The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
February 6th, 2019
Field Notes...
From Julie Purpura Hosbach, Communications Manager
Dear Friends,
Happy February! Just like the weather, thankfully, things are heating up at the New York Wine & Grape Foundation this month. In the spirit of advancing the New York wine and grape industry, and the objectives developed in our strategic plan, we continue to forge boldly ahead with a robust schedule of events and programs design to raise the profile of New York Wines in 2019.

We begin this month with our Annual Unity Awards Luncheon at the B.E.V. NY Conference on Wednesday, February 27 th in Rochester, NY. We enjoy the opportunity to recognize the hard work demonstrated by an impressive array of dedicated individuals who are committed to our industry. Thank you to everyone that sent in your nominations. We know your time is valuable, and to take a moment to recognize another is truly admirable.

In March we continue to help evolve and expand the market for New York Wines. Our Export Program participants have upcoming trade-shows planned to Prowein in Dusseldorf, Germany from March 17-19 th , as well as Chengdu, China from March 17-20 th . In May we head to Bordeaux for VinExpo . The work done by this program is placing New York State wines on the global map (in over 10 different countries) and helps wineries with an established international business strategy, as well as those exploring opportunities to develop one. For those of you interested in learning more about the program, click here . You can also listen to our recent webinars on exporting to mainland China and Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Canada.

March is jammed packed with opportunities for New York Wines to make an impact in critical markets all over the world, including right here at home in New York City.  NY Drinks NY, now in its 8th year, celebrates the exciting world of New York wines in the New York City restaurant and retail markets. NY Drinks NY culminates in a Grand Tasting event in New York City in March welcoming trade and media attendees on March 26 th at the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center. Over 200 wines will be poured from wineries around the state and sampled by hundreds of trade, media, and consumers!

We encourage you to celebrate in February with “ No Corkage New York” month. Visit our retail partners: Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits and Vino Fine Wine & Spirits, to pick up your favorite bottles of New York wine and then head to The Jazz Standard , Craft, and Small Batch , for a delicious meal. For the month of February, there’s absolutely no corkage fee on New York wines only.

Our annual New York Wine Classic will be held again in Watkins Glen, August 5th -7 th . Referred to as the “Oscars” of the New York wine industry, this event showcases the delicious wines being produced across the state in a multitude of styles. Over 20 expert judges with prestigious credentials assess in a blind tasting and determine “Governor’s Cup,” which is the wine selected as the best of all categories of entries.

We continue to keep busy throughout the year funding important grape research initiatives . Our research budget is typically between $350,000-$500,000 and is dedicated to supporting dozens of individual projects, mostly conducted by Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Stay tuned this year as we announce the results of these projects and their implications for grape growing in New York State.

Because of your feedback, the Foundation is dedicated to increasing our educational offerings including webinars and in-person meetings and trainings. We’re looking forward to announcing discounted TIPS Training opportunities coming soon for winery members. Also, stay tuned for an announcement of a “Members Only” Legal and Fiscal Help Desk dedicated to answering your questions. Members will get more information on the Help Desk this month.

Speaking of membership, if you have not renewed with us yet – now is the time! Click here to log in and renew . If you would like to take part in the many programs and benefits we offer, you can join the Foundation any time as a winery, grower, business associate, or consumer member. Learn more about the benefits for each category and join online.

We want to thank all our members: wineries, growers, business associates, and consumers, for their continuous support in our efforts. Together, united, we forge ahead!

Julie Purpura Hosbach, Communications Manager
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
B.E.V. NY Conference
Innovation is a key theme...
Winemakers and grape growers looking to innovate in all phases of their operations can gain cutting-edge advice from Cornell University and other experts at the 2019 B.E.V. NY conference Feb. 27-March 1 at the Rochester Institute of Technology Conference Center in Henrietta, New York.” B.E.V. NY is an annual event hosted by Cornell University enology, viticulture and business experts with the mission of providing cutting-edge research updates to the New York wine industry. The theme of this year’s event is “innovation” with a focus on using alternative methods for the production and sales of wine.  Register here...
Industry News...
This Fund Will Invest $100 Million in Women-Led Businesses
Women CEOs win only 2.7 percent of the approximately $80 billion in venture capital each year. This statistic prevails despite women being the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs , and despite research from First Round Capital showing that founding teams that include both women and men produce dramatically stronger valuation growth than all-male founding teams. Read more...
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program: Proposals due Feb. 17th
NYFVI is pleased to partner with New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) to manage the competitive grant program for New York State’s USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program application . Read more...
America’s First Hemp Winery to Open Tasting Room
In 1997, Binghamton resident Jim Castetter, inspired by a trip to Amsterdam, introduced the United States to the idea of infusing wine with hemp. His hemp wine business in the Southern Tier lasted just a few years. Federal authorities shut it down in 1999, arguing that hemp -- a form of cannabis related to marijuana -- was an illegal additive to an alcohol beverage.
VinExpo NYC March 5th, 2019
Take advantage of a great opportunity to secure affordable trade show table space at the Javits Center on March 5, 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Use of designated space within the exhibit hall includes:

  • One 4ft table, 2 chairs
  • Glasses, ice, porter service
  • Spittoons
  • Corkscrews
  • Complimentary Visitor Invitations
  • 2 Exhibitor Badges per company
  • Promotion: Inclusion of each participant on the website, event guide, and mobile app.
  • Fee: $600 per table

VinExpo has arranged a hand carry policy with the Javits Center to enable you to avoid material handling fees. You may hand carry (no use of wheeled carts through the lobby) up to one case of wine into the Javits Center and to your tables at no cost. Vinexpo asks that you be completely set up at your tables before the show opens at 10:00am in consideration of attendees arrival. The Foundation will also have a table. RSVP to Julie Hosbach by Feb. 8th.
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...

Don't miss it: License to Steal (LTS) returns in 2019 with two days of sessions dedicated to wine marketing issues and ideas PLUS a new full-day workshop. Read more...
New York in the News...
Love Is Blind Weekend 
Go out to eat another night – Surprise your special someone with a blind wine tasting at Adirondack Winery this Valentine’s Day! Put your taste buds to the test with our Love Is Blind Ultimate Wine Tasting Session for 2! Sample 8 mystery wines, snack on a locally sourced plate of cheese & chocolate, and get 2 FREE tickets to the Feb. 22 Adirondack Thunder game with purchase (while supplies last). Plus, wine discounts, wine cocktail samples, games and more! Visit for more details and to pre-order your Love Is Blind Ultimate Wine Tasting Session for 2 (Feb. 14-17 only).  
It was early January and Roman Roth was on the phone talking about a probable break in his routine later that afternoon at Wolffer Estate Vineyard , his voice rising with enthusiasm. “Liverpool against Manchester,” he said of the Premier League showdown. “I may have to take an hour off later today.” Read more...
New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival Celebrates Winter & Wine
The 11th annual New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival returns to Casa Larga Vineyards on Saturday, February 16. Tickets are on sale at the Casa Larga Vineyards wine shop, online at and at Wegmans. This annual festival celebrates and showcases award-winning ice wines that are made in the traditional German eiswein method in New York State. Read more...
Welcome New Members!
Trestle 31 is the realization of a dream held for 15 years. We are so excited to introduce our family’s wine to the world. Dry Finger Lakes Riesling has its own vibrant personality. Ours is made from a unique vineyard just north of our property on Seneca Lake.
Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy: W e invest a lot in our people, with a bunch of help from partners like Kolbe Corp. and InCite Performance Group (formerly Sitkins International). Through intense testing and training, we basically turn our people into insurance superheroes. Based on your needs, we will put together the best team for the job, leaning on specific strengths and unique abilities to maximize potential, ultimately providing the best results.
Welcome to Macaran.  We print world-class labels on world-class equipment. For 50 years we’ve worked with folks here in New York and with countless companies across America (and beyond). Whatever you make, our team is ready, willing and able to help you differentiate your product in the marketplace. It’s what we do for every one of our customers. Every day.
Mobile Craft Canning: We are a mobile canner located in Webster, NY. We offer a full service, per-can cost model. 
Customers only need to supply an approved label and their product ready for canning!

No Corkage NY in February!
For the entire month of February and in anticipation of our NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting on March 26 th  at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan, we are partnering with The Jazz Standard , the jazz club and traditional barbecue joint of restaurateur Danny Meyer; as well as Craft and Small Batch , the flagship restaurant of Chef Tom Colicchio, and his newest location in Garden City, Long Island. All three restaurants will waive corkage daily during the month of February for New York wines only!  
Member Corner: News, Benefits, Events & More
Membership Regional Roa d show, We're Coming to You!
Would you like to learn more about your benefits as a valued member of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, meet our staff and representatives of our Board of Directors? Please join us for a membership discussion outlining our benefits, upcoming events, marketing initiatives, and more. All this, along with a quick policy update on the status of the Foundation’s funding from New York State and a presentation on a topic of critical importance to members (Each location will have a different topic, to be announced, ranging from ADA website compliance, New Tax Laws for Wineries and Risk Management.) We look forward to meeting you, connecting you with our valued business associate partners, and gathering any feedback or answering questions you might have for us!
Western NY: Becker Farms, Gasport NY
February 22nd, 10am-12pm: Register Here

Upper Hudson Valley: Yono's Restaurant, Albany NY
March 4th, 10am-12pm: Register here
Presentation Topic: ADA Accessibility and Website Compliance
The Riesling du Monde Competition 
New York wineries that would like to enter the Riesling du Monde competition as well as Gewurztraminer du monde, Pinot Gris du monde, Pinot Blanc du monde, Sylvaner du monde, Assemblages Blancs du monde (White wine Blendings)– Cepages Blancs du monde (White Wine Grape varieties) through our Wine Competition program can send entry form to Strasbourg Events and clearly indicate that the NYWGF should be billed for the entries. Please also send NYWGF a copy of your entry form, and you will receive an invoice for your portion of the entry fees based on membership status.
2019 Berlin International Wine Competition
The 5th Annual Berlin International Wine Competition is excited to invite New York Wineries to again participate in our upcoming wine competition.  All of the judges are real trade buyers from around Europe and the wines will be judged by its category and actual price. Your wines do not have to be sold in Europe to be in the competition. Top winners will be showcased at our booth at Prowein in March. Winners will receive a physical 2' medal and the use of the digital image in its marketing materials. We are happy to again offer free shipping from the USA from our warehouse at Western Carriers in New Jersey to the Berlin Competition. We need the wines in our warehouse by February 9th. More information...  
Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Hiring Executive Director
The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance is seeking an Executive Director to oversee and perform the organization's annual program of work. The candidate will work with the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Board of Directors to develop and implement a powerful marketing and communication program of work to raise the visibility of the Finger Lakes wine region as North America’s pre-eminent cool-climate wine-growing region. Apply here... 
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