The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
December 5th, 2018
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
This past August, Cornell AgriTech became the new name for the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Cornell AgriTech, has been for 130 years, one of the preeminent centers for food and agricultural research and education. It forms a vital part of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I recently joined Cornell AgriTech’s Advisory Council, and I am excited to contribute my background in economic development and public policy. The grape and wine industry is well represented on the Advisory Council, as Nova Cadamatre ( Constellation Brands ), Sarah Eighmey ( Anthony Road Wine Company ) and Suzanne Hunt ( Hunt Country Vineyards ) were also recently appointed to the council. 
We all participated in the Advisory Council meeting held last week where we learned about the exciting growth ahead at Cornell AgriTech. We toured improvements underway at Barton Lab and the Food Science Building, and by this time next year, the beloved Jordan Hall, will be fully climate controlled and equipped for distance learning. Cornell AgriTech is led by Jan Nyrop (also NYWGF Board Member,) and I encourage you to view this two minute video where he describes all the exciting progress blossoming at Cornell AgriTech. 
On the political front, State Budget season will be kicking off next month in Albany with the Governor’s State of the State address and his executive budget presentation. I traveled to Albany last Wednesday to attend the Assembly Agriculture Committee hearing to provide an update on NYWGF’s activities during the 2018-2019 State Fiscal Year. It was also Chairman Bill Magee’s last hearing, as he did not win re-election this fall. So, it was a bittersweet hearing and the beginning of the changes anticipated for 2019 in the State Legislature. There will be a need to educate all the new incoming members of the Legislature about the value of agriculture to the State’s economy and how the grape and wine industry has long been a key state commodity. 
We are planning to organize a grape and wine industry day at the State Capitol on February 4 and 5 to visit members of the legislature. We will be sharing more details in the coming weeks. Please contact me if you would like to participate and volunteer your time to visit your state legislative representatives. It will be important for our legislative representatives to hear from wineries across the State how the State’s financial support of the grape and wine industry contributes to the State’s economic vitality.
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Industry News...
More Grapes Worldwide But Fewer Acres
At its 41st World Congress of Vine and Wine earlier this month, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) issued its  annual report on world grape-growing.  The report shows that, in 2017, the world's area under vine rose to 7,534 thousand hectares, global grape production reached 73 million tons and the world consumed roughly 244 million hectolitres of wine. It also estimates that, in 2018, world wine production will rise to 279 million hectolitres. Of note, global grape production (described as "grapes intended for all types of use") has been on an upward trend since 2000 (+9%), despite the decline in vineyard surface area. This change may be explained mainly by a rise in yields, stemming from the continual improvement of viticultural techniques.
Mastering the Mis-interpreted Merlot
“Many of the greatest wines of the world are made from Merlot,” said moderator Anthony Giglio who is a wine writer and author. “It is a variety with great history and heritage that perhaps needs to be better understood.” Merlot is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux region and, according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine, the second most widely planted wine grape in the world behind Cabernet Sauvignon. Read more...
From the Vine to the Bottle
The wine industry in the United States is growing, and with it the need for trusted professionals to help vintners of all kinds navigate accounting issues and business challenges specific to the sector. The authors explain the numerous places in the wine-making process where accounting expertise is necessary. They also illustrate examples of the types of frauds in the industry that can be prevented by strong internal controls. Read more...
Vineyard Improvement Program is Accepting Applications!
As a part of the Vineyard Improvement Program proposed at the Concord Grape Summit in April 2018, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, through the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, invites applications from owners of vineyard operations who are interested in removing unwanted Concord vineyards in order to replant grape varieties or other agricultural crops. Read more...
Governor Cuomo Announces...
Extension of Real Property Tax Exemption on Farm Buildings
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the extension of the state's Real Property Tax Law exemption on farm buildings, which will provide continued tax relief for New York farmers and growers. The Real Property Tax Law exempts agricultural producers from paying real property tax on buildings that are essential to the production of agricultural or horticultural products, such as temporary greenhouses, dairy barns and exercise arenas for horse-boarding operations. "New York's agricultural industry is a major sector of our economy, and it's critical that we continue to support local farmers and growers," Governor Cuomo said. "This tax exemption will help New York's hard-working agricultural producers invest in their farms and grow their businesses, and as a result increase competitiveness and productivity for years to come." Learn more...
New York in the News...
Sparkling Pointe Wins Best in Class at World Championships
On October 24, 2018 Sparkling Pointe Vintners Tom and Cynthia Rosicki, joined by Head Winemaker Gilles Martin, attended the 2018 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships Award Dinner at Merchant Taylor’s Hall in London to accept the Best of Class Award for the 2015 Topaz Impérial Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine. Read more...
Lamoreaux Releases New Ice Wine     
LODI — Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars has released a new wine, Gewurztraminer Ice, in addition to its current lineup of dessert wine offerings. The inaugural vintage is a 2017 bottling and one of only a handful of its kind made in New York state. The 2017 Gewurztraminer Ice is available for sampling in Lamoreaux’s Seneca Lake tasting room for a small tasting fee. Bottles may be purchased in 375 mL for $38, in store or at . Read more...
Saving America’s Indigenous Wine Grapes
Most of the world’s fine wine, like Pinot Noir , Riesling and Chardonnay , derives from European grape varieties, all of which come from the species Vitis vinifera. Starting in the 1870s, Thomas Volney Munson, a Texas viticulturist, identified 31 undiscovered grape species, all but three indigenous to the U.S. Two of the best known are Vitis riparia, which played a role in the creation of “French-hybrids” like Frontenac and Baco Noir , and Vitis labrusca, known for grapes like Concord and Niagara. Read more...
Fabulous Wines from the Finger Lakes, New York
Even though it is close to home and at a fair driving distance from many major cities, the Finger Lakes might just be America’s best-kept wine secret. But not for long! It was awarded Best Wine Region of 2018 by the USA Today while many of its wines have been given 90 points or over by the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine. Read more...
Welcome New Winery Members!
Flanked by Storm King Mountain to the west and Mt. Beacon to the east the Hudson River flows through one of the oldest Fjords in North America. Acting as a gateway to the Hudson Highlands, this geological wonder helps create the unique micro climate that allows us to grow high quality wines in the valley. Founded in 2013 by Matthew Spaccarelli and Casey Erdmann, Fjord Vineyards strives to craft wines that reflect where they are grown. For the better part of a decade, Matthew has been sustainably growing world class wines in his native Hudson Valley.    
Forge is a small, artisanal producer focusing entirely on Dry Riesling and Pinot Noir. They are made up of three partners —French Winemaker-Grower, Louis Barruol of Château de Saint Cosme in Gigondas and Finger Lakes partners Richard Rainey, and Justin Boyette. Forge strives to grow grapes and handcraft wines of interest and value that perfectly balance minerality, aromatics and fruit to reflect our exceptional Finger Lakes terroir. Each vintage is viewed as an opportunity to express our region — to reflect its soils, its cool climate and its hillside lake terroirs. 
Welcome Back to our Members!
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  • Atwater Estate Vineyards
  • Barrington Cellars
  • Belhurst Estate Winery
  • Billsboro Winery
  • Black Diamond
  • Fjord Vineyards
  • Frontenac Point Vineyard
  • Kontokosta Winery
  • Leidenfrost Vineyards
  • Magnanini Farm Winery
  • Milea Estate Winery
  • Palmer Vineyards
  • Paumanok Vineyards, Ltd.
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company
  • White Birch Vineyards

  • Albert VanDette
  • Bruce Henderson
  • Carl Widmer
  • Jim Hicks- Grower
  • John Hardenburg
  • Joyful Vineyards
  • Kenneth Fulkerson
  • LKF Vineyards
  • McCullough Vineyard
  • Purple Foot Farms
  • Roger Dick- Grower
  • Sam Pennise, DMD
  • Simmons Vineyards
  • Wishing Well Vineyards
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Still Time to Participate in the Export Program!
T hrough a grant from the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) and the Market Access Program (MAP), the New York Wine & Grape Foundation can assist New York wineries explore foreign markets by subsidizing the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build commercial export markets for their product. All New York wineries are invited to participate in the program. Activities include trade exhibits at major shows and consumer events; publication of brochures and other literature; advertising and public relations; familiarization tours of New York’s wine regions for the press and trade; comprehensive educational resources such as the New York Wine Course & Reference, the Varietal Series; and meetings with key wine buyers . Register here...
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