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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 as the new Program Director for the organization Trib Media – 1/24/2015 Road Trip! : New York’s Finger Lakes region – Pittsburgh area vacationers look to a fine wine destination just a few hours drive away. The Week – 1/24/2015 The state of wine drinking in America today – A mention…

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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, that made him consider a career on the North Fork. Democrat & Chronicle – 1/14/2015 N.Y. wines win national recognition – more on New York Wins at the San Fran Chronicle Competition. NorthForker – 1/15/2015 Dr. Charles Smithen, co-founder of Sherwood House Vineyards, died last week. He was a generous,…

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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 Technology study is close to completing the genetic profiling of Crown Gall disease in grapes and may be on the way to finding solutions that will help increase crop production. Wölffer Estate – 1/9/2015 Long Island Wine Council has a new campaign to raise awareness, so next time you are…

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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 themselves. Well-versed in the basics, Rob was also an avid innovator and willing to try new techniques and obscure varieties, and doggedly pursued the idea of a robust cold climate red wine. He was known to be provocative in conversations about the pros and cons of site selection, variety choices,…

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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 in receipt of his clarifications as to how this may impact New York producers. Further Clarification on Use of “Volunteer” Labor at NY Businesses In the two most recent issues of the Vineyard Update (newsletters), I mentioned an article about a winery in California had been assessed a hefty fine…

ChamplainAVA-NewYorkCorkReport

Conveying a sense of place has become a real priority for fine wine, no matter where in the world it is grown. Wine has the responsibility of not only needing to taste and smell good, but for afficianados and for marketing purposes it is expected to also serve as a reliable ambassador for its region of origin. It’s supposed to mean something when you see a unique place name on a bottle’s label, and before long it just might mean that it is coming from New York’s North Country. Producers way upstate have worked together and an AVA application has been submitted to define an area specifically comprised of the “Champlain Valley of New York”. Having been accepted for review, the petition is moving through a process that will result in a decision within a year or so. An alphabet soup of designations delineate European wine growing areas such as the AOCs…

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Reports of veraison are finally beginning to arrive from the North Country, and after such wet weather, both the sunshine and this growth stage are welcome news.  It’s not just the grapes that are growing in upstate New York though — so are the wine trails. Recent legislation makes the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail an official part of the New York State Highway map. It’s just a little trail across sixty-six miles of road, linking seven wineries and cider houses, but it is a major development milestone for a new region that adds to the diversity of wine growing in the Empire State. They will be celebrating the opening of the new trail with a Summer Trail Tour next weekend, August 10-11th. We have this new ADK wine trail in the far North Country, and we’ve just gained an Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail which connects ten tasting rooms between Saratoga Springs and Lake…

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The official opening of the Cape Winery in Cape Vincent, NY is not until Memorial Day, but a recent springtime Saturday “soft opening” saw over a hundred people in the tasting room, more than a dozen cases of wine leave the premises in the hands of happy consumers, and folks joining the infant “case club.” The current version of the New York State Wine Regions map shows expanded areas all around the state, and this latest opening already asks for those boundaries to be expanded even more. Situated on a spit of limestone-based land that has Lake Superior on one side and the wide start of the Saint Lawrence River on the other, operator Dave Fralick shared with me that while others he knew took a hit from the late spring frosts of 2012, his vineyard showed no impact whatsoever, and it was only the super dry summer that limited…

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief Photo courtesy of Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery Is this picture bud break? I'm not sure — I always think of bud break as when full, immature leaves separate from the bud and unfurl. By that definition, this would be bud swell, but it barely matters — the 2010 growing season is underway in New York. Yesterday, I stopped at Roanoke Vineyards on the North Fork and their vines looked much the same… the buds were extremely swollen but I didn't see any separation. I've heard that Shinn Estate Vineyards and Benmarl Winery have experienced official break, but I have yet to see any pictures. New York growers — please send us pictures of budbreak in your vineyards. We'll post anything we get. Obviously this is an early start to the growing season, but all the news isn't bad. If there isn't a frost event this spring,…

3 Pinot Noirs and 1 Merlot: The New York Cork Report 2009 Red Wines of the Year By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief Photos by Morgan Dawson Photography Is pinot noir the next great red for upstate New York? Given how difficult pinot noir is to work with in the vineyard — especially in cool-climate regions like New York — as well as in the cellar, it may seem a silly, easy-to-answer question. But the New York Cork Report Wines of the Year tasting back in January resulted in pinot noir winning three out of four regional flights. Merlot taking the Long Island flight wasn't a surprise, but I think we were all surprised that pinot noir won the other three. Where was cabernet franc, a grape that shows well consistently across all regions? The fact that these pinot noirs won in head-to-head flights against grapes like cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and…