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Governor Cuomo Launches ad Campaign Promoting New York State Wines and Announces Winner of 2013 Governor's Cup

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Television ad premiered at the Governor’s Cup Wine Tour and Competition awards ceremony

Taste NY sponsored ad and website to drive local sales and boost tourism to wineries

Albany, NY (August 13, 2013)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of a new television ad campaign to promote New York State’s 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 Governor’s 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 year’s Governor’s 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 York’s position as a global leader in wine production,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York’s 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 York’s 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 today’s winner of the Governor’s Cup, Keuka Spring Vineyards, is a testament to the high quality wines that we have to offer.”


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To view photos from today’s wine tour, go to:


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,, where they can purchase New York wines, learn more about the industry, and plan their next weekend getaway to one of the State’s 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 Wine
Sparkling Pointe 2008 Blanc de Noirs


Best White Wine
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling


Best Rose Wine
McGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Rosé D’Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown


Best Red Wine
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc


Best Dessert Wine
21 Brix 2011 Vidal Ice Wine


Best Specialty Wine
Earle Estates Meadery Raspberry Reflections


Best Spirit
Finger 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 Chardonnay
Billsboro Winery 2012 Chardonnay


Best Unoaked Chardonnay
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard 2012 Steel Fermented Chardonnay


Best Overall Chardonnay
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard 2012 Steel Fermented Chardonnay


Best Gewürztraminer
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Gewürztraminer


Best Dry Riesling
Paumanok Vineyards 2012 Dry Riesling


Best Medium Dry Riesling
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling


Best Medium Sweet Riesling
Swedish Hill Winery 2012 Riesling


Best Overall Riesling
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling


Best Pinot Grigio
Damiani Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Grigio


Best Vinifera White Blend
Bedell Cellars 2010 Taste White


Best Cayuga
McGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Cayuga White


Best Seyval
Raymor Estate Cellars Seyval Blanc


Best Hybrid White Blend
Tug Hill Vineyards 43 Degrees Lat White


Best Niagara
Lakewood Vineyards 2012 Niagara


Best Vinifera Rose
McGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Rosé D’Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown


Best Native Rose
Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery Coriesa Hill-Iona Rosé


Best Catawba
Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba


Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2010 Cassango Cabernet Sauvignon


Best Merlot
Martha Clara Vineyards 2010 Merlot


Best Cabernet Franc
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc


Best Pinot Noir
McCall Wines 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve, Corchang Estate


Best Lemberger
Hosmer Winery 2010 Lemberger


Best Vinifera Red Blend
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 76 West


Best Hybrid Red Blend
Swedish Hill Winery Viking Red


Best Fruit
Baldwin Vineyards Strawberry Wine


Best Cider
Earle Estates Meadery Wort Hog


Best Late Harvest Wine
Paumanok Vineyards 2012 Late Harvest Riesling


Best Ice Wine
21 Brix 2011 Vidal Ice Wine


Best Vinifera Sparkling White
Chateau Frank 2007 Blanc de Noirs