The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
June 5th, 2019
Field Notes...
From Sam Filler, Executive Director
Dear Friends,
Greetings from the Great White North! I am writing from Toronto where I am attending the U.S. Consulate’s annual “Canada Concepts” conference hosted by their USDA Foreign Agriculture Service team. Canada Concepts is an economic and export focused conference for all US agricultural stakeholders with marketing programs in Canada. I am joined by Robert Ketchin, NYWGF Canadian Marketing Representative. We are also scheduled to meet with the executive leadership of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (the world’s largest wine buyer). Robert is leading a campaign in partnership with California, Oregon, and Washington to increase placements of USA wines through various LCBO sales channels. The opportunity for New York wines to increase their presence in Ontario looks promising as several top LCBO buyers have participated in our tastings this year.
I’m continuing to travel to California this week where I will be attending the U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit West . The conference is a gathering of regional winery and vineyard associations, engaged grower and vintner leaders, and others committed to the sustainability of their local vineyards, wineries, and regions. I will be joined by Rich Olsen-Harbich and Whitney Beaman from our state’s own wine sustainability regional standard, the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing. Our participation is made possible through a grant provided by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, and we are excited to return with some ideas and best practices to implement in New York.
So much happens in a typical week at NYWGF that the previous week’s activities can feel a month ago especially with travel. Last week marked a significant transition for the NYWGF Board of Directors as we held our quarterly board meeting and annual board elections in Chautauqua County. We celebrated John Martini, owner of Anthony Road Wine Company, as he concluded 15 years of service to the NYWGF Board. I consider John one of my mentors in the wine business as he has helped me grow professionally since I started with the Governor’s office in 2012. We will miss John’s keen insights on research, public policy, and wine politics, but more importantly, we valued his humor and thoughtfulness. Thank you, John, you leave NYWGF in a stronger place!
John will be succeeded by Oskar Bynke, co-owner of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard , who the NYWGF board voted to fill John’s vacated “At-Large” board seat. We are excited to welcome Oskar to the board and the perspective that he offers as a winery, vineyard, and nursery owner. In addition, Gerry Barnhardt, Mike Colizzi, Rob Smith, and Julie Suarez were re-elected to serve new three-year board terms. Our 2019-2020 executive committee will be Kim Wagner (Chair), Rob Smith (Vice Chair), Leah George (Treasurer), and Julie Suarez (Secretary). Our next board meeting is scheduled for July 24 th , 1-5pm in Geneva.

Sam Filler, Executive Director
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 .
The entries are due by July 12th, 2019.

NEW!  This year, the Governor’s Cup, is open to ALL wines, no matter the production size. Featuring 22 expert international judges, all samples are judged "blind" on their own merits, with the "Governor's Cup" and other awards made public at the conclusion of the competition. The winners get enormous publicity, which leads to enormous sales- but you have to enter to win!

Special thanks to Gray Locey, CPA, for being a valued sponsor for our 2019 Classic!
Industry News...
The Other Cabernet You Should Care About
In 1997, plant geneticists proved definitively that the grape variety Cabernet Franc is one of the direct parents of Cabernet Sauvignon , conceived centuries ago during a fertile fling with Sauvignon Blanc in a French, or possibly Spanish, vineyard. When researchers at the University of California, Davis, announced that genetic testing had confirmed the parentage it was an exciting, but not exactly bolt-out-of-the-blue moment. That’s because of the overlapping, and sometimes confusing, names. Read more...
Wine's Next Cult Trend
When it comes to figuring out the next trend among the wider population one just needs to look at the numbers of sales for retail stores and restaurants in the U.S. and those wines that have been drastically increasing in sales are typically the winners. And so, the next possible cult trend that has some of the same markers as orange wines yet enough drastic differences to make it a different style are dry wines made in the passito style. Read more...
The American Vineyard Foundation Provides Record $1.5 Million Annual Funding for Wine and Grape Industry Research in 2019
The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is pleased to announce new funding for twenty-six projects addressing critical viticulture and enology research needs. The AVF relies on voluntary contributions to support ongoing research and to provide funding for new high priority projects. “We are grateful for the very generous contributions of our growers and vintners that have enabled us to achieve our highest level of annual funding yet and we are proud to see the wide scope of research underway,” emphasized Chairman Tony Stephen. Read more...
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Want to Learn More About NY Wines?
Beginning in June, every month we'll host an online webinar focusing on a different varietal/topic and taste through three examples and discuss. A wine appreciation class from the comfort of your home!  Free to all of our consumer members. Contact Julie Hosbach for more information.Check out this edition of WineVine.
New York in the News...
What is Piquette? Meet Wine’s Easy-Drinking, Low-Alcohol Style
Todd Cavallo had heard of piquette, but he never gave it much thought. The reminder proved timely. Cavallo, owner/winemaker at the small, sustainably focused Wild Arc Farm in New York’s Hudson Valley, was looking for a way to reuse his pomace, the dense clumps of grape skins, seeds, stems and pulp that remain after juice has been pressed for wine. He’d experimented with distillation, but piquette seemed like the perfect solution.   Read more...
What’s Next for Long Island Wine?
Although Long Island has established a strong enotourism industry since the first modern vineyards were planted in 1973, its recognition as a high-quality wine region by the trade has been lagging. This may be because Long Island has embraced a wide range of wines or because many sommeliers don’t have the opportunity to taste the region’s best offerings, but Long Island produces a significant number of standout wines—from offbeat, experimental options to long-lived classics—and wine professionals are starting to take notice. Read more...
The Finger Lakes is at a Tipping Point
Speaking to db during a dinner in London put on to show off the diversity of the Finger Lakes, Rick Rainey, general manager of Forge Cellars, said:“Some of the wines made in the Finger Lakes in the past weren’t interesting, but now we have enough exciting wines to make an impact both in New York and in export markets. We’re at the tipping point now and can put international events together with wines from quality producers. “People do things with wine sometimes because it gets you a place at the table. The Finger Lakes is a small region so we have to make a noise to be noticed.” Read more...
Welcome to New Business Associate Members!
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Member Corner: News, Benefits, Events & More
Welcoming Diverse Markets to Your Winery [Webinar]
June 13th 2:00-3:00pm
Following the launch of our New York Wine Tourism Marketing Toolkit, join us, and Dr. Donathan Brown, for information on increasing diverse tourists into your winery. This webinar will serve as an introduction to facts and figures surrounding shifting demographic trends in travel and tourism, along with the ways that businesses can cultivate, market to and welcome diverse clientele. One of the goals of this webinar is to better understand practices and procedures that lend itself to re-defining and/or expanding the image of wine lovers, all to the benefit of your bottom line.  Register here...
Global NY and Job Development Authority Agriculture Loan Funds [Webinar]
June 25th, 2-3pm
Join Huey-Min Chaung and Matthew Kennedy, from Empire State Development, as they discuss New York Loan opportunities.
The  JDA Agriculture Loan Fund  supports Small NYS Agribusiness firms, including value added processors, food distribution companies, wineries, breweries and distillers; gain access to the capital they need to grow, expand and thrive in New York State.  Register here...
Taste NY is Back at the State Fair!
This summer, you will once again have the opportunity to sample and sell your products at the Great New York State Fair. Located in the Horticulture Building, Taste NY will showcase New York’s vast array of food and beverage producers and/or processors. Each day, food, wine, beer, and spirits vendors will have the opportunity to sample and sell their products to fairgoers. The hours of sampling and selling are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (except for Labor Day from 10 9 p.m.) Read more...

*The New York Wine & Grape Foundation will be teaching classes on August 28th and 31st...stay tuned for more details!
FLXcursion International Riesling Expo
From July 21-23, over 150 leading winemakers, writers, sommeliers, and industry professionals from across the vinous world will be in the Finger Lakes for the FLXcursion International Riesling Expo. The Grand Tasting marks the opening event to kickoff the conference. The tasting will take place on the lakefront in Geneva, NY and tickets are now available. Winemakers and principals representing over 30 producers from cool climate regions around the world (Germany, Austria, US, Canada, Australia, and more) will be presenting their portfolios. Read more...
Fire it Up! BBQ - Keuka Lake Wine Trail Event
June 8-9th, 2019
Kick off summer in the Finger Lakes on Keuka Lake! From Riesling to Cabernet Franc, discover how well our wines pair with mouth-watering barbecue and summer side dishes. Taste delicious grilled foods and barbecue prepared with a wide range of local sauces, rubs, and marinades. Early summer is the perfect time to visit Keuka Lake and experience spectacular wines and views at each winery. Read more...
Upcoming Wine Trail Events