Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of a new television ad campaign to promote New York States award-winning wines and further grow the Taste NY experience. The thirty-second ad was developed in response to input received at the State's Wine, Beer, and Spirits Summit where the Governor pledged to support New York's position as a leader in wine production and boost tourism to grow the economy Upstate. Governor Cuomo premiered the television ad today at the Governors Cup Wine Tour and Competition awards ceremony.
At the ceremony, the Governor also announced Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling of the Finger Lakes region won this years Governors Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizing the Best of Show or top prize from more than 800 entries in the annual New York Wine & Food Classic wine competition. In addition, McCall Wines from Long Island won the Winery of the Year award.
This promotional advertising campaign delivers on another promise made at the Wine, Beer, and Spirits Summit where we pledged to help grow New Yorks position as a global leader in wine production, Governor Cuomo said. New Yorks wine industry supports thousands of jobs across the state and is an important partner to our agricultural and tourism industries. Our promotional efforts including this ad campaign as well as initiatives like Taste NY and special wine events are putting New Yorks wine products on a national and international stage. Our local wineries are producing truly world-class wines, and we want these businesses to thrive and people to enjoy a taste of New York. And todays winner of the Governors Cup, Keuka Spring Vineyards, is a testament to the high quality wines that we have to offer.
To view the new ad, go to: http://livestre.am/4zPno.
To view photos from todays wine tour, go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/sets/72157635057041879/.
The ad, which features rave reviews from wine critics around the country, encourages wine enthusiasts to buy locally made and produced products, and discover the distinctive varietals of New York State wines. In addition, the ad directs viewers to the newly launched Taste NY website, www.Taste.ny.gov, where they can purchase New York wines, learn more about the industry, and plan their next weekend getaway to one of the States hundreds of wineries.
New York is home to nearly 500 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Producers account for more than $22 billion in annual total economic impact in the state and support tens of thousands of jobs statewide. The state ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production, has the second-most distilleries, and three of the top-producing 20 brewers in the United States are located in New York.Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has worked to further develop this industry, which is a major driver of job creation and economic development in communities across the state. In July 2012, the Governor signed legislation designed to support New York's breweries and wineries, as well as increase demand for locally- grown farm products, and expand industry-related economic development and tourism. The 2013-14 State Budget introduced several new initiatives to help improve the marketing of New York State-produced products, including a total of $7 million for Market New York and Taste NY to support a multi-faceted regional marketing plan that will promote regional tourism and New York-produced goods and products.
The Governor also announced the following winners from the New York Wine & Food Classic competition.
The "Best of Category" awards, all eligible for the Governor's Cup, went to:
Best Sparkling WineSparkling Pointe 2008 Blanc de Noirs
Best White WineKeuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling
Best Rose WineMcGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Ros DCabernet Franc, Estate Grown
Best Red WineHazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc
Best Dessert Wine21 Brix 2011 Vidal Ice Wine
Best Specialty WineEarle Estates Meadery Raspberry Reflections
Best SpiritFinger Lakes Distilling McKenzie Rye
Best of Class awards go to Double Gold or Gold medal wines in classes of at least 7 wines. The "Best of Class" awards went to:
Best Oaked ChardonnayBillsboro Winery 2012 Chardonnay
Best Unoaked ChardonnayHarbes Family Farm & Vineyard 2012 Steel Fermented Chardonnay
Best Overall ChardonnayHarbes Family Farm & Vineyard 2012 Steel Fermented Chardonnay
Best GewrztraminerKeuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Gewrztraminer
Best Dry RieslingPaumanok Vineyards 2012 Dry Riesling
Best Medium Dry RieslingKeuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling
Best Medium Sweet RieslingSwedish Hill Winery 2012 Riesling
Best Overall RieslingKeuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling
Best Pinot GrigioDamiani Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Grigio
Best Vinifera White BlendBedell Cellars 2010 Taste White
Best CayugaMcGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Cayuga White
Best SeyvalRaymor Estate Cellars Seyval Blanc
Best Hybrid White BlendTug Hill Vineyards 43 Degrees Lat White
Best NiagaraLakewood Vineyards 2012 Niagara
Best Vinifera RoseMcGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Ros DCabernet Franc, Estate Grown
Best Native RoseArbor Hill Grapery & Winery Coriesa Hill-Iona Ros
Best CatawbaTorrey Ridge Winery Catawba
Best Cabernet SauvignonWlffer Estate Vineyard 2010 Cassango Cabernet Sauvignon
Best MerlotMartha Clara Vineyards 2010 Merlot
Best Cabernet FrancHazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc
Best Pinot NoirMcCall Wines 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve, Corchang Estate
Best LembergerHosmer Winery 2010 Lemberger
Best Vinifera Red BlendLamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 76 West
Best Hybrid Red BlendSwedish Hill Winery Viking Red
Best FruitBaldwin Vineyards Strawberry Wine
Best CiderEarle Estates Meadery Wort Hog
Best Late Harvest WinePaumanok Vineyards 2012 Late Harvest Riesling
Best Ice Wine21 Brix 2011 Vidal Ice Wine
Best Vinifera Sparkling WhiteChateau Frank 2007 Blanc de Noirs