Our wines got top awards at the 2014 New York State Fair Wine Competition. This year Sweet Spot got the Double Gold, and Silvers went to our Honey Wine and Fresh Blueberry Wine. Mon Cheri, our diamond grape wine, took home a Bronze medal.
The New York Cork Report just released a really great breakdown on the Finger Lakes wine industry. They collected their data on more than 100 wineries and almost 2,000 wines from Finger Lakes wine- industry-related websites. The Cork Report admits it’s not the most scientific method, but the info is still pretty interesting about what’s being made and what’s being sold in the region. Some highlights:
- The average price of a bottle of wine from the Finger Lakes is $16.15. This makes it one of the better value regions in the country, considering that the average cost of a bottle of wine in the U.S. was $37.62, according to a 2013 study from Wines & Vines quoted by the Cork Report.
- Riesling is the top wine in the region. Finger Lakes rieslings have earned plenty of buzz, even from the New York Times. According to the Cork Report, 88 percent of Finger Lakes wineries in their sample produce at least one riesling.
Remember all that moderate wine drinking you’re supposed to do? Those one or two glasses a day you’re supposed to drink to prevent disease? Yeah, well, a new study suggests that resveratrol, the compound found in #red wine with all the purported health benefits, is just a lot of hype.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, concluded there’s little evidence that resveratrol has beneficial effects on a number of health issues. They found no association between #resveratrol, and less cardiovascular disease, inflammation, cancer and increases in longevity.
The study authors do say that other substances found in red wine and other foods, such as dark chocolate and berries, may still have small, positive health effects, so there’s reason to keep drinking.
And, there are these reasons too: A nice glass of wine can bring a smile to your face, lets you unwind after a long day, and, of course, adds to a good laugh with good friends. All secrets to a happy life, if you ask me.
Check out this article from Johns Hopkins for more information about the study.
The United States is the world’s largest market for wine, as U.S. consumers bought 29.1 million hectoliters of wine in 2013. This is the first time the U.S. beat out #france as the biggest consumer of wine in the world, according to a report from Reuters.
But, even though the U.S. might be the biggest market for wine, we’re still not the world’s biggest wine drinkers per capita. That honor still goes to France, where the average person imbibes 1.2 bottles per week — 6 times more than Americans. Guess we need to step it up, American wine lovers.
Interestingly, however, wine consumption in European countries has fallen overall, even if they still drink more than Americans.
“In countries such as France, Italy and Spain, people used to drink a lot of wine, but consumption habits are changing,” OIV director general Jean-Marie Aurand said on the sidelines of a news conference in Paris.
“We drink less wine by volume, more quality wine. And there is also competition from other drinks such as beer.”
Despite how harsh this long, miserable winter has been to Upstate New York’s vineyards, research shows that New York wineries are booming. Syracuse.com recently reported on research conducted for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation showing the enormous growth in the Empire State’s wineries in the last three decades.
In 1976 New York only had 14 wineries, but by 2013 there were 416 wineries in 53 of the state’s 63 counties. A lot of credit goes to the New York Farm Winery Act in 1976, which made it easy for small wineries to flourish with incentives and reduced regulations.
And it’s not just New York’s impressive number of wineries that signals growth. Finger Lakes-area wineries, in particular, are receiving critical claim even on an international scale. The New York State wine industry is worth about $4.8 billion a year.
Oh, and we got a mention in this article!