategy Update: Exporting New York Wines Webinar
You are invited to join us for an Export Program strategy update on January 7th from 2pm to 3pm . For several years, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation has conducted a small export program with funding support from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). In the summer of 2018, the Foundation engaged Capalino + Company to conduct an analysis of our activities thus far as well as our Export strategy for New York wines moving forward. We will also be hearing directly from our consulting experts in each of our three target markets on activities we will be undertaking through the rest of year! Register here...
Bottling Up E-Commerce & Web Accessibility Webinar
As you may know, more than a dozen New York state wineries on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley are now facing federal lawsuits, with plaintiffs claiming that the wineries' websites violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not being accessible for users with disabilities. Accessibility of a website means ensuring that individuals of all abilities and disabilities are still able to meaningfully engage with the content on your website. This can be done in many ways. Join us on January 24th at 12 PM for this informative 45-minute webinar on the topic of website accessibility. Register here.. .

Please note, this webinar is for current New York State winery or grower members only. If you would like to renew or join, please click here or contact Valerie Ross .

NY Drinks NY Program
“NY Drinks NY” is a multi-pronged program that aims to promote the quality and diversity of New York wines (and other agricultural products) in the vital New York City market. The program focuses on bringing New York City media and trade to the various wine regions and familiarizing consumers in the NYC market with New York wines. Since its inception in 2011, “NY Drinks NY” has had a major impact on New York wine sales in New York City. In addition, the program has created long-term relationships which ensure further growth in the future. Learn more... Interested in tasting over 200 wines from almost 50 wineries from around the state? Register for our NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting at the Rainbow Room in NYC, March 26, 2019.

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