Posts Tagged“new york”

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Cabernet franc in Shinn Estate Vineyard Plenty of positive opinions about New York wines coming from the ‘powerful’, the trendsetters, the neighbors, and those that are new to the beverage scene. NEWS Grape Collective – Archive 4/1/2015 Almost three years on from super storm Sandy’s unwelcome visit, the Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn is still rising. Gotham – 4/30/2015 “Power Women of New York” share their favorite wine selections…and Wölffer Estate is the #drinklocal  go-to for this crowd. Cornell Daily Sun – 4/30/2015 A “Toast to the Finger Lakes” a young consumer’s view of the libations that the FLX region offers. Auburn…

Matthew Spaccarelli General Manager and Winemaker Benmarl Winery

Matthew Spaccarelli of Benmarl Winery Matthew Spaccarelli speaks with the cautious optimism of a man who feels confident about what’s ahead on the sea of life. Knowing the risks and prepared to seize the opportunities. It has been ten years since he and his father, Victor, took ownership of Benmarl and five since he fully assumed the helm and for that matter engine room, as general manager and winemaker, of this storied Hudson Valley winery. Matt wonders about the claim that Benmarl is the America’s oldest winery, it may or may not be true, nevertheless he is very happy to be working lands…

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Winter survival report, SLA angers some NY clients, Empire Wine draws ire of national wine wholesalers and the wine trail action is warming up… NEWS Albany Times Union – 4/21/2015 Bizarre twists of NY State liquor law result in New York Times Wine Club no longer shipping to its New York State customers. The Leader – 4/22/2015 Thoughts on the recent opening of the Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture and Wine Production Center in Geneva. Warwick Advertiser – 4/22/2015 Shawangunk Wine Trail launches new website at GunksWine.com and adds more events to the annual schedule. WHEC Rochester – 4/24/2015 Following up on the long…

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Photo via Alexandra Doniger, Assistant Winemaker, Hector Wine Company This week in New York wine news…changes that are happy, sad and historical on Long Island. While Upstate — dollars for wine support, and dollars that detract. NEWS Edible East End – 3/30/2015 Going deep into Long Island’s glacial soils, with a very cool visualization of how the island was formed by the retreating ice sheet. NorthForker – 4/7/2015 Long Island wine loses another long-time fixture as Robert Pellegrini passes away at age 76. Wyoming County Free Press – 4/7/2015 New York State provides $1.4 million in funding to support agricultural product research and…

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Early Spring at Hudson-Chatham Winery. (Photo via owner Carlo DeVito) There’s a slew of New York wine news this week, including interviews with winemakers, changes at the SLA, competition wins, and industry innovations. NEWS Terroirist – 3/27/2015 This week’s winemaker interview is with August Deimel from the Finger Lakes, Keuka Spring Vineyards. Westfield Republican – 3/27/2015 Mazza Chautauqua Cellars / Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing is now the first outfit in the state of New York to bat the cycle, producing beer, wine and spirits. Examiner.com – 3/30/2015 William Dowd reports on awards at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and…

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NEWS Steuben Courier Advocate – 1/20/2015 New York Wine organizations receive grants totaling nearly $1 Million in to help promote the region, build infrastructure, and support the Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 to be held in Corning, NY. Wine Business – 1/20/2015 Stephanie Jarvis Named Marketing Manager for Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Cornell Daily Sun – 1/21/2015 The Scientist: Prof. Bruce Reisch Develops New Grape Varieties – cold climate grape breeding continues to bring new options to northern vineyards. Finger Lakes Wine Alliance – 1/21/2015 The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Board of Directors are proud to announce the hiring of Julie Caplan…

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New York Wine News Poughkeepsie Journal – 1/13/2015 Food, drink events worth a trip – Douglass Miller names Hudson Valley among his destination recommendations. WXXI – 1/14/2015 Rieslings From The Finger Lakes Region Gaining National Attention – “Need to Know” host Hélène Biandudi Hofer is joined by David Mansfield, Owner and President of Three Brothers Wineries and Estates and Vinny Aliperti, Owner and Winemaker for Billsboro Winery. NorthForker – 1/14/2015 Dean Babiar is new winemaker at Jamesport Vineyards – the 30-year-old winemaker said it was a taste of Jamesport Vineyards merlot and cabernet franc, given to him by his brother several years ago,…

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NEWS Cornell Viticulture and Enology – 12/31/2015 USDA Renews Funding for Northern Grapes Project led by Dr. Tim Martinson at Cornell with a grant of $2.6 Million to continue research and education activities that have reached an aggregate audience of several thousand people across 12 states. DNAinfo.com – 1/6/2015 A Winery grows in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Winery is planning to open a second location in the Crown Heights neighborhood late summer 2015. Star Gazette – 1/7/2015 Techs who do IT support for Finger Lakes wineries, open a store “Odessa Wine and Spirits” selling only New York wines. The Chronicle-Express – 1/9/2015 Rochester Institute of…

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North Country wine growers and cold climate viticulture lost a visionary, sharp witted, friend, colleague and sometimes antagonist when Rob McDowell passed away earlier this month on December 13th. Rob grew and operated Purple Gate Vineyard in Plattsburgh and was one of the first people to dedicate serious efforts to the propagation of cold hardy hybrids in the Lake Champlain Valley of New York. Rob was a founding member of the local wine community and shared generously of his knowledge at site visits, meetings and workshops, with locals and visitors alike, some who would go on to become growers and winemakers…

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Early last month a story broke in California about a small winery that had been subject to hefty fines levied by state labor authorities for the use of willing volunteers, and then fined again during their process to try and mitigate the unintended wrong. This has prompted conversations across the industry and across the country as wineries and their advocates look to their own state laws to see what kind of risks they might be exposed to. Hans Walter-Peterson in the Finger Lakes has mentioned the situation in recent issues of the Finger Lakes Vineyard Update newsletter, and we are recently…