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Valerie Ross

Category: Industry

The Press Deck
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Field Notes
We hope this edition of The Press Deck finds you well rested and happy from a festive Thanksgiving with friends and family! The Foundation staff are back and hard at work on many exciting projects for our  community. 
We're excited to announce that New York's wine and hard cider industries are getting a boost thanks to new capabilities at Cornell's New York State Wine Analytical Laboratory.
As New York wineries gain wider attention and praise, their products are sought nationally and even internationally.  Importing countries may require a range of analytical tests before they will allow a wine to be and sold.  The laboratory providing these tests must hold certain qualifications.
(From L to R) Pam Raes, Chris Gerling and Cortni Stahl. 
New York cider producers who intend to sell their product exclusively in-state may obtain a label directly from the state liquor authority (SLA). That requirement demands precise testing for alcohol content by an Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)-certified lab.
As of January 2017, the Wine Analytical Lab, part of the Viticulture and Enology Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Science, has been approved through the TTB's certified wine chemist program. The certification increases the capacity for Cornell experts to support the wine and cider industries by helping get their product on the market across the street or around the world, according to Chris Gerling, extension associate in the Department of Food Science.
This machine is conducting the Wine Chem Panel, one of the most frequently requested services of the wine lab. 

In order to receive TTB-certification, the Wine Analytical Lab went through a range of tests, from providing evidence of proper equipment to performing nine analyses of each sample. The facility is the only service lab in New York State to hold this certification.
"More than just sending numbers back to our clients, we've always offered new producers coaching and consultation," Gerling said. "We use the information that we generate in the lab as a tool to identify areas that we should be focusing on in our other extension efforts, such as workshops and training. This new TTB-certification supports our goal to be a true resource for the industry."

We encourage you to learn more about the wonderful services provided to the wine and grape community subsidized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation by clicking here.

Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Industry News
Top Wine Stories Of 2017: Wildfires, Alcoholism, Marijuana and Amazon In the world of wine, 2017 has given us more than ample opportunity to assess our roles and priorities. This happened most obviously within the U.S., and most poignantly perhaps, in the aftermath of the wildfires of northern California. expands pickup services to Walgreens, Albertsons The California-based company has tripled its number of locations to more than 10,000 across the nation, including 1,000 locations in California and more than 500 in New York that are already established.
While Amazon has officially announced its exit from its online wine sales platform, its retreat is only likely to be brief. The retail behemoth is ramping up to become a major brick-and-mortar force, but in the meantime a variety of online delivery services are about to take a dip into the, temporarily vacant, sales pool.
2017 Census of Agriculture Gets Underway 
Questionnaires being sent to over 3 million U.S. producers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) starts mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation's producers this week. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. "The Census of Agriculture is USDA's largest data collection endeavor, providing some of the most widely used statistics in the industry," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. "Collected in service to American agriculture since 1840, the census gives every producer the opportunity to be represented so that informed decisions can support their efforts to provide the world with food, fuel, feed, and fiber. Every response matters." 

Learn more about how you can participate in and promote the Census.
New York in the News
Inaugural Hudson Valley Cab Franc Week Kicked off on November 27th The Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Coalition (HVCFC) wants you to know more abut their favorite grape! Cabernet Franc is a cold-weather hardy vinifera (Old-World) grape that grows well in the Hudson Valley. Cabernet Franc is a parent of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which is deeply significant in the rarefied worlds of grape genealogy. Across the world Cabernet Franc is one of the twenty most widely planted grape varieties yet it did not have its own day!
Total Wine Brings New York Products To The Masses
Total Wine and More opened its first Long Island store in Westbury. The store carries 11,000 wines and 5,000 spirits spread out over multiple aisles, with a notable emphasis on local products; 1,200 wines and more than 400 spirits come from New York. "The selection is unparalleled, especially regarding New York products. This is a New York-centric store," said owner David Trone. "We have wines from wineries in the north fork, to Niagara and everywhere in between.
Wine Enthusiast Releases "The Enthusiast 100" A showstopper in its own right, this best-of-the-best list illustrates the fantastic variety of wines available to consumers today. Congratulations to The 2015 Dry Riesling (93 points & Editors' Choice!) from Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard and ranked at #35.
FLX Welcome Center work on schedule The $5 million conversion of the city's event and visitors center into the Finger Lakes Welcome Center is on track, the city's director of the Office of Neighborhood Initiatives says.
Sage Gerling said Massa Construction of Geneva, the low bidder on the project, will continue to work through the winter in anticipation of a spring opening. The FLX Welcome Center is a state-funded project in what is still a city-owned building.
Celebrating New York's Craft Beverage Industry
Technology vs. grape rootworm Historically (early 1900s) grape rootworm (GRW) was the major insect pest of grapes growing in New York and surrounding states.  For various reasons, including the seasonal use of broad-spectrum synthetic insecticides, the pest status of GRW declined during the second half of the 20th century. Are New York grape growers greatly under estimating the impact of GRW?
Event: Winery and Vineyard Law in NYS
January 9th, 2018  - East Syracuse, NY
The New York Wine and Grape Foundation, The New York Farm Bureau and Bond, Schoeneck & King invite you to a seminar addressing the following legal topics:
  • Alcohol regulations and excise taxes
  • Business planning
  • Environmental regulations
  • Labor and employment laws
The seminar will feature a keynote address entitled, "Wine & Storytelling: The Finger Lakes and the World," by Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine Magazine.
Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton on January 9 at 9:30 a.m. for registration. The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch will be provided. 
Free to NYWGF Members and $25 for Non-Members.
November 29th, 2017
Uncork! New York
In This Issue
The New York Wine & Food Classic Survey
The New York Wine & Food Classic has become known as "The Oscars" of the New York wine industry. In order to make sure the "Classic" is updated and meeting industry needs, we are asking you to contribute feedback to  this short survey.
Upcoming Webinars 
*Free for NYWGF Members.

Beyond the Label: Trademarks and Copyrights in Wine Industry Contracts 
December 8th,  12pm
*Free for NYWGF Members.

December 15th  12pm
*Free for NYWGF Members.
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Chef Demonstration: 
Ed Brown with 
Benmarl Winery

November 30th 
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6:00pm to 8:30pm
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December 4th
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New York State Sparklers & Cheese 
Murray's Cheese Shop
6:30pm - 8:00pm
December 8th 
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December 11th
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