New York Wine and Grape Foundation presents new Finger Lakes wineries in Paris
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is welcoming Finger Lakes winery representatives from Anthony Road Wine Company, Sheldrake Point Vineyards, and Nathan K. Wines, as guest presenters to the New York Wines booth at Vinexpo Paris.
Also pouring at the New York Wines booth will be sommelier and New York Wines Brand Ambassador Paul Brady, recently recognised by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of their top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, as well as Paulo Hernandez de Toledo, of newly established RGNY Vineyards, on Long Island’s North Fork.
Featured wines will include a razor-sharp Riesling and unoaked Chardonnay from Anthony Road, flagship white grapes of the Finger Lakes and both available in Western Europe; dry rosé of Cabernet Franc and Gamay Noir from Sheldrake Point, both darlings of the New York City sommelier community; still Pinot Noir and sparkling Catawba from Nathan K., the former already available in the UK and Norway; and a Bordeaux style blend from RGNY, the regional focus of Long Island; and many more wines from many more wineries.
“I’m truly excited to be presenting with this group at Vinexpo Paris,” notes Brady, New York Wines Brand Ambassador. “I learned to appreciate wine as a teenager while living in Paris with my family during two very formative years, so it feels full-circle to be able to come back to share the wines of my home state of 11 years now, which are so important to me, and simply world class.”
New York State has been home to grape growing and wine making for over 200 years. The glacial geology of our state is what makes grape growing possible here, and the success of the New York wine industry has largely been attributed to a long line of dedicated native New York growers and winemakers and winemakers from Europe partnering to combine old-world tradition with new world innovation.
In 1934 as Prohibition ended, Charles Fournier, former chief wine maker and production manager at Veuve Cliquot, was invited to the Urbana Wine Company in the Finger Lakes region of New York, to help revive their winemaking and the industry in general. His expertise and willingness to make quality sparkling wine from labrusca and French American hybrids did just that and, along with peers like Dr. Konstantin Frank and Hermann J. Wiemer, established New York for their ability to make fine wine from vinifera grapes as well.
Today native born New Yorker Nathan Kendall, owner of the Nathan K, Hickory Hollow, and the chëpìka wine brands, is finding equal acclaim for wines made from vinifera as well as those made from North American labrusca grapes.
Visitors are invited to visit the New York Wines booth and experience a variety of Nathan K wines, and other examples of wine from the Finger Lakes and Long Island two of the most prominent winemaking regions of New York State.
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Photo: Sam Filler & Paul Brady