Area wineries to participate in Taste NY Experience tasting event

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the first-ever Taste NY Experience tasting event to showcase more than four dozen of the State’s top wine, beer, spirits and cider producers at Pier A Harbor House — one of New York City’s most iconic and historic landmarks.

The May 24 event comes on the heels of the inaugural Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge competition, which named Brewery Ommegang and Roscoe NY Beer Co. as New York’s favorite beers. Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood was a finalist in the competition. The craft beverage industry has grown 112 percent since the Governor held the first Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider summit in 2012.

“This first-ever Taste NY Experience will connect our world-class beverage producers to new markets to support the continued growth and expansion of the booming beverage industry,” Governor Cuomo said. “By showcasing the state’s hard-working beverage producers, we are supporting innovation, entrepreneurship, economic growth and jobs in communities across the state.”

The Taste NY Experience will connect hundreds of consumers, media, trade and industry representatives directly to the producers. The Experience is a partnership among Taste NY, the NY Wine & Grape Foundation, NY Brewers Association, NY Distillers Guild and the NY Cider Association. It is a part of a greater partnership between Taste NY and Pier A Harbor House, which includes: a Taste NY Wine and Spirits Shop, selling exclusively New York wine, spirits and cider; a Taste NY Kiosk, featuring local food and snack items; and local offerings that will be featured on the Harbor House restaurant menu. A Taste NY catering menu will also be available to guests for private events.

The event will feature nearly 50 producers from the Capital Region, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City, the Southern Tier and Western New York. It was funded through the State’s Craft Beverage Grant Program, which is administered by Empire State Development. It is also a deliverable from the Governor’s Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit.

Participating producers from Western New York include:

≤ Four Mile Brewing, Cattaraugus County

≤ 21 Brix Winery, Chautauqua County

≤ Five & 20 Spirits, Chautauqua County

≤ Johnson Estate Winery, Chautauqua County

≤ 42 North Brewing Company, Erie County

≤ Community Beer Works, Erie County

New York businesses sampling their food and drinks at the event include Cabot Creamery, Chobani, Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream, Orwasher’s, Red Jacket Orchards, Saratoga Water, Seaway Trail Honey and more. The event is open to media and trade from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and to the general public from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for general admission.

New York Cider Association Executive Director Jenn Smith said, “Governor Cuomo is addressing a genuine marketplace need by creating the Taste NY Experience to preview the single shop selling ciders, wine and spirits made in New York State – providing visitors and craft beverage enthusiasts eager to explore new products with an easy way to do so, and providing the cider- and wine makers and distillers with valuable cross-promotional opportunities. That all of this is located amidst breathtaking views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty only enhances the charisma of our state’s distinctive craft beverages.”

About Taste NY

Taste NY is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at a variety of venues throughout the State and at large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair and the Barclays Tournament at Bethpage State Park.

Over the last three years, the Taste NY initiative has seen steady growth and recognition. The program reported sales of $4.5 million in 2015 and nearly tripled those figures to more than $13.1 million in 2016. Today, New York products sold under Taste NY branding are available in more than 60 locations throughout the State as well as the New York State Office of Trade and Tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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