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The Press Deck - 9/25/2019 | Field Notes: Best Wishes for Harvest Season!

Field Notes...

From Sam Filler, Executive Director

This brief but heartfelt note brings you our best wishes for a productive and happy start to the harvest season.
As you likely are, the staff and board members of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation are feeling the pace and intensity of work pick up a bit. As the Export Program kicks into gear, our membership campaign is in development, and webinars as well as exciting wine pairing dinners are happening statewide to celebrate our New York Wine Classic Winners. There is buzz about New York wines and we are here to keep it going!
We've also just completed two successful vineyard visits with our NY Drinks NY participants in the Long Island and Hudson Valley regions.
We hope you enjoy a few scenes from these excursions as you prepare for another successful harvest of your own.
Sam Filler with Phyllis Feder, owner of Clinton Vineyards and past Board Chair of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.
Cheers to New York Wines and Vineyard Dogs at Whitecliff's Olana Vineyards.
Pristine vines soaking in the sunshine at Fjord Vineyards .
An apple a day... keeps you healthy so you can have more New York wine at Nostrano Vineyards.



Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation

Industry News...

Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Named Top 100 Winery of 2019

wine bottles Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery  was named by Wine & Spirits Magazine as one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2019. In the international field of 100 wineries, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery joins such prestigious wineries as Champagne Krug, Domaine de Pégau, Marchesi Antinori, Ridge Vineyards, and many others. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery was the only winery named from the Finger Lakes region of New York. The winery previously was named Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 in 2016. Read more.

Top New York Wine Country Hotels To Book This Fall

New York State wine has never been better. I recently judged the New York Wine Classic and discovered a host of great producers from the northern Niagara region near Canada, west to the Finger Lakes, down to the Hudson Valley and east along Long Island’s North Fork and the Hamptons. If you’re eager to take a wine-soaked vacation across New York, these seven wine country hotels pair well with your favorite bottles. Read More.

Ten Wine Clubs to Join Right Now

If you’re a natural wine devotee, there’s a club for that. If you support environmentally responsible producers, there’s a monthly wine subscription for that. If you want to dive deep into a different region each month, or drink only from Oregon or underdog appellations, there are clubs for those passions, too. In no particular order, here are ten to choose from. Read more.

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Member Corner...

NEW DATE: TIPS for On-Premise & ATAP Program

Monday, October 21, 2019 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM EDT Join our certified trainer, Julie Purpura Hosbach, for the TIPS On Premise program, which is an approximately 5-hour program designed for servers at restaurants, bars, hotels, in-store tastings, or other establishments where alcohol is consumed on the premises. Employees learn strategies that ensure responsible alcohol service, promote professionalism, and enhance customer service skills. After successfully passing the exam, participants are nationally certified for three years. Participants must register by October 6th. Register here.

Last Chance to RSVP: Food Export Northeast: Funding to Promote Your Wines Overseas [Webinar]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 2:00 PM - 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.

Small Business Health Care Tax Credits: How Can I Benefit? [Webinar]

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT Are you currently offering coverage to your employees and frustrated by annual premium increases? If you are a small employer, there is a tax credit that can put money in your pocket. Join us for a webinar with Joe Cavallaro, Century Enrollment & Benefit Services, LLC and Liz Miranda, Gray Locey, CPA, as they discuss tax credits. If you would like to learn more, please attend our upcoming webinar. Register here.

New York Wine Classic Awards Presentation Event

The staff and board members of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation would like to invite you to join us as we congratulate the winners of the 2019 New York Wine Classic. We are pleased to announce that the major awards will be presented on November 7th at Wagner Vineyards hosted by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.
This event is free and open to all, however, capacity is limited. Please register early!

NEW! Brand Ambassador Marketing Services

Want to execute a wine dinner or lunch in NYC (focused on a region, production style, varietal, etc.) for your brand or even with some of your neighboring wineries? Our Brand Ambassador, Paul Brady, will do the legwork and represent and present your wines at a dinner with up to 20 trade or consumers. Service fees will vary based on membership and program(s) participation. Email to set up a phone consultation.
 Contact Paul Brady for more information.

New York Wine Classic Pairing Dinners

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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 Marshal in Manhattan on October 23rd, at 6:30PM. 

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: $110 per person. Members Save $15.00 per ticket. Email Julie Hosbach, Education & Member Services Manager, for the coupon code to enter when you order tickets online.

*Additional pairing dinners will be held in Utica and Albany in November.

Buy Your Tickets!

Don't miss our New York Wine Classic "Best of Class" Winners paired with a delicious five course dinner at The Tailor & The Cook in Utica, NY on November 5, 2019 at 5:00pm.
The Tailor & The Cook is farm to table: "Obtaining local products is of utmost importance to us. Sourcing ingredients from neighboring farms allows us to serve the freshest possible dishes, promote the local economy, reduce our carbon footprint, and ensure the food we serve is produced with methods we support. We believe that choosing local food enhances the environmental and economic health of our community." They carry only New York wines and are the honorary recipient of our 2019 Restaurant of the Year award!
Cost: $100 per person. Members Save $10.00 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 Albany and Long Island. Stay tuned!