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Press Deck: NY Drinks NY Events - Governor Cuts Red Tape - USDA Funds for Farmers - Wine Shipment Regs - Webinars and Events - Wine Totes

Valerie Ross

Category: Industry

The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Field Notes
NYWGF is partnering with Bond, Schoeneck & King and the New York Farm Bureau to hold a half day seminar on January 9, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Syracuse.  

The seminar will cover selected legal and business topics of interest to wine and grape producers in New York State. The organizing team is in the process of developing agenda topics and identifying speakers. Your input is valued in this process, as the seminar is intended to cover relevant and timely issues that affect your business:  TAKE THE SURVEY.
Last week, our  New York Drinks New York (NYDNY)educational partner, DeGustibus Cooking School, hosted two classes featuring New York Wines. 
Photo by @studio_keens
On Wednesday, I attended a class taught by Chef Suzanne Cupps from Danny Meyer's restaurant Untitledlocated at the new Whitney Museum. Her five-course meal was paired with three wines from Dr. Konstantin Frank: Brut, Rkatsiteli, and SaperaviMy favorite pairing was Chef Cupps' sea scallop and farro starter, which paired delightfully with the Brut.

Agern Somm Chad Walsh also hosted a class at De Gustibus this past Saturday.  His class tasted wines from various regions of New York State, including Long Island,
Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara and Brooklyn. 

Photo by De Gustibus Cooking School 
Photo by De Gustibus Cooking School
The wines were paired with local cheeses, charcuterie and delicious accompaniments produced throughout the state.  Marissa Ain, Plate+Decanter, was on hand to represent the NYWGF and the NYDNY program.  
Marissa shared that the class attendees were totally blown away by the variety and quality of NY State wines, and the attendees appreciated learning from and seeing Chad's passionate support of New York Wines.
There are several more education classes scheduled through the end of the year in New York City as part of NYDNY Program.  Visit the class schedule for more info.

Sam Filler, Executive Director
Industry News
Governor Cuomo Announces Legislation Signed to Cut More Red Tape for NY Beverage Makers
"Since day one, this administration has worked to cut red tape, lower costs and roll back burdensome regulations in order to foster more growth, more jobs and more economic activity in New York's burgeoning craft beverage sector," Governor Cuomo said.
Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Farm Funding Available to Support New Farmers and Military Veterans  Now in its fourth round, the $1 million New Farmers Grant Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs.  To qualify, all farm business owners must be within the first ten years of having an ownership interest in any farm business, and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm.  Eligible project costs include the purchase of machinery, equipment, supplies, and the construction or improvement of agricultural structures.
The office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, USDA and the SBA cordially invite you to a workshop on November 1st at 10:00 am.  Please join staff from these offices to discuss federal programs that help and suport our agricultural industry in the Finger Lakes.  There are several funding programs currently available for farmers, producers and businesses in New York.  Come learn how your farm or business can apply for loans and grants to assist with planning activities, working capital, marketing and expanding into new markets. 
This free event will be held on 11/1 at 10 m at Three Brothers Winery, Iron Heart Coffee Company, Geneva NY. Please RSVP your attendance to Naimbe Tomlinsonor call 585-263-6250.
In this business focused edition, AAWE describes the need for crop insurance and its origins, the specific details of the protection for U.S. growers, the private and social costs of producing grapes, and the role of the Agriculture Department.  The primary emphasis of the paper is not on the grapes or the wine but on the human agents involved: the grower, the insurer, and the taxpayer
USDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers
"Each year, a portion of FSA's loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers and ranchers," said Dennis.  "Farming and ranching is a capital intensive business and FSA is committed to helping producers start and maintain their agricultural operations."
TTB Opens Comment Period for Three Proposed Wine Rules On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, TTB announced that it would reopen comment period for three relevant proposed rules for the wine industry. In general, the comment periods have been reopened until January 9th, 2018.
Amazon Is Shutting Down Its Online Wine Store
Amazon Wine is shutting down at the end of this year, the retailer has just alerted sellers via email. The issue at hand has to do with the existing laws surrounding alcohol sales, which Amazon has unsuccessfully tried to change by working with regulators. The existing laws make it difficult for Amazon to sell alcohol as a retailer and operate a marketplace.
Wines Are No Longer Free to Travel Across State Lines 
For a golden moment, motivated wine lovers could rely on high-speed internet as a sort of national wine shop. 
Those days are no more. In the last year or so, carriers like United Parcel Service and FedEx have told retailers that they will no longer accept out-of-state shipments of alcoholic beverages unless they are bound for one of 14 states (along with Washington, D.C.) that explicitly permit such interstate commerce. New York is not one of those 14 states.
New York in the News
Finger Lakes Wine Gazette Looking for Your Stories and Donation for Winter Edition  The editors of the FL Wine Gazette are looking for any updated winery news, photos and events for a Winter 2018 issue, to come out at the beginning of December.  They also invite you to send photos from your harvest with IDs and photo credits. Events should be for mid-December through March as well as ongoing. Winter is for red wine!  FLWG is looking for Vinifera red varietals and blends for a tasting and article.  If you have some fantastic wines to share, please send them to be included. FLWG Contactand  Shipping info sheet
Big Bucks in that Bottle of Wine
If you want to get an understanding of just how far the New York wine industry has come, look no farther than the Finger Lakes, says Jim Trezise, the former leader of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation who now heads a national association advocating for the U.S. wine industry.
Orange is the New White? Unique Amber Wine Creates buzz The sloping vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region known for producing golden-hued rieslings and chardonnays also are offering a splash of orange wine. "Pretty outgoing characteristics. Very spicy, peppery. A lot of tea flavors, too, come through," winemaker Vinny Aliperti said, taking a break from harvest duties at Atwater Estate Vineyards on Seneca Lake. "They're more thoughtful wines. They're more meditative." The wines have caught on in recent years among connoisseurs who like the depth of flavors, sommeliers who can regale customers with tales of ancient techniques and drinkers looking for something different.
Reusable Bags Ready to Order
Choose from the 4 Bottle Wine bag or the Shopping Bag. 50 bags/case. For information on pricing and ordering, please email Kim Hughes.

October 25th, 2017
Uncork! New York
In This Issue
Last Chance to Register!
Upcoming Webinars 
Uncorking Energy Savings: The Benefits of an Energy Audit [Webinar]
Oct 31st, 12 pm
This presentation will highlight the benefits of an energy audit, specific examples of energy and cost saving measures, how to receive a free energy audit and what to do with the audit once you get it. *Free & Open to all.

Tax Update and Best Practices for New York State Wineries [Webinar]
Nov 2nd, 12 pm
This special session will educate wineries on the various Federal and NYS income tax incentives that are available to them, as well as providing updates and recommended best practices in the areas of sales tax and excise taxes. *Free for NYWGF Members.
NY Drinks NY:
Upcoming Events 

Drink Local: An Evening of Wine & Cheese with Brooklyn Winery and Murray's
Murray's Cheese Shop
Cost: $80
Wine & Cheese 101: New York State Edition
Murray's Cheese Shop
Cost: $90

Winemaker Dinner: Lamoreaux Landing


City Winery New York

Cost: $85


NYWGF seeks response to Legal Services RFP
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is requesting proposals for Legal Services for the period 4/1/2018 to 3/31/2019.
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