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Governor Cuomo Announces Virtual Taste NY Producer Showcase to Boost New York’s Farms, Small Food and Beverage Businesses

Pilot Program to Kick-off in the Adirondacks and Capital Region Online Business-to-Business Networking Event Will Connect Taste NY Producers with Potential New Buyers of Food Products Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the virtual Taste NY Producer Showcase, which was created to boost business for New York’s farms and small food and beverage makers. The first of its kind, online business-to-business networking event will help to connect New York’s agricultural businesses with potential new buyers

Martini Family Raises a Glass to 30 Years of Fine Wine Making

Anthony Road Wine Company celebrates 30 years of exceptional winemaking on the west side of Seneca Lake in NY’s Finger Lakes region. Anthony Road Wine Company has been a leader in the Finger Lakes viticulture, research, and wine-making industries since its inception on September 15, 1990. To mark this milestone, the Martini family is releasing their limited production, methode champenoise 2016 Sparkling Riesling.  Anthony Road Wine Company (ARWC) was founded by Ann and John Martini

Guidance for Wineries Regarding Live Music

Recently, the State Liquor Authority issued clarifying guidance on “Live Music” permissions at establishments licensed for on-premise alcohol sales.  An email was sent to every licensee; however, it has come to our attention that not every winery received this message from the SLA.  A copy of the email message is reproduced below.  The COVID Reopening mandatory rules actually have not changed at all.  The State is proactively engaging in enforcement measures against licensees who are not observing proper social distancing protocols.  The SLA

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Celebrates 35th Anniversary with the Release of “Pink Cat” Wine

“Pink Cat”, a sweet Catawba wine, will be released by Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards this fall. The wine will be available at both Hazlitt winery locations in Hector, NY and Naples, NY as well as on the shelves of retail stores and in restaurants starting in September of 2020. This is just one of the many commemorations of the 35th anniversary of the winery’s founding.

Winery Membership Update: New Dues and Benefits Structure

Today we are excited to be launching our new membership model. While we certainly wanted to build a membership ‘toolkit’ that would be more responsive to needs in light of COVID-19, we knew the need to build our collective industry intelligence, diversify business models, and scale up to meet the demands of the online marketplace was coming – even before the pandemic.  Our membership programs and services are dedicated to telling the amazing story of New York’s wineries and growers, and to improving our

Three-Part Series Offered on Tasting Room & Hospitality Challenges

New York Wine & Grape Foundation offers a Three-Part Series on Tasting Room & Hospitality Challenges Dates: September 10th, 24th and October 8thTime: 10:00AM EST to 11:30AM ESTParticipation is Free and Open to All New York Wineries. Click here to register online.  OverviewJoin the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and the Wine Industry Sales Education (WISE) Academy for a special Community Forum Series designed to help New York wineries optimize the guest experience as they grapple with different, and ever-changing COVID-related

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USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs for Organic Certification

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for eligible certification expenses paid between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020, are due Oct. 31, 2020. “For producers producing food with organic certification, this program helps cover a portion of those certification

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New USDA Survey to Measure Areas for Improvement

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2020 – WASHINGTON, August 7, 2020 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA). A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey over the next few weeks,

How a Wine Competition Works

Each year, I judge in about a dozen different wine competitions throughout the United States, but mostly in California.  I also get many questions from consumers about wine competitions: What are they?  How are they run?  Who are the judges?  What do the results mean? This article will answer those questions, and probably raise more.  In most cases, I’ll be referring to the competitions in which I serve as a judge, but may also note

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Farm Service Agency in New York to Host Meetings on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Contact Information:Lynnette Wright315-477-6309Lynnette.wright@usda.gov SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, July 27, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New York is hosting two meetings about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The first meeting will be Wednesday, August 5th at 7pm, and the second will be Thursday, August 6th at 10 am. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is available to farmers and ranchers whose commodity prices have been directly impacted by

Preventing Heat Stress and Strain in the Vineyard

Summer weather can place vineyard workers in dangerously hot environments. Combining physically demanding work and long days with hot temperatures puts workers at risk for several types of heat stress. Click below to download a flyer with vital information on heat stress and strain symptoms and education and training tips, courtesy of American National Insurance.

Re-engineering the 20th FLX International Wine & Spirits Competition in the Covid-19 Era

Twenty years ago, Camp Good Days & Special Times initiated the first Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition (FLIWC).  The objective was to establish FLIWC to raise money for programs for children and their families impacted by cancer, and to provide a platform for finger lakes wineries to showcase the quality of finger lakes wines. Today the FLIWC has an international reputation for excellence and attracts wine from all over the US, Canada and Europe.  The monies raised

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Partners with Think Drink Global to Raise the Profile of New York Wines in Western Europe

PENN YAN NY, July 9, 2020 – The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) is pleased to announce a new, creative partnership with Think Drink Global (TDG) designed to manage New York wines’ trade- and media-focused marketing and educational programs in Western Europe. TDG is a collaboration between three wine industry veteran firms, R&R Teamwork in London, Vinconnexion in Paris, and O’Donnell Lane in Sonoma, CA. Through the USDA-funded Export Program, NYWGF has conducted an

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Things to Consider When Choosing Your Packaging Supplier

Waterloo Container proudly supports the industry that supports us by maintaining a Business Associate Membership with the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Offering insights into packaging related topics is another important way we help members make good choices with their hard-earned money and all-important brand. Whether new or established, successful wineries must re-examine packaging supply choices regularly. A good place to start is with your packaging provider. Things to Consider When Choosing Your Packaging Supplier Is

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New York Wine & Grape Foundation Partners with Padilla to Launch Global Messaging Campaign

PENN YAN NY, July 7, 2020 – The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Padilla, an integrated marketing firm headquartered in Minneapolis with offices in New York, Chicago, Richmond, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Padilla will be responsible for leading an ambitious project intended to build upon NYWGF’s recent rebrand and expand the presence of New York wines globally. The new Boldly, NY. brand, launched in 2019, reflects the

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Explore Long Island Terroir

Grape growing and limited wine production on Long Island dates back to the late 1600’s, but the first commercial vineyards on Long Island were planted in the early 1970s under the stewardship of Alex and Louisa Hargrave. Their work lured investors, grape growers, and accomplished and promising winemakers to the region. Today, the region is home to more than 60 wineries and a number of satellite wineries/stores and is considered by Wine Enthusiast as a

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Releases 2019-2020 Annual Report

Dear Friends, We are pleased to share with you the New York Wine and Grape Foundation’s Annual Report for 2019-2020.  The Foundation supports the establishment of new wineries, funds vital research on grape growing and wine making at Cornell University and other leading research institutions, supports programs to stimulate tourism and expand the availability of New York wines in major urban markets like New York City, and enhances the reputation for quality of New York wines

Meet Oakley, Arlo & Finley – Man’s (& Woman’s) Best Friends

As we celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, it’s a perfect time for another edition of New York’s winery dogs – a fitting tribute to man’s best friend. This month’s winery dogs live and work (or rather play), just over the hill from one another. Oakley, a hound/lab mix spends his days at Wagner Winery on Seneca Lake while Arlo, an English Springer Spaniel and Finley, an English Cream Golden Retriever spend their time in the vineyards at Sheldrake Point Winery on Cayuga Lake. These pups have transformed the lives of their owners and all

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You’re Invited to Join the NYWGF Export Program

Have you ever wondered how some New York wineries are selling their products successfully in international markets and garnering worldwide press? Much of the behind the scenes work is done by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation’s Export Program. Through a grant from the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) and the Market Access Program (MAP), we assist New York wineries seeking to explore opportunities in markets abroad. The Export Program for 2020 is about to

Kelby James Russell & Julia Hoyle, New York’s Winemaking Supercouple

Though neither planned on a career in winemaking, Kelby James Russell and Julia Hoyle have come to be recognized winemakers in the Finger Lakes and beyond and are well-respected for the quality of their wines. Together the two have accumulated more than a hundred 90+ scores from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits, and other well-known periodicals including distinctions for Top 100, Best Buy, Editor’s Choice, and Year’s Best Riesling. Red Newt’s 2013 Tango

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FAQ: Outdoor Tastings For New York Wineries

Recently Governor Cuomo announced that outdoor dining would be permitted starting June 4th at restaurants located in regions currently in Phase 2 for reopening. Those regions currently include: the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York. NYWGF received notification from the NY State Liquor Authority (SLA) that this privilege extends to craft beverage tasting rooms.  For those that do plan to

Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines: Outdoor Wine Tastings Allowed

Yesterday Governor Cuomo announced that outdoor dining would be permitted starting June 4th at restaurants located in regions currently in Phase 2 for reopening. Those regions currently include: the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York. We received notification from the NY State Liquor Authority (SLA) that this privilege extends to craft beverage tasting rooms. Thank you to Pat Hooker, Deputy

Return to Work Risk Management Toolkit

Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy, NYWGF Business Associate Member, has put together the following resources as a “Return to Work” Toolkit. Please stay tuned for a future webinar on this topic in the near future.

New York Wines: April 2020 Best Buys

Love Scoring Deals? Check out this month’s New York Wine Best Buys… New York wineries produce a myriad of world-class, quality wines that are impressive on their own, but even more remarkable when paired with food. For those looking to score a great bottle of wine at a great price, these New York Wine Best Buys are for you. This month’s list spans the state from Long Island to the Niagara Escarpment. The wines come

Meet Rocky Road, Birdie & Fenway: New York Winery Dogs

Dogs give us plenty to be thankful for. Their ability to feel happiness so effortlessly teaches us to remember life’s simple pleasures, to live in the moment, and to love unconditionally. New York State’s winery dogs transform the lives and experiences of everyone who has the pleasure to meet them. Discover the winery pups that serve as greeters, morale builders, sales pooches, and vineyard helpers to make New York’s wineries even more special. Whether they’re

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New York Wines to be Featured by the LCBO

Six New York Wines to be released Online through the LCBO Destination Collection in AprilAdditional Offerings Available through Vintages Catalogue in May Wines from New York Featured in Ontario for the First Time in Almost 30 Years April 22nd, 2020, Penn Yan NY – The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is pleased to announce that The Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Canada (LCBO) will be offering New York wines for sale through their Destination and Vintages collections beginning

NYWGF Issues RFPs for International Marketing Services

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) has been a longtime partner with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to provide marketing services for New York wineries interested in exporting their products to target international markets. The New York wines staff team, with the guidance of our Board Promotions Committee, In-Market Consultants, and Export Advisory Committee (made up of industry members) execute this program each year.  To deliver more effective and streamlined programming, the NYWGF

Wine & Spirits Magazine awards 93, 92, & 91 Points, Best Buy, and Top 100 Values of the Year to Estate-Grown Rieslings

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars is proud to announce that three of their estate-bottled Rieslings from the 2018 vintage received over 90 points in Wine & Spirits Magazine as well as Best Buy and Top 100 Values of the Year. The magazine also named Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars as one of its Top Value All-Stars. 93 Points – 2018 Round Rock Vineyard Riesling – $23.99. Current Release92 Points – 2018 Red Oak Vineyard Riesling – $23.99.

NYWGF Issues RFPs for International Marketing Services

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) has been a longtime partner with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to provide marketing services for New York wineries interested in exporting their products to target international markets. The New York wines staff team, with the guidance of our Board Promotions Committee, In-Market Consultants, and Export Advisory Committee (made up of industry members) execute this program each year.  To deliver more effective and streamlined programming, the NYWGF

Hudson Valley wineries continue to offer delivery and curbside pickup

Contact Information:Jude DeFalcoOperations Manager, Shawangunk Wine TrailPhone: 845-256-8456Email: jude@gunkswine.com Kingston, NY – Wine enthusiasts can still get their favorite Hudson Valley wines, spirits, and hard ciders from the Shawangunk Wine Trail wineries delivered straight to their door or pickup curbside! Click here for complete details on each winery. Shawangunk Wine Trail Members Angry Orchard – Walden Applewood Winery – Warwick Baldwin Vineyard – Pine Bush Benmarl Winery – Marlboro Brimstone Hill Vineyard – Pine Bush Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery

Montezuma Winery Dedicates Hidden Marsh Distillery to Aid Local Organizations in Hand Sanitizer Shortage

Contact InformationName: Kelly BurnettTitle: Marketing ManagerMontezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery2981 US Route 20, Seneca Falls, NY 13148Phone: 315-568-8190Email: kelly@montezumawinery.com April 10, 2020 — Seneca Falls, NY: Since the COVID-19 outbreak started, Montezuma Winery and Hidden Marsh Distillery wanted to do their part amid the global pandemic to help out local hospitals and organizations that are facing this outbreak head on. The winery dedicated its distillery to making hand sanitizer – using a formula directed by

NYWGF Partners with Bryant Christie Inc. to Increase Wine Exports

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Valerie Venezia-RossPhone: 1 (518) 229-3765Email: valerieross@nywgf.org     New York Wine & Grape Foundation Partners with Bryant Christie Inc. to Increase Wine Exports PENN YAN NY, April 14th, 2020 – The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Bryant Christie Inc.  (BCI) to further its Export Program objectives and expand the presence of New York wines globally. For over 25 years the New York Wine & Grape Foundation has conducted

Interview with Linda Pierro, Co-founder/Managing Editor, Hudson Valley Wine Magazine

NYWGF: When was the moment you fell in love with wine/wine industry? LP: It sounds cliché, but being from an Italian family there was always a love of wine. Dinner wasn’t complete without a large jug of homemade wine at the table-simple wines, usually served in a water glass. No label, no frills. I grew up on Long Island when the wine industry was in its infancy, and visiting those early vineyards piqued my interest in the agricultural aspects. Eventually my curiosity led to visiting some of Europe’s

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Presents 2020 Unity Awards

Unity Awards Celebration LuncheonFebruary 26th, 2020 at 12:30pm The Unity Awards were created 30 years ago as a way to recognize, encourage, and celebrate cooperation among grape growers, wineries (and their staff), researchers, retailers and others to advance the entire industry. Nominated by peers throughout our industry, we are excited to announce the following 2020 award recipients! Update: Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook Page here. More photos from this years BEV NY Conference

Meet Kelby James Russell, Red Newt Cellars

Raised on an Erie Canal town just north of the Finger Lakes, like so many teenagers before him, Kelby was certain he would never return after High School. To his surprise, after graduating from Harvard College in 2009 he found himself learning winemaking in the Finger Lakes rather than living and working in an East Coast city. To his delight, he couldn’t be happier. Kelby interned at Fox Run Vineyards under the wily Peter Bell