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Weekly President’s Report

August 10 – 17, 2014


Monday, August 11: NYSLSA Board of Directors Meeting

o   Please remember that all Board of Directors calls will take place at 8:30 a.m.

o   For those who were unable to attend the meeting, please stay tuned for meeting notes.

Wednesday, August 13: Tom attended the Governors Cup in the Finger Lakes. Please see below for more details on the New York Wine and Food Classic 2014:

Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling wins "Governor's Cup" and

Macari Vineyards & Winery wins "Winery of the Year"

    Watkins Glen, New York, August 13 - Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling, Estate Bottled from the Finger Lakes Region won the coveted "Governor's Cup" trophy at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 12 & 13 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY. The "Winery of the Year" award went to Macari Vineyards & Winery on the North Fork of Long Island.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy personally presented the elegant Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, which recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all 863 entries in the Classic, known as "The Oscars" of New York wine. The "Winery of the Year" award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries.

"We are honored that Lieutenant Governor Duffy presented the Governor's Cup and Winery of the Year awards," said Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which sponsors the Classic. "We applaud the winners in a very competitive event, as well as the strong support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor  Duffy for the New York wine industry."

This year's competition included 835 New York wines, 20 Hard Ciders and 8 Spirits from several regions across New York State including Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie. The  Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling, Estate Bottled was also voted Best White Wine, Best Overall Riesling and Best Medium Dry Riesling on its way to the ultimate award. Macari Vineyards & Winery won Best Cabernet Franc on its way to the Winery of the Year award, along with several other top medals.    

A "Specialty Wine Champion" award recognizes consistent quality among the increasing number of wines made from fruits other than grapes, or honey. The 2014 winner was King Ferry Winery 2013 Apple Mystique.

A "Best Limited Production Wine" award, for wines produced with fewer than 100 cases, went to Sheldrake Point Winery 2013 Late Harvest Riesling.

There are also awards for Best Spirit and Best Cider. The Best Spirit honor went to Hidden Marsh Distillery Judd's Wreckin' Ball Corn Whiskey, while the Best Cider was Kaneb Orchards 2014 St. Lawrence Cider.

The awards were based on blind tastings by 22 expert judges-4 from California, 10 from New York, 7 from other states, and 1 from France. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 22 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.

Celebrating its 29th year, the Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 363 New York wineries from all regions. In 2014, a total of 67 Double Gold, 113 Gold, 347 Silver, and 206 Bronze medals were awarded. In addition, "Best of Category" and "Best of Class" designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas. Double Gold medals require unanimity among a panel's judges that a wine deserves a Gold medal, whereas Gold medals require a majority vote.

Complete results of the 2014 Classic will also soon be posted under "Awards and Accolades" at, which also includes Gold medal New York wines from other major competitions.


Thursday, August 14: Tom came to Albany to meet with Becky, and Steve via Telephone, for a strategic Tradeshow Planning and Updates session. Steve also came to Albany to meet with Becky on Tuesday, August 12. The framework of what was covered in both meetings is as follows:


Friday, August 15: Tom, Todd and Becky had a call with Department of Agriculture and Markets/ the Taste NY Team to provide Tradeshow Follow up and updates.


Friday, August 15: Tom Edwards and Todd Vandervort met with the SLA Chairman to discuss the following:

·         Dinners Payment Terms

·         Attorney Referral

·         Spirits Tasting Bill

·         Wine School Bill

·         Wine Product and Varietal Definition

·         Bill and Hold/Gifts and Services