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Welcome to the Niagara Escarpment

June 20, 2023 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Building on the success of the newly updated New York Wine Reference Guide, NYWGF is pleased to bring comprehensive, expertly delivered New York wine education to your team each week from April 25th through June 20th, 2023. We welcome you to join wine writer and educator Dan Belmont as he leads this nine (9) part series – completely free for NYWGF Winery and Grower Members.

From our first 90-minute ‘deep dive’ into the wines of New York, to the subsequent 60- minute sessions on our major varietals and wine regions, this educational opportunity will be unlike any other and extremely valuable to winery and vineyard leaders, tasting room and marketing staff, as well as to trade, media, and consumers who are champions of New York wine. Tasting components are part of each session – with recommended wines for each session to be announced in advance of the seminar date.


This wine region derives its name from the Niagara Escarpment, a limestone ridge that runs for over 650 miles through the Great Lakes Region. While the region has a history that includes native grapes and hybrids, a warming climate and improved growing techniques are changing everything. The power of Lake Ontario in combination with the slope of The Niagara Escarpment—to moderate temperatures, extend the growing season, and protect against winter damage —is allowing more vinifera grape varieties to pop up on the landscape. And once planted, the soil and climate conditions of our unique terroir squeeze every ounce of flavor from the fruit. This session will take you on a walk through the gravelly limestone and clay loam soil to experience the unique and varied production styles, approaches, terroir, and flavors that make wines from the Niagara Escarpment so special. Join us to learn more!


  • Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, 2019 Cabernet Franc
  • Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, 2019 Blaufrankish
  • Bella Rose Vineyard & Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon

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Dan BelmontDan is a London-based certified American Wine Expert and holds a Level-3 certification in Wines & Spirits from the WSET. He led the education departments of NYC’s famed Murray’s Cheese, the largest artisan cheese retailer in the US, and Bedales of Borough, a trio of wine bars based in London’s historic markets. Dan is the Wine Ambassador for Liebherr UK and proudly supports the New York Wine & Grape Foundation along with a variety of international trade associations and producers as a presenter, educator & judge. In 2022 he authored the latest edition of the New York State Wine Reference Guide. Dan operates in constant awe of the good people who dedicate themselves to the odyssey that is producing good wine. It is in that spirit that he created Good Wine Good People – a unique e-commerce wine retail platform serving the UK market.


June 20, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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