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Weekly New York Wine News — August 24, 2015

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Cabernet Sauvignon Verasion at Sawmill Creek Vineyards Fall festivals are starting to fill the calendar, while conferences and competitions have been under way. More legal support for local producers, help with marketing, and feedback on the destination that New York has become. NEWS Star Gazette – 8/11/2015 Field report from the New York Wine & Food Classic where judges evaluated the annual crop of the state’s wines as the industry continues to grow. Time Warner Cable News – 8/14/2015 Annual Wine Bloggers Conference was held in Corning, NY to scratch the surface of the Finger Lakes’ depth…and is the main…

Paumanok Vineyards Wins Winery of the Year; Ventosa 2011 Lemberger Wins 2015 Governor’s Cup

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If you’re interested in such things and have been anywhere near Facebook or Twitter today, you’ve no doubt read that the 2015 New York Wine & Food Classic was yesterday. Over the years, we’ve been critical of all competitions like this one (not just this one), but this year we’re simply going to report on the results, which you can find in the below press release from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Congratulations to the winners. Watkins Glen, New York, August 12 – Ventosa Vineyards 2011 Lemberger, Estate Grown from the Finger Lakes Region won the coveted “Governor’s…

Weekly New York Wine News — August 10, 2015

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Syrah in Southold Farm + Cellar’s estate vineyard This week we have well deserved recognition in the pursuit of healthy vineyards, potential deprivation, festival reports, and the important economic impacts of wine growing. NEWS Wines and Vines – 8/4/2015 Cornell University’s leading grape pathologist, Wayne Wilcox was honored with Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section (ASEV-ES). The Street – 8/6/2015 Oh the horror! Rosé shortage! Seems there’s not quite enough of the good pink wine to go around, on the east end of Long Island. Newsday – 8/8/2015 A brief update on the changes at Roanoke Vineyards, which…

Weekly New York Wine News — August 3, 2015

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Photo: Macari Vineyards Wine politics, continuing wine education, a sad unfolding story and a busy weekend festival schedule coming up. NEWS Watchdog.org – 7/30/2015 Actual Headline “Drunk of Corporate Welfare” are Hillary Clinton and New York wine involved in “pay-to-play”, or rather “wine-to-shine” politics? Ithaca Voice – 7/29/2015 After local education in hospitality profession, Cornell student goes on to become a “Master Sommelier”. North Fork Patch – 8/2/2015 The first of what will likely be numerous lawsuits filed in the wake of the terrible fatal limo crash on Long Island last week. EVENTS FLX Riesling & Craft Beer Fest – August 8-9, 2015…

New York Cork Club: August 2015 Selections

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The August 2015 wines for the New York Cork Club will ship once the weather cools a bit (the July wines will ship soon too I hope). In the meantime, I wanted to tell you a bit about them. (If you missed our announcement about the rebirth of New York Cork Club, check it out here.) For August, we’ll return to the “one red and one white” club shipment — with one classic grape from a well-known winery and one lesser-known grape from an under-appreciated winery included: Keuka Lake Vineyards 2014 Gently Dry Vignoles — Some look down on vignoles because it’s a hybrid grape…

Weekly New York Wine News — July 27, 2015

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Photo courtesy Macari Vineyards Some love for local agriculture and its workers, change afoot in Niagara, positive change at the classic, and annual festivities party on. NEWS The Citizen – 7/21/2015 New York Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, writes an Op-Ed on why the Finger Lakes one of the premier viticulture regions in New York and the country. Help Wanted – 7/19/2015 Niagara Wine Trail Executive Director position posted on Craigslist Buffalo then pulled. Still posted on a job listing site. Albany Times Union – 7/25/2015 Women tilt the balance at the judges table for the first time at the New…

Weekly New York Wine News — July 20, 2015

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NEWS Salon – 7/12/2015 Seneca Lake is a focal point regarding New York’s future identity and a tension between energy and environment. Dan’s Papers – 7/12/2015 A primer for summer in wine country on the east end of Long Island. Wines and Vines – 7/13/2015 Explaining why New York wine’s “overnight success” actually took 30 years of dedicated effort…and there is still more to do. lohud – 7/14/2015 Legislation to curb restrictions on retailers shipping NY wine out of state is on it’s way to Governor Cuomo’s desk. * More on this story with video from Time Warner Cable. Newsday – 7/16/2015 Wolffer…

Weekly New York Wine News — July 13, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Shinn Estate Vineyards New York weekly wine news with mentions of local products from across the globe and our own backyards. NEWS Otago Daily Times – 7/7/2015 Half way around the world and in the southern hemisphere, upstate NY wine country is a recommended destination. Vietnam Briefing – 7/7/2015 We knew that Finger Lakes Riesling goes well with south-east Asian cuisine, but the pending Pacific Free Trade agreement would significantly reduce NY wine tariffs in Vietnam. Finger Lakes Times – 7/8/2015 Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes’ third annual AVA Riesling Challenge winners announced. Examiner – 7/12/2015 The New York Grape…

Weekly New York Wine News — July 6, 2015

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A big win for the NY wine environment and continuing concern for international trade. A nod to Dr. Frank, a farewell to a NY dedicated establishment, and a quick sip of old style cider. NEWS Genesee County Express – 6/30/2015 Some thoughts on an un-COOL labeling law that may cost NY and US wine producers dearly in the Canadian market. Wine Spectator – 6/30/2015 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officially bans Fracking and Finger Lakes winemakers breathe a sigh of relief. Daily Pilot – 7/2/2015 Annual Independence Day domestic wine party picks the best representative from each state, and special…

Weekly New York Wine News — June 29, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Macari Vineyards New York wines get some play in high profile outlets recently, while a new establishment, new festival and new packaging take things beyond novelty. NEWS New York Times – 6/18/2015 Herman J. Wiemer dry Riesling 2014 makes Eric Asimov’s list of 20 great summer wines for $20. Wines and Vines – 6/23/2015 Sunlight into Wine takes on new meaning as New York wineries go green with solar power projects. Decanter – 6/24/2015 Howard Goldberg points out directions to Finger Lakes vacation destinations. Syracuse.com – 6/26/2015 Coyote Moon Vineyards in the Thousand Islands region is New York’s first…