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The Press Deck - 10/2/2019 | Field Notes: A Promising Harvest Amid Public Policy Changes

Field Notes...

From Sam Filler, Executive Director

Dear Friends,
Fall is my favorite time of year because the weather stays warm with less humidity, my birthday is in early October, and the fall foliage colors are like an impressionist painting. I now include the grape harvest as another exciting part of my Fall. I eagerly read Tim Martinson’s weekly  Veraison to Harvest   to keep track of harvest across the state.  I am encouraged that the grapes are thriving with the dry and warm fall weather. I look forward to tasting 2019 vintage when it becomes available next year. 
Along with a promising harvest, the New York wine industry continues to receive top accolades from the press, as  Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery  has been named one of  Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 100 Wineries of 2019 .  This recognition builds on  2018 Winery of the Year award  that Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery received as part of New York Wine Classic. The NYWGF applauds the Frank Family for their recognition, contributions to the industry, and their continued success in producing quality wines. 
While there is much to celebrate this fall, our industry should keep a vigilante eye on public policy changes at the State level. This summer, the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute and NYSDEC held a series of stakeholder meetings across the state to collect solutions for improving glass recycling. Part of their discussion included the expansion of the NYS Bottle Bill, which would mean a deposit requirement that wineries would be responsible for collecting. The State shared with me that there was very little participation from craft beverage manufacturers, so their perspective is not being reflected in this policy development.  Slide 10 in this PowerPoint provides a link to all presentation materials, and please email me  if you would like to provide any feedback on the proposed changes. 
Legislation ( Senate Bill S5343 ) has been passed by both the Senate and the Assembly that would ban the use of Chlorpyrifos in the state. The bill is anticipated to be sent to Governor Cuomo anytime this fall for his signature. I recognize that this is a controversial issue nationally and many of our members hold different positions on it.  I do understand that farms across New York depend on this product to protect their crops from pests and, in many cases, there is no alternative for use.  We participate in New York Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Alliance, and they are encouraging their members to voice their concerns to Governor Cuomo about this legislation. Farm Bureau has an  e-lobby letter  that anyone interested can use. 
Finally, in anticipation of changes to the State’s labor laws regarding farm workers,  New York’s Ag Workforce Development Council will hold five meetings  in November to educate agricultural businesses about the changes that will affect every person in their business. 
Look out for updates on the Bottle Bill and Chlorpyrifos Ban, and other public policy developments in future editions of the Press Deck. 
Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation

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Member Corner...

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.

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.

Register for the 2019 AWS Commercial Competition Now

The American Wine Society is the largest consumer based wine organization in the United States. This Commercial Competition will provide national recognition for your winery among both consumers and wine industry professionals.  Judges for the AWS Commercial Wine Competition include both AWS trained and certified judges and professional experts from all aspects of the wine industry. This intense curriculum includes a disciplined approach to wine fault identification, component analysis, winery operations, viticulture, wine history and appreciation and of course, extensive wine evaluation and rating. Pre-Registration is required and entry forms must be received by October 25, 2019. Enter 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!

B.E.V. NY Conference-Workshop Topics Survey

This year the New York Wine & Grape Foundation is proud to be coordinating and presenting the Business Day portion of the  B.E.V. NY Conference  in Rochester, NY. The event will take place from February 26th-28th, 2020. This conference brings together New York’s wine marketers, makers, and growers from all over the state for three days of concentrated educational sessions and networking.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you there. In order to ensure that happens, we would like to know what workshops and topics would make B.E.V. NY the most valuable conference for you.
Please complete this  quick survey  by  October 11th  to let us know how you’d like the Business Day to be presented, what topics would be most valuable to you, and what potential keynote speakers would get you to Rochester, NY in the winter!

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!