Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

February 05, 2007

New York Wines to Debut at Boston Wine Expo

Department Helps 18 NY Wineries Attend Nation’s Largest Consumer Wine Event

New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced that 18 New York wineries will be attending the 16th Annual Boston Wine Expo, the largest consumer wine event in the nation. The Wine Expo will take place February 10 and 11 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center, where New York wines will have a debut appearance in front of thousands of wine enthusiasts.

"New York has some outstanding wines that are rightfully receiving national and international accolades," Hooker said. "This trade show will give wine enthusiasts the opportunity to taste for themselves our esteemed vintages. We’re thrilled to help our wineries attend such an event and believe our presence at the nation’s largest consumer wine event will help raise the awareness and appreciation for all New York wines."

David Peterson, General Manager of Swedish Hill, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay Wineries, said, "Having a unified contingent of 18 New York wineries pouring our wines at the largest trade and consumer wine event in the Unified States is a signal to the world that we are poised to be a significant player as a wine region. With this large a presence, the more than 20,000 attendees should all be much more likely to have "Uncork New York" on their mind."

Over a two-day period, the Wine Expo will feature over 450 wineries, which will sample over 1,800 wines to more than 19,500 attendees, ranging from consumers to chefs to retailers from all around the world and 4,000 members of the trade.

New York wineries will be located across from Sonoma Valley wineries on the Grand Tasting Floor. In addition, five New York wineries will be featured in the Grand Cru Wine Lounge, a sophisticated setting away from the show floor that is available for the most serious wine connoisseurs. The Lounge will feature a limited number of extraordinary vintages from around the world that are handpicked by winemakers and are valued at $75.00 or more a bottle.

Peggy Lauber, National Sales Manager for Wolffer Estate Vineyard, said, "At Wolffer Estate Vineyard, we are very honored to participate in the Grand Cru Lounge tasting during the Boston Wine Expo with the Premier Cru 2002, an ultra-premium Merlot produced by our winemaker Roman Roth. We are confident that it will raise the standard of Long Island and New York wineries and will stand tall among the other great wines of the world represented there."

On Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm, the Department will host a seminar, titled "New York Wine & New York Chocolate – A Perfect Pairing." The 45-minute long seminar, led by Susan Spence from the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, will pair popular New York wines with decadent New York chocolate, a trend that will appeal to everyone’s tastebuds.

The following New York wineries will be attending the Boston Wine expo for the first time:

§ Anthony Road Wines of Penn Yan (Yates County)

§ Bedell Cellars of Cutchogue (Suffolk County)

§ Goose Watch Winery of Romulus (Seneca County)

§ Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards of Hector (Schuyler County)

§ Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars of Hammondsport (Steuben County)

§ Long Island Meadery of Holbrook (Suffolk County)

§ Long Island Wine Council of Riverhead (Suffolk County)

§ Macari Vineyards & Winery, Ltd. of Mattituck (Suffolk County)

§ Martha Clara Vineyards of Riverhead (Suffolk County)

§ Catharine Valley Winery of Burdett (Schuyler County)

§ Pellegrini Vineyards of Cutchogue (Suffolk County)

§ Red Barn Winery of Syracuse (Onondaga County)

§ Standing Stone Vineyards of Hector (Schuyler County)

§ Swedish Hill Winery of Seneca Falls (Seneca County)

§ The Old Field Vineyards of Southold (Suffolk County)

§ Warm Lake Estate of Lockport ((Niagara County)

§ Warwick Valley Winery Co. Inc. of Warwick (Orange County)

§ Wolffer Estate Vineyard of Sagaponack (Suffolk County)

New York State’s wine, grapes and grape juice industries have a $3.4 billion economic impact each year. New York is the nation’s third largest grape and wine producer. There are five major wine producing regions in the State: the Finger Lakes, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Lake Erie and the Niagara Escarpment.

There are nearly 250 wineries in New York State, over half of which were established in the last 20 years. New York wine production has also increased more than 50 percent in the last 20 years to nearly 200 million bottles annually.

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