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Julie Hosbach

Category: Industry

Field Notes~

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This will be the last edition of Field Notes for 2018 and it feels good to bring this year to closure. The Foundation undertook a strategic planning process at the beginning of the year, which set into motion many changes and growth. We added Paul Brady and Julie Hosbach to our team, while we said goodbye to Susan Spence, who dedicated 28 years to building the Foundation and the recognition of New York Wines across the world. We invested in rebranding the New York Wine Classic and created more events to recognize the top winners. We partnered with the Governor’s Office to host the Concord Grape Summit. And, we collaborated with Cornell CALS, Welch’s, and Constellation Brands to dedicate more funding for product development research to identify new ways to work with concord grapes as a neutral base wine. We continue to invest in our membership offerings to present greater value to those growers, wineries, business associates, and consumers that support the Foundation’s work. 
I am excited to jump into 2019 as we look to start an organizational rebranding, launch an update to the 2011 NASS vineyard survey, and host the New York Drinks New York Grand Tasting at the Rainbow Room. I hope to see many of our Press Deck readers in 2019; my door is always open, and I welcome your feedback on how we can best serve you in 2019.
I wish you and your family safe and happy holidays. Remember to find as many ways as you can to enjoy New York grape and wine products with your holiday meals ;)
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation