Field Notes

News and Updates from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation


John Mourey

Fox Run Vineyards Hires New National Sales Manager

Fox Run Vineyards is pleased to announce the addition of John Mourey as National Sales Manager. Mourey will be responsible for leading the sales team and developing new placement opportunities for Fox Run Vineyards’ wines nationally and internationally. Mourey, a native of Watkins Glen, NY, and a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, earned a degree in Marketing with a minor in Economics. From there he went on to graduate from Chapman University with a

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Interpreting Wine Kicks off 2023 With Comprehensive New York Series

Popular wine podcast Interpreting Wine covers New York Wines in a new series. The episodes feature eight prominent New York winemakers in 1:1 conversation with host, Lawrence Francis. Guests are drawn from the Finger Lakes and Long Island AVAs. Discover more about the people behind the wines, including their individual influences and journey into wine. Episodes also explore the vineyard sites where they source fruit, how they make wine and where it’s available internationally. Click

Agness Wine Cellars Receives Prestigious Gold Medal in 2022 San Francisco Wine Competition

Agness Wine Cellars today announced that its 2018 and 2019 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling both received gold medals in the 2022 San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC). The company’s Finger Lakes Semi-dry Riesling and Sparkling wines were also selected to represent New York State during the opening banquet of the 2023 Winter World University Games to be held in Lake Placid, NY January 12-22. Founded in 1980, the SFIWC is now in its 42nd year.

A Love Letter to our Wine Industry

There is an old saying that “Life begins at forty.” I think the origin of that was in ancient Greece where the virgins guarding the temple were relieved of their duties at age forty and then permitted to take part in a fuller life.   Happily, I was raised in the Bronx and never subjected to these restrictions.  But I did have an opportunity to start a new life when at age 50, I met and

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New York Concord Grape Innovation Award Winners Announced

Geneva, N.Y. – Stil-Bène, Inc., of Geneva, and Westfield Maid Cooperative, of Portland, were the grand prize winners of the first New York Concord Grape Innovation Awards, a business competition aimed at stimulating innovation and development of new products and markets for one of New York’s largest and most historic grape industries. The prizes were awarded Friday, December 9, at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, where 12 finalists from across the state met to pitch their

New York Wine & Grape Foundation issues RFP for 2023 Grape and Wine Research

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) was created in 1985, in part, to help establish a funding channel for research in the areas of viticulture, enology, and “best practices” in wine marketing and business development. For 35 years, NYWGF has annually distributed funds to projects that provide the New York State wine and grape industry with short-term solutions and long-term strategic directions. Click here to explore previously funded projects. The Research Committee of the