The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
January 16th, 2019
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
“The world belongs to those who show up,” remarked Dr. Robert Thompson during his presentation on international agriculture trade at the 187th Annual New York Agriculture Society Forum last Thursday. While Dr. Thompson’s words intended to convey the importance of developing international relationships, the same principle can be applied to our everyday lives here in New York. Nothing beats in-person meetings because they facilitate immediate bridge building and understanding. I am in the middle of an 8-day road trip that has taken me to Syracuse, Rochester, Geneva, Hector, and Canandaigua. I have much to share and I will do my best to be succinct and engaging.

Further on happenings in Albany, the new legislative session with leadership changes for the Assembly and Senate Agriculture committees, and the Commission on Rural Resources. During last Friday’s annual meeting of the Empire State Council of Agriculture Organizations, we met with Assembly Member Donna Lupardo (Assembly Agriculture Chair), Senator Jen Metzger (Senate Agriculture Chair), and Senator Rachel May (Rural Resources Chair). They are committed to supporting the agriculture budget priorities of previous years and looking for ways to increase funding. Foundation Board Members are planning to visit Albany, February 4th & 5th, to meet with many of the Legislature’s new members and committee chairs to help educate them about the work of the Foundation and the value of the State’s fiscal support for the grape and wine industry. If you are interested in participating in the visit, please email me and I can share more details about the planned visit to Albany.

While in Rochester, I connected with Glenn Clark, President of Crafting A Brand and a Foundation Business Associate Member. Glenn introduced me to a restaurant in Mendon called the Black Horse Tavern, which is being managed by Chef Andrew Chambers and Sommelier Vanessa Blackmer; both formerly from the NY Kitchen. They delighted us with a New York wine pairing with sweet potato gnocchi, duck, and steak. And, Vanessa adores the wines from Bridgehampton’s Channing Daughters Winery, so she poured us their Over & Over and Mosaico. She intends to expand their wine list to include more New York wines to compliment Chef Andrew’s excellent cuisine. I highly recommend the restaurant as the combo of the food and wine sparked a lively conversation between Glenn and I on topics ranging from football to avoiding deer herds while driving to effective branding for craft beverages (check out Glenn’s weekly newsletter Three Things Every Thursday for more on this) . 

In between contemplating public policy and enjoying delicious meals, I also managed to spend time in our Canandaigua office this week to get some actual work done. We constantly seek out opportunities to provide marketing platforms for our industry. The organizers of VinExpo New York reached out to us with special table pricing to participate in the show only on March 5 th. They are offering New York wineries a special price of $600 for a 4ft table with full porter service. Eight wineries have already indicated interest in participating and we need 20 committed to secure this offer. Please see below for more information.

Thank you for reading this week and be sure to take the time to “show up” for someone in your life this week whether it is shooting hoops with your kid at the YMCA or remembering to call your parents or meeting a friend at the Black Horse Tavern, just be sure to take a moment to step away from your grape vines and do something where you join with others.

Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
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Industry News...
The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine
The justices will hear oral arguments in a contentious case involving whether consumers can order from out-of-state wine shops. A case to be argued before the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday may decide whether states can prohibit retail wine shops from shipping to consumers in another state. A ruling might even affect access to small-production beers and spirits, although it's not clear whether it would extend beyond wine. Read more...
Could 2019 Bring Big Change to Wine?
Making predictions about wine trends is surely fraught with problems. Over the past week, I've read a multitude of stories about what 2019 might have in store. According to the IWSR, imports to China will supposedly increase by 8 percent next year, despite China's slowing economy and uncertainties of a US-China trade war. Meanwhile, lower-alcohol and alcohol-free wines will continue to rocket in popularity, while Prosecco 's global popularity will apparently wane and be supplanted by competitors such as Cremant and New World sparkling. Read more...
Wine Myths, Part II: A Wine Has to be Ageworthy to be Special 
The growing trend towards lighter styles of wine is making us fundamentally question whether a wine must be ageworthy to be considered special. The UK is perhaps the worst offender on this point. We seem to have a bit of a reputation for being the gerontophiles of the wine-drinking world. But there is a generational and cultural shift going on. Somms and wine managers are far more respectful of the quaffable end of the wine spectrum nowadays. 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...

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...
Your Roadmap to the Hudson Valley Wine Scene
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Wagner Vineyards Meritage 2012
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Finger Lakes Wine Region Earns More Worldwide Recognition
Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes wine region keeps piling up the accolades., a wine, beer and spirits-oriented site, has ranked the Finger Lakes as the world’s No. 2 wine destination for 2019. The site’s Top 10 for the year focused on regions beyond the “usual suspects” like Napa, California; Bordeaux, France, and Tuscany, Italy. Read more...
Welcome New Members!
Savor Vineyards & Wines: Our message is not one you get from today's world. Our message is not Hurry, Get, Do. Our message is Savor. Slow down, enjoy the surroundings, the visit, the wine. Savor. It is easy and uncomplicated. Savor.
Hunt Country Vineyards: The Hunt family has been farming on the west side of Keuka Lake for seven generations.
White Caps Winery: White Caps Winery, LLC sits on farmland at the edge of Chaumont Bay, once known by Native Americans as Hungry Bay. Since 1838, descendants of Nathaniel Warner, a War of 1812 veteran and shipbuilder, have farmed the land and continued the family nautical tradition.
Welcome Back Proud Members!
Adirondack Winery, Applewood Winery, Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Azure Hill Winery, Baldwin Vineyards, Belhurst Estate Winery, Bernard Brands LLC, Black Willow Winery, Brooklyn Winery, Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery, Butternut Hollow Vineyards, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Channing Daughters Winery, Chateau Frank, Inc., Chris Becker, Christian Thompson, CJS Vineyards, Clearview Farms, Clermont Vineyards & Winery, Clinton Vineyards, Clinton Vineyards, Inc., Deer Run Winery, Doyle Vineyard Management, LLC, Dr. Frank Wine Cellars, Edward C. Dalrymple Farm, Inc., Edward Szumigala, Erdle Farm, Falcone Farms, Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, Fox Run Vineyards, George Disbrow, Grafted Grapevine Nostrano Vineyards, Nursery, Gridley Vineyards, Harold Smith, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Highland Cellars, Hudson-Chatham Winery, JD Wine Cellars, Jim Bedient, JM Joy Farms, John Ingle, Kemmeter Wines, King Ferry Winery, Lakeland Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Lois & Eugene Nicandri, Louis Catalano Farms, Macari Winery Ltd., Michael Naeser, Militello Farm Supply, Orton Farms, Owera Vineyards, Roanoke Vineyards, Robibero Family Vineyards, Shajan Jacob, Sherman Grant, Simcha Cellars/Suhru Wines, SJF Farms, Stever Hill Vineyards, Tabora Vineyards, The Grapes of Roth, Thomas Pellegrino, Three Brothers Winery & Estate, Toro Run Winery, Two Gorges Vineyards, Wickhams Tango Oaks Farm, Willow Creek Winery, Winery at Marjim Manor
Member Corner: News, Benefits, Events & More
Membership Regional Roadshow-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 on Jan. 30th, 10am-12pm: Register here...
Central NY: Anthony Road Wine Company on Feb. 8th, 10am-12pm: Register here...
Eastern NY: Yonos Restaurant on March 4th, 10am-12pm: Register here...
Long Island: Date will be announced soon
NNY: Date will be announced soon
Export Participants: Israel Market
Join Global NY’s Multi-Sector Trade Mission to Israel- March 25–28, 2019: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Why Israel?
Israel, a major international hub of innovation and technology is a natural market for US goods and is New York’s 5th largest export market. Trade between the US and Israel has increased eight-fold since the signing of the Free Trade Agreement in 1985 and has led to the elimination of virtually all trade tariffs. GDP growth in 2017 was 3.4% and unemployment was 3.7%. Read more...
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 .
2019 Unity Awards- New Sustainability Award!
Each year the New York Wine & Grape Foundation honors individuals and wineries for their distinguished contributions to the New York wine and grape industry. Awards are also given to recognize a restaurant and retailer for their promotion of New York wines. These awards will be presented at the Unity Banquet Luncheon at  B.E.V. NY on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at the RIT Inn & Conference Center in Henrietta, NY.    
Please take a moment and submit your nominations for the awards listed below. All nominations will be kept confidential.  (Please see this list of previous award winners . )

Nominations must be received no later than January 16, 2019.
This year we are excited to give our Business Associate Members the opportunity to support and attend the Unity Banquet Awards Luncheon as well! Show your support by sponsoring one of our prestigious award categories. This opportunity will help shine a spotlight on your business, provide you with tickets to the luncheon and much more.  Learn more here .  
·      Phyllis Feder Unity Award:  Recognizes individuals who have volunteered their time, shown exceptional leadership, and achieved recognized results in building industry co-operation and unity.
·      Jim Finkle Industry Award:  Recognizes outstanding achievements in aspects of the industry not directly covered by the Unity awards (marketing, promotion, legislative, organizational or other). 
·      Grower Award : Recognizes an individual for dedication and contributions to the New York grape industry.
·      Winery Award:  Recognizes major contributions in advancing the image and reputation of the New York wine industry. 
·      Research Award:  Recognizes major contributions in the area of grape growing, processing, and wine research, and may be presented to scientists, industry members or others.
·      Restaurant Award:  Recognizes excellence in promoting New York wines in a fine dining experience.
·      Retailer Award : Presented to wine stores which do an exceptional job in educating consumers about the quality and variety of New York wines.
·      Ron Reals Distributor Award:   Recognizes achievement in distributing and promoting New York wines.
·      Consumer Award : For "enthusiastic" support of the New York wines industry and for exemplifying the use of wine as part of a happy, healthy lifestyle. 
·      Sustainability Award : Awarded to an organization/business that has demonstrated noteworthy sustainable practices and commitment to conserve natural resources, protect our environment, and contribute to the overall success of the New York State economy.

When considering your nominations, please keep in mind that Foundation Board members are NOT eligible. While they are deserving of many thanks for their time and energy input, they will not be entered into the running for these awards while they are still on the Board.
We look forward to hearing from you!
VinExpo March 5, 2019
Opportunity to secure affordable trade show table space at the Javits Center on March 5, 10:00am-6:00pm:
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. We need a minimum of 20 wineries to participate to lock in the offer. RSVP to Sam Filler by Jan. 18th
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.

This Week's Spotlight Wineries:
Looking for a different cool climate red to try? Whitecliff Vineyards and Sheldrake Point Winery make Gamay, the grape used in Beaujolais. Don't miss them at our Grand Tasting!
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