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The Press Deck 9/5/18 ~ Hello Harvest Season ~ Promising Grape Forecast Released ~ Canned Wine No Longer a Fad ~ Finger Lakes Wins Best Wine Region

Valerie Ross

Category: Industry


Dear Friends,

Farewell August, hello September! I concluded my summer by spending time with my family as we celebrated my niece’s 4th birthday in Albany, and then we soaked in the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands by enjoying sunsets on the St. Lawrence River. New York offers an abundance of incredible places to visit, and the Thousand Islands is a gem that everyone should experience. It is a place that I look forward to visiting every year to refresh my energy and spirit. I am ready for the fall season and a strong finish to 2018.

While I was watching ships and sunsets, the NYWGF Team crushed the last week of August through several events celebrating the industry.

We recognized the top winners from the New York Wine Classic at a special ceremony on a balmy Tuesday night at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center. NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball presented the Governor’s Cup Award to Keuka Spring Vineyards, the Governor’s Cider Cup Award to Kite and String Cidery, and the Winery of the Year award to Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery.

Simultaneously, we hosted twice daily wine education classes at the Great New York State Fair, which showcased New York State wines’ quality and diversity. Our classes were so popular that even Senator Gillibrand and Lieutenant Governor Hochul attended a Native Wines of New York seminar led by Glenora Winemaker Steve DiFrancesco.

The NYWGF Team and I feel fortunate to serve this industry, and we are excited to continue finding ways to celebrating its successes throughout what is sure to be a busy and fulfilling Harvest Season for us all.


Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation