Field Notes

News and Updates from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation


Seneca Falls Museum Unveils “History of Wine in the Finger Lakes” Exhibit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Information:Seneca Falls Museum of Waterways and IndustryLaura [email protected] Museum of Waterways and Industry Unveils New Exhibit on Finger Lakes Wine History on April 27th, 2024.Website:  Wine connoisseurs and casual wine-drinkers alike are invited to the unveiling of “A History of Wine in the Finger Lakes” at The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry in Seneca Falls. The exhibit will showcase the Finger Lakes wine industry from its humble beginnings to becoming one of

For Decades of Support, Melissa Heath Earns the New York Grape & Wine Foundation’s Consumer Award

When Melissa Heath heads to B.E.V. NY 2024 in early March to accept the New York Wine & Grape Foundation Unity Awards’ Consumer Award, her son Nicholas will accompany her. While she’s in the Canandaigua region, where the event is held, Melissa will take him to some of the wineries and introduce the recently 21-year-old to a pastime that she and her husband Joe enjoy together—visiting wineries in the Finger Lakes region.  Melissa, an administrative

Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Coalition Announces Signature Grape Media Event

Hudson Valley, NY – The Hudson Valley’s wine scene is set to flourish as the Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Coalition hosts an exclusive media event at Benmarl Winery on Tuesday, May 14, from noon to 4 o’clock. This extraordinary gathering will showcase Cabernet Franc as the region’s signature grape, uniting wine enthusiasts, industry leaders, and media representatives.  Highlighting the event is a rare tasting experience featuring Cabernet Franc crafted by eight distinguished wineries from across

Gene Pierce, of Glenora Wine Cellars, Wins Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association Productivity Tray Award

Dundee, NY – Gene Pierce, President/Owner of Glenora Wine Cellars has been honored with the prestigious “Productivity Tray” award by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association. This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have significantly contributed to the sustainable growth and economic vitality of the American wine industry through professional consulting, innovation, technical research and knowledge, as well as leadership and active support. Steve DiFrancesco, Winemaker Emeritus of Glenora and board member of the Atlantic Seaboard

Lead New York Announces 20th Class Completes “Leadership Fundamentals”

ITHACA, N.Y. — Lead New York is pleased to announce that members of its 20th class have successfully completed the “Leadership Fundamentals” portion of the training program. Class members were recognized at a graduation ceremony on April 6 in Binghamton, NY. The ceremony came at the conclusion of the first year of intensive leadership development training, culminating in a session on local leadership and civic engagement. Congratulations to them all! “This first year of the

The Gilded Grape’s Mary Pino Feels Seen After Winning Retailer of the Year

When Mary Pino learned that she won the Retailer Award from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation this year for the work she does at the Gilded Grape, her Brooklyn wine store, she felt like years of hard work were being recognized. “I opened the Gilded Grape with the goal of sharing my passion for New York wine and spirits with my community in Brooklyn,” Pino explains of her store at 727 Church Avenue