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Sep

The Press Deck- 8/15/18~NY Wine Classic Competition~ Jamie Goode Visits Finger Lakes~ NY Export Program

Julie Hosbach

Category: Industry

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It’s been another whirlwind week here at the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (that’s starting to feel like a constant refrain, isn’t it?). As you are likely aware, The New York Wine Classic was held last week, and the full list of winners was announced last Wednesday. The awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges from across the country. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 21 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.
 
This was my first opportunity to participate in the New York Wine Classic and I had a blast serving as a guest judge. Fortunately, my scores did not count and I appreciate my fellow judges who gave me some insights on how to taste through over 130 wines in one day. I also want to recognize the NYWGF Team, especially Teresa Knapp, who did a tremendous job coordinating all the logistics and adjusting to last minute obstacles.
 
If you haven't heard yet, Keuka Spring Vineyards 2017 Gewürztraminerhas won the coveted Governor’s Cup trophy. The Winery of the Year title was awarded to Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery from the Finger Lakes Region. This year's competition included 853 New York wines and 71 Hard Ciders from several regions across New York State including Central New York, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Niagara Escarpment, Thousand Islands, and Upper Hudson Valley. The Keuka Spring Vineyards, 2017 Gewürztraminer was also voted Best Gewürztraminer and Best White on its way to the ultimate award. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery won Best Lemberger/Blaufrankisch and Best Red Wine on its way to the Winery of the Year award.
Sam Filler and Liz Miranda, representing Sponsor Gray Locey, CPA, PC,
celebrate the kickoff of the 2018 New York Wine Classic.
Aerial photograph of the Judges Welcome Dinner for the
2018 New York Wine Classic held at Ryan William Vineyard.
If you have been a loyal follower of the winning wines of “the Classic” in the past, you know that they will sell out in a blink of an eye. We invite you to join us at various classes during the Great New York State Fair to taste them and maybe even snag a bottle (or two) for yourself. The first day of the Fair, August 22nd, will feature classes at 2pm and 5pm on our winners.
 
While most members of the NYWGF team worked to support the New York Wine Classic, both Paul Brady (New York Wines Brand Ambassador) and Valerie Venezia-Ross (Director of Member Relations & Development) joined the team from New York Wines S.a.r.l in escorting some important guests from London around the Finger Lakes region last week. Jamie Goode, a London-based wine writer who is currently a wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express, Christina Rasmussen, Account Manager at Westbury Communications, and Angus Bennett, Regional Sales Manager from Inverarity Morton, visited over a number of Finger Lakes wineries on their way to the Hudson Valley and Long Island. 
Jamie Goode with Silver Thread Owner and Winemaker Paul Brock.
Kelby James Russell leads Jamie Goode and company through
a tasting at Red Newt Cellars.
This trip is part of a multi-phased initiative designed to introduce New York wines to the UK market. Upon returning to London, Jamie will be providing Master Classes and hosting mini-tastings with top sommeliers and restaurateurs in and around London. That, in addition to the New York wines “takeover” of Lawrence Francis’s podcast, is keeping New York wine top of mind for UK enophiles.
 
Our Export program now turns its attention to the fall trade shows and the French and Bahamian markets. If you are currently participating in the program, you will be receiving an email soon with information about the Americas Food & Beverage Show in Miami on October 1st and 2nd and the Fine Rieslings Trade Fair happening in Paris on October 16th, 2018. We will be looking for wineries who would both like to send their wine and potentially even send staff to work at the booths. 
If you know your winery is interested in those markets, please email Valerie Venezia-Ross, Director of Member Relations & Development, with your interest. Val will be in touch with all of our Export program participants shortly with an upcoming schedule of events, trade shows and educational webinars for each of our primary markets.
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation