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

May 03, 2007

Specialty Shops Feature Pride of New York Food and Wine

Pride of New York Program Helps Stores Respond to Demand for Local Products

The Pride of New York Program today recognized the increasing number of specialty shops and stores carrying New York State products. Utilizing the Pride of New York Program, these businesses feature everything from fine wines to fabulous foods and show consumers what it means when Pride of New York members say, "Our Pride is Inside."

"Consumers want to buy from local businesses and support their local economy," said New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker. "Buying New York State food and wine is a way to help ensure that what we eat and drink are fresh, high-quality products. These specialty shops are excellent ways for consumers to easily locate local food products and truly get a sense for regional flavors and what the Pride of New York means."

The Pride of New York Program is designed to help consumers identify locally grown and produced products where they shop and dine. The Program assists these specialty shops with signage and marketing materials to help promote their local themes. The following specialty shops are just four of the nearly 2,000 Pride of New York members, including growers, wineries, food processors, and food retailers, that benefit from the Program’s marketing services. For more information on the Pride of New York Program, visit

Chateau Buffalo - Buffalo, Erie County

Located on Hertel Avenue, Chateau Buffalo is the city’s first boutique winery. It features a wine shop and tasting room that boasts the finest wines from New York’s vineyards. A different kind of wine shop, Chateau Buffalo offers customers the option to taste the wine before purchasing it for a small fee.

In addition to a wide range of Pride of New York wines, Chateau Buffalo also has a Pride of New York food boutique and market. The market offers dozens of New York food products including maple syrup, jams and jellies, pickles, cheese, chutney and more. Pride of New York gift baskets are also available for shipping. Visit them online at

Vintage New York™ - Manhattan, New York County and New Paltz, Ulster County

When Susan Wine and her partner, Robert Ransom, opened the Vintage New York™ wine store in Manhattan in 2000, Susan said, "We are bringing the country to the city." Vintage New York started with Ransom’s family-owned Rivendell Winery in New Paltz which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Then they opened Vintage New York wine tasting rooms, stores and a restaurant that showcase the diversity and greatness of New York State’s wines and foods.

Currently, there are three Vintage New York Tasting Rooms – one at the Rivendell Winery in New Paltz, one in SoHo, and one on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Each location is designed to be a "Wine Discovery Zone" where only New York wines are served and sold, and offer a variety of New York food and wine gift baskets.

Adjacent to Vintage New York in SoHo is the VNY Winebar Restaurant, offering more than 200 wines by the glass and a menu featuring New York foods. (Before opening VNY, Susan was the co-owner of the legendary Quilted Giraffe restaurant in Manhattan.) At the West Side site, the venue offers a unique "micro-winery" tasting room. For more information, visit or

Nelson Farms Country Store - Nelson, Madison County

The Nelson Farms Country Store takes the shopper back to a simpler time. Fashioned to evoke memories of an old-time general store, Nelson Farms is housed in a late-1800s building that has been restored to its original design. The store is a showcase for the many products processed on site by employees whom knowledgeable about the Pride of New York products on the shelves.

"The Nelson Farms Country Store is proud to be able to carry all of these great New York products, and is happy to help their creators find a market for selling their unique products," said Dave Nelson, director of Nelson Farms at Morrisville State College, which oversees the store’s operations.

Currently, the Country Store is working to expand its sales base to include an online storefront on their website, allowing customers to browse Pride of New York products, purchase them online, and have them shipped to the location of their choice. The Nelson Farms Country Store invites all Pride of New York members to add their products to both the store and to their new online site. For more information, visit

Harmony House Marketplace - Cohoes, Albany County

A new wine shop, selling only New York State wines, has opened its doors on Remsen Street in Cohoes. Harmony House Marketplace is the culmination of a dream for Diane Conroy-LaCivita and Jane LaCivita Clemente, who live by their motto, "When you buy New York, you build New York!"

The wine shop is the first phase in the duo’s plans for Harmony House Marketplace, which is housed in an historic structure in the city’s primary retail area. The business partners plan to open a specialty shop with Pride of New York products, a café, and a culinary classroom for cooking demonstrations and lessons. "The Pride of New York Program has been an invaluable resource for us as we planned for this new venture," said Conroy-LaCivita. "The Program helped us to develop the relationships upon which we’re building our business."

When the café opens, it will serve foods made with New York products and by local talent. "The culinary center will be a great opportunity for everyone to share their skills, including chef-members of the Pride of New York Program." For more information, visit

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