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The Press Deck - 9/4/2019 | Field Notes: Welcome to Harvest Season!

Field Notes...

From Julie Purpura Hosbach, Education & Member Services Manager 

Happy September, I can’t believe we’re quickly approaching the “magical” time of year in our industry where ripened grapes are converted into delicious wines! Harvest, of course, requires long hours of hard work by so many in our industry. 
The last couple of weeks have been filled with positive news as my colleague, Valerie Ross, shared in last week’s Field Notes.  ICYMI: We launched our new brand, Sam Filler and Paul Brady were named to the  Wine Enthusiast Top 40 Under 40  Tastemakers list, and the  Finger Lakes was named Best Wine Region  in the nation for the second year in a row, according to the 2019 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Poll. Congratulations to all the hard work invested by so many of you!  The New York wine industry and community continues to grow. 
What do you think of New York State wines? 
That’s the question I posed at the start of the classes I taught at the New York State Fair this past week. I was happy to hear the first comment was, “they’re a lot better than most people think.” What a perfect lead into a discussion on the many high quality and diverse wines produced across our great state! I love leading classes on New York State wine appreciation, and it’s clear, people like listening, as classes were full each time.   
Did you know there are currently 450 wineries in New York State? Up from just 19 in 1976. There are now 11 official AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) in seven different regions: Lake Erie, Niagara Escarpment, Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Upper Hudson, Hudson River Region, Long Island, North Folk, The Hamptons, and Lake Champlain. More areas across the state are producing wine too. There is a wine for everyone! 
I’m looking forward to an exciting fall. We are continuing to spread the love of New York wines through events scheduled across the state. If you haven’t subscribed to our biweekly consumer newsletter, the  WineVine , I encourage you to, especially if you don’t want to miss out on all the great opportunities to experience New York wines. And if you’re an avid New York wine enthusiast, consider joining our  Consumer Membership , where benefits include discounts to our events, VIP opportunities, access into our Virtual Wine Tasting Series , and more! 
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, being part of the New York wine industry and community is exciting and rewarding, filled with some of the most passionate and inspiring people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.  Be Bold! Support NY! Be “Boldly, N.Y.” And let’s continue moving boldly forward together. 
Julie Purpura Hosbach, Education & Member Services Manager 
New York Wine & Grape Foundation

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Member Corner...

The Value of Sustainable Winegrowing [Webinar]

Thursday, September 5, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT The webinar will cover the benefits of adopting sustainable winegrowing practices and why documenting sustainable practices in use by growers and vintners is important. FREE to Members; $20 for Non-Members. REGISTER TODAY.

International Export Program Overview [Webinar]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT All are welcome to join us on September 17th to learn more about our general approach to three target markets (Asia, Canada, and Western Europe) for New York wines. Free and Open to All.

Fjord Vineyards Tasting Room Opening September 21st

Saturday, September 21, 2019 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT The anticipated Tasting Room at Fjord Vineyards will be open a few days this Fall! The first day open will be September 21st, from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM with an *exclusive* Wine Club pick up party from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Because the Tasting Room is pretty small, you must make reservations. You can email Fjord Vineyards  Instagram  or  Facebook the vineyard and they will confirm your reservation within 24 hours.

Food Export Northeast: Cost-Share Funding to Promote Your Wines Overseas [Webinar]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 2:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT Launching your product internationally and building your brand overseas requires marketing and promotional support just like in the US. Join our webinar to learn how you can receive 50% reimbursement on a variety of international marketing activities. Free and Open to All.

New York Wine Classic Dinner Last Chance!

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Don't miss our New York Wine Classic "Best of Class" Winners paired with a delicious five course dinner at the  Clipper Inn Restaurant  in Clayton, NY on September 10th, at 6:00PM.  
Almost 900 wines were entered into the 34th Annual  New York Wine Classic  on August 6-7th, 2019. The five Best of Class winners, including Governor's Cup and Winery of the Year, are:
Cost: $70 per person. Members Save $5.00 per ticket.  Email  Julie Hosbach,Education & Member Services Manage r, for the coupon code to enter when you order tickets online.
*Additional pairing dinners will be held in NYC, Utica, and Albany from September - November.

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